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Cycle Milan to Venice 2020

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

30 April - 4 May 2020 On Sale
Duration 5 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £149
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Cycle Milan to Venice 2020

Join us on a stunning three-day cycle from the Italian fashion capital of Milan to the countless canals of Venice.

Following an idyllic flat route, we admire enchanting scenery all the way, from the pretty rolling hills to the fresh water lakes to the exquisite architecture Italy is renowned for.

As if that isn’t enough to get excited about, we also stay a night in fair Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet and finish the challenge with a free day to explore the mind-boggling city of Venice. This is where we part ways and you’re free to spend longer in Bella Italia or make your own way back home to the UK.

 

Worried about fundraising? Don't be...

Cycle Milan to Venice 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, an animal sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.

Places for this heavenly challenge are likely to go faster than hot pizza, so please register soon to avoid disappointment.

 

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Your itinerary

Day 1
UK - Milan

Our Italian adventure properly begins when we meet at our hotel in Milan. For this challenge, you arrange your own flights to and from Italy. This is so that you can travel from your local airport and easily extend your stay in Italy before and/or after the challenge. Our hotel will be easy to get to from the airport and we’ll send you clear directions nearer the time. This evening, you’ll check into our hotel, say hello to our Dream Team and then your time is your own.

Day 2
Milan – Brescia | approx. 120km

We wake up this morning to meet as a group for breakfast at the hotel and our challenge briefing. All prepped and raring to go, we transfer away from the city traffic to the outskirts of Milan. Here, we mount our bikes and head East, towards the hills of Northern Italy, which make mesmerising views as we draw closer. Our pretty route takes us through tranquil towns and suburbs and we stop for lunch en route to the gorgeous Lake Iseo. This is the first of several stunning lakes we’ll see on our challenge and signals that we’ve almost finished our day’s cycle. Eventually, we reach the nearby city of Brescia, where we stay for the night. You can always count on Italy for magnificent architecture and Brescia does not disappoint. Originally founded 3,200 years ago, Brescia has a beautiful historic centre and is home to the San Salvator Basilica, a former monastery.

Day 3
Brescia – Verona | approx. 105km

Today’s a true highlight of our idyllic cycle and we enjoy ridiculously beautiful scenery as we pedal towards the home of Romeo and Juliet. Although we cycle through the hills today, you’ll be pleased to know that our route is still flat as we continue east through the hills on the southern edge of the Dolomites. This brings us to the gorgeous Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, where we stop for lunch and admire our surroundings. We then hop back on our bikes to ride along the southern shore of the lake to our hotel in Fair Verona. Simply put, this city is heaven for romantics. Home to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, every street is like something out of a movie set, full of balconies, flower beds and of course, exquisite architecture. If you have energy left in the evening, why not visit Juliet's balcony and leave a message for her on the courtyard wall? It's also rumoured to be good luck if you touch the breast of her statue.

Day 4
Verona - Mestre | approx. 125km

Our last day of cycling takes us through wonderful rolling hills, though again, we manage to avoid a tough terrain and our route remains fairly flat, stopping for lunch along the way. Drawing closer to our finish line, we approach the metropolis of Venice and complete our ride when we reach Mestre, part of mainland Venice on the North Western shore of the Adriatic Sea. We dismount our bikes here as it isn’t possible to cycle right into the tourist centre without a dip in the sea! Tonight, we gather for a group dinner to bid ourselves a big Bravo for our fantastic achievement, before settling down for a well-earned rest.

Day 5
Mestre – UK

Today, we part ways and after breakfast at the hotel, you're free to make your own way back home to the UK or spend longer in this stunning city, exploring the unique islands of Venice as you wish.

A city like no other, Venice has a whopping 118 little islands separated by canals and linked by around 400 bridges.

A famous romantic landmark, Venice is renowned for its historic architecture and its gondolas, but those aren’t the only features of this special city.

Venice is also an important location in European historic and artistic history, home and influence to many a work of Renaissance Art and the birth place of the composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

Needless to say, there’s lots for you to see and plenty of great places to eat and relax.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.

£2,100

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
  • Your charitable funds must be paid in 10 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your food, accommodation, bike hire, guides, medical and technical support.
  • The more money you can raise, the higher the percentage of funds that will directly support the work of your chosen charity. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
  • Please remember, your flights are not included. You arrange your own flights to and from Italy.
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Self Funded

Pay the challenge costs yourself and then fundraise as much as you can for a charity of your choice with no minimum target or make a personal donation.

£1,050

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge.
  • Pay the challenge cost yourself ten weeks before the challenge starts. In return, everything for the challenge will be provided (except for flights, which you arrange yourself) , food, accommodation, transfers, bike hire, guides, medical support etc.
  • The challenge costs cover your food, accommodation, bike hire, guides, medical and technical support.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • Please remember, your flights are not included. You arrange your own flights to and from Italy.
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FAQs
Cycle Milan to Venice 2020

Many people who take part in this type of challenge are not regular cyclists, so it's imperative that everyone follows a reasonably serious course of training before the challenge. We'll send you a comprehensive guide to training when you register, which builds up gradually as the start date gets closer. Cycle Milan to Venice 2020 is a perfect motivation to get fit, make amazing new friends and have an experience of a lifetime.

You'll probably also be pleased to hear that the route isn't very hilly. As you can see from this route map (subject to change), it is mostly flat, despite riding up to the lakes with views of the mountains.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the incomparable camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Cycle Milan to Venice 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about our challenges is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 80.

Cycle Milan to Venice 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, an animal sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.

No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. Each participant however will be organising their own flight to and from Italy, so you'll be responsible for your own luggage on the plane and your journey to the hotel.

We advise you to pack light and you'll also need a small bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc. Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to at the snack stops and lunch.

A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system. Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required.

We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.

We provide you with very good 18 or 21-gear bikes for this challenge and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on. 

Yes of course! As you are responsible for organising your own flights to and from Italy, it is completely up to you which dates you book them for (as long as they give enough time for you to take part in the full challenge). You need to arrive at our first hotel on Day 1 (30 April) to say hello to our Dream Challenges team and get a good rest. We meet as a group for the first time the next morning for breakfast and our challenge briefing. We’ll send you details and directions closer to the time.

Your flights to and from Italy will not be included, so you do need to arrange and pay for these yourself, along with your personal travel insurance to cover your challenge. Also, you need to arrange your own dinner on Day 1, as well as your lunch and dinner on Day 5 (we provide breakfast), when you'll have a free day in Venice and make your own way home or stay longer in Italy. 

If you're bringing your own bike, you will need to also budget for its insurance, which you arrange yourself.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. We have a recommended policy and will send you the details when you register. Currently, UK citizens do not require a visa for Italy, but we'll let you know if this changes before the challenge in 2020.

You'll probably be pleased to hear that the route isn't very hilly. As you can see from this route map (subject to change), it is mostly flat, despite riding up to the lakes with views of the mountains.

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