At 6am this morning, 35 Football League fans began the trip of a lifetime as The Football League 'Arch to Arc' cycle challenge left Wembley Stadium bound for Paris.
Organised to raise funds and awareness for Help the Hospices - The Football League's Official Charity Partner for the 2012/13 Season - the 244-mile marathon will arrive at the iconic Arc de Triomphe on Saturday.
Comprising supporters of 14 different League clubs, the route winds from Wembley Stadium to the French capital via Portsmouth, Caen and Bernay and allows the participants a free day on Sunday to explore Paris having completed the gruelling course.
"We are hugely grateful to all the riders who are taking on this iconic challenge," said Katy Sprake, fundraising events manager for Help the Hospices.
"We hope the event will raise more than £50,000 for Help the Hospices. This money will help hospices to keep caring for 360,000 people each year, including patients and their friends and families. That's enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over!"
The following clubs will be represented on the trip:
Blackpool, Cardiff City, Colchester United, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Oxford United, Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday, Stevenage, Watford, Wycombe Wanderers.
Included on the trip are Nottingham Forest Chief Executive Mark Arthur and former Bury, Rochdale and Halifax Town defender John Bramhall, now Deputy Chief Executive of the PFA.
Andy Dodd, Marketing Manager at The Football League, who is also taking part, said: "The Football League Arch to Arc bike ride is a fantastic demonstration of support by Football League fans to this fantastic cause."
The participants of the challenge are:
Will Hart (Birmingham City)
Greg Douglas (Blackpool) - http://www.justgiving.com/douglasgreg
Leanne Douglas (Blackpool) - http://www.justgiving.com/douglasleanne
David Greaves (Blackpool) - http://www.justgiving.com/David-Greaves1
Daniel Whiteside (Blackpool) - http://www.justgiving.com/DanielWhiteside
John Woodman (Blackpool) - http://www.justgiving.com/John-Woodman
Andy Lindley (Sheffield Wednesday) - http://www.justgiving.com/AndyLindley
Gareth Powell (Oxford United) - http://www.justgiving.com/Gareth-Powell1
Louise Brookes (Colchester United) - http://www.justgiving.com/Louise-Brookes2012
Jack Murray (Derby County) - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=jm_arch_2_arc_2012&faId=174629&isTeam=false
Graham Holt (Doncaster Rovers ) - http://www.justgiving.com/Graham-Holt
Andrew Mason (Hartlepool United) - http://www.justgiving.com/andrew-mason65
Carl Hancock (Hartlepool United) - http://www.justgiving.com/Carl-Hancock
Mark Arthur (Nottingham Forest) - http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Arthur0
Roger Crosse (Nottingham Forest) - http://www.justgiving.com/Roger-Crosse
Gary Collingwood (Notts County) - http://www.justgiving.com/garycollingwood
David Greenwood (Notts County) - http://www.justgiving.com/David-GreenwoodNCFC
Matt Brock (Oxford United) - http://www.justgiving.com/mbtbh
Christophe Lancien (Oxford United) - http://www.justgiving.com/Christophe-Lancien
Mark O'Sullivan (Oxford United) - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkOSullivan
Liam Powell (Oxford United) - http://www.justgiving.com/Liam-Powelltarget1300
Michael Stratton (Oxford United) - http://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Stratton
Andrew Medlock (Stevenage) - http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Medlock
Steven Peters (Watford) - http://www.justgiving.com/Steve-Peters1
George Taylor (Wycombe Wanderers) - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Parisonabike&faId=172154&isTeam=true
John Bramhall - http://www.justgiving.com/thepfa
Matthew Buck - http://www.justgiving.com/thepfa
Steve Chamberlain - Help the Hospices
Nick Cusack - http://www.justgiving.com/thepfa
Andy Dodd - The Football League
Jim Hicks - http://www.justgiving.com/thepfa
Mark Humphreys-Evans - http://www.justgiving.com/mhe
Peter Wells - http://www.justgiving.com/guzziwells
Follow the ride on Twitter as it happens via @football_league and use the hashtag #ArchtoArc to keep up to date with all of the news.