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Best Time of Year: April - October
Cycle London To Amsterdam 2 days
Come and join our great fun, London to Amsterdam bike challenge - taking just 2 days riding in total, with one day to return home, you’ll be covering around 150 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!
From our start location in central London, we begin steadily riding from the the busy London suburbs and it’s not long before we are clear of the urban sprawl and out into the Essex countryside and riding on to the historic towns of Chelmsford and Colchester. We will do our best to take the prettiest (and quietest) roads we can find as our route through this picturesque county, however, we should also be prepared for just the occasional tricky junction or busy stretch on this 75 mile day. Our final destination town for the day is the port town of Harwich and the point we join our ferry and overnight quarters. Before boarding we will have time to take dinner at a local restaurant after which you will be able to freshen up in your en-suite cabin.
After our overnight journey on the ferry we arrive at the Hook-of-Holland - now the fun begins - we begin cycling the bike friendly countries of Europe... pedalling our way along the multitude of traffic-free cycleways and canalways of Holland. Cruising without the complications of traffic control the scenery quickly changing between urban and rural as we pass through towns and countryside we can expect to make good progress through the day and arrive in good time for well deserved refreshments and celebrations.
The final day will be for you to enjoy the sights of Amsterdam - We will drive your bikes back to London Gatwick airport for you to be reunited on your return - you will recieve a recommended flight from us to book once minimum trip numbers have been reached.
(Please note flights and transport to Amsterdam Airport are not included - We will send a recommended flight to book once minimum trip numbers are reached). If this flight time is not convienient for you, you may need to arrange for your bike to be transported on your flight with you).
Saturday, 19 September
London to Harwich (75mi / 120km)
07:30 - Arrive at Start Venue (TBC)
- Registration opens
08:15 - Event Briefing
- Prepare to ride
08:45 - Depart start venue
18:00 - Arrive at Harwich
18:15 - Evening dinner at restaurant
21:30 - Depart restaurant for Port
22:00 - Arrive Harwich port
- check in
- Board ferry
- Shower/Changing facilities in cabin
23:15 - Ferry depart Harwich
Sunday, 20 September
Hook-of-Holland to Amsterdam (75mi / 120km)
07:45 - Ferry arrive Hook-of-Holland
- Breakfast before alighting
08:00 - Depart Hook-of-Holland
- Ride to Amsterdam
16:30 - Arrive Amsterdam
Monday, 21 September
Return to UK
08:00 - Breakfast - Your Adventure Cafe team will be departing to return your bikes to the UK
10:00 - Checkout
14:00 - arrive amsterdam train station for train to Schipol Airport - this is optional you may wish to take a taxi.
14:30 - arrive Schipol Airport
16:30 - approx recommended flight departure time
16:45 - approx arrival time into London Gatwick to meet your Adventure cafe team and be reunited with your bikes.
(Please note flights and transport to Amsterdam Airport are not included - We will send a recommended flight to book once minimum trip numbers are reached). If this flight time is not convienient for you, you may need to arrange for your bike to be transported on your flight).
We will be using twin or triple rooms through the challenge. We will spend night one in a ferry cabin - compact and cosy but good enough to give you a good nights sleep. Night two will be a little more spacious using a 2/3 star hotel close to Amsterdam city centre - nothing palatial - but not too bad either! Single rooms are available upon request (subject to availability).Please Note: there will be a single room supplement (SRS) for this service.
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
Route & Navigational Operations, Experienced Cycle Leaders, Support Vehicle and Crew, First Aiders, Accommodation, Ferry, All Meals (NB - day 1 breakfast and return day lunch are not included), Luggage Transfer.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from event start/finish not included.
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 first aid kits, our on hand support vehicle, 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. You will be issued with detailed safety guidance for riding safely. It is our primary focus to ensure you arrive safely at your journey's end without any crashes or accidents!
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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Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
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