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Indian Himalayan Cycle Challenge

Experience the extraordinary peaks that only India can offer.

We answer your questions

When does the challenge take place?

The challenge takes place from 18-29 October 2014. 

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What do I have to do to take part?

Simply sign up using our online form and pay the non-refundable £400 registration fee.

We will then ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,950, of which you should aim to send £1,500 to Macmillan Cancer Support three months prior to departure. The outstanding amount must be with us within one month of the event taking place.

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Who takes part?

The group will be made up of around 60 people, both men and women, from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part. While some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it's a great way of meeting new people. You will find that the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge. 
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Where will we stay while cycling?

We camp when cycling for 4 nights and stay in hotels for the rest of the trip. We usually camp in two-man tents and have a large dining-tent, great views and a sunset bar. Hotels accommodation is on a twin-share basis. Rooms are comfortable and clean with private facilities, but standards may vary between hotels. Please do not expect the same standards as you would in the UK.
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Do I have to carry my own kit?

We will be accompanied by support vehicles which carry all equipment and supplies. However, you will have to carry a small rucksack or CamelBak to hold anything you will need during the day’s ride. 
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Am I fit enough?

Macmillan challenges are designed to be accessible to anyone of average fitness.  However, this challenge is one of our toughest, so if you do not already cycle on a regular basis you will need to commit to a considerable amount of training during the preceding months. A full training programme will be included in your fundraising pack. 
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Do I have to meet any medical requirements?

Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form that must be signed by your GP. Medical forms will be provided in your fundraising packs. Please note that individual surgeries may charge for this service. 
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How does Macmillan benefit?

At least 63% of the £3,950 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £3,950 the entire surplus will benefit the charity. 
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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 £1,500 three months prior to departure you’ll have the choice of making up the shortfall yourself or transferring to a later challenge, giving you longer to fundraise. 
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What will the weather be like?

Temperatures range from cold to hot, depending on elevation and time of day. Rain is a probability, and the weather can change quickly in the mountains. We should be prepared for anything. 
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What's included?

Full pre-trip support from Team Macmillan, including fundraising and training guides, Macmillan t-shirts, regular newsletters

Return flight: London - Amritsar, Delhi - London

21 speed mountain bike (unless you bring your own)

11 nights accommodation, 4 nights camping and the rest in 2* hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis

All food other than 3 meals. Lunches are local style, with plenty of energy food to keep you going. Dinners are generally eaten in the hotels or dining-tent

Full trip support from experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and mechanics

Macmillan Cancer Support representative

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What's 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. 

Celebration meal, plus two other meals £15-£20. 

Any airline fuel supplement over £175. 

Tips for local support crew of approximately US$80. 

Indian visa at £80. 

We also recommend around £100 for personal expenses. 

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What kind of bike do I need?

Discover Adventure can provide you with a bike or you can take your own. The bikes provided are 21 gear mountain bikes with front suspension (in the UK a similar bike would retail for around £300). You can take your own saddle, peddles and bar ends and our bike mechanic in India will fit them for you. 
If you decide to bring your own bike, you will need to ensure that it is properly packaged for the flight and adequately insured. You will be required to pay any additional baggage charges levied by the airline on check in. You will also need to bring sufficient spares for your model of bike. Please be aware this challenge is unsuitable for road or hybrid bikes. 
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What do I need?

A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from India. There is also a visa requirement for UK citizens; other nationalities should check entry requirements. For UK nationals, India has outsourced its visa application services to VF Services and applications at the embassy in London are no longer accepted. There are also Indian Visa Application Centres in London, Hayes, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. 
We insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Malaria is graded low-risk in this region, though you should check for the most up-to-date advice. 
You should always check with your GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change. 
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What's 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 time varies from four to nine hours per day. Most cycling is on tarmac, but this varies in quality from day to day. The cycling is achievable, but tough - we thoroughly recommend getting up some hills as part of your training. 
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Who organises the trip?

This trip is conceived and operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply.
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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 more questions, please call the Challenge Team on 020 7840 7875 or email us at cycling@macmillan.org.uk 
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