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Best Time of Year: April - September
Prague to Budapest Bike Challenge
Join us as we head to the wild new frontier of Cycling! The fringe of Eastern Europe that is opening up to cycle tourism. Experience the iconic Cities of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, linking them all on picturesque roads, touching the edge of the Austrian Alps. A great challenge with longer days in the saddle making the most of the scenery. This ride blends exploration and fantastic riding into one perfect package!
Starting in the beautifully picturesque city of Prague, we have a night to view the iconic bridges, square and spires, before preparing our bikes for the forthcoming ride.
As we leave Prague we have a steady but gentle ascending road for the first 2 days tackling the best of what the Southern Czech mountain region has to offer before crossing the border into Austria on day 2. Making our way down the mountain pass and meeting up with the Danube taking us in to Vienna. The Danube is our compass now, as we pass through Slovakia and into Hungary for our final stop before the last big day taking us all the way in to Budapest.
An immense trip taking in 4 countries, rolling mountain regions and Europe's most mighty and historic river. The cuisine, countries, landscapes, and fascinating recent history are sure to make this a trip you will never forget.
DAY 1: Pre day preparation. Fly from UK to Prague and meet at hotel for evening. Prep bikes and briefing for the challenge ahead.
DAY 2: Prague to Jindrichuv Hradec 140km
Crossing the Czech Republic we have an uphill trend for most of the day with one or two large climbs, ending the day in Jindrichuv Hradec
DAY 3: Jindrichuv Hradec to Vienna 160km
Another uphill trend for most of the morning and crossing the Austrian border. After lunch we take some nice downhills to make up our timings getting into Vienna.
DAY 4: Vienna to Gyor 150km
Our flattest day, catching up with the river Danube, chasing it through Austria and crossing into Bratislava, Slovakia before crossing again into Hungary for a night in Gyor.
DAY 5: Gyor to Budapest 130km
From Gyor we handrail the Danube for the morning before breaking off and taking a few last hills before arriving into Budapest
DAY 6: Free day to explore Budapest and return flights to UK
5 Nights Accommodation is included in your fee. Beginning in Prague, we will be in simple hotels throughout the event (including breakfasts). The standard of accommodation will fluctuate throughout the trip - but is designed to be functional - and to enable us to get a good night's sleep - and continue with the challenge. You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades are also available for an extra charge if required.
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
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 Leader/First Aider.
Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic.
Transfers to/from Czech and Hungarian selected airport.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation en-route.
5 lunches, snacks and water on route each day.
Excluded From Trip
Flights from and return to UK airport.
Transfers to/from UK airport.
Evening meals whilst on trip,
Personal insurance cover.
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
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 mountain safety shelters, walking rope 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.
We should catch the end of the summer - and have mild warm and sunny weather. Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! So pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too! 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!
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