The London-Paris 2013 will take place on 20th to 23rd June 2013. This marks the tenth year of the hugely popular event from HotChillee and entries will again be restricted to 450 places, which in previous years have sold-out within seconds. Due to this high level of demand there will be a limited number of early-bird guaranteed entries available from midday (BST) on Tuesday 17th July 2012 at www.londres-paris.com. These are on a first come, first served basis. Ballot places will also be available from this date and will close at the end of July, with successful riders being notified by 13 August 2012.
The London-Paris 2013 also has 35 team entries with 4 riders per team available. Those with an interest in a team place should contact Layla@hotchillee.com and all team places will be allocated by the 24th August 2012.
All 450 riders cycling the cobbles into Paris, lead by the hand cyclist team
The London-Paris is a must-do event on the cycling calendar, being broadcast on Eurosport each year. Cycling enthusiasts, professionals, legends and celebrities all cycle together in the peloton. Very few sporting events allow enthusiasts to ride with the sport's legends, making The London-Paris unique. The event has motorbike outriders, rolling road closures in France, lead vehicles and mechanical support.
Next year will be the 10th London-Paris with a special Anniversary Edition planned.
The recent 2012 start-line saw an array of stars, including cycling legend Stephen Roche who was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Triple Crown Win (The Tour de France, The Giro d'Italia and The World Championships). As part of the celebrations he rode his fully restored Tour de France winning bike into Paris with the 450 other riders on The London-Paris.
Other cycling legends included Tour de France hero and 1988 World Champion Maurizio Fondriest, current professional cyclist Magnus Backstedt, Paracycling double World Champion and Olympic team member Colin Lynch and professional German National mountain-biker Karl Platt - who's won the Trans Alp seven times and the Absa Cape Epic four times. Formula One legend Nigel Mansell, Rugby Heroes Joel Stransky and Will Carling, former professional footballers Geoff Thomas and John Salako and former Olympic medallist and athletics World champion Sonia O'Sullivan were also part of the peloton.
The 450 strong peloton cycles the Arc d'Triomph
Left to right: Paralympian Colin Lynch, Maurizio Fondriest, Stephen Roche, Mike Sinyard, Sven Thiele
Sven Thiele, founder of HotChillee says: "The London-Paris Cycle Tour started in 2004, growing from humble beginnings, but manifested from a passion for cycling. We now have 450 riders and a support crew of 190 plus, including motorbike outriders, masseurs, mechanics and a Mavic neutral service team. With world class partners and cycling legends, professionals and sporting stars all participating each year, it has become known as "The professional event for enthusiasts". We're incredibly proud to be celebrating our 10th anniversary next year and continuously seek to improve, creating a safe, fun and professionally run event driven by a passion for the sport. It's great to create such lasting memories each year and next year will be very special."
Greg Mansell wins The London-Paris 2012, taking home the Yellow Jersey
Left to right: Stephen Roche, Greg Mansell, Nigel Mansell and Maurizio Fondriest