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Best Time of Year: April - October
TdF Grd Depart London Amsterdam
Join us on this unique and exciting opportunity to be amongst the buzz and atmosphere of the 2015 Tour De France Grand Depart.
If you missed Yorkshire then don't miss this amazing opportunity to witness one of the major European sporting events of the calendar year. Taking place just across the channel in the Northern European city of Utrecht, we have another chance to be at start of the worlds biggest annual sporting event.
Integrated into our standard London To Amsterdam itinerary, we plan to ride a total of four days taking in the best cycling routes between the two capitals with the additional bonus of visits to the historic cities of Brugge and Utrecht.
If you’ve never ridden this part of the world before, be prepared to be blown away by the wonderful canal cycle ways and splendid beauty, culture and cuisine this intriguing region has to offer
Day 1 - 75 miles - Early meet in London for briefing (07:00), bike checks, and collection of baggages for transfer by support vehicle. Departure point - The Royal Obervatory, Greenwich Park. Ride via the tranquil Kent countryside , small villages and open farmland out past Rochester and on to Canterbury and Dover port for the ferry crossing to Calais - distance for the day - approx 75 miles, but each cycling day will include regular breaks and a lunchstop.
Day 2 - 72 miles - It's a bright start from Calais to begin our way up this famous piece of coast via the historic town of Dunkirk. We soon cross the border into Holland and head inland towards the pretty capital of the Flanders region, Brugge.
Day 3 - 86 miles - From Brugge our ride will take us North, along the coast and to the small village of Breskens, where we shall take the ferry over to Vlissingen. From here it's pan flat riding across the famous coastal plains of northern Holland to our stop-over, Delft.
Day 4 - 50 miles - Early morning start from Delft riding the wonderful canal cycle path routes to Utrecht to see us arrive in time for the buzz and the build up to the TdF Grand Depart. On our bikes we should be able to slip into the city centre uninhibited and position ourselves for the best seats in the house for the best views of the peleton...cameras ready! We say 'au revoir' to the peleton and begin the final completion of our tour and the last stage to Amsterdam. We cycle the final 20 miles on more wonderful canal paths and speed into Amsterdam looking forward to what this famous city has to offer us directly to our hotel for a hot shower, time to get your glad rags on, before a night on the town (well - as much as you can manage after four days in the saddle!!!)
Day 5 - Return to UK - Easy morning taking in a few sights before making your way home. Please contact us to discuss your return travel from Amsterdam, we will be happy to discuss the best trevel arrangments with you.
4 nights accommodation using 3* b&b hotels (including Amsterdam). We will be in TWIN or TRIPLE rooms - Single rooms available on request.
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!)
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.
Return Travel: We will be happy to discuss return travel with you and options available for your return home. If you plan to return to the UK via Gatwick it may be possible to arrange a bike transfer back via our supporting vehicles - please call 01460 249191 to discuss further.
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
Route and Navigational Planning, Experienced Intl Cycle Leader, Experienced Support Driver, First Aiders, Mechanical Support (tools and spares), 3 Nights 3* Accommodation (inc breakfast), Luggage Transfer, Spare Bikes
Excluded From Trip
Lunches. Evening Meals. Return travel from Amsterdam
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 first aid kits, our on hand support vehicle, 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. You will be issued with detailed safety guidance for riding safely. It is our primary focus to ensure you arrive safely at your journey's end without any crashes or accidents!
Weather conditions very similar to the South East of England - dependent upon time of year could be cold, hot or rainy. Prepare for all conditions.
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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