Severn Explorer Cycle Challenge Picture 1
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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  130m

Dist:  188km

Min age:  18

Duration:  2

Severn Explorer Ride

Bike Adventure

Ride the stunning Severn Valley, and take in the world famous Wye Valley on the way back on day 2. All from Bristol, one of the UK's most historic and fascinating cities, this is a brilliant way to spend a couple of days in the saddle.


This is a ride of two river valleys - straddling our historic border, with castles, and wandering, meandering lazy turns on these two amazing waterways. This is a fantastic chance to explore this most scenic part of the UK, within easy reach of most parts of the country. And once you have completed the two rivers, you will pass back via Chepstow , past the castle, and then over the mighty Severn Bridge (on a surprising piece of cyclepath, back across to Somerset, and in turn back to historic Bristol, ready to head for home.

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet in Bristol at Joining Hotel (Dinner included up to 9pm)

Day 2 - Breakfast - and final ride briefing and bike checks

09:00 depart

Lunch En Route

17:00 / 18:00 - expected arrival - Ross on Wye

Evening Dinner and savour a great day's riding

Day 3 - Ride from Ross - down the WWye Valley, across the Severn Bridge and back to Bristol.

09:00 - Departure

17:00 - expected latest arrival Bristol

Overnight Accommodation included in Brsitol - for a celebratory night.

Day 4 - depart back to London.

Bikes will rejoin you back in London by around midday.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

Hotel accommodation is booked for you - for three nights (one night before the ride in Bristol, and one night afterwards). Your breakfasts are also provided. Please advise if you are a vegetarian.  

 

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

Hire Bikes may be provided - please see Somerset Bike Hire for details. These are either hybrid, aluminium road bikes, or even our top spec Carbon Road Bikes.

 

Included In Trip

3 x Nights in Hotel (twin share), 3 x Breakfast, Guiding for the weekend, Support Vehicle, 3dinners, 2 lunches, bike transfers from London - and back to London afterwards.

 

Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from the event, Bike Hire (available, please ask for details), 

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Oil/Lube*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Helmet (compulsory)

Medikit
Suncream, Plasters
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc

Washkit
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Warm Clothing
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat

Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Underwear
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Other
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)

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

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and an experienced cycle leader. You will be accompanied by a well equipped support vehicle, to take care of you in the case that you are struggling. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.

 

Weather

The weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily. It's quite possible we may experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and long warm leggings.

 

Optional Extras

Bike Hire. Single Rooms are available for an extra charge.

 

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

Price on Application

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


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