Montenegro Circuit Mountains and Coast Cycle Picture 1
Montenegro Circuit Mountains and Coast Cycle Picture 1

Next departure:  14/10/2020

Best Time of Year: May

Max alt:  1112m

Dist:  410km

Min age:  18

Duration:  6

Montenegro Coast and Mountains Cycle Challenge

Bike Adventure

Join us on a truly epic cycling adventure through this mysterious and relatively unexplored cycling territory as we push further Eastwards through Europe into amazing Montenegro. Go one up on your cycling buddies - ride Croatia and Montenegro and explore the stunning bay of Kotor and ride one of Europe's most amazing pieces of road - the Ladder of Kotor! it's truly one of our favourite adventures, and offers great weather, great overnights, and amazing landscapes!


Get ready for an amazing ride that has it all - beautiful coastline, ancient history, a whiff of recent historical events, and incredible undiscovered landscapes. We are exploring Europe's hidden frontiers, and meeting folks at the roadside who don't see Northern European Cyclists all that often! Montenegro and Croatia are all on the current 'hot list' of exciting new destinations - visit now - before its all change on the Eastern front. This ride compresses the best bits into an amazing three day ride - with minimal transfer time - to allow maximum riding and enjoyment!

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day
Fly to Dubrovnik - Assemble bikes
Pre event night in Dubrovnik/ Cavtat

Day 2 - Ride 1 - into Montenegro
Dubrovnik, Croatia > Kotor, Montenegro
Distance - Two Distances available - Short = 100km, long = 120km

Day 3 - Ride 2 - to Budvar (loop ride)
Kotor, Montenegro > Kotor, Montenegro
Distance - 110km +2400m

Day 4 - Ride 3 - Up the Famous Ladder of Kotor
Kotor > Perast, Montenegro 
Distance - 118km +1979m 

Day 5 - Ride 4 - Over the Mountains and to Dubrovnik

We ride today over the mountains to cross the border, before returning to amazing Dubrovnik


Day 6 - Return Flights Home

Transfers available subject to timing of leader flights.

Please Note - distances are approximate

 

Route Map


Accommodation

This is an adventure ride in the true meaning of the word, but the accommodation will be of a good standard throughout the event (including buffet breakfasts). Expect characterful 3-4 star type hotels. You will be sharing in twin rooms. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades may be available for an extra charge if required. This trip includes one night in Cavtat (near Dubrovnik Airport) prior to the ride, and the night at the end of the ride in Cavtat / Dubrovnik.

 

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!)

 

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 any of our challenges.

 

Special Notes

Please note, this ride has (for a larger group), options for longer and shorter days. Due to the pretty small towns we sty in, we may find ourselves split between hotels, and riders may need to assist in short movements of luggage at the end of the day - although we try to avoid this. This is when we are staying inside the medieval ity walls of an old city.

 

Visas / Redtape

You should hold a valid passport for this event - Please check your passport validity!
If you are unsure if your passport is valid to travel through the countries stated in this challenge please contact the Home Office for advice.

 

Included In Trip

Collection from Dubrovnik Airport, 5 nights accommodation (B&B), cycling leader/mechanic, first aider, team tools and spares, support vehicle & driver. 

4 Lunches and 5 Dinners…

 

Excluded From Trip

International Flights
Bike Hire

 

Equipment Required

Kit lists specific to your trip dates and location will be issued upon enquiry...below is our guide advice to give an idea of what you should bring on a multi--day ride in Europe

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  Clothing
Padded Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, or Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes or sturdy traners suitable), 

Spare Shoes/Sandals for after ride

Casual Evening Wear - tracksuits, jeans, T shirts, fleece ...

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, chargers, EU plug adaptor, 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. It is advisable to check that your travel insurance covers the value of any expensive items of kit that you chose to bring along with you. 

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure

 

Safety Information

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, 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. On any cycling itinerary you should take great care on the road - cycling single file wherever possible, avoiding the use of earphones, and wearing a helmet at all times whilst riding.

 

Weather

We hope to experience some pleasant Mediterranean warm weather - although, as ever, be prepared for all kinds! Typical weather stats for Dubrovnik and Kotor in September/October suggest average daily maxima of between 22 and 25 degrees. As we crest the high pass , the temperature could dip - so be ready with some warm layers - and of course - there's always a chance of rain... however unlikely!

 

Optional Extras

Limited availability of bike hire may be possible - but generally on this ride, participants bring their own bikes and reassemble on arrival.

 

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


To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events

 

 

Guide price

£839

Difficulty
Info

 

Trip dates


Start Date
End Date
Duration
14/10/2020
19/11/2019

Event Location


Montenegro Circuit Mountains and Coast Cycle Picture 2
Montenegro Circuit Mountains and Coast Cycle Picture 2

Montenegro Circuit Mountains and Coast Cycle Picture 3
Montenegro Circuit Mountains and Coast Cycle Picture 3