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Best Time of Year: April - October
Calais to Amsterdam (France, Belgium, Holland)
Try our great fun, Calais to Amsterdam bike challenge adventure - taking 3 days cycling in total, with one day to return home, you’ll be covering around 200 miles - just enough to blow the cobwebs away - or stretch yourself to the limit - depending upon your fitness level! This is an ideal itinerary for those embarking on a first cycling challenge - as the hills are very few and far between!
We leave behind the white cliffs of Dover for the pre event briefing and first night’s rest in Calais. Now the fun begins - we begin cycling the bike friendly countries of Europe... pedalling our way the days destination via Dunkirk we cross the border from France into Belgium and the capital of the Flanders region... Brugge. After a night enjoying the magnificent city of Brugge we now head out into the countryside and enjoy riding the coastal plains famous in this area. Soon crossing the border into Holland and our overnight stop. It's a truly fascinating and charming part of the world with many interesting sights so keep your eyes peeled. It's not long before we arrive into Amsterdam in good time for a couple of celebratory drinks in the evening, and a hearty Dutch Meal. Next morning you will have time to relax before heading for home and. reflect upon an amazing bike journey you’ve completed between two of Europe’s key cities.
Day 1 - Sail away from the white cliffs of Dover and meet us at the Calais Hotel for a pre-event briefing and relaxing evening.
Day 2 - 72 miles It's a bright start from Calais to begin our way up this famous piece of coast via the historic town of Dunkirk. We soon cross the border into Holland and head inland towards the pretty capital of the Flanders region, Brugge.
Day 3 - 86 miles From Brugge 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. From here it's pan flat riding across the famous coastal plains of northern Holland to our stop-over, Delft.
Day 4 - 50 miles The final day of our ride and Amsterdam! We cycle the final 50 miles and speed into Amsterdam looking forward to what this famous city has to offer us directly to our hotel for a hot shower, time to get your glad rags on, before a night on the town (well - as much as you can manage after four days in the saddle!!!)
Day 5 - Return to UK Adventure Café can offer participants who are returning on this day to London Gatwick to have their bikes transported via our support vehicle to Gatwick from Amsterdam - please call 01460 249191 before booking your flights to discuss further. For all other UK destinations we can offer an early morning bike transfer service to Sciphol Airport, Amsterdam for you to return to the UK with your bike - remember to bring a bike bag or bike box (cardboard) to transport your bikes on the flight.
We'll be using simple but clean hotels en-route - good enough to give you somewhere to get clean, and get a good nights sleep with planned eating stops along the way. Nothing palatial - but not too bad either!
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.
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
Experienced Cycle Leader, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, Qualified First Aider, Pre-event briefing, Ferry Crossing to Calais, Bed and Breakfast accommodation en route, Amsterdam Accommodation, Full buffet breakfasts every day.
Excluded From Trip
Your evening meals and lunches. Return flight. Pre Event accommodation on the night before our departure from London. Travel to and from start and finish.
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
You must stay in contact with your leader at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each morning. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a full expedition first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader. You should make sure you have programmed your leader's phone number in your own phone. If you are stuck at the roadside - please make yourself safe. Also it is essential that you check your bicycle is in good working order before joining this event.
Weather conditions very similar to the South East of England - dependent upon time of year could be cold, hot or rainy. Prepare for all conditions.
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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