London 2 Paris 24hr Cycle 2016

It's been 12 months since I was involved in documenting this exciting cycling event and for some reason I've not written a blog post about it, so here it is now.

Starting at Greenwich the cyclists gathered to unpack bikes, register, prep and meet their new cycling mates that would be with them for the next 24 hours.

London to Paris
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
London to Paris
London to Paris

A quick brief was carried out by Sophie Radcliffe, aka Challenge Sophie, who would be leading the group to Paris and then off they went very excited leaving London behind.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
London to Paris

Unfortunately some didn't get far before the dreaded puncture!

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

The support teams were very quick to help and get riders back in the saddle and on their way, time was counting down and a ferry wasn't going to wait!

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

In the support car I got the chance to get a few tracking shots of Sophie as she sped through the countryside.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Regular pit stops were a great way for riders to get to know each other and have a good laugh, as well as getting the essential snacks.

London to Paris
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

These were a favourite amongst the riders and myself.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

And again a good time to sort out any issues with the bikes.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Riders were all smiles and in high spirits as they passed or as I passed them in the support car.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Check-in at the ferry, a quick 4-5hr crossing and a chance to rest the legs.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Even after hardly any sleep the riders were all smiles and laughter as they filed off the ferry onto French soil. Sophie gathered them around for a quick chat, checked routes, supplies and was ready for what was going to be an unexpected very cold early morning ride!

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

The French countryside looked beautiful as the sun came up giving the riders some lovely long roads.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Heroic gestures, silly faces and poking tongues out came as standard throughout the ride

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Breakfast was in a little french town that was still asleep when we arrived. The hot food and drinks went down a treat and was enjoyed in a small patch of sunlight that provided a bit of warmth from the early morning cold.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

And then back on the road...

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

As the sun got higher the temperature increased and turned into a glorious day for the riders and their cold hands.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

A quick pit stop, with a beautiful backdrop, allowed for a refuel, change into shorts, selfies and soak up some sun before hitting Paris.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Arriving in Paris and at the Eiffel Tower brought smiles, laughter, tears of joy and celebrations from the riders.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
London to Paris

Trying to get a group shot was tricky with lots of tourists wanting to be in the picture as well, but managed to get one.

To view more images from L2P as well as the rider portraits please go to -www.chriswinter.co.uk/london-2-paris-24hr-cycle