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Cycle the USA Canada to Mexico 2024

Challenge level: 5 out of 5

When can I go?

16 September - 29 October 2024 On Sale
Duration 44 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £599
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Cycle the USA Canada to Mexico 2024

Possibly the most epic challenge we will ever offer and a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Kicking off in Canada, we’ll cycle south through the United States of America to Mexico. We’ll have no transfers on this Dream Challenge — just our bikes and our expertly-crafted route along the Pacific Coast.

We'll cycle approx. 2,825 km in 34 amazing, sweaty days! Cycling mostly along the coast, we'll soak up sea views and conquer approx. 83.6 km (52 miles) every day for 6 days a week. Even heroes need to rest, so every 7th day will be free to kick back and explore the sites of the west coast.

Prepare to discover the iconic landmarks of Lincoln City, Oregon, and Santa Rosa California, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana.

This is the sort of thing you only read in magazines, but we’re making it a reality. Don’t worry about booking accommodation, carrying luggage, fixing punctures, or finding medical assistance. We’ll provide all this and more! And you don’t need to be a pro cyclist — we’ve designed our itinerary so people from all cycles of life can achieve this with our usual cycle training plan. You will need to allow 6 weeks of your time for the challenge, and we’ll make them the best weeks of your life!

We'll reveal the full details and our expertly crafted itinerary very soon.

Can't wait until 2024?
There's still time to join us in 2023! 
Find out more and secure your place here.

Your itinerary

Day 1
London — Vancouver

Today we meet at the airport in London and catch our flight to Canada. Arriving in beautiful Vancouver later in the day, we'll transfer to a hotel for a good night's rest.

We'll reveal the full details and our expertly crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 2
Vancouver

Before we set off on our cycling challenge and enter the United States, take some time to explore the delights of Vancouver. It's also a great opportunity to spend time with your fellow cyclists and recover from jet lag.

We'll reveal the full details and our expertly crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 3 — 41
Cycle Vancouver to Tijuana

Our mostly coastal route will cover approximately 2,825 km along the Pacific Coast. This will be split over 34 days averaging approximately 83 km per cycling day (52 miles per day), 6 days out of every 7 with a 7th-day rest.

Vancouver – Seattle – Portland – (590 miles of coastal road with sea views every day between Lincoln City, Oregon, and Santa Rosa California) – Santa Rosa – San Francisco – San Jose – Los Angeles – San Diego – Tijuana.

We'll reveal the full details and our expertly crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 42
Tijuana

Today is free for you to relax and explore the vibrant city of Tijuana, no doubt still thrilled with an awesome sense of achievement.

We'll reveal the full details and our expertly crafted itinerary very soon.

Days 43 & 44
Tijuana — London

Today sees us bidding goodbye to the USA and catching our overnight flight back to the UK. Touching down in London on Day 44, you'll make your own way home, having conquered the challenge of a lifetime.

We'll reveal the full details and our expertly crafted itinerary very soon.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£599) and challenge costs (£7,450) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475).

£7,450

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £599, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay your challenge cost of £7,450 yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, capped at £475), your food, accommodation, transfers, entry fees, guides, bike hire, mechanics and medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visas and your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (capped at £475).
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can or make a personal donation to the charity of your choice.
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FAQs
Cycle the USA Canada to Mexico 2024

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for Cycle the USA Canada to Mexico on their own. Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered. Please use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising for charity.

You may also want to reach out to your fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

One of the amazing things about our epic, overseas cycling challenge is that people of all ages will come together to achieve something very special for charity. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge departure is more than welcome to join Cycle the USA Canada to Mexico.

If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on the challenge, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or bookings@dream-challenges.com) at least 17 weeks before departure.

Your non-refundable registration fee of £599 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £7,450 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, capped at £475).
  • Meals throughout the challenge.
  • Accommodation.
  • All transfers and luggage transportation in America, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Entry fees where required.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first-aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your challenge.
  • Medical and mechanical support, including a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides and a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Your Cycle the USA Canada to Mexico medal.

This charity bike ride is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing overseas challenge to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up.

We'll cycle for six long days at a time and tackle steep hills, so we strongly recommend you train, and please try to go for longer training rides. Once you sign up, we'll send you a cycling training plan, which builds up over time and will set you up for success. Remember, the more you train, the more you'll enjoy the real deal!

This adventure is the perfect motivation to get fit, experience the USA in the best way and raise vital funds for charity.

A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a CamelBak-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 quality 18 or 21-gear bikes and we recommend you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on, so you feel at home on your bike.

 

In addition to paying your registration fee (£599) and your challenge costs (£7,450), you'll need to budget for your:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (capped at £475).
  • Tourist visas for the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.

We will stay in comfortable hotels on a twin-sharing basis throughout this fabulous challenge.

Our hotel accommodation is included in your challenge cost on a twin-sharing basis. However if you would prefer to have a room to yourself and pay for a single supplement, we'll be happy to arrange this for you at an additional cost. 

If you would like a single supplement, please get in touch by emailing us at bookings@dream-challenges.com or call us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) at least 17 weeks before the challenge departs.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, please get in touch with us at least 17 weeks before the challenge and we can arrange this for you at an additional price. Call us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) or ping us an email at bookings@dream-challenges.com

The group size for this challenge is likely to be around 20-30 people.

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance upon registering for this challenge, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. We advise that you arrange personal travel insurance as soon as you can after registering to ensure you have coverage for your booking and the challenge itself.

Dream Challenges has a provider detailed in your Welcome Pack, which you will receive shortly after booking your challenge, which provides appropriate cover for this type of activity and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19. You can also call us for details on 01590 646410 during our office hours (9am, 5pm, Monday - Friday).

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity bike ride in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Visa
British passport holders require tourist visas for the USA, Canada and Mexico. We will send you information and details on how to apply well ahead of the challenge.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your cycling challenge for charity and we 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 Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination and the weather we can expect on our cycle, the structure of an average cycling day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the cycle gets closer.

We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the adventure, with more important details, training advice and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the cycle, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.

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