The concept of doing an event that was challenging, multi stage and provided a professional cycling experience resulted in the creation of The London-Paris Cycle Tour in 2003. The beginnings were humble with a small group of 13 riders on the first edition in 2004. The event involved three 200km+ stages from the centre of London to Versailles on the outskirts of Paris.
It did not take long for the event to grow through word of mouth, with riders getting hooked on the notion of "how hard can it be"? Soon it became known as "The professional event for amateurs" attracting amateur and sportive road riders, ex professional cyclists and celebrities from around the world. Stars who have completed The London-Paris include:
Today, The London-Paris is restricted to 400 riders and is supported by 250 crew, motorbike outriders, masseurs, paramedics, mechanics and neutral service team, and is known as the closest an amateur can get to experiencing the Tour de France. Our objective remains to create intense sporting experiences with rigorous attention to safety and logistics. The Daily Telegraph named The London-Paris as one of the top 25 participation events in the world, alongside the NYC and London marathons. The event is a highlight on many riders' calendars, some who have ridden every edition.
The demand for an Alpine style event was brought about by feedback from London-Paris riders and after some years of research and planning, the Alpine Challenge is now on its 5th edition and is based out of Annecy in the French Alps.
Forming part of a global series the early season on the calendar, the Cape Rouleur held its first edition in 2012. Held in Franschhoek, Cape Town it precedes the Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, the largest cycling event in the world. The event is hosted in Franschhoek, which has spectacular, food, wine, scenery and cycling.
Designed using the same formula as The London-Paris; rolling road closures, professional support and unforgettable riding experiences the event has become another welcome addition to the summer cycling calendar.
Other events managed by HotChillee have included:
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The Alpine Challange is managed by the international events company, HOTCHILLEE and is located out of London, UK at the following address:
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Riding the Cape Rouleur: In the saddle in South Africa - Kevin Rushby, The GuardianMonday 30th June 2014
At a pro-style cycling event near Cape Town, Kevin Rushby hopes closed roads and full support team will see him ride like one of the Tour de France stars.Read More ...
HotChillee's LONDON-PARIS Stage Final ResultsMonday 30th June 2014
Results of HotChillee's LONDON-PARIS 170km 2nd stage today from Calais to Amiens. Dean Downing wrestled the 36ONE pro yellow jersey from NFTO team mate Greg Mansell with a neat breakaway on his own. Conditions were pleasant whereas in the two previous years the second stage had become know as a monster because of the strong cross winds.Read More ...