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Best Time of Year: April - October
Cycle Brugge to Holland Weekend
This promises to be a great weekends biking on the continent and a real chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the UK. The route takes us through the fascinating northern part of Belgium and on into Holland (with the odd coffee stop!) as we simply enjoy life on our bikes! Travelling by ferries and passing through three of our close European neighbours will give us a varied and fascinating weekend.
We depart from Dover by car on to the ferry, and drive the short distance to Brugges, before a weekend of good food, plenty of laughs, and around 160km of cycling—two good days on our trusty steeds—but still with enough time for a good meal on Saturday night and a few glasses of the local speciality... Please note - this weekend does not include the services of the support vehicle - although in extreme circumstances it may be possible to bring it into service at the end of the weekend. This weekend is a good chance to check your fitness for a longer trip on 2 wheels. Also a chance to get together with previous trip participants, or to speak with more experienced bike adventurers!
Day 1 - Meet Dover 15:00 latest.
Ferry with cars to Dunkerque, and then drive to Brugge for overnight. Discuss route for following day.
Day 2 - Breakfast 07:30 - departure planned for 09:30 latest.
Our ride will take us North, along the coast and to the small village of Breskens, where we shall take the ferry over to Vlissingen. We shall have some time to explore this peninsular, and arrive at our destination before sundown (hopefully - remember the short days at this time of year!) Evening in Vlissingen, sampling local food and specialities.
Day 3 - Breakfast 08:00 - departure planned for 09:30 latest
Return ride planned to be slightly shorter - dependent upon team's preferences, to arrive in good time at Brugge for return travel to the ferry. This will be a late night - returning to Dover at around 20:00. This is in order to make sure that we have time to enjoy our ride, and make the ferry on the way home.
Will be in a simple hotel on both nights.You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable).
What is a Level 2.5 Cycling Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 80km), or altitude gain - around 5-600m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically road conditions will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough road conditions (or it is a mountain bike challenge), then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high specific cycling fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Bike Ride’?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular bike rides and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country rides of up to 6 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 B&B Accommodation.
2 days guided cycling.
Mechanical back up.
Ferry crossing to Belgium.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to Dover.
Lunches & Dinners.
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.
Expect it to be chilly—and maybe even a little rain. If we prepare for all conditions then we may be pleasantly surprised! Often at this time of year it can be clear and crisp - with blue skies and sunshine - so keep your fingers crossed!
Hat and gloves are essential for this trip!
Warm tracksuit trousers are recommended.
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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