Bike Baltic Ride Riga to Talinn Picture 1
Bike Baltic Ride Riga to Talinn Picture 1

Next departure:  10/08/2019

Best Time of Year: June - August

Max alt:  160

Dist:  485km

Min age:  18

Duration:  6

Ride Riga to Tallinn - A Baltic Odyssey

Bike Adventure

Let's break the mould. Let's go ride somewhere new, somewhere wild, somewhere that is going to open our eyes. Somewhere that's not quite Eastern Europe, and nor is it quite Scandinavia. This is an opportunity to explore the new frontier of the Baltic States, with its historic Hanseatic Cities, and incredible untouched and expansive woodland. More than that - we can't tell you. Its down to us to go and explore...


In four days we shall cross from Riga in Latvia to Tallinn in Estonia by climbing the Baltic Coast, and passing through some amazing landscapes and historic and little visited villages and towns. The ride totals almost 500km, and is planned to take place in summer when we have the best chance of good weather, and almost endless daylight. Its probably just as well - as winter temperatures can plummet to less than minus 30 degrees. Yikes!

This itinerary will be supported by an experienced international ride leader and a support vehicle driver to transfer bags, and offer logistical support. We shall book good quality hotels throughout for you - and reserve some top restaurants in the big cities when we reach them.

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Riga - collection from Airport by Adventure Cafe - transfer of bikes downtown

Day 2 - Cycle Riga to Limbazi - 105km

Day 3 - Ride Limbazi to Parnu - 125km

Day 4 - Ride Parnu to Haapsalu - 110km

Day 5 - Ride Haapsalu to Talinn - 140km

Day 6 - Free to depart - or continue to St Petersburg!

 

 

Route Map


Accommodation

In big towns you can expect 3-4 star hotels of a good standard, and Adventure Cafe will seek out interesting characterful staging posts in the intermediate locations. Nights 1,3,4 & 5 will be good standard international hotels, night 2 is a rural hotel set in a more remote location.

 

What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)

 

Special Notes

This ride and the food and accommodation is governed by what is available. Whilst the bigger towns are well covered with International Standard Hotels, the smaller towns will be simpler. 

Note also - that subject to level of interest, Adventure Cafe may offer an extended verison of this ride - with the opportunity to blast onwards and into Russia - reaching the mighty St Petersburg. Please ask for details.

 

Included In Trip

Hotels

Transfers from Airport

Cycle Leadership

Support Vehicle

 

Excluded From Trip

Lunches

Dinners

International Flights

 

Equipment Required

Kit lists specific to your trip dates and location will be issued upon enquiry...below is our guide advice to give an idea of what you should bring on a multi--day ride in Europe

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.

Cycle  Clothing
Padded Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, or Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes or sturdy traners suitable), 

Spare Shoes/Sandals for after ride

Casual Evening Wear - tracksuits, jeans, T shirts, fleece ...

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, chargers, EU plug adaptor, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport

Important
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip. It is advisable to check that your travel insurance covers the value of any expensive items of kit that you chose to bring along with you. 

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure

 

Weather

The summers in Latvia and Estonia can be pleasantly warm - and with plenty of sunshine - however - it pays to be cautious in your preparation with your equipment. Plan for warm and sunny through to cool, and showery.

 

Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Booking Form Cycling - For Cycling Events

 

 

Guide price

£799

Difficulty
Info

 

Trip dates


Start Date
End Date
Duration
10/08/2019
15/08/2019
4

 

Event Location


Bike Baltic Ride Riga to Talinn Picture 2
Bike Baltic Ride Riga to Talinn Picture 2

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Bike Baltic Ride Riga to Talinn Picture 3