Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|14 May - 18 May 2020||On Sale|
Get a breath of sunny, sea air on this stunning three-day cycle along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
Raising vital funds for Women V Cancer, we’ll follow a pretty river tucked in a canyon, ride on quiet roads through mountains, alongside a turquoise sea and finish at a medieval fortress on the Adriatic coast.
We'll mount our bikes in the seaside city of Split and make our way down the coast, stopping in the gorgeous Makarska, riding across the Adriatic island of Hvar and celebrating in the ancient, fortified city of Dubrovnik.
This cycle may be beautiful but our bums and thighs will still get their challenge, as we pedal over 300km in three days for our invaluable charity trio, Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
Places are likely to go faster than ice cream at the seaside for this challenge, so please register soon to avoid disappointment.
You arrange your own flights for this challenge and so we first meet at our hotel in the big and beautiful city of Split in Dalmatia on the Eastern coast of Croatia. (The hotel will be really easy to get to from the airport and we’ll send you clear directions closer to the time).
Dalmatia has a stunning coast and today we have the rare and wonderful opportunity to explore its quiet countryside on our bikes. Mounting our saddles in Split, we follow the coast line South East towards Omiš. Our route takes us along gorgeous mountain roads that rise above the coast and give us extraordinary views. Once we reach Omiš, we enter the canyon of the river Cetina and follow a pretty road upstream until we reach the source. We then give our thighs a little relief on a descent to Brela, a small and beautiful seaside town with a handful of quiet coves, beaches and natural springs. Taking in the idyllic scenery as we go, we continue on to our hotel in Makarska. This small city is a hot spot for tourists and there’s no question why. From the narrow, stone-paved streets and the main Church square at the foot of the mountains, to its calm and clear, turquoise shores, Makarska is a salty slice of heaven.
From Makarska, we start the day by following the Adriatic Highway to Drvenik, where we board a ferry to the enchanting island of Hvar. Jumping back in the saddle, we continue our ride along a quiet road, which winds right through the narrowest part of the island all the way to Hvar’s oldest settlement, Starigrad. Our day ends when we reach the town of Hvar, a town that never sleeps, one of the most beautiful island settlements on the Adriatic islands. This is where we find our hotel and settle down for a good rest before our last day of cycling.
Our final day in the saddle begins with a speed boat transfer to Korčula City, a medieval town on Korčula Island. This is the island’s main city and hosts an awesome stone fort with historic towers, standing right on the sea and a maze of narrow streets with colourful little galleries, cafes, hotels and restaurants. We hop on our bikes here and ride through the vineyard-ridden wine growing region of Dingač. Our route rewards us with a constant view of the pretty Elaphiti islands on our right-hand side and takes us to our finish line at our hotel in Dubrovnik. Now it’s time to freshen up and celebrate in this paradise setting with our final group dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel, we part ways. You’re now free to stay longer in Croatia or fly straight back to Home Sweet Home. Please remember you need to arrange your own flights to and from Croatia.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support those affected by women's cancers!
Minimum sponsorship target
Many women 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. Women V Cancer Cycle Croatia 2020 is a perfect motivation to get fit and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Women V Cancer 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 Women V Cancer Cycle Croatia 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 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.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about Women V Cancer 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.
How you fund your challenge is entirely up to you. Some women will decide to pay their own challenge costs (£925), so they can tell their donors that the donation they are making is going directly to support the work of the charities. Others will fundraise the full amount.
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 Croatia, so you'll be responsible for your own luggage on the plane. 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.
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. 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. You're also welcome to bring your own pedals. We’re afraid we can’t allow for you to bring your own bike on this challenge, for logistical reasons. There will be an option for you to upgrade to a road bike for a small cost, if you prefer.
However, hand bike users are still more than welcome to participate in this challenge and will need to bring their own hand bike. If you plan to use a hand bike, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 01590 646410.
We provide very good hybrid bikes with water bottle holders for you at no extra cost, which will be ready and waiting for you in Croatia. Before we start the challenge, we have a bike fitting so that you'll be comfortable on it throughout the challenge. Many of our Women V Cancer heroes like to bring their own saddles, gel covers and even their own pedals to make them feel more comfortable, which you are welcome to do. Please note, you do need to bring your own helmet. Helmets are mandatory and you won't be able to take part in the cycling challenge without one. Safety is always our priority. Some people also prefer to bring their own saddle so that they feel familiar on the bike.
We’re afraid we can’t allow for you to bring your own bike on this challenge, for logistical reasons; but there will be an option for you to upgrade to a road bike for a small cost, if you prefer.
Hand bike users are still more than welcome to participate in this challenge and will need to bring their own hand bike. If you plan to use a hand bike, please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 01590 646410.
If you don't reach your fundraising target you can either top up the additional funds yourself or simply forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.
Yes of course! As you are responsible for organising your own flights to and from Croatia, 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). Please note, though, that for our first night, we will be staying in a hotel together and meeting as a group for the first time at the hotel the next morning, so you do need to make sure you make the challenge briefing.
Your flights to and from Croatia 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. If you want to upgrade to a road bike, you will also need to pay a small amount, but the hybrid ones we provide will be included in the challenge costs. 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 Dubrovnik and catch your own flight home.
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 Croatia, but we'll let you know if this changes before the challenge in 2020.