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The London-Paris 2012 Entry Procedure Announced

by Holly Blades

HotChillee, have today announced the entry format and dates for The London-Paris 2012. The event next year will be the 9th Edition and will take place from the 21st-24th June 2012.

Due to exceptional demand there will be a limited number of early-bird guaranteed entries available on Tuesday 26th of July 2011 at 12 noon (BST) on a first come first served basis via the website. ( Thereafter rider entries will be by ballot opening on Friday 29th July at midday and closing on 1st September with successful entries being notified by the 19th September 2011.

Team entries should register their interest with before Friday, 29th July. For 2012, teams will have 4 riders as opposed to 5. Teams will be finalized by the time the ballot closes on 1st September.

Charity entries will once again be available via the 2012 Charity Partners.

The London-Paris is now cemented as one of the premier cycling events on the calendar and this year was the subject of a 26 minute TV highlights programme which was broadcast on Eurosport and attracted a very impressive audience.  Many participants talked of the 8th edition of this unique event as the 'best ever'. Riders experienced an unforgettable 'Tour de France' finish into Paris, with rolling road closures past the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. 

With plans for 2012 well under way, HotChillee Chairman Sven Thiele has indicated that next year's event will be celebrated with a very special 25th anniversary tie-in to one of the greatest ever Tour de France races in 1987, when Stephen Roche won the Triple Crown.

Thiele said "It seems incredible that it is 25 years since Stephen's amazing Tour win. We were overwhelmed by the demand for places in 2011, with the event selling out in minutes and we expect things to be even more frenetic for 2012. Thus we have added the ballot system to give riders a better chance of gaining entry.  The London-Paris has grown quickly since the first edition in 2004. We have world class sponsors and partners to be proud of, with some special announcements regarding those partners over the forthcoming weeks.  

We are most excited that in 2012 we will have an amazing event to commemorate Stephen's historic Tour win, which will include some of the characters from the history of professional cycling. We cannot say too much at the moment, but next years event will be very special!"