Heathrow 2 Amsterdam Picture 1
Heathrow 2 Amsterdam Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  146 metres

Dist:  460km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Cycle from Heathrow 2 Amsterdam

Bike Adventure

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

 


Itinerary

Itinerary

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.  

 

Route Map


Accommodation

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!)

 

Special Notes

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

Baggage transfers

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

 

 

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

 

Weather

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! 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.

 

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

 

This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


 

Event Location


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