Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|9 May - 17 May 2019||On Sale|
The debut women-only ChallengeHer cycle will give you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride the Dragon's Back (a.k.a. the iconic Great Wall of China). Raise money for a charity of your choice, while cycling through rustic, rural China and marvelling at the panoramic views of rolling green hills and stunning architecture. At the end of the challenge, you can explore the fascinating capital of Beijing and its Forbidden City.
This unforgettable women-only adventure is not only a great way to get fit - it's a chance to make life-long friendships and explore an amazing part of the world, all the while raising money for the cause that's most important to you.
You also have the option to self-fund your costs and raise as much as you can for your chosen charity, without having the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target.
After an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Beijing, we’re met by our ground handler at Beijing airport and transferred by coach to our hotel at Huang Ya Guan. This area receives few Western tourists, so we can get a taste of traditional Chinese culture, while admiring the Great Wall of China and the stunning views of rugged, green mountains. We spend the rest of the day bike fitting and exploring the area. You have time this afternoon to stroll around Huang Ya Guan, a typical and fascinating Chinese town, where the new China meets the old and traditional China.
From our starting point in front of the Great Wall at Huang Ya Guan, we follow the undulating and twisting shore of a beautiful lake. We continue on to flat and comfortably wide roads and stop for lunch at Buddha Hill. This is a stunning local landmark, where the Giant Buddha towers over lush surroundings. Our break gives us the opportunity to explore this holy site. We then cycle back to the lake, which forms the backdrop of our hotel at Pinggu.
Today kicks off with a gentle 25 km flat stretch to our first testing climb. We’re rewarded with a taste of rural China, as we cycle through some picturesque villages and encounter local farming communities, tucked away in rolling green hills. For most of the day, we ride through the hills, before descending to the shore of the Miyun Reservoir, which supplies the majority of Beijing with its drinking water. Here, we settle into our overnight hotel.
Our longest day of riding offers us a mixture of flat cycling on bike lanes through fast developing Chinese towns and climbs through the rugged countryside. We stop for lunch today at a local restaurant near the Great Wall at Mutianyu, before taking on further climbs through forested areas. After a last stop near the Ming Tombs, we settle in our comfortable hotel.
We start the day with some steep climbs and then catch our breath on some easier, downhill sections. These green hills reward us with exquisite views above the lush and ancient valleys. A long descent brings us to a small and bustling market town, where the local farmers gather to sell their fresh produce. We enjoy lunch in a local countryside restaurant. This afternoon, our route cuts through the mildly undulating countryside on well-maintained and surprisingly empty roads. A joy to cycle!
Today, we leave the rolling hills behind us and plunge into a more built-up area, where modern skyscrapers, prestigious building projects and wide, modern and smooth roads symbolise the rapid development of China. It’s a flat day of cycling until the last kilometre over a steep, stone paved track to our finish line, within touching distance of an old section of the Great Wall of China near Badaling. After lunch, our coach transfers us to our hotel in Beijing, where we settle in a very comfortable hotel. You have the option to visit a traditional Chinese foot massage parlour after dinner and this might be just what you need after our demanding, yet rewarding, adventure.
Today, we have a free day to explore Beijing and take an optional tour of some of the city’s many famous sights, including the Forbidden City palace complex museum, the iconic royal lakeside retreat of the Summer Palace and the stunning plaza of Tiananmen Square. In the evening, we meet up with the ChallengeHer Trek China group and celebrate our achievements.
We transfer to Beijing airport for our daytime flights to the UK.
Cover your tour costs and the registration fee yourself and then fundraise as much as you can for the charity of your choice with no minimum target.
Pay the balance
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
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. 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. Once the event is fully booked, we'll send you a contact list of everyone registered for 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.
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 are used to riding on.
We'll experience a whole mix of accommodation during this challenge, including hotels with stunning mountain vistas, simple campsites under a canvas of stars and traditional farmhouse lodgings.
It may be possible to extend your stay at the end of the challenge to explore China further or to have a well-deserved break. Once the group flights are confirmed (11 months prior to departure) we will send you a flight extension form, which will enable you to apply for an extension.
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 China. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into China, we will send you all the relevant information and forms to do this before the challenge.
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.