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Regain - Cycle Kenya 2019

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

11 October - 20 October 2019 On Sale
Duration 10 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $449
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Regain - Cycle Kenya 2019

It’s the cycle of life!

Join us on an incredible 400km adventure through Kenya’s Rift Valley to the magnificent Lake Victoria. This lion-size challenge begins in the mountainous Nyeri and will take you along rough tracks and smooth roads through tropical rainforests, towns and villages, past vibrant green farms and tea plantations, right to the shores of the magnificent Lake Victoria. At the end of the challenge there is the opportunity to visit an Elephant orphanage and to book an optional safari.

We don’t say it’s the “cycle of life” for nothing – this cycle will be life changing not just for you, but for all the people you’ll be helping through the work of Regain. You’ll discover an entirely different country and culture, while making fantastic new friendships and pushing yourself to the limit to achieve something amazing.

All the funds you raise on this challenge go towards Regain, the only charitable organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people who have become tetraplegic in a sporting accident. One minute these individuals are fit, active and healthy, the next they are paralysed and in need of support for the rest of their lives. Because Regain is a small charity with a very specific cause, your funds will go a long way into helping them carry out their work and enabling people to regain their independence and get back into sport after their accident.

 

How to fund the challenge

How you fund your challenge is completely up to you. You may choose to pay the challenge costs (£1,600) yourself and then fundraise the remaining £1,600 to meet the £3,200 minimum target. Many challengers choose this option so that they can tell their sponsors 100% of their donation will go directly to support the work of Regain and not to fund your challenge costs. Alternatively, you may choose to fundraise the full £3,200. You could of course fund the full £3,200 too if you prefer not to fundraise.  

To our tetraplegic challengers

If you are tetraplegic and interested in a place on Cycle Kenya, Regain will pay the cost of your flights, food, accommodation etc. which is £1,600. You will be asked to raise minimum sponsorship funds of £2,000 for the charity.  However, the charity would be pleased if you could raise as much additional sponsorship as you can in order to ensure the challenge is a financial success. In addition to paying for your costs, the charity is able to fund the costs of a carer/assistant to accompany you on the challenge (if you require someone to assist with your daily care). This person would be expected to cycle with you and assist you during the day, supporting you generally throughout the challenge. If you require a carer/assistant, you must submit an application for this person at the same time as your own (no registration fee is payable).

 

Download the Regain Cycle Kenya 2019 info pack

Get all the information you need for this amazing challenge in the gorgeous Regain - Cycle Kenya 2019 info pack here.

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
UK – Nairobi – Nyeri | approx. 5km

Our Kenyan adventure starts with an overnight flight from London and we touch down in Nairobi early in the morning on Day 2. From the airport, we’re transferred by coach to Nyeri, one of the largest towns in the Central Highlands and the gateway to the mountainous Aberdale National Park. Nyeri is also one of Kenya’s oldest towns, established more than a century ago in the British colonial era in Kenya. When we reach our hotel, we have our bike fitting and then gear up for a short warm-up ride to the grave of Baden Powell, the founder of the Scout Association Movement, the inspiration behind Boy Scouts and Girl Guides groups all around the world. If it’s a clear day, we’ll also enjoy views from here of Mount Kenya. This evening, we settled down for our first group dinner and to hear more about our challenge ahead.

Day 3
Nyeri – Nyahururu | approx. 98km

Today is a tough but beautiful introduction to the challenge and to Kenya itself. As we ride into the lush countryside that surrounds Nyeri, we pass local farms growing a range of fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, tea and coffee. It’s a long and steady climb, broken up with several downhill rides and we’re rewarded constantly with wonderful views of the Aberdare National Park, small river valleys and Mount Kenya in the distance. Towards the end of the cycle, we reach the equator for the first time and we stay tonight in a lodge overlooking the mesmerising Thomson Falls.

Day 4
Nyahururu – Nakuru then transfer to Kabarnet | approx. 57km

You’ll be pleased to know we have a shorter day of cycling today, with some pretty ascents as we head into the Subukia Valley. After stopping off to take in the panoramas from the valley viewpoint, we continue to Subukia Town, which is renowned for the neighbouring Subukia Shrine. This friendly shrine, also known as the Village of Mary Mother of God, brings together people from all different religions and different tribes of Kenya. It’s only fitting that the shrine is a site of unification. After all, Subukia lies on the equator – the meeting point of the two hemispheres of our planet. Our cycle doesn’t stop here. As the day progresses, we pass bright green plantations growing tea, one of the main crops of Kenya and breathtakingly beautiful. At last, we stop for lunch, which signifies the end of today’s pedalling. We now give our legs a break as we transfer to our hotel in Kabarnet in the Tugen Hills on the eastern edge of the Kerio Valley.

Day 5
Kabarnet - Eldoret | approx. 93km

Today we face the toughest ride of our challenge, crossing the Kerio Valley and climbing the Elgeyo escarpment. Starting off with a steep downhill cycle, we ease onto gentler terrain until we reach a serious climb. This gruelling ascent is windy yet wonderful, through a pretty forest with loads of butterflies to encourage us on our way. Once we reach the top, our staggering sense of achievement is twinned with the perfect sight for our sore thighs (or arms if you’re on a handbike), looking out across the Rift Valley. We stop here for our well-deserved lunch, before ending our day with a smoother downhill cycle, with even more gorgeous scenes to take in.

Day 6
Eldoret – Kakamega | approx. 98-110km

We have two possible routes for today, depending on the weather! If there is no rain: This morning sees us cycling on some undulating tarmac roads through local farms and plantations. Upon reaching the beautiful Kapsabet, we pass on to steeper, longer hills until we stop for lunch. Once refreshed, it’s back on our bikes for a ride along a dirt track through small farms and villages and into rainforest towards Kakamega. This gorgeous rainforest is a national reserve and home to a range of local wildlife, including monkeys and hundreds of tropical birds. Our day ends when we reach our hotel in Kakamega for a well-deserved rest. If it rains: If there has been rain (which is likely), we avoid the dirty tracks and cycle on a main road until we reach the junction to Kakamega. From here, we take a smaller road all the way to the Kakamega Forest Reserve. Look out here for the peculiar looking black and white colobus and blue monkeys, adorable flying squirrels and potto (the world’s slowest mammal). We end the day with a last 12km stretch on the road to our hotel in Kakamega.

Day 7
Kakamega – Kisumu | approx. 53km

Rise and shine to our last day of cycling! We ride mostly downhill today but this is broken up with some steep climbs. After 39km we get our first glimpse of the magnificent world-famous Lake Victoria, which covers a whopping 70,000 square kilometres. As we pedal on, the traffic picks up, signifying that we’re nearing Kisumu. This inland port city is the third largest city in Kenya and it’s where our challenge ends! We finish riding around lunchtime and the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Tonight, we celebrate our achievement, having conquered a royal feat for an invaluable cause.

Day 8
Kisumu – Nakuru

This morning, we transfer to Nakuru, the capital city of Nakuru County, where we can spend the afternoon relaxing or you can also take part in an optional game drive.

Day 9
Nakuru - Nairobi

Our Kenyan adventure ends with an absolutely magical day, transferring to Nairobi in the morning and visiting the incredible Nairobi National Park in the afternoon. The most special part of this trip is that we get to visit an elephant orphanage, where orphaned babies are looked after and raised until they’re ready to return to the wild. This 120-square mile national park is home to giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, antelopes and more. In the evening there is NO meal provided at the hotel, but rather an optional visit to the Carnivore “Africa’s greatest eating experience”, which is a massive barbecue pit offering a wide variety of meat from beef to zebra. There are also fish and vegetarian alternatives. After dinner, we also have the chance to go to Nairobi’s most popular night club, the Simba Saloon, which is part of the Carnivore complex.

Day 10
Nairobi - UK

We catch a daytime flight back to the UK and part ways in London, well and truly bushed!

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Funding options

Sponsorship

Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for Regain Sports Charity.

$4,800

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship target for Regain Sports Charity.
  • Your charitable funds must be paid in 10 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • In return, everything for the challenge is provided – flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge), food, accommodation, transfers, guides, medical and technical support.
  • The more money you raise for the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of Regain.
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FAQs
Regain - Cycle Kenya 2019

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 the experience of your lifetime.  Tetraplegic cyclists should seek advice from the charity regarding fitness and eligibility to participate as there are a limited number of places available for hand cyclists. You will be sent a comprehensive guide to training when you register. 

To our tetraplegic challengers

If you are tetraplegic and interested in a place on Cycle Kenya, Regain will pay the cost of your flights, food, accommodation etc. which is £1,600. You will be asked to raise minimum sponsorship funds of £2,000 for the charity.  However, the charity would be pleased if you could raise as much additional sponsorship as you can in order to ensure the challenge is a financial success. In addition to paying for your costs, the charity is able to fund the costs of a carer/assistant to accompany you on the challenge (if you require someone to assist with your daily care). This person would be expected to cycle with you and assist you during the day, supporting you generally throughout the challenge. If you require a carer/assistant, you must submit an application for this person at the same time as your own (no registration fee is payable).

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once you've signed up to the challenge, we'll send you a link to the private Facebook group for everyone taking part in Regain - Cycle Kenya 2019. We encourage you to use this space to share tips, advice, kind thoughts and updates with your fellow challengers and take advantage of the opportunity to organise meet-ups before the challenge, as often there will 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. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.

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 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 we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.

To our tetraplegic challengers

If you are tetraplegic and interested in a place on Cycle Kenya, Regain will pay the cost of your flights, food, accommodation etc. which is £1,600. You will be asked to raise minimum sponsorship funds of £2,000 for the charity.  However, the charity would be pleased if you could raise as much additional sponsorship as you can in order to ensure the challenge is a financial success. In addition to paying for your costs, the charity is able to fund the costs of a carer/assistant to accompany you on the challenge (if you require someone to assist with your daily care). This person would be expected to cycle with you and assist you during the day, supporting you generally throughout the challenge. If you require a carer/assistant, you must submit an application for this person at the same time as your own (no registration fee is payable).

We will in stay in comfortable, tourist class hotels throughout this challenge

No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. 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 during lunch and the snack stops.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, 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, which we can send you. Otherwise, you can take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Kenya.

You will also need to arrange your own visa. We'll send you information on how to do this closer to the challenge departure date.

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 challenge. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.

How you fund your challenge is completely up to you. You may choose to pay the challenge costs (£1,600) yourself and then fundraise the remaining £1,600 to meet the £3,200 minimum target. Many challengers choose this option so that they can tell their sponsors 100% of their donation will go directly to support the work of Regain and not to fund your challenge costs. Alternatively, you may choose to fundraise the full £3,200. You could of course fund the full £3,200 too if you prefer not to fundraise.  

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