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Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge
Ride the Coast to Coast Bike Challenge on this grand bike ride through Wordsworth's own country taking in all the might and splendour of the great National Parks of Northern England. Starting by dipping your rear wheel into the Irish Sea you will cross some of the country's most beautiful countryside and National Parks before rolling our way down to the North Sea! Traverse the Lake District, the Eden Valley, and across the Pennines and Durham Dales before dropping down into Tyneside.
Our trip begins as we dip our rear wheel in to the Irish Sea. We pass through the stunning scenery of the Northern Lake District, and down in to the lush Eden Valley. We then climb up on to the 'Roof of England' - the Northern Pennines. Next we pass through the Durham dales and from here it's all down hill to our final destination of Tynemouth where we dip our front wheel in to the North Sea! Our route takes in a mixture of the classic cycle routes in the area as well as more unique routes carefully selected by us to take in the best this spectacular region has to offer.
Day 1 -Travel to Keswick - this is our meet location - we strongly recommend travel by train as this will also help your return home from Newcastle. Here we will have the event briefing and bike checks before dinner and good nights sleep.
Day 2 – [70km] - Our first ride heads out across the northern Lake District and through Keswick before reaching our accommodation on the shores of the beautiful Ullswater lake.
Day 3 – [70km] – After a good breakfast we prepare ourselves for some good riding today. After the spectacular views of the Lake District we now make our way to the mighty Pennines - this may well be the hardest day with some good leg burning climbs. Through the Eden valley and up on to the 'roof of England' - The Northern Pennines! Taking particular caution on the downhill sections to see us safely into our day's destination and overnight accommodation.
Day 4 – [65km] - A bright start will help us finish off the last few hills of the Penninesand then it's all down hill as we catch a glimpse of the Coast. Here we really get going on nice easy trails, as we follow the mighty Tyne river around through the heart ofNewcastle and on to Tyneside arriving at our final destination - The North Sea!
From Tyneside (unless otherwise arranged) you will be transferred to Newcastle central rail station for your onward journey home.
Please note distances are approximate.
The accommodation will be to a high standard seeking out hotels that best reflect the character and charm of this wonderful region.
What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in 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!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Experienced cycle leader.
Vehicle with support driver and mechanical backup.
4* hotel accomodation with breakfasts.
2x transfers (start & finish).
Luggage transfer through event.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, dinners and snacks.
Transport to and from the event.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..
Your leader and support driver will do their very best to keep you safe and well on this trip. But you should listen carefully to their briefings. It is their role to identify to you the safest way to get through this ride, and to keep an eye on you and your wellbeing. Please take seriously any suggestions or comments they may make to you - it is for your wellbeing!. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
During the summer months we can expect warm weather, however we will be crossing the Lake District and the Pennines where we may encounter any sort of weather, therefore appropriate clothing as set out in the equipment list is essential.
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!
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