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London – Paris: Saturday 26th – Tuesday 29th May
Join us as we ride and raise funds for our partners in India, Tanzania, South Africa, Burundi, Palestine and Nicaragua. Leaving London, we'll cycle down to Portsmouth where we'll catch the overnight ferry to Caen before starting a leisurely 3-day ride into Paris.
Richmond to Portsmouth(115km/72miles)
We will leave from historic Richmond Park at 10.00 am and cycle over the South Downs where we will have a picnic lunch before heading to Portsmouth Harbour where we will have dinner before boarding the overnight ferry to Ouisteham, Caen. Shared 4-berth cabins will be provided.
Ouisteham Ferry Terminal to Lisieux (67km/41miles)
Two options exist for day two – the first (shorter) route includes a cycle round Caen on route to Lisieux. The alternative will be a ride up to Sword and Juno beaches where the Normandy landings took place, before cycling through Caen. This will add a further 25km/15miles to the days' ride. A picnic breakfast and lunch provided.
We will then spend the night in Lisieux at the Hotel Kyriad Lisieux, where we will have dinner.
Lisieux to Dreux(115km/72miles)
After a buffet breakfast, we will set off from Drieux, stopping on route for a picnic lunch (exact route still to be finalised). We will then spend the night at the Campanile in Dreux and also have dinner there.
Dreaux to the Eiffel Tower (86km/53miles)
After a hotel breakfast, we will set off for the Palace of Versailles where we'll have a picnic lunch before cycling into Paris to conclude our ride at the Eifel Tower.
We are aware that some people need to head off after completing the ride but for those who can stay on, there will be a celebratory final meal on the banks of the Seine.
We will take two support vans on the ride so that we will have extra places to provide transport for cycles back to the UK as Eurostar have recently changed their cycle policies.
The total cost of the ride includes:
If you are planning on staying on for the evening in Paris, the celebratory meal will be a further £20 per person. This cost includes van support but it does not include soft drinks or alcohol, which people will need to buy for themselves.
Kit lists and maps will be available at amosroadclub.org a little nearer the time where you can also see highlights of previous years rides.
Amos Trust is committed to realising rights for girls and young women, especially teenage girls. Teenage girls are sexualised, exploited, forced into commercial sex work or forced marriage, abused, become teenage parents and are first to lose their rights as a result of conflict.
The trauma’s they encounter leave lasting scars. Our partners around the world are committed to addressing their psychosocial needs believing this to be critical to support teenage girls to realise their self-worth and claim their rights and their futures.
This year, we would love for you to ride and raise funds for our partners in India, Tanzania, South Africa, Burundi, Palestine and Nicaragua as we create change and build hope for teenage girls and young women.
We are not begging, or asking for a favour, it is our right. Usha 19, from Karunalaya’s girls programme
The ride is 250 miles and we are asking people to raise £1 per mile towards our work with teenage girls and young women. Alternatively, if you are feeling continental (or railing against Brexit), then it's 400 km – we would be delighted if you were able to raise €400! You can create your Just Giving page here.
To book your place, simply click here. Please book early as we only have an initial limit of 50 places. We may be able to extend this but it would be far easier to do so if we know this in advance.
You may already be involved in fundraising for Amos Trust – thank you so much. We would love to have your company on the ride and do not wish for you to feel that you need to raise sponsorship again unless you would like to do so.
Shalini was 14 years old when Karunalaya’s outreach team found her surviving on the streets near the bus shelter. Her mother had made a secret arrangement to marry Shalini to an older man in exchange for Rs2,000 (about £23) when she came home from school to find the traditional wedding necklace, she ran away.
At Karunalaya she plays football on the girls' team and earlier this year, she passed her 11th standard exams. She has become a role model for the younger girls at Karunalaya’s shelter.
Shalini says “girls need to look after each other,” and she hopes to become a social worker like the staff at Karunalaya so she can protect other girls. Her wish is that all girls are loved and know their rights.
Amos partners with Karunalaya because they believe that it is Shalini’s right to safety and love and together we want to see that she can realise her rights and claim her future.
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