a fun type of challenge – 495 km
As a beginner cyclist, you might find a four-day event a little intimidating. But, it doesn’t have to be! Rise to the challenge, and we promise you’ll have tons of fun while doing it. The length of this route varies from day to day, many of the surfaces are flat with few cobblestone areas, and you’ll cycle alongside people with the same abilities. If you’ve been on a bike at least twice a week for the last three months, you’re well prepared to cover the 495 km in four days.
1st day – 137 km
from citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle to Saint Quentin
Tour de France finish line has been here for 106 years, and on Avenue des Champs-Élysées since 1975. Is it any wonder we picked Paris as our starting point?
The main route for citizenMovement fundraising cycling event will start in Paris at citizenM Charles de Gaulle. One of Tour de France winners is Joop Zoetemelk, he will join us for this first day of cycling.
Fun fact: you’ll spend the last 25 km of the first day on the same Saint Quentin road as Tour de France 2012. Saint Quentin is also the place where André Greipel won a Stage 5 sprint in the 2012 Tour de France.
2nd day – 118 km
from Saint Quentin to Roubaix
On the second day, you’ll follow the route of the famous Paris-Roubaix one-day professional men’s race. One thing will be different: not as many cobblestone stretches as the pro race. There will be some, but you can do it!
Fun fact: the day will finish in the same place as the finish of Paris-Roubaix. We’ll also pass Compiègne, where Paris-Roubaix starts. In 2014, the Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra won the Paris-Roubaix race.
3rd day – 132 km ride
from Roubaix to Antwerp
This day is the second most challenging day of the journey, but you can do it! We cycle to Antwerp, where the Tour de France started in 2015. Some parts of the route will include climbs and cobblestones.
Fun fact: Johan Museeuw, winner of the Tour of Flanders in 1993, 1995, and 1998, rides this stage with us.
4th day – 108 km ride
from Antwerp to Rotterdam
Last stage to Rotterdam, where in 2010 the Tour started with a prologue won by Fabian Cancellara. This is a flat stage you’ll surely enjoy… unless the wind gets in the way!