Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|6 November - 14 November 2020||On Sale|
The Big Heart Bike Ride is back for 2020 – and we’re heading to South Africa!
Calling all big-hearted people willing to cycle themselves to the limit for a life-saving cause – join us for this epic 400km adventure along the world-renowned Garden Route. Our challenge takes us from the wonderful lagoon town of Brenton-on-Sea, alongside pretty rivers, through lush farmland, rolling hills, rustic villages and even a game reserve. Look out for the amazing (and in some cases, sadly endangered) wildlife Africa is renowned for, including rhinos, zebras, impalas, lions and more!
We finish with a free day in the stunning city of Cape Town, brimming with culture, creativity and natural beauty, from its back drop of the flat-topped Table Mountain to its white-sand beaches and its colourful streets. And the best part? Your participation supports heart charities across the world. You can either fundraise or self-fund with a personal donation to a heart charity or cardiac ward of your choice.
The Big Heart Bike Ride
The Big Heart Bike Ride is a heartily popular challenge that brings together people from all cycles of life to raise invaluable funds for heart charities and cardiac wards. Over the years, these amazing cycling challenges have raised thousands of pounds for a number of different heart charities and cardiac wards. 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.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
The Big Heart Bike Ride is an Open Challenge – this means you have the option to self fund your participation and there is no minimum fundraising requirement. You are, of course, more than welcome to commit to a minimum sponsorship target instead and fundraise for a heart charity or cardiac ward of your choice; but it's completely up to you.
Spaces for this bucket list challenge are expected to fill up fast, so please register early to avoid disappointment.
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Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for a heart charity or cardiac ward of your choice.
Pay the balance yourself
Pay a non refundable registration fee and then commit to raising a minimum amount for a heart charity or cardiac ward of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
The Big Heart Bike Ride 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 in this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime - and all for a fantastic cause.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing 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 the Big Heart Bike Ride South Africa 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 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 a youthful 80.
A cycling helmet is essential. 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 it is suggested that you bring the saddle or gel cover you're used to riding on.
Throughout this challenge, we'll be staying mostly in three star class hotels and spend one night in a comfortable lodge.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in South Africa, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee, you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change – up or down), personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle in South Africa. UK citizens travelling for tourism don't need a visa for South Africa, unless you plan to stay for more than ninety days. We'll let you know if this changes. For more information on visas, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.
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've registered, we'll send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the cycle. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.