The London-Paris 2011 - January Newsletter

Wednesday 26th January 2011

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The London-Paris 2011 - News

The London-Paris was formed in 2004, it began with just 13 participants. Today, The London-Paris is recognised as one of the world's most exciting cyclosportives and is the closest the amateur rider can get to the Tour de France experience.

The event is distinguished by having rolling road closures and professional logistical back up along the entire 520km route, from near Hampton Court to The Eiffel Tower. The London-Paris, like the Tour de France is one of only two events that finishes in the centre of Paris with rolling road closures. The peloton, with its 45 motorbike outriders, rolls along the famous Parisian streets to an emotional finish.

The 365 cyclists ride in five speed groups and are supported by HotChillee's 100-strong crew which includes mechanics, sports therapists and our 14 experienced Ride Captains.

The Daily Telegraph listed The London-Paris as one of the world's top 25 mass participation events, alongside the New York and London marathons. It also named The London-Paris as one of the top 10 adventure events for women and gave them a top 10 place in international endurance events.

The London-Paris 2011 sold out in record time on Monday 1st November 2010. With an impressive list of sponsors including 2012 sponsor adidas, Mavic, Regus and DHL, 20 corporate teams and a variety of high profile individuals from sport and business, it looks to be an extremely exciting event in its 8th year. The London-Paris supports 3 official charities; The Geoff Thomas Foundation, UK Youth & DebRA.

Official Retail Partner - Sigma Sport

Sigma Sport will be hosting The London-Paris Kick Off Event at their new store in Kingston Upon Thames on Thursday 20th January

All riders are invited to attend the evening, where all Ride Captains, Sponsors, Teams & Charities will be formally announced. Video highlights will be screened from The London-Paris 2010 to get all riders motivated to get started on their training! Riders can seek expert advice from the Ride Captains and sponsor representatives.

Sigma Sport will offer 10% off all purchases on the on the night up to 8.30pm plus other exclusive offers for L2P riders.

Sigma Sport staff will be available throughout the evening to offer help and advise about equipment, servicing and riding the event.

- Service Centre - Dan and his team of Cytec accredited mechanics are well equipped to provide for your workshop needs.
- BG Fitting - Ride faster for longer and in greater comfort with our BG fitting service.
- Worldwide Mail Order Service - Browse online and take advantage of our FREE UK delivery.


Map My Tracks founder, Nick Tatt, explains how you can benefit from online training analysis

As part of our involvement in this year's L2P we have introduced Map My Tracks Hubs for all the participants to use.

Hubs, on Map My Tracks, group together the training rides in one place and makes is easy for everyone to showcase how they are getting on in preparation for the event later in the year. Once on the hub rides can be reviewed by others and participants can comment and encourage others to keep on training.

The official L2P Hub is online at

We will be encouraging all of the riders to upload their rides so that it becomes a social hub before the event and also during the actual ride later in the summer.
It works by having everyone track their training rides and uploading them to with a tag of 'l2p'. It's possible to upload rides recorded with Garmin devices or you can use our own mobile apps that seamlessly sync with the site.

To get started first create a Map My Tracks account. It's free to use and you can sign up online at

Once you have an account simply upload your rides and tag them 'l2p'. This will populate the L2P Hub for others to follow.
We're looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on with their training. If you have any questions about how to get started please email and we'll get you on your way.


Each month we turn the spotlight on one of our London-Paris official teams.

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Names & nationalities of riders
1 Steve Wiles - British
(Nominated Team Captain)
2 James Doyle - British
3 Arthur Zwanik - British
4 Mike Hill - British
5 Kevin Riley - British

What bikes do your team members ride?
1 Focus
2 Pinarello
3 Focus
4 Focus
5 Buying the bike this week!

An interesting fact about each team member
1 Steve started riding two years ago when he bought his first bike for an Olympic triathlon. He has since then done many more including UK Ironman 70.3 in 2010. This is his first bike specific event he has embarked on and he is really looking forward to challenging himself

2 James ran his first half marathon in March and has entered numerous running events since. Despite being a gym enthusiast, cycling is a relatively new sport to James and the L2P will represent his greatest sporting challenge so far.

3 Arthur has from an early age displayed an athletic prowess, representing his home town of Swindon at County level Athletics (110m Hurdles / 100m Relay). He's a keen footballer and cross country runner who enjoys the disciplines of multi sport training. He's currently training to take part in his first triathlon this year.

4 Mike cycles 40km each day to work and back and has recently retired a bike that had done 40,000km - the frame cracked! My sporting diet remains pie and mash.

5 Kevin is new to the world of cycling but relishes the challenge to complete this year's L2P as part of the Cobia team. Kevin is a keen all round sportsman and spent two years of his career playing professional football for Colchester United.

Reasons for your team riding

- The L2P 2011 will play a key role in Cobia's Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, enabling the company to raise significant funds for our chosen charities.

- The event will also be used internally for team building purposes as well as externally for networking to allow us to build relationships with like minded businesses.

- We also believe the L2P will increase the awareness of the Cobia brand through the media coverage that the event generates.


UK Youth are delighted to be one of the official charities for The London-Paris 2011

UK Youth is the leading national youth work charity supporting 750,000 young people, helping them raise their aspirations, realise their potential and have their achievements recognised via non-formal, accredited education programmes and activities.

2011 looks set to be a fantastic year for UK Youth. They will shortly be formally announcing details of the new Cycling Team which will be managed and feature former Tour de France stage and Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt and race in the British Premier Calendar and Criterium series. The Team is backed by UK Youth's President Nigel Mansell and will help to promote the great work done by UK Youth.

The new UK Youth Chief Executive, Charlotte Hill has also just taken up her post and will be part of the 25 strong UK Youth Team to take on L2P. Charlotte has never ridden a bike before so this will be a huge challenge for her. 'I am definitely not a cyclist! I have just bought myself my first road bike and training has started in earnest. So many people do amazing things for the charity and I just wanted to push myself and help raise funds and awareness for the great work we do'

The L2P team will consist of the President, Vice President and a few Ambassadors together with a mix of corporate and individual supporters. We are really looking forward to meeting other riders and crew and look forward to a brilliant event in June.