London Amsterdam via Utrecht Picture 1
London Amsterdam via Utrecht Picture 1

Next departure:  Label

Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  100m

Dist:  380km

Min age:  16

Duration:  5

Ride London Utrecht Amsterdam Ride

Bike Adventure

Join us on an epic journey across Europe - from Olympic Park London, via beautiful Essex countryside, to Harwich and across to Holland. We shall then explore the amazing and spectacular Dutch cycle path network, taking in canalside riding, and even a spectacular open crossing over the Markermeer, before the final ride into Amsterdam, and doubtless one big celebration!


We shall meet the night before departure day at our joining hotel at the Olympic Park, for a team get together and briefing as well as fitting hire bikes. We shall depart from London and head out eastwards into Essex, picking smaller roads as we leave London behind. The countryside is surprisingly pretty, with lovely rolling farming land studded with lovely villages as we pedal towards Harwich. We shall aim to hit Harwich early enough for dinner, prior to boarding the ferry.

 

After our overnight crossing staying in either two or four berth cabins - you will have breakfast on board, before setting off on the Cycle Paths of the Netherlands - bound first for the historic city of Utrecht, then via the spectacular and unusual cycle path across the Markemeer, before our final ride into the wonderful World Heritage City of Amsterdam.

 


Itinerary

Day 1 (27/06/18) - Meet at hotel in Olympic Park. Participants who have reserved bike hire must arrive by 5pm for fitting. Others should arrive in time for briefing at 20.30 hrs. Early night in readiness for tomorrow's big day.

Day 2 (28/06/18) - 129kms - Early breakfast in London Olympic Park for initial briefing (08.30 hrs), bike checks, and loading of baggage for transfer by support vehicle. Departure point and main photograph outside Olympic Stadium. Ride via East London then into the picturesque Essex countryside, small villages and open farmland out past Colchester and on to Harwich port for the ferry crossing to Hook of Holland - distance for the day - approx. 129km, but each cycling day will include regular breaks and a lunch stop.

Day 3 (29/06/18) - 100km - It's a bright start from The Hook of Holland to begin our way down the Nieuwe Maas - before we peel away inland and up to the pretty town of Delft - where we shall take our first break in the main square. From here we continue to explore the fabulous network of cycle routes to pass through Gouda and then on to our overnight stop in Utrecht.

Day 4 (30/06/18) - 156km - From Utrecht today's ride has an optional direct route to Amsterdam. Both routes ride around the edge of the Markemeer prior to our final approach to our destination. Typically, we like to assemble as many of the group as possible at the Museumplein, next to the famous "I amsterdam" sign. We shall then lead you to your hotel, store bikes, and all head out to dinner in this famous city.

 

Day 5 (31/06/18) - Return to UK - Adventure Café will pack and return bikes to London, we shall (subject to timings) arrange shuttles at several times during the day, to Schipol Airport. Bikes will return to destinations to be confirmed.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

We'll be using simple but clean hotels en route sharing twin rooms - good enough to give you somewhere to get clean, and get a good night’s sleep with planned refreshment stops along the way. On board the ferry the cabins are modern, and are offered in quad share. Riders who elect for single supplement will be given twin share on board the ferry. Please note cabins are in limited supply.

 

Single supplements are available - please inform us at the time of booking if you would like a single room. approx. £125.

 

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!)

 

Medical Issues

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 the challenge.

 

Please make sure you have travel and bike insurance prior to the event.

 

Insurance Details

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Special Notes

Single supplement upgrade is available - on a first come first serve basis - however only a twin share option is available on board the ferry due to short supply of cabins.

 

Each day, we shall offer the standard distance route - but with an optional side excursion to a point of interest. Routes will be waymarked. On the final day we offer a more direct route to Amsterdam for riders who do not wish to tackle a flat 100 miles.

 

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 Leaders, full vehicle support and Driver/Mechanics, Qualified First Aiders,  pre-event briefing, waymarking, ferry crossing to Hook of Holland, bed & breakfast accommodation including three dinners, three lunches and accommodation on the night before our departure from London.

 

Excluded From Trip

Return flight from Amsterdam to UK. 

Travel to and from start and finish.

 

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

It is advised that you 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 leaders 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 bike is in good working order before joining this event, please ensure it has been recently serviced.

 

Weather

Weather conditions are very similar to the South East of England - dependent upon time of year it could be cold, hot or rainy. Prepare for all conditions. - The support vehicle will be close at all times and will be able to carry your waterproofs/ extra layers should the weather be changeable on the day.

 

Optional Extras

Bike Hire (Alumium or Carbon Road Bikes) is available. Or Hybrid Bicycles.

 

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


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