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Group of Dream Challenges participants on a swing in the sea just off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia

Cycle Croatia 2023

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

21 September - 25 September 2023 On Sale
Duration 5 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $300
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Cycle Croatia 2023

Get a breath of sea air on this epic three-day Dream Challenge in Croatia, cycling across the islands on the dazzling Dalmatian Coast.

Together, we’ll cycle over 190km through postcard-perfect scenery for the charity of your choice. We’ll face big climbs every day and if they don’t leave us breathless, the exquisite views of shimmering seas and medieval settlements certainly will.

We'll mount our bikes on the stunning island of Supetar, just off the coast at Split, and island-hop our way down the coast, stopping in the idyllic ancient village of Splitska, riding across the Adriatic island of Hvar, and celebrating in the ancient, fortified city of Dubrovnik.

Our mighty charity bike ride takes us all the way up soaring mountains, through a dramatic canyon and along the turquoise sea until we reach our royal finish line at Dubrovnik's medieval fortress. We'll also have the awesome opportunity to explore Korčula Island, with a boat ride to the historic Korčula City and a cycle through the fine, wine-growing region of Dingač.

The best part of this charity cycling challenge is that you conquer it for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice. In three incredibly tough but utterly worthwhile days, you can make a big impact for the cause that means the most to you, while having the experience of a lifetime and making a bunch of new friends.

Watch our video from Cycle Croatia 2022
Check out this amazing video from our 2022 charity challenge and get a glimpse of what it's like to cycle in Croatia.

Your itinerary

Day 1
UK – Split – Supetar (Island Brač) Croatia | Book your own flight

Our charity challenge begins at a hotel on the beautiful island of Brač, just off the east coast of Croatia. We have not included flights for this challenge to give you more flexibility. This gives you the opportunity to book your flights to and from your local airport and easily extend your stay before or after our cycle in the slice of paradise that is Croatia. We recommend booking a hotel in Split if you arrive early.

We meet for the first time at our first night’s hotel on the beautiful Island of Brač, so please take a ferry from Split to Supetar. Typically, the ferry crossing takes around 50 minutes, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the gorgeous sea views! Your ferry ticket is included in your challenge costs and we will email them to you as our cycling challenge draws closer, so you have them in time for your departure.

Our friendly local challenge guides will meet you at the ferry port in Supetar and transfer you to our nearby hotel. Our team of Dream Challenges staff will be at the hotel from 5pm. We will greet you upon arrival and help you with check-in and bike fitting. If you have any questions about the challenge this is a great time to ask them. Dinner is also available at the hotel between 7pm-9pm.

We unite as a group this evening for our first exciting challenge briefing. Then it’s time to get a good night’s sleep ahead of our mighty charity bike ride.

Day 2
Supetar – Bol | approx. 43.5 miles/70km (+1,439m)

Fueling up with a big breakfast, we hop on our bikes for our first – and most challenging – day of cycling along the stunning coast of Dalmatia. Today gives us the rare and wonderful opportunity to explore the biggest island on the Croatian coast, the island of Brač.

Mounting our saddles in Supetar on the north side of the island, we follow the coastline west towards the fishing village of Sutivan. From here, we head inland to get a taste of the island’s heart. We cycle past several small, picturesque villages, bursting with cultural charm. The route may be stunning, but it will also test us to the extreme, with steep ascents and exhilarating descents, just to go right back up! We start climbing from Lozisca and gain a height of around 1,000ft as we reach the ancient village of Splitska, humble in population but rich in natural beauty.

Once we reach Nerezisca, we are blessed with a descending road and a flat cycle towards the northern coast of the island. We pass through the charming harbour town of Postira and ride on to Pucisca, widely known as one of the most beautiful villages in Europe.

Now it’s time to climb again. We turn southwards and ascend around 1,400ft in total, as we cycle through the plateau Vidova, and finally, the day’s end is in sight. We descend to Bol, the home of one the famous Croatian beach “Zlatni rat”. This small city is a hot spot for tourists and there’s no question why. A famous spot for water sports, beautiful beaches, calm and clear, turquoise shores, Bol is a salty slice of heaven. Here, we find our hotel and settle down for our group dinner. Our challenge leader also gives us an exciting briefing ahead of our next day in the saddle.

You can see our Day 2 GPX route here – but please note, this is subject to change.

Day 3
Bol – Stari Grad – Hvar | approx. 38.9 miles/62km (+1325m)

After breakfast at our accommodation, we start the day with an approximately 1.5-hour scenic private boat ride across the Hvar Channel to the enchanting island of Hvar. Once on solid ground, we jump back on our bikes for a second stunning and tough day of cycling in Croatia. First, we cycle through Stari Grad in the northern side of the island, one of the oldest towns in Europe. This part of the island still offers the spirit of old times, where people take it slow to enjoy nature, great food, and lots of sun.

Our route starts off fairly gently, with a few small undulations, as we cycle to the northern edge of the island and follow the coast to Jelsa. Now we get into the thick of the challenge and face undulating roads for the rest of the day. Our hilly route leads us along the northern coast for the first 14 miles, before snaking inland through the stunning settlements scattered across the countryside.

We pass through Vrisnik and Svirce, with incredible views of the rolling green hills and valleys. Pedalling on, we enjoy a brief descent through Dol before embarking on our final and toughest hill of the day. Ascending over 1,300ft in total, we cycle up through the idyllic village of Selca kod Starog Grada and on to the abandoned village of Velo Grablije. Sitting at one of the highest points of Hvar, this village boasts extraordinary views across the island to the sea and a peaceful atmosphere unlike anything we get in the UK.

The views spur us on to climb for another mile or so, and then we at last get relief! We enjoy an exhilarating descent through Brusje and veer southwards until we reach our finish point in Hvar, a town that never sleeps and one of the most beautiful settlements on the Adriatic islands. Now, all we have left to do is settle down at our hotel and tuck into dinner before our last day of cycling.

You can see our Day 3 GPX route here – but please note, this is subject to change.

Day 4
Hvar – Korčula – Pelješac Peninsula – Ston – Dubrovnik | approx. 39.8 miles/64km (+1325m)

Our final day in the saddle begins with another approximately 1.5-hour speed boat transfer to Korčula City, a medieval town on Korčula Island. This is the island’s main city, Korčula City hosts an awesome stone fort with historic towers, standing right on the sea, with a maze of narrow streets with colourful galleries, cafes, hotels and restaurants.

We then take one more short boat transfer and hop back on our bikes in Orebic. Our first ten miles challenges us to the steepest climb of the day, as we cycle up from Stankovic and head east into the fine wine-growing region of Dingač, gaining a height of approx. 1,330ft!

From here, we catch our breath on a short descent and then tackle more undulations for the rest of the day. Our route may be murder for the thighs, but it’s heaven for the eyes, with views of lush vineyards and the Mljet island.

Eventually, we reach our finish line in the small village of Mali Ston. After toasting our achievement with a celebration drink at the finish line, we give our legs a good rest on a short transfer to our hotel in Dubrovnik.

Filled with an incredible sense of achievement, we freshen up and celebrate in this paradise setting with our final group dinner.

You can see our Day 3 GPX route here – but please note, this is subject to change.

Day 5
Dubrovnik

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.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£299) and challenge costs (£1,299).

$1,949

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299 when you book, which is used to administer the charity cycling challenge in Croatia.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,299 yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover bike hire, your food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation throughout the challenge, mechanical support, and full challenge support, including a team of outdoor-remote-first-aid trained challenge guides and a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your flights to and from Croatia, which you arrange yourself.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can or make a personal donation to the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee (£299) and fundraise £2,598 or more for your chosen charity.

$3,897

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299 when you book, which is used to administer the charity cycling challenge in Croatia.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £2,598 for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,299 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover bike hire, your food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation throughout the challenge, mechanical support, and full challenge support, including a team of outdoor-remote-first-aid trained challenge guides and a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your flights to and from Croatia, which you arrange yourself.
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Cycle Croatia 2023

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 up steep hills on every day of our challenge in Croatia, so we strongly recommend you train, and please try to incorporate hills in your training rides.

Once you sign up, we'll send you a cycling challenge training plan, which builds up over time and will set you up for success. Also, why not check out our expert cycling tips? Remember, the more you train, the more you'll enjoy the real deal! 

This adventure is the perfect motivation to get fit, discover the slice of paradise that is Croatia, and raise vital funds for the charity of your choice.

To get an insight into the routes we'll be cycling, see our GPX routes of each day of Cycle Croatia 2023*

*Please note, the routes are subject to change.

 

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up to our charity bike ride in Croatia on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the camaraderie and friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the cycling challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for our challenges in 2023.

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.

You need to be 18 years old or over to take part in Cycle Croatia 2023. There's no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about our charity challenges is that they bring adults of all ages and from all cycles of life together to achieve something extraordinary.

16 and 17-year-olds may participate if given permission by Dream Challenges. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email bookings@dream-challenges.com or call us on 01590 646410 at least 17 weeks before the challenge in Croatia starts and we'll be happy to help.

Your non-refundable registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge.

Your challenge costs of £1,299 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Meals throughout the cycling challenge in Croatia (excluding dinner on Day 1, as well as your lunch and dinner on Day 5 in Dubrovnik).
  • Accommodation.
  • Bike hire.
  • Ferry and speedboat transfer tickets in Croatia.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first aid trained guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Luggage transportation throughout the cycling challenge in Croatia.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your cycling challenge.
  • Mechanical and medical support, including a UK. doctor with expedition medicine training, who will accompany us throughout the charity bike ride in Croatia.
  • Your Cycle Croatia 2023 medal.

    *Please note, your flights to and from Croatia are not included in the challenge costs. You will need to arrange and pay for these yourself.

In addition to paying your registration fee of £299 and either self-funding the challenge costs of £1,299 or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target of £2,598 for your chosen charity, you will need to budget for:

  • Your flights to and from Croatia, which you will need to arrange yourself.
  • Your personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities and any personal expenses.
  • Your dinner on Day 1, as well as your lunch and dinner on Day 5 in Dubrovnik.

You will not need to carry your main luggage during our cycling challenge in Croatia, as it will be transported each day by our Dream Challenges support team.

However, you need to arrange your flights to and from Croatia, so you'll be responsible for your own luggage on the plane and when travelling to/from our accommodation on the first and last days of the challenge.

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 depart for our challenge in Croatia. We will provide you with 18 or 21-gear bikes to use on the cycling challenge and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to using. 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. 

We will provide all Cycle Croatia 2023 participants with very good hybrid bikes with water bottle holders at no extra cost, which will be ready and waiting for you in Croatia. Before we start the charity bike ride, we will have a bike fitting to ensure you are comfortable on your bike throughout the challenge.

Many of our participants 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 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. 

We’re afraid we can’t allow for you to bring your own bike on this challenge, for logistical reasons.

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 charity cycling challenge).

On 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.

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out personal travel insurance upon registering for our overseas cycling challenge, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. We advise you to arrange personal travel insurance as soon as possible after you register to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge in Croatia.

Once you have signed up, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19. You can, however, arrange insurance with another provider, as long as it covers you for a charity bike ride in Croatia.

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

Visa
Currently, UK citizens do not require a visa for Croatia, but we'll let you know if this changes before the charity challenge in 2023.

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

To get an insight into the routes we'll be cycling, see our GPX routes of each day of Cycle Croatia 2023*

Day 2 (first day of cycling) https://www.komoot.com/tour/935374640?ref=itd
Day 3 (second day cycling) https://www.komoot.com/tour/935374890?ref=itd
Day 4 (third day cycling) https://www.komoot.com/tour/935374999?ref=itd

*Please note, the routes are subject to change.

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