Germany Cycle Challenge

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St Elizabeth Hospice

Germany Cycle Challenge

19th - 25th August

After a very successful first year in 2017 we have been asked by many people to do this again. We are trying to make this as interesting as possible to a number of different groups of people.

Make memories of a life time:

  • Sense of achievement whilst traveling along dedicated cycle routes with up to 100 new friends

  • Ride between the twin towns of Felixstowe, Wessel to Salzwedel approximately 480K

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1 Munster the cycling capital of Europe and an old BAOR Garrison Town

  • Day 2 Detmold via the impressive Hermannsdenkmal, Detmold was also an old BAOR Garrison Town

  • Day 3 Hanover via Hameln and a chance to look around the town made famous by the Pied Piper

  • Day 4 Fallingbostel/Walsrode

  • Day 5 Bremen for a long deserved rest before returning home

Fundraising target: £1900

Whats included:

  • Fundraising support and materials from St Elizabeth Hospice to help exceed your fundraising target

  • Accommodation throughout the trip

  • All food and drink throughout your ride

  • A dedicated support team to mark the route, help with bike repairs and should you need it first aid

  • A Ride for Toni 2018 Cycle Jersey

  • Transportation of your cycle to the start

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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be?

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to do this challenge. The majority of people who take part are often novice cyclists and will not have done anything like this before. However, to get maximum enjoyment from the challenge, training is vital!

We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 50 miles a day for 5 consecutive days, so you should ensure as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 50 to 60 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. A full training pack will be issued once you’ve registered, to help you get started.

What bike should I take?

We recommended using a Hybrid or Road bike with road tyres no wider than 28mm. Mountain bikes are not suitable and will make your challenge more difficult unless you are an experienced mountain bike cyclist (i.e. frequently cycling 60+ miles on this type of bike). Mountain bikes are built for off-road cycling; the frames are heavy and the tyres are thicker. You can hire a bike for £50 for the week if you do not have your own.

What do I need to bring?

You’ll be sent a full kit list after you have registered which will provide lots of information on what you will need/should bring. Please note, cycling helmets are compulsory and you will not be allowed to participate on the event without one.

How long will I be cycling per day?

As mentioned above, you will be riding for 50 to 60 miles each day and as a rough guide, if you cycled at 10mph then you can expect to arrive at your final daily destination in 5 to 6 hours. On average most novice cyclists will travel approximately 10-12mph, once well into their training, with intermediate cyclists averaging around 14-15mph.

Are there breaks whilst cycling?

Yes, each day is broken into 4 sections. On a typical 60 mile day you will cycle for approximately 15 miles before reaching the first morning water stop. At approximately 30 miles you will stop for lunch, then at approximately 45 miles you will reach afternoon water stop, before completing your final leg of the day to your hotel. There will also be recommended café stops provided for those who wish to take further breaks. Remember this is not a race, and support will be with you all the way.

At the water stops there will be plenty of water available and an array of sugary snacks, bananas, flapjacks to mention just a few…more than enough to help keep you going!

What will happen to my luggage during cycling days?

Your luggage will be transported for you by the luggage crew. You will hand your bag over to them first thing each morning and you won’t have access to it again until you arrive at your next hotel. For everything you need during the day, we suggest a bike bag and or, a cycling shirt which has 3 pockets on the back to carry any essential items you may need. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough room in the support vehicles for day bags.

What support will there be?

There will be lots of support throughout the ride from support vehicles, mechanics, luggage vehicles, route markers and caterers. The crew will never be far away and you will be provided with an emergency number to call, that will put you through to your event leader if needed.

How will I find my way?

The route will be marked with fluorescent arrows at every junction and every mile or so along the route. You will be given a GPX version of the route via “MapMyRide”. You will need to download the free app on your phones to be able to access the route in detail, but hopefully you won’t need to refer to it unless you miss an arrow!

How will we get to and from the challenge?

Travel to and from the event start is not included in the price of this challenge, therefore you are responsible to book your travel to the event start/hotel and from the event finish back to the UK. Advice will be available on best options if needed.

How do our bikes get to the start of the event and back to the UK?

Your bikes will be transported by vehicle to event start and back to the UK after the event finish. You will hand your bike to one of the crew on Friday afternoon when your cycling challenge is completed and you will be reunited with it again at the hospice.

What type of accommodation will I be staying in?

Accommodation is in 3/4* hotels, chosen for their proximity to our route. All the hotels we choose are excellent with en-suite facilities, the price of this challenge is based on two people sharing a room, if you are traveling on your own don’t worry, we will pair you up with somebody in a similar position. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplement charge.

What food is included and does it cater for all diets?

Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided as part of the event package, starting with breakfast on the morning of day 1, your first days cycling, and finishing with breakfast on day 6. Evening meals and breakfasts will be provided at the hotels. Your evening meal on the day you arrive at the starting hotel is not included as everybody will be arriving at different times during the day. Lunches are provided by Chapeau caterers and are a generous buffet-style (hot and cold) with plenty of energy food to keep you going! Chapeau Catering can cater for all special dietary requirements provided you let us know well in advance of the event. If you have unique dietary requirements, you are welcome to bring one or two of your favourite snacks with you for riding, as choice can sometimes be limited across some European countries.

What insurance will I require?

It is a requirement of entry that you have adequate travel insurance to cover your participation on the event. We will require a copy of your valid insurance before travel. We also recommend that you apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as the NHS will cover most medical care when travelling in Europe. You can apply for an EHIC at your local post office or online and it’s free. Travel insurance rarely covers your bike separately, so either add it to your household cover, or there are specialist companies you can get cover with, if preferred.

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