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The Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge 2022

Challenge level: 5 out of 5

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When can I go?

30 September - 2 October 2022 Sold Out
Duration 3 days

What does it cost?

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

About our amazing sponsors, Cavendish Brooke
We are delighted to have Cavendish Brooke Financial Planning supporting this special challenge for Regain Sports Charity. Cavendish Brooke is a traditional, forward-thinking firm of Financial Planning Consultants which has earned a solid reputation in the market place for providing personal financial services. They cover most aspects of protection, retirement and investment planning for Regain Sports Charity and other clients. Please don’t hesitate to contact Cavendish Brooke for a no-commitment chat to see whether they can help you:

www.cavendishbrooke.co.uk
info@cavendishbrooke.co.uk
020 7429 0333

Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge 2022

Interested in taking on our Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge in 2022? We have limited spaces available, so please get in touch to discuss. Phone us on 01590 646410 (Mon - Fri, 9am -5pm or email us at bookings@dream-challenges.com.

Challenge yourself to cycle from London to Amsterdam in two epic days on this iconic bike ride for Regain, supported by the amazing Cavendish Brooke.   

Kicking off in Stratford, home of the famous Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we'll spend our first day cycling over 100km through the English suburbs and countryside to Harwich.

An overnight ferry later, our fast-paced adventure will continue in the cyclists’ haven of the Netherlands. We'll cycle along the North Sea coastline with incredible views across sea. Then, we’ll head inland through traditional Dutch towns and countryside to our amazing finish line in Amsterdam!

Here, we'll toast our achievement for sports tetraplegics and tuck into a very well-deserved Celebration Dinner. We’ll spend the night in an Amsterdam hotel and have the morning free to explore the historic and cultural landmarks of the city. 

Where your funds go
The funds you raise on this phenomenal charity challenge will go a very long way to support Regain, the only charity dedicated to improving the lives of people who have become tetraplegic in a sporting accident.

Having lost the use of their limbs, tetraplegics need support and equipment to perform day-to-day tasks and taking part in sport becomes impossible. Their tetraplegia can also have a huge impact on their mental health.

Regain provides grants for these people so they can access the support and equipment they need to live independently, from emotional support to adapted vehicles to specialist equipment they need to keep working. 

To our tetraplegic challengers:
We encourage all tetraplegics, wheelchair and hand bike users to join this awesome charity cycling challenge. If you plan to use a hand bike, please fill out this form to let us know before registering for the challenge.

Regain is able to fund a very limited number of places for carers/assistants, so if you require someone to accompany you on the challenge to assist with your daily care, please contact Regain Sports Charity as soon as possible. This person would be expected to cycle with you and assist you during the day, supporting you generally throughout the cycling challenge.

There is only a limited number of places available for tetraplegics to take part. This is due to the limited number of accessible cabins available on the overnight ferry.

Your itinerary

Day 1
Stratford – Harwich – Hook of Holland | approx. 69.3 miles/111.53km

Our fast-paced cycling challenge starts in Stratford London, the home of the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This venue saw the British cyclist legends Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armistead and Emma Pooley win Olympic medals and inspire the launch of the modern British cycling boom in 2012. As such, there is no better place to unite for our epic bike ride to Amsterdam.

We kick off bright and early, so please make sure you fuel up with a big breakfast beforehand and arrive in plenty of time. We’ll, of course, send you the full details of our starting time and location closer to the challenge.

After a briefing from our awesome Challenge Leader, we mount our bikes and head northeast out of London, passing through Ilford, Romford and Brentwood. From here, we follow the National Cycle Route 51 to Chelmsford, where we stop for a very well-deserved lunch break.

This rejuvenates us for our next stretch towards the quintessential English countryside scenery of Essex. We snake through the beautiful town of Colchester and begin to see signs of the seaside as we push on towards the coast.

At last, we reach today’s end point at the International port of Harwich. No doubt sweating after our cycle, you have the chance to have a shower and change into fresh clothes before we go out for a local dinner and board the ferry for an overnight sail to the Hook of Holland.

Day 2
Hook of Holland – Amsterdam | approx. 50.3 miles/81km

We meet early again for breakfast on the ferry, all packed and ready to dock in the Hook of Holland at approx. 8:00am local time. While you alight the ferry onto Dutch soil, our brilliant Challenge Guides transport your bikes and luggage and we regroup for our second and final epic day in the saddle.

With no time to waste, we enjoy a stunning start to our cycle as we ride northeast along the coast, revelling in the fresh sea breeze and fantastic views across the North Sea. Our route continues to reward us for our hard work cycling as we follow the Hoofdweg Oostzijde through the spectacular seaside city of the Hague. This busy morning gives us a hearty appetite and we stop for lunch with a view at the bank of one of the Netherlands’ many lakes.

By this point in our charity challenge, there is no doubt we’ll be feeling the burn, but our finish line beckons, waiting just one to two hours from here! Eager to reach Amsterdam for our celebration, we continue our journey northeast through charming towns and countryside. Before long, we notice a change in scenery as we approach the city.

Finally, we enter the iconic city of Amsterdam, aka ‘the Venice of the North’. Once home to Anne Frank and now the home of rich art and culture, we spot loads of historic landmarks as we cycle our final miles through Amsterdam Zuid and into the heart of possibly the most cycle-friendly city in the world!

Together, we follow the canals past the famous Rembrandt Museum and reach our finish line outside Amsterdam Central Station.

Finishing in the mid-afternoon, we have plenty of time to check-in to our hotel in the city, freshen up and relax before we reunite for an amazing Celebration Dinner at a hand-picked local restaurant.

Day 3
Amsterdam – London

This morning is free for you to spend as you wish relaxing at the hotel or exploring the amazing city of Amsterdam. As the cultural capital of the Netherlands, the city offers so many things to do and see.

Brush up on your art and visit the Van Gogh gallery, get some sobering insight into the holocaust at Ann Frank’s house or take a trip to the Heineken factory and taste the local beer.

Breakfast is included, but we have left lunch free for you to arrange yourself. Please make the most of this opportunity to try out one of the local cafes or shops and buy your own packed lunch to have on our journey back home.

At 13:00, we meet back up and board the train to London. Arriving at St Pancras Station in King’s Cross, we say goodbye and you make your own way home.

Want to extend your stay in Amsterdam?
If you'd like to take advantage of this chance to explore the Netherlands some more, we're delighted to offer a limited number of places on an awesome optional extension package! This isn't included in your challenge costs, so you will need to budget for it if you choose to partake.

We'll send all participants the full exciting details, including the price, a little closer to the challenge, but by all means, get in touch now if you are interested in taking part, as places are available on a first come first served basis.

Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself and fundraise as much as you can for Regain.

£700

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £149 when you book, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your tickets for the ferry and Eurostar.
  • Pay your challenge cost of £700 yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover your ferry and Eurostar tickets, accommodation, most food, and full challenge support, including mechanical assistance, repatriation vehicle, a team of outdoor remote first aid trained challenge guides and a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • We ask you to fundraise as much as you can for Regain, aiming for £300 and more, 100% of which will go directly to the charity's work.

Sponsorship

Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for Regain.

£1,400

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £149 when you book, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your tickets for the ferry and Eurostar.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £1,400 for Regain at least 12 weeks before the challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, Regain will pay the challenge costs of £700 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your ferry and Eurostar tickets, accommodation, most food, and full challenge support, including mechanical assistance, repatriation vehicle, a team of outdoor remote first aid trained challenge guides and a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • The more money you can raise, the higher the percentage of funds that will directly support the work of Regain, so please do your best to exceed the minimum fundraising target.

FAQs
The Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge 2022

The Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge is a serious physical challenge, so we strongly recommend that you train hard for it. We'll cycle long distances on both days, especially the first day of the challenge.

Our route is all on road, so you can expect smooth terrain throughout our adventure. We stick to quieter roads wherever possible, but there will be some main road stretches, so you need to be confident cycling in traffic. Once you sign up, we'll send you a 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 charity challenge is the perfect chance to push yourself and reach your fitness goals. You'll experience two iconic cities, make a group of amazing new friends and most importantly, make a phenomenal difference to the lives of sports tetraplegics across the UK.

Yes please! We encourage wheelchair and hand bike users to join this awesome charity challenge. If you plan to use a hand bike, please fill out this form to let us know before registering for the challenge.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie. Once you've registered for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone taking part in the Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge.

We encourage you to use this space to share tips, advice and updates with your fellow challengers. You can also take this opportunity to organise meet-ups before the challenge, as there might be someone in your local area you can 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. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge departure date is more than welcome to join the ride.

If you know someone under the age of 18 who would like to participate, please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email bookings@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

Your non-refundable registration fee of £149 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the Eurostar and ferry.

Your challenge costs of £700 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target) cover:

  • The remaining costs of your Eurostar and overnight ferry ticket with a twin share sleeping cabin.
  • Meals throughout your challenge (except for breakfast on Day 1 and lunch & dinner on Day 3).
  • Hotel accommodation in Amsterdam.
  • Luggage transportation and support/repatriation vehicle.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge.
  • Medical support, including a UK-qualified doctor with expedition medicine experience accompanying us throughout the challenge.
  • Mechanical support.
  • Your Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge 2022 t-shirt and medal.

*Please note that bike hire is not included, so please bring your own bike. If you would like to hire a bike, please get in touch at bookings@dream-challenges.com or on 01590 646410 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm) and we can arrange this for you.

No, bike hire is not included in your challenge costs, so please bring your own bike and helmet. We also recommend having it serviced ahead of the challenge to make sure it is in top shape for this epic charity bike ride.

Please bring spare inner tubes specific for your bike and fit bike lights to the front and back. We will not be cycling at night, but bike lights are advised in case of gloomy weather. Please remember, it is essential to wear a helmet at all times throughout the cycling challenge.

Hand bikes and electric bikes are also welcome on this challenge. If you plan to use a hand bike, please fill out this form to let us know before registering for the challenge.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£149) and either self funding the challenge costs (£700) or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for Regain (£1,400), you will need to budget for:

  • Your personal travel insurance.
  • Breakfast on Day 1 (to have before we set off from London).
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 3.
  • Personal expenses and gratuities.
  • You may also want to pay for a single supplement so you can have a room to yourself at our accommodation. Simply get in touch and we can arrange this for you at an additional price.

Each participant is expected to bring their own bike. As this is a long-distance, on-road cycle, you are advised to use a touring/road bike. If you are planning to use a mountain bike, it is highly recommended to have road tyres fitted.

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 CamelBak-type hydration system.

Please also bring spare inner tubes specific for your bike and fit bike lights to the front and back. We will not be cycling at night, but bike lights are advised in case of gloomy weather. 

Hand bikes and electric bikes are also welcome on this challenge. If you plan to use a hand bike, please fill out this form to let us know before registering for the challenge.

Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We'll supply you with a list of everything you'll need to take before you go.

No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. We advise you to pack light.

You will need a 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.

We’ll stay in comfortable twin-share sleeping cabins on the ferry on the first night. On the night of Day 2, we will have fantastic hotel accommodation in Amsterdam.

Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. However, if you would like to pay for a single supplement and have a room to yourself, simply get in touch and we will be happy to arrange this for you at an additional price.

There will be around 40-50 participants in our group for the Regain London to Amsterdam Cycling Challenge. You'll no doubt make loads of awesome new friends.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge 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, information about Regain, 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 event gets closer.

We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the challenge with more important details 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.

Yes of course! We expect many people will take the opportunity to spend some time in Amsterdam after the challenge.

We are also delighted to offer an awesome optional extension package, which you may join for an additional price. We will send all participants the full details of this closer to the challenge.

If you wish to extend your stay, please email us or call us on 01590 646410 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm) at least 14 weeks before the event starts and we can arrange this for you.

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 you register to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as 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 cycle in England and the Netherlands.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate cover for your challenge.

Currently, British citizens don't need a visa for the Netherlands, but we'll let you know if this changes.

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

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