The following are self-reported records (let me know of any others, or if you break any of these!)
Dieppe Paris 7h 37m
London Paris 17h 32m
Matt Kerr and Stuart Wadsworth June 2016, at lightning pace. They left London at 637pm, taking just 3h9min to reach Newhaven (with one puncture). The ferry was a five-hour one and they left Dieppe at 528am and reached the Eiffel Tower at 105pm, stopping only for two more punctures and a well-earned cake at a patisserie. They averaged 18mph in 10h20 moving time.
Matt and Stuart's feat is all the more impressive as they kept to the cycleways on my route
rather than faster road alternatives. (But if you want to challenge the record on the same terms, use their track from Strava,
which does include a slightly faster on-road alternative after Gournay
which I included as an option before the disused railway opened
along that stretch.)
London Paris London 45h
Dominic Irvine . Dominic has competed in various iron man challenges, and in 2015 cycled Lands End to John o'Groats on a tandem in 45 hours, breaking a world record that had stood for 50 years. He uses my route for some gentle training on his single-speed bike! In May 2013, he rode London to Paris via the night ferry, turned straight round and took the next night's ferry back. He did admit that his legs hurt after his return...
Dominic also holds the record for fastest on a single-speed for Dieppe-Paris (9hr6min) and London-Paris (21hr30min)
Other people have done London-Paris faster than this, but not along my route. In July 2017 , Richard Owen did London-Paris-London in just over 39 hours by using night ferries on successive nights. He took a direct road route to Paris cutting off over 20 miles in each direction. Anyone wanting to beat Dominic Irvine's 45 hours L2P2L using my route would need to do Dieppe-Paris-Dieppe in the approximaetely 19 hours between arrival and departure of night ferries (which Dominic did using my route). The overall time will then depend on the UK legs. Dominic was not trying to set a record, and Richard's overall time was nearly six hours faster because of tighter timing from London to Newhaven and back.Some other London to Paris sub-24 riders
- Martin Collett + 5 others, April 2012,
15 minutes inside the 24 hours, despite being
plagued by punctures, and some torrential rain)
- 30 people from the Channel 4 News Team, May 2013,
who easily hold the record for Most money raised for a charity:
an incredible £225,000 for the Duchenne Children's Trust
6yrs 1 month - Arthur Louw, March/April 2013, accompanied by his sister Lydia (8) and dad Len. They took just 3½ days to cycle 210 miles from Kingston to Paris, with a remarkable 80 miles in freezing temperatures on the first day. They raised money for Help for Heroes.
81 Pop Ginger, who in October 2012 cycled with his young friend Walter Soreau (75, right) from Brighton to Paris. Unlike some speed fiends, they took their time to enjoy the food, drink and countryside along this route, over five days, as related in Wally's excellent account.
Greatest age range and most generations in one group67 years across 3 generations
45 riders from Parmoor (near Henley) to Paris, led by Rob Hamilton, June 2012, raising an amazing £45,000 for 1morechild, a Ugandan charity for street children and the origin of a company offering to support you to ride in short hops across the world!
Smallest number of wheels required
Drew Robinson, London-Paris via 7 marathons in seven days, April/May 2012. Raising money for Help for Heroes
Mark Wiggins, Steve Colligan and Paul Royle, on unicycles
2007 (220 miles in 3.5 days) raising money for British Lung foundation.
This unsupported group carried their luggage in backpacks!
Largest number of wheels on one contraption
Neil Sparey, with Bruce, Robbie and Webby on their "Pentacycle".
In March 2013 they pedalled it back from Paris to support the Lily Foundation, which supports research into Mitachondrial Disease. Everything was going great until it started snowing. Arriving in London, they showed their delight with this contraption by putting it up for sale on Ebay (anyone interested?)...
Largest number of riders on two wheels
THREE - No, not the Goodies, but Andrew Stanfield, Andrew McKechanie and Sarah Wright, on their "triplet", raising money for the Patrick Wild Centre, where they work on research into autism. A video of their trip is here.
Fastest completion of route on multi-person/semi-recumbent bike
Longest contraptionAbout 3 metres (tandem plus 55kg trailer) Nigel Thomas and Frances Valdes, Brighton-Paris and back, Jubilee weekend 2012
Most visually impaired rider: Tommy Mulholland, aged 80 and blind, on the back of a tandem skippered by 70-year-old
Bob Harper in May 2016. They rode from
Brighton to Paris and raised over
£20,000 for Chestnut Tree House
Children's Hospice. There's more than
one way to celebrate an 80th birthday!
First and most internationalised riders of the route
May 2007 (4 nationalities out of five riders English, Malaysian, Welsh, Hong Kong Chinese)
Julian Chow, Donald Hirsch, David Bassett,JB Lim, Linda Lim