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Cycle Salzburg to Munich just in time for Oktoberfest in support of Orchid Fighting Male Cancer charity in 2019

Cycle Salzburg to Oktoberfest

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

20 September - 23 September 2019 On Sale
Duration 4 days

What does it cost?

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

Cycle Salzburg to Oktoberfest

Cycle from Austria to Germany in three days on our debut charity challenge in support of Orchid Fighting Male Cancer, a charity supporting all those with prostate, testicular and penile cancer. We’ll start our adventure in the “salt fortress” of Salzburg in Austria and ride an incredible 272km to the German capital of Münich. We’ll reach our finish line in the city just in time for Oktoberfest, the biggest festival in the world, which six million people attend every year from all corners of the globe.

We’ll face challenging elevation gains from the off and are rewarded with fantastic views as we ride alongside rivers, through lovely villages, looking over lakes and a backdrop of the Alps.

We are proud to be partnering with Orchid, Fighting Male Cancer. Every day, 39 men sadly lose their life to either prostate, testicular or penile cancer and during your four-day adventure, 156 people would have died with a further 546 being diagnosed. Orchid exists to save men’s lives through their pioneering research, education and awareness programmes, in addition to their much-valued dedicated Nurse led services.

See the route for each day

Get a better idea of the route we'll cycle for the Salzburg to Oktoberfest challenge by taking a look at the exact routes for each day in individual videos and as still maps:

Day 2 Route: Salzburg - Bernau am Chiemsee | approx. 114km (1,691m elevation gain):

See our exact route in a video here and as a still map here or get it on Google Maps here.

Day 3 Route: Bernau am Chiemsee - Bad Tölz | approx. 100km (1,491m elevation gain)  

See our exact route in a video here and as a still map here or get it on Google Maps here.

 Day 4 Route: Bad Tölz – Münich | approx. 58km (578 m elevation gain)

See our exact route in a video here and as a still map here or get it on Google Maps here.                    

Your itinerary

Day 1
UK - Salzburg

Our unique adventure starts when we meet in the Austrian city of Salzburg. A little different from most of our other challenges, you organise your own flight to Salzburg. You’re likely to get a better deal booking your flight to Salzburg yourself and it means you can choose the most convenient and direct flight to suit your circumstances. Upon touching down in Salzburg, you meet with one of the team at the airport and catch a short transfer to our comfortable hotel.

Day 2
Salzburg - Bernau am Chiemsee | approx. 114km (1,691m elevation gain)

Meeting as a group this morning, we enjoy breakfast, a quick bike fitting and a challenge briefing from our guides at the hotel. Geared up to start our challenge, we cycle south towards the market town of Grödig. From here, we cross the border from Austria into Germany, riding through valleys with amazing mountain backdrops of the Alps. We touch the edge of the Berchtesgaden National Park, before heading North through the picturesque Austrian municipalities of Bad Reichenhall, Moosbacherau and Teisendorf. We then cycle west towards Lake Chiemsee, a stunning freshwater lake in Bavaria and finally stop for the night at Bernau am Chiemsee.

Day 3
| Bernau am Chiemsee - Bad Tölz | approx. 100km (1,491m elevation gain)

Mounting our bikes at our hotel nearby Lake Chiemsee and head west, with views of hills to our left and vast open countryside to our right. We also get a feel for the local lifestyle as we pass through some small villages and cross the River Inn. Our route takes us through the quaint municipalities of Bad Feilnbach, Wörnsmühl, Fischbachau, and Schliersee, and we finally reach our hotel at Bad Tölz.

Days 4 & 5
Bad Tölz – Münich | approx. 58km (578 m elevation gain)

Today we can say “Prost” (cheers) and enjoy some of that well-deserved German beer; but not before we conquer our final 58 km stretch. Our final day of cycling is absolutely beautiful: we start by making our way north along the River Isar. We follow the river closely for most of the day, enjoying the views across the flowing water. The gorgeous scenery doesn’t end there: leaving the river-side, we cycle through the woods of Grünwald and reach our finish line in Münich in the afternoon. Upon arrival at our hotel, we have some time to freshen up, before we make a “bier-line” to our reserved table at the famous Oktoberfest, where our beer and well-earned meal are waiting for us. Tonight, we stay in Münich. Your trip with us ends here at your hotel, so feel free to stay on for longer and enjoy the festival or take a flight home. There will be a transfer provided at set times on the following day if you are planning to leave and head home.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support those affected by male cancers.

£1,650

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship target for Orchid.
  • Your charitable funds must be paid in 10 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • In return, the following is provided; food, accommodation, transfers, guides, medical and technical support.
  • The more money you raise for the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the charity.
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FAQs
Cycle Salzburg to Oktoberfest

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up, but we strongly recommend that you do train for the challenge. We will provide you with an achievable training plan well ahead of time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the challenge start date. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. After you sign up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook Group for Cycle Salzburg to Oktoberfest, where you can chat with your other participants that will be cycling from Austria to Oktoberfest in Germany with you. Our past challengers have found these Facebook groups really useful for swapping training and fundraising tips as well as helping to motivate and support each other while prepping for the challenge. You can of course also use this groups as a way to organise meet-ups before the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75 plus!

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. A kit list for the challenge will be sent to you when you register. A bicycle mechanic will be travelling with the group but you will be expected to bring two spare inner tubes suitable for your bike.

We do not provide bikes for this challenge, so you must bring your own. We recommend that you bring a road or racing bike, as the route takes place on well-surfaced roads over long distances.

Please check out your airline's website to check their fees for bikes and their packing requirements.

It may be possible for us to arrange bike hire at an additional cost. Please contact us for more information.

We will stay in comfortable 3 - 4* hotels for the duration of this challenge.

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 Salzburg, so you'll be responsible for your own luggage on the plane. We advise you to pack light and if you're bringing your own bike with you, please make sure to check your airline's requirements. You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waste 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.

Yes of course! As you are responsible for organising your own flights, 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). We expect most people will want to stay in Münich after the challenge to spend more time at Oktoberfest, which goes on for sixteen days! Please note, though, that for our first night of the challenge, we will be staying at a hotel near the airport and meeting as a group at the hotel the next morning, so you do need to make sure you make the challenge briefing.

Your flights to Salzburg and from Münich 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. We can organise your flights for you but this will be at an additional cost. If you'd like us to do this, please get in touch by calling us on 01590 646410 or by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com.

Our reservation at Oktoberfest with a meal and one litre of beer is included on the last day and if you plan to spend more time in Münich after our challenge ends, entry to Oktoberfest and all its tents are free! However, you will of course need to organise your own accommodation and other costs beyond the night of Day 5 of our challenge. Please also budget for your dinner on Day 1 any other extra personal expenses, such as souvenirs, beer, snacks, etc.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you the details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle in Austria and Germany. Each participant needs to organise their own tourist visa if needed. Currently, UK citizens don't require a visa to enter Austria and Germany. If this changes, we will let you know and provide you with all the information you need. 

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.

Get a better idea of the route we'll cycle for the Salzburg to Oktoberfest challenge by taking a look at the exact routes for each day in individual videos and as still maps:

Day 2 Route: Salzburg - Bernau am Chiemsee | approx. 114km (1,691m elevation gain):

See our exact route in a video here and as a still map here or get it on Google Maps here.

Day 3 Route: Bernau am Chiemsee - Bad Tölz | approx. 100km (1,491m elevation gain)  

See our exact route in a video here and as a still map here or get it on Google Maps here.

 Day 4 Route: Bad Tölz – Münich | approx. 58km (578 m elevation gain)

See our exact route in a video here and as a still map here or get it on Google Maps here.                                                     

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