The cost of the trip is £975 (£950 if booked before end of 2017).
- Accommodation for 5 nights (based on 2 people sharing a twin room)*
- Ferry travel Hull-Zeebrugge
- All food (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner and breaks). See below for more info.
- Experienced guide riders
- Full mechanical and breakdown support
- Baggage transfer throughout the trip
- Full pre-trip advice and 16 page Riders Guide
- Return travel (via Eurostar) from Paris to York including bike transfer
- Event mementos
- Personalised photo album sent to you post event via memory stick
*Single room supplement is available for an additional fee (£180)
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal drinks e.g. alcohol, soft drinks
- Major repairs/parts to bike or any damage to bike
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Tell me a little bit about the accommodation?
Accommodation will be in 2 and 3 star standard hotels in France. These rooms are clean, functional and have en suite bathrooms.
You will be expected to share a room with someone of the same gender. We can arrange for you to share with someone you know if you would prefer. Single rooms are also possible for a supplementary fee.
Tell me a little bit about the food
We will cover the costs of all the food you should need.
Breakfast will be taken at the hotels we are staying at. We plan to have 2 breaks during the riding day, one mid morning (after around 1.5 or 2 hours riding) and one mid afternoon (around 1.5 hours after lunch). You can expect water, energy drink, tea/coffee, biscuits, flapjacks, fruit, jelly babies and other smaller items to help keep you going. Our plan for lunch is to either stop at a local café or similar, or where that is not practical to serve something nourishing at a pre-designated spot. The evening meal will be had either in the hotel we’re staying at or a nearby restaurant. This will be a two or three course meal.
Please let us know in advance of any special dietary arrangements.
Are you also paying for our drinks?
Unfortunately not. All drinks, alcoholic or soft will have to be paid for by each individual.
How will I know where I’m going?
We will have experienced guide riders who will lead each individual groups. In the unlikely event that you do slip off the end of a group or get lost we plan to give you a hard copy of the route as well as contact numbers for the lead riders and the support vans. We will also make the GPX of the route available for you to download to your mobile devices.
What happens if I have a mechanical breakdown?
One of the support riders will stay with you and either assist you to fix the problem or our mechanical support vehicle (Repair 2 Ride) will come along and sort out the issue. We will cover the cost of any simple repair e.g. inner tube or missing screw, but for any larger breakdowns e.g. new tyre, new chain, the individual rider will be expected to cover the cost. We recommend that you bring suitable spares of key items e.g. inner tube with you.
How fast do I have to ride?
The trip is not a race and there are no prizes for the person getting to the evening hotel first. However, we will be riding up to 80 miles a day in undulating terrain so if the last time you rode a bike was as a child you may wish to reconsider your participation. As a rough rule of thumb you should be reasonably fit and ride at least once a week. We would expect you to be able to manage a minimum of 12mph on a 50mile ride across gently undulating terrain.
It’s not fair on either yourself or other riders if you are not in physical condition to ride. If you have any doubts about your preparedness, we recommend you try riding 50 miles in one go, and check your average speed and how you feel afterwards. Ask yourself the question ‘Could I do this, and more, for 5 days in succession?’
Who will look after my baggage?
We will take your baggage from one hotel to another. Drop it off with us in the morning and we’ll have it waiting for you at the evening hotel. We recommend you keep any valuables to a minimum.
We recommend you take with you on the bike what you would normally for a long ride e.g. water bottle, snack or gels (in case you get peckish between stops), repair kit, mobile phone.
Can I raise money for charity?
You are more than welcome to raise money for a chosen charity though this is something for you to organise directly with the charity and sponsors. The main focus of the trip is for cycling enthusiasts and as a result we are not in a position to offer advice or support about any fundraising.
Do I have to have travel insurance?
Yes it is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you ride. If you already have an annual policy or cover with your bank you should check you are happy with the level of cover and we recommend that it covers at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment.
When you arrive for your challenge we’ll need to see a copy of the policy schedule or letter confirming your policy number and 24hr emergency contact telephone number. Please note most travel insurance does not cover your bike, so you may wish to arrange this separately on as an addition to your existing policy. Failure to have adequate insurance may mean we are unable to accept you on the challenge.
You will also have to obtain an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). These can be obtained for free from https://www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card
What do I need to bring?
We’ll provide you with a full kit list in your Riders Guide when you sign up to your challenge. In general, we advise that you bring a larger suitcase/holdall/rucksack for your main things, and a smaller day bag (e.g.small rucksack) for a quick change of clothing and other things you might want to quickly access during the day.
Are there any age restrictions?
Participants need to be 18 or over on the day of the ride.
I have an existing medical condition. Do I have to tell you?
Yes. When you register we will ask you to bring to our attention anything which you think might affect your ability to successfully complete this physical challenge. We will treat any such information with the strictest confidence.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes. It must conform to UK safety standards.
What type of bike should I have?
We strongly recommend you use a road bike for this challenge. Hybrid bikes are acceptable. We do not allow mountain bikes, tricycles or recumbents. Anyone wishing to use a tandem should contact the organiser first.
What happens if I sign up and then can’t go? Can I cancel or transfer my place? Do I lose all my fee?
Depending on when you cancel we will offer you a partial refund of any monies paid. You can also transfer to another date (if places are available) or to another person (subject to a transfer fee). See Register page for more details of all this.
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