London to AmsterdamCycle Challenge

14-16/07/2017

London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge

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The London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge is a European classic cycle which finishes in the bike capital of the world.

Registration fee: £150

Minimum sponsorship required: £1,250

You'll cycle 250KM over two days, passing through the picturesque countryside of rural England. You will cross the Channel and cycle across the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland. This is a truly picturesque cycle taking in the sights of Amsterdam with its network of canals, cobbled streets and wonderful architecture will evoke a real sense of excitement.

At Macmillan we understand what it takes to raise funds for, train and then take on such a challenge. That’s why our dedicated challenge team will be there for you from the beginning, providing you with advice on both fundraising and training.

Along the way you'll be pushed to the limit, make new friends and take in some stunning scenery, safe in the knowledge that your challenge will help Macmillan improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

Please note that the minimum age for this event is 18. To read full terms and conditions, please click here

When does the challenge take place?

The cycle will take place from 14 -16 July 2017.

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What do I have to do to take part?

Simply sign up online and pay your £150 registration fee at the end of the registration process. If you would prefer to receive a paper version of the registration form please email cycling@macmillan.org.uk.

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What kind of bike do I use?

Neither Macmillan nor Discover Adventure are able to provide bikes for this trip, so you must bring your own. We recommend that you bring a road bike, as the route takes place on well-surfaced roads.

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When do I have to pay my sponsorship by?

You will then need to raise a minimum of £1,250, of which £500 must be received by Macmillan Cancer Support four months prior to departure. The remainder must be with us within one month of the event taking place.

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How much will it cost Macmillan?

Your registration fee of £150, plus the first £500 of sponsorship, will be paid by Macmillan on your behalf to our tour operator, Discover Adventure, for the costs of your participation.

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FAQ 6 - How will my participation benefit people affected by cancer?

At least 60% of the £1,250 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £1,250, 100% of the surplus will directly benefit Macmillan.

Macmillan is proud to have one of the best cost:income ratios in the sector, meaning more of your hard earned sponsorship is spent on our vital services and not on trip costs.

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What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship?

We will provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You will also have the support of the Challenge Team and our extensive network of Macmillan fundraisers throughout the UK.

However, if you do not manage to raise £500 three months prior to departure you will either have to forfeit your place on the challenge, make up the shortfall yourself or transfer to a later challenge, thereby giving yourself longer to fundraise.

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Who organises the trip?

Your registration fee of £150, plus the first £500 of sponsorship, will be paid by Macmillan on your behalf to our tour operator, Discover Adventure, for the costs of your participation.

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What is included?

  • Accommodation: in shared cabins on the overnight ferry and on a twinshare basis in a 2/3 star Amsterdam hotel. The hotel is comfortable and well situated with en suite facilities.
  • All food excluded except three meals.
  • Full support with local guides, porters, cooks, Discover Adventure leaders and doctors
  • Transport: ferry and train
  • Macmillan Cancer Support representative
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What is not included?

  • Insurance: our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offers insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking
  • Cycle helmet and water bottles
  • Three meals: breakfast on ferry, dinner in Amsterdam and lunch on free day
  • We also recommend around £100 for personal expenses
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What is the cycling like?

Whilst cycling our local support crew will carry the group’s main luggage, food and water. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items needed during the day (water, sunscreen, camera, waterproofs etc).

Cycling distances vary from 70 – 85miles per day.

Our route takes us mainly on small country roads and purpose built cycle paths; road surfaces vary from smooth tarmac to paying-stoned tracks.

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Where will we stay while cycling?

Accommodation: in shared cabins on the overnight ferry and on a twinshare basis in a 2/3 star Amsterdam hotel. The hotel is comfortable and well situated with en suite facilities.

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What will the weather be like?

Temperatures can vary wildly, though generally it should be warm and sunny; rain is always a possibility and it may be blistery.

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Am I fit enough?

Cycling 155miles is achievable with training for anyone new to cycling. This is an ideal first European Cycle for those wanting to embark on a flat ride without having to commit to big hill climbs just yet.

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Do I have to carry my own kit?

We’ll be accompanied by support vehicles that carry all our equipment and supplies. You will need to carry a small rucksack or CamelBak though, to hold anything you’ll need during the day’s ride.

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Do I have to meet any medical requirements?

Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form, which will be provided in your fundraising pack. If you are over 65, answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions or have a BMI of 35+ the form must also be signed by your GP. Individual surgeries may charge for this service. It is also essential for you to consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations.

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What else do I need?

A valid 10-year passport with at least one year to run is essential.

There is no visa requirement for UK citizens or other EU members. Other nationalities should check requirements

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Can I offset my carbon footprint?

One of the key determining criteria Macmillan looks for when selecting a tour operator to organise our events is a demonstrable appreciation of environmental concerns. Our tour operator Discover Adventure has links with 'Climate Care', a service that enables participants to neutralise the carbon emissions caused by taking long-haul flights.

For full details of how to offset your carbon emissions visit the Discover Adventure website.

If you have any further questions, please contact us by calling 020 7840 7885 or emailing cycling@macmillan.org.uk.

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What age do I need to be to take part?

Minimum Age: Participants must be 18 years or over.

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Day 1, London - Harwich

An early start from north east London allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It is not long before we are among the fields and villages of rural Suffolk. The route is reasonably flat and will take us through quieter parts of the Suffolk countryside through Malden and then Colchester before heading to our destination Harwich where we catch the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland. Night on ferry.

Cycle approx 85 miles

Day 2, Harwich – Amsterdam

We arrive into the Hook of Holland early in the morning and head towards Amsterdam. Our route takes us across the flat, cycle-friendly lands of Holland, hugging the sandy beaches and dunes of the coast. We pass the resort towns of Ter Heijde and Scheveningen, on the outskirts of The Hague, and head north through Katwijk aan Zee, an ancient town at the mouth of the River Rhine that was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. We leave the coast at Zandvoort’s long sandy beach and head east and inland, passing through Haarlem, which for centuries has been the ‘tulip centre’. Not far from Amsterdam now, we ride past the waterways and parks of Europe’s bike capital to our central finish point. We check into our hotel and have a well-earned shower and rest, before celebrating our achievement in this vibrant city. Night hotel.

Cycle approx 70 miles

Day 3, Amsterdam – London

The morning is free for sight-seeing and exploring Amsterdam, or simply relaxing in one of the city’s many cafés. We then take an afternoon train back to London, connecting onto Eurostar in Brussels.

Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

‘The challenge was hard, but one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.’

Sarah, Team Macmillan overseas cyclist 2014

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