Cycle Europe for OCD-UK

Event Details

Next Trip Dates: 2018
Location: London, Amsterdam via Brussels
Accommodation: 2-3* hotels where possible
Fitness Required: Average
Deposit: £99
Minimum Sponsorship:£1,560

To register or to request further information:
Email us about this event
Phone: 03332 127 8908

Cycle across Europe - London, Amsterdam via Brussels.

Join us as we cycle 300 hundred miles, in 3 countries to 3 capitals - London, Amsterdam and Brussels.

The tour is organised by Skyline for OCD-UK, where you will be joined by cyclists all taking part for various charities, and we would love you to ride for OCD-UK.

Exciting cycling and city sights make this a European cycling extravaganza! This superb challenge caters for every level of cyclist. Our bike route covers approximately 300 miles with four days in the saddle, and takes in the rolling countryside of Essex, the plains of Holland and the sleepy lanes of Belgium. Join us for one of the best cycling experiences in Europe! The following gives you a brief taste of the bike ride ahead:

Day 1 - London to Harwich - ferry to Hook of Holland. Cycling distance approx 80 miles.

Day 2 - Hook of Holland to Amsterdam. Cycling distance approx 60 miles.

Day 3 - Amsterdam to Breda. Cycling distance approx. 80 miles.

Day 4 - Breda to Brussels. We re-group at the 'Atomium', before cycling en masse to Brussels Grand Place. Celebratory meal and Brussels nightlife! Cycling distance approx. 80 miles.

Day 5 - Free time in Brussels before Eurostar back to London, arriving in St Pancras.

Is the trip for me?

ABSOLUTELY!! This bike ride is suitable for people of all ages (minimum 17 years old). The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to help their favourite charity. Most people will sign up as individuals meaning you will all be in the same situation!

How fit do I need to be?

This cycle ride has been designed to be challenging, but achievable by anyone, as long as you train beforehand. Remember, you are cycling for four consecutive days, covering approximately 300 miles so expect to be in the saddle for about 7-8 hours per day – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy this challenge.

What is the food like?

All meals will be provided with the exception of breakfast on day 1, evening meal on ferry crossing from Harwich to Holland and lunch and dinner on day 5. Whilst cycling, we will eitherstop at local cafes/restaurants or eat open air buffets – this depends on the size of our group.

What do I need to bring?

We will supply you with a kit list of what to take once you register to take part. Each participant will need to bring their own bicycle for this challenge. Other items of kit will berequired, such as cycling shorts, cycling helmet and cycling gloves – other than this, you do not need any specialist kit.

What will happen to my luggage during cycling days?

All luggage will be transported between accomodation bases by our support vehicles. You will need a small day pack/bum bag/‘camel bak’ while cycling, to carry items such as camera, sun-screen, energy snacks, etc.

What type of accommodation will I be staying in?

We will stay in local Hotels en-route, which range from 2* and 3* to the more basic lodge– remember, this is a Challenge! All accommodation will have washing facilities available. You will usually have to share rooms.

What's included in the cost?

One way ferry crossing from Harwich to the Hook of Holland using four-berth cabins, one way Eurostar ticket from Brussels to London, all accommodation (with the exception of the evening prior to the start of the challenge), lunch on day 1, breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2, 3 and 4, breakfast on day 5, water/refreshment/snack stops – one in the morning and one in the afternoon, vehicles for back up and support, route markers, English speaking guides, mechanic and medical support, transfer of bicycles back to starting venue in London. Basic spare bike parts will be taken but please note, we cannot cater for every eventuality.  Therefore it is vital that participants ensure that their bike is in full working order and in good condition. You will be billed for any spare parts used in repairing your bike.

Is there an age restriction?

You will need to be 17, but there is no upper age limit. If you are over 65 will just need to get a medical form signed by your doctor.

What about insurance?

You must have travel insurance cover in order to participate in this challenge. You can either arrange this yourself (as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event) or we can help you arrange this.

What’s not included?

Accommodation on the night prior to the start of the challenge, breakfast on day 1, evening meal on ferry crossing from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, lunch and dinner on day 5, alcoholic drinks, tips, bicycle insurance, travel insurance.

What sort of back-up is there?

There will be a strong support team with a professional leader from the UK, as well as local guides and mechanics. Full, comprehensive medical kits will be taken and we are never too far away from hospitals if needed. An air-conditioned vehicle will follow the group providing support if needed.

What happens if I get tired?

There will be regular rest stops where we can drink and eat some snacks – there is no problem if you need to take more rest stops. A guide will be at the rear of the group ensuring no-one is left alone – remember though, this is not a race!

The tour costs will be taken from your £1560 minimum sponsorship, with the remainder going to OCD-UK.

By supporting OCD-UK you will receive;

  • A fantastic fundraising pack including training advice.
  • A high performance and breathable running vest and t-shirt to wear during your challenge.
  • Sponsorship forms.

To take part visit the Skyline website and register (paying your deposit) and in the dropdown menu, please select that you intend to ride for OCD-UK. Once you have registered for the event, or if you have any further questions, please by sure to let us know and a member of the OCD-UK team will be in touch within a few days.


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