Greece Coast to Coast Picture 1
Greece Coast to Coast Picture 1

Next departure:  16/10/2018

Best Time of Year: April - September

Max alt:  1700m

Dist:  550km

Min age: 

Duration:  6

My Big Fat Greek Cycle Ride

Bike Adventure

Join us on this brand new challenge for 2018; a ride through rural northern Greece. We'll ride for 4 days through untouched mountain scenery, traditional rustic villages, along unspoiled coastline, experiencing a part of Europe that most tourists have never seen. But also dropping in at some of Greece's most historic and stunning natural and cultural highlights.


Our adventure begins on the idyllic Ionian island of Corfu. Upon arrival we'll have an afternoon to explore the UNESCO heritage recognised historic city centre before prepping our bikes ready for the ride out the next morning.

The ride starts proper once we disembark from the ferry on the mainland. We'll begin our gradual climb up into the Pindus mountains, through ancient villages, endless olive groves, and of course the occasional hairpin. We'll be using primarily singletrack roads, ensuring that we should have the tarmac to ourselves, only sharing with the occasional goats as we get deeper into this wild mountain range. Our first night will be spent in the fortified town of Ioannina, on the beautiful lake of the same name. 

Day two sees us climb up to the highest point on the ride, before cruising down an epic descent to the other-worldly landscape of Meteora and its world famous cliff-mounted monasteries. This is certainly a highlight of this ride - as we have the chance to ride the circuit of the stunning rock formations.

The next day is spent leaving the mountains behind us, crossing the coastal plains all the way to the Aegean sea and its myriad of pretty fishing villages, all in the shadow of the iconic Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods. Our overnight is in the pretty trailhead village of Litoxoro, often used by mountain trekkers and climbers.

Our final riding day takes us along the coast, through rolling vineyards and olive groves, all the way to the historic city of Thessaloniki. A cultural crossroads, and legendary port from the days of ancient Greek mythology. We'll finish our adventure by exploring what this incredible city has to offer, especially its fantastic food and wine! 

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - 16/10/18: Arrive to Corfu. Check Bikes.

Day 2 - 17/10/18: Ferry - then ride to Ionnina. +2000m +105km

Day 3 - 18/10/18: Ride to Kalambata + 2100m + 120km (Optional Further 15km Around Monastery)

Day 4 - 19/10/18: Ride to Litochoro. +500m + 150km

Day 5 - 20/10/18: Ride to Thessaloniki. +300m + 127km

(Please note distances and height gain are approximate)

Day 6 - 21/10/18: Fly home.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

We will be accomodated in comfortable hotels in twin and triple rooms.

 

What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on 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!)

 

Special Notes

Due to the nature of rural Greek mountain roads, we recommend a minimum tyre size of 28mm, as there will be sections of rough tarmac, and possibilities of short gravel sections.

 

Visas / Redtape

Non EU citizens should seek advice.

 

Included In Trip

Pre event support (training plans and guidance).

5 nights comfortable hotel accommodation in twin / triple rooms.

5 breakfasts.

Adventure Cafe cycle leader (mechanic + first aid).

Adventure Cafe support vehicle.

Adventure Cafe support driver (mechanic + first aid).

Baggage transfers between hotels.

 

Excluded From Trip

Lunches

Evening meals (we will reserve a table for the group each night).

Flights.

Airport transfers (dependant on flight times Adventure Cafe will be able to collect you and your bike from the airport).

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
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)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

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

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
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

Important
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

 

Safety Information

Helmets are compulsory. 

Please ensure you have had your bike serviced before departure.

 

Weather

We can expect calm and clear weather; make sure you pack sunscreen and sunglasses. As with any trip, we always hope for the best but plan for the worst. Particularly in the mountains the weather can change quickly; make sure you bring waterproofs and a warm layer for the descents.

 

Optional Extras

Single Supplement 

Airport transfers

Certificates 

Event Clothing

 

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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


 

 

Guide price

Price on Application

Difficulty
Info

 

Trip dates


Start Date
End Date
Duration
16/10/2018
21/10/2018
6

 

Event Location


Greece Coast to Coast Picture 2
Greece Coast to Coast Picture 2

Greece Coast to Coast Picture 3
Greece Coast to Coast Picture 3