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London to Geneva <h3> Essential info </h3>

London to Geneva

Essential info

Here is some essential info about your London to Geneva Tour.


Friday 2nd September – Saturday 10th September 2016.

We will be cycling for 7 days in total, with 1 rest day in Paris on Monday 5th Sept 2016.  We will arrive in Geneva on Friday 9th September, where we will enjoy a celebratory meal and overnight accommodation.  Everyone will then go their separate ways home on Saturday 10th September 2016 (please note, you will need to organise you own transport home).

Info required from you please!

On the morning of Day 2 of your ride we will be crossing over to France from Newhaven to Dieppe.  The ferry company requires all passenger passport details before the crossing.  Therefore, please can you fill in the form on this page ASAP so that we can pass this information on. Thank you!

Things for you to organise/think about before your trip

Please make sure that you have made the necessary travel arrangements to get yourself and your bike to the start point in London and back home from Geneva – the return journey is not included in the tour price.  Information on hiring a bike box is below.  The crew will transport bike boxes in the support vehicles.  Please also ensure that you have had your bike serviced before the ride so that it is in tip-top condition.

The route is not signposted and so you will need to use either a Garmin or Strava on your phone.  If you are using your phone as a navigation device, please ensure that you have somewhere to mount your device and that you carry a portable battery charger.  You can download the route from the links below under the section ‘The Route & Strava’.

START POINT – 7.30am Friday 2nd September 2016

The Junction of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place London. SW1


Start Time:

7.30am – check-in and bag drop (you can also drop off your bike box if you have one here too)

7.45am – rider briefing

8am – depart and start pedalling!

N.B. – please make sure you have had some food and coffee before arriving at the start and also had a pee!  (Although there are some public toilets not too far from the start point.)

THE FINISH – LAKE GENEVA, Friday 9th September 2016

We will all arrive at Lake Geneva on Friday 9th Sept 2016.  Approximate time for arrival is 5pm (NB: this is very approximate and depends on how fast you pedal!)  After freshening up back at the hotel, we will all enjoy a celebratory meal and a restful night’s sleep before everyone heads home the following day (Saturday 10th Sept)


We will be staying in the following hotels during the trip:

Brighton: Mercure, Brighton Seafront)

Bezancourt:  Chateau du Landel

Paris: Novotel – Eiffel Tower

Sens: Hotel de Paris et de la Poste,

Semur en Auxois: Hôtel de la Côte-d’Or,

Lons Le Saunier: Inter Hotel du Beryl

Geneva: Hotel Novotel Genève Centre,

Friay 17th June – Everyone departs Geneva/Flies home

(NB: hotels may be subject to change)

What’s included?

  • Eight nights’ accommodation in a clean, comfortable hotel (in Brighton, Bezancourt, Paris (2 nights), Sens, Semur-en-Auxois, Lons le Saunier and Geneva).  All rooms will have twin beds and we will allocate you a room partner unless you specify who you would like to share with.  (You may select a single supplement in the booking process if you prefer not to share)
  • Ferry trip from Newhaven to Dieppe
  • Three meals a day plus stops for snacks
  • Cake and coffee at the optional coffee stops
  • Support vehicle to transport your luggage (clothes and supplies) from each stage to the next
  • Back-up vehicles to provide you with medical help and any assistance should you need a rest.  There will also be a bike mechanic on hand and a Ride25 team leader.
  • A digital map in the format of a .gpx file for mobile navigation devices such as Garmin. Or if you prefer, customised, waterproof route maps including essential directions and pitstops.
  • Four new, bespoke high quality cycling shirts for use on your trip. These will be fully personalised for you.
  • Daily fresh fruit and water in the support vehicles
  • Celebratory dinner in Paris and Geneva

What’s not included?

  • Flights / trains and transfers from Geneva back to the UK – please organise your own way home – you might fancy making it a longer stay once you get there!
  • A bike – we recommend that you use a road bike, but some of our riders have used hybrids and Bromptons in the past
  • Personal Insurance – including cycle cover



Ahead of the ride, you will be able to access your route on the Ride25 app (available to download on the app store – just search on ‘Ride25’).  This will enable the crew to track your precise location (and allow you to also see where the crew are and other riders at any given time).  It will also count you down to your next coffee/lunch or finish stop! You can also use the app to navigate although we recommend that you carry a portable battery charger and somewhere to mount your phone if you are doing this.


We will have designated stops mid morning and mid afternoon together with a lunch stop – no pressure to stop unless you want to but we have endeavoured to find the best places on the route to stop for coffee, cake and ice creams as well as a good lunch.  The mechanics will also set-up a service stop here for any tweaks you need.


We will endeavour to make support vehicles fully accessible throughout the days so that you can always call to be picked up if you’re struggling.  The crew can be contacted (and tracked!) via the Ride25 app – or by calling them.  We will give you their phone numbers on the ride.

Dress Code

Please don’t over pack as we will just have to carry all the overweight bags in our vans for the whole trip.

As well as plenty of lycra, you only need a few t-shirts/tops and some jeans – and your pjs!  You will also have to carry all your own bags home.

Kit List

You will be given 4 x cycling shirts when you check-in

Things you should consider buying and bringing on your London to Geneva adventure….

(For a more comprehensive list, please check out our really useful blog on the essential kit for a Ride25 holiday which also gives advice on nutrition)

  • Overshoes
  • Chamois Cream – lots
  • Base Layers to wear under your cycling shirts
  • Arm and Leg warmers – to carry with you in case it gets cold and or wet
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses / clear lenses for glasses (if it’s not sunny)
  • Large saddle bag with –  2 x spare inner tubes, puncture repair kit and tyre leavers
  • Cycle pump or gas canisters
  • 2 x large water bottles for hydration drinks and water – we sell hydration table if you need to re-stock supplies
  • Energy gels – we have a pay as you go shop supplying these if you need some
  • Washing powder to wash the lycra in the shower at night
  • Top bar bag for phone, wallet and energy stuff
  • Phone mount if you are using Strava as a navigation tool
  • Portable battery charger for mobile
  • Garmin (or similar GPS navigation device) or Strava App for phone
  • Don’t forget to check out our really useful Ride25 blog on the Essential Tour Kit List

Bags and Tags

We will carry all your bags, bike boxes and kit for you in the vans and will provide you with luggage tags when you check in on the first morning.  You may also want to have a small day bag/rucksack that you leave in the van which you will have access to at coffee stops and lunch time etc – we will provide a separate tag for this bag and you will check this bag into a different van to the overnight luggage as this will go straight to the end hotel.  Things to put in day bag could be – leg/arm warmers, extra layers, waterproof jacket, additional energy etc.

Bringing your bike back home – Bike Boxes

It is your responsibility to get your bike (and yourself!) back home after the trip.

You can check it in on your flight in a bike box (you will have to arrange this when you book your flight).  Check out our blog here for advice on travelling overseas with your bike:  ‘Flying With A Bike: The Ultimate Guide’

If you need to hire a bike box, we recommend using BikeBox Online.

To check out the prices, click on the banner below to choose your delivery.   They will deliver your case to your door and arrange collection upon your return.BikeBoxOnline




Mechanical Support

We will have a bike mechanic on the trip to keep you rolling – however they are not there to change tubes when you get a puncture.  You should be able to do this on your own!   Please make sure you have had your bike serviced recently, most issues are normally caused by poor bike maintenance!

Your safety

We recommend that you always cycle in groups and not alone.  Please also ensure that you wear a helmet.

Sound Cycling Advice

Read one of our rider’s Tricia’s blog with advice for people doing their first long trip  Part 1 and Part 2 – including a bit about why you should always ride commando!

How to change an inner tube

How to avoid saddle sores

How to cycle in a group

Ride25 in the news

Read what the press has to say about our adventures so you can get a flavour of what you are in for…..

The Telegraph

Cycling Weekly

Training tips

There are plenty of training tips and training plans around.  Find one that suits you and your schedule and give yourself enough time so that you are fully ready for when the time comes to complete the ride.

We have plenty of training advice here and you can also watch our video from tips from previous Ride25 riders here and also a great GCN video on how to train for long bike rides here.

Indoor training is also really useful (especially in the winter) so check out our advice on indoor watt bike training here.

The Route & Strava:

Please note that the route is not signposted and you will need to use either a Garmin or a phone downloaded with the Strava app to self-navigate.  Please make sure that you have somewhere to mount your device and that you carry a portable battery charger.

Strava routes – please download 1 week before the ride:

London to Paris:
Paris to Geneva:
A week before the ride, we will make the Strava routes available for you to download.  Please make sure that you load the routes onto your Garmin and/or copy (duplicate them) over to your account on Strava.  You need to click on the star to the left of the route name of each day so that it appears on your mobile.  (As in the below image).
london to brighton strava
If you are using a Garmin, we also recommend having a back-up route on a Strava app on your phone. If you are unfamiliar with downloading a route onto Strava for use on your mobile, please follow our instructions here. (Please click on the image to enlarge it).


**The strava routes will be available 1 week before the ride**

***The routes are NOT sign-posted and it’s YOUR responsibility to navigate yourself to the agreed breaks, lunch and finish points, using a Garmin or a mobile phone with the Strava App.***

We recommend that you always cycle in groups and never cycle alone.

Instructions for navigating for Android users:  Duplicating the Route to your STRAVA account – ESSENTIAL for Android users.

Step 1

Open up the routes on a desktop/laptop computer (please see above for the routes).


You will see a page like this:

Day 1 route image london to parisStep 2

Click on the duplicate button above the map, give the route a logical name so you can find it later.  It will now save the route to the map/routes section on your phone app – this works for both Apple and Android but is essential for some Android users.

Step 3

Log into the app and check the route is there – click on the MAP tab, then the SELECT A ROUTE tab.

Stava app - Map Use route

 Step 4

On the day you want to use the route click the USE ROUTE button, also remember to click record (if you want to track your ride) and then go back to the maps to use the navigation of the route.

Strava App - USe route