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Cycle from Heathrow 2 Amsterdam
It's that time of year once more when we depart Heathrow by bicycle rather than plane and head to Amsterdam. Completing our journey in 3 days, heading through London and the Kent countryside.
Welcome to the 2017 Heathrow Cycle Challenge. This year's ride will take us from the familiar sights of Heathrow Airport, through London and the Kent countryside to Dover. then taking a ferry across to Dunkirk. From here we continue along canal ways and cycle paths before reaching Bruges, a quick sight see of this cobbled city before continuing to Breskens and our ferry to Midelburg. Our final cycling day will see us cross bridges and ride before riding through Delft and eventually into Amsterdam itself along the river Amstel. Time to celebrate before returning to the UK on Sunday, where ytour bikes will have already been delivered back to the bike hub at Heathrow Airport
Thursday 22nd June 2017
07:00 - Meet your Adventure Cafe team at the Compass centre, load support vehicle, safety brief, bike check.
07:30 - Depart
12 - 13:00 - Lunch
18:00 - Dunkirk - Dover Ferry - Dinner On board
20:00 - Arrive Dunkirk
20:30 - Arrive Accommodation
Friday 23rd June 2017
08:00 - Depart
12 - 13:00 - Lunch
16:00 - Ferry Crossing
16:30 - Arrive Vlissingen
17:30 - Arrive Accommodation
19:30 - Dinner
Saturday 24th June 2017
08:00 - Depart
12 - 13:00 - Lunch
16:00 - arrive I AMSTERDAM sign
17:00 - arrive accommodation
19:00 - Dinner and Celebration
Sunday 25th June 2017
08:00 - Adventure cafe depart for Heathrow Airport
Time to enjoy the sights sounds and smells of Amsterdam - Do not book flights until you receive confirmation from us that minimum numbers have been reached (8).
16:00 - Bikes dropped at Heathrow Airport.
We will be spendin 3 nights in comfortable hotel accommodation sharing twin rooms.
Single supplement is available for: £100
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!)
Do not book flights until you receive confirmation from us that minimum numbers have been reached (8).
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Guide
Experienced Support Driver
Refreshments (Water + Snacks).
Pre Event Support
Ferry Crossing (Dover Dunkirk).
Accommodation during the event (3 nights)
3 Breakfasts, 3 Picnic Lunches, 3 evening meals
Return of bikes to Heathrow Airport
Excluded From Trip
Return Flights - Do not book flights until you receive confirmation from us that minimum numbers have been reached (8).
Breskens ferry - €4.10 pp
Pre / Post event accommodation
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
At this time of year we hope for blue skies and warm weather. However we should always come prepared for less favourable conditions. Come ready with a waterproof and some warmer layers just in case
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
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