Overview

Forget the Eurostar! What better way to travel from London to Amsterdam than by pedaling the miles yourself! Cycle through four countries as we weave our way through the picturesque English countryside, across the Kent Downs, and past the battlefields of northern France.

We follow the Belgium coast and beautiful Bruges before greeting the canals of The Netherlands and arriving at our finish line in the vibrant city of Amsterdam – every cyclist’s dream destination!

Whether you are an experienced rider looking to put in some mileage or a complete beginner on your first ever multi-day ride, you will find other cyclists at your level, make friends for life and go on an incredible adventure which will stay with you forever.

Start:
10/06/2019
Finish:
14/06/2019
Location(s):
London, England / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration:
5

Itinerary - 5 days

Day 1 Monday, 10 June 2019
London to Calais

Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south towards the coast. Our route winds through the beautiful Kent countryside before we reach the famous white cliffs of Dover. From here we catch the ferry to Calais for our first overnight stop. Approx. 95 miles cycling

Day 2 Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Calais to Bruges

After a hearty French breakfast we head out for a slightly easier day on two wheels! The relatively flat route follows the coast through the Belgian border along tree-lined country lanes and picturesque canals before turning inland toward our evening’s accommodation in beautiful Bruges – this fairy-tale town is filled with pretty cobbled streets and medieval buildings, a picture-perfect end to day two! Approx. 80 miles cycling

Day 3 Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Bruges to Breda

Today we will be tackling our longest ride of the trip so will begin with an early start! After a couple of hours we cross from Belgium into Holland and then along the coastal road before taking a welcome break in the form of a 20 minute inland ferry ride! From here we head east towards our journey’s end in the historic city of Breda. Approx. 95 miles cycling Today we will be tackling our longest ride of the trip so will begin with an early start! After a couple of hours we cross from Belgium into Holland and then along the coastal road before taking a welcome break in the form of a 20 minute inland ferry ride! From here we head east towards our journey’s end in the historic city of Breda. Approx. 95 miles cycling

Day 4 Thursday, 13 June 2019
Breda to Amsterdam

We have a long ride ahead for our last day in the saddle but we will be taking on a flatter route passing the canals, blossoming tulips and windmills synonymous with the Netherlands, which lead us towards the bright lights of Amsterdam where cycling is the way of life! This wonderful city is a hub of art, history, hidden gems and stunning sites – what a finish line! Approx. 90 miles cycling

Day 5 Friday, 14 June 2019
Amsterdam to London

Today you are free to explore the wonders of Amsterdam, with your chance to take in the culture and enjoy all the city has to offer, be it taking in a museum or enjoying a well-earned drink in the sun! You will then catch a coach to Brussels before transferring to the Eurostar to continue to London. Due to the nature of the challenge, this complex itinerary is subject to change.

FAQ's

Is the trip for me?

Definitely! These trips are all fantastic challenges for anyone wanting to do something amazing for a great cause! There will be lots of like-minded people taking part who’re just as passionate about cycling as you are, all looking for the challenge of a lifetime and of course to meet new friends. Some people come with friends or family but most people come on their own so what are you waiting for? Sign up today for a fantastic experience and the opportunity to make lifelong friends

Is there an age restriction?

You need to be 18 years old or older to participant in our overseas trips. If you are under 18, you may still be able to participate but you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Before anyone under 18 is accepted onto a challenge we would need to have a discussion so you can make an informed decision on the suitability of the challenge. If you call us in the office we can offer this advice.

I've never done anything like this before

you may still be able to participate but you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Before anyone under 18 is accepted onto a challenge we would need to have a discussion so you can make an informed decision on the suitability of the challenge. If you call us in the office we can offer this advice.

what should I expect?

Most people who sign up to our overseas challenges have also never done anything like this before! You’ll be well supported from the minute you sign up right through to the challenge itself

How fit do I need to be?

but it’s important you come with an open mind. Due to the destinations we travel to

Do you offer vaccination advice?

things don’t always run as smoothly as they would at home so a relaxed attitude is the best in these situations.

Do you offer visa and general travel advice?

Most people who sign up to our overseas challenges have also never done anything like this before! You’ll be well supported from the minute you sign up right through to the challenge itself

Do I have to have travel insurance to travel?

As we’re not medically trained we suggest you contact your GP or local travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. You can keep informed on current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad by visiting the NHS Fit for Travel website (www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk).

Will I be able to raise the sponsorship level?

At present those traveling on a British passport to France don’t require a visa but any other nationalities should check the requirements for traveling beforehand. We strongly recommend you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for your destination country before travel as this has up-to-date advice on staying safe abroad (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) and for more on security

When do I pay my sponsorship money?

local laws

Can I just pay to come on the trip without raising sponsorship?

plus passport and visa information we suggest checking on https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk.

How will I follow the route?

Yes

Can I extend my trip?

everyone is required to have travel insurance in place before they depart for a challenge. We highly recommend you take a policy out as soon as you sign up in case of any unforeseen circumstances that require you to cancel. If you already have an annual policy or cover with your bank you should check you are happy with the level of cover

What do I need to bring?

repatriation is essential. You will need to provide us with your policy number

What will happen to my luggage during cycling days?

emergency contact number

How does my bike get back from Amsterdam?

and the start and expiry date of your insurance.

How is my trip protected?

YES! Once you have started you will find that raising the minimum sponsorship is easy and most importantly fun! We will provide you with a breakdown of examples of how to raise the sponsorship money in an enjoyable way and we will

How do I book my place?

of course

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be available every day to help you with more ideas! You are doing something quite simply amazing so make sure you tell everyone you know