CYCLING enthusiasts are being offered the chance to watch the climax of the Tour de France before trying to emulate the world's top riders.

The St Margaret's Hospice 2019 Overseas Cycle Challenge from Paris to Geneva sets off from the Eiffel Tower the day after the end of the famous race on the Champs Elysees.

The four-day pedal covers 357 miles and takes in the Col de la Faucille, a category two climb in the Jura Mountains that has featured on the Tour de France route 41 times.

Last year's cycle challenge from London to Amsterdam and Brussels raised more than £15,000 for St Margaret's.

Marisa Lovell-Fox, head of fundraising at the charity, said: “Our overseas cycle challenges are always popular with people who like to explore new countries on two wheels while enjoying the camaraderie and support of a friendly group ride.

“Everyone who takes part in this challenge will be making a real difference to people in their community by helping St Margaret’s care for patients, family members and carers who are coping with a life-limiting illness."

The six-day trip starts on Sunday, July 28, with four days in the saddle followed by a free day at the end to explore Geneva - for details visit or email