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Best Time of Year: April - October
Cycle Belgium Weekender
Join us on what promises to be a truly great and enjoyable weekend’s biking in Europe. Don’t miss your chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the working week, without having to embark on a long journey!
Just a short drive to Dover, before a weekend of good food, plenty of laughs and around 200km of cycling—two good days on our trusty steeds—but still with enough time for a decent meal on Saturday night and a few glasses of proper Belgian Beer.
Northern Belgium is an ideal cycling venue for a weekend of great riding - covering good distances - along quiet roads, easy going towing paths, and through beautiful flemish town squares. We shall rack up over a hundred miles this weekend - but don't panic - as this is good easy riding and there will also be time for pleasant drinks breaks, and a couple of fun evenings in Calais and Brugges! The countryside is wide open, and the canal network is extensive - making for interesting riding. Dependent upon group numbers, we’ll be able to use the support vehicle to transfer your luggage (for groups larger than 8 pax). This vehicle is an important safety and comfort consideration - and has a plenty of bike space that can collect you in case of problems on the road!
This weekend is a good chance to check your fitness for a longer 2 wheeled adventures. You can mix with previous trip participants and also gain advice from an experienced bike adventurer! Learn about bike suitability, tyre choice, riding style, and how to ride longer distances!
Day 1 - Meet Dover Docks typical timings 15:00 - please note this will be dependent upon Ferry Timings - it could be either eariler or later and will be confirmed in your Joining Instructions.
- Ferry crossing—approx 17:00—please note we shall be riding our bikes on to the ferry at Dover and Dunkerque….
- Check into hotel , dinner in Calais
Day 2 - Breakfast—08:00
- Ride of approximately 110km—weather dependent
- Arrive Bruges approx 17:00
Night out in Bruges
Day 3 -Breakfast—08:00
- Depart — 09:30
- Arrive Dunkerque by 16:00
- Expect to be back in Dover early evening.
Will be in modern, simple hotel accommodation on both nights. You will be sharing in twins, triples or quads.
There is opportunity to upgrade to twin B&B accommodation for a supplement - please ask.
If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a supplement will be payable).
What is a Level 2.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
Level 2 rides are designed to be suitable for riders progressing past their earliest cycling experiences, now gaining confidence, and looking for slightly longer rides. In your own time, you will be used to going on training rides of up to 3 hours, and covering distances of up to 40 miles, with a few small hills thrown in for good measure! Level 2 rides will get you out and exploring places you didn't expect to be able to get to on 2 wheels!
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Bike Ride’ ?
You must be active and with a moderate level of fitness. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of bike rides and a mixture of other activities (swimming / football / running etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country rides of up to 4 hours or 60 km in the lowland English countryside. Your training rides will encounter a few reasonable length hills.
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.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
2 nights bed and Breakfast.
2 days guided cycling.
Mechanical back up.
Return ferry crossing to France
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from Dover.
Lunches & Dinners.
Any spare parts used in bike maintenance.
Personal insurance cover.
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)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
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
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
If we prepare for all conditions then we may be pleasantly surprised! It may be hot (dependent upon the time of year) so plenty of water and suncream may be advisable. Equally rainy conditions are a possibility so do bring a lightweight waterproof.
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!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
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