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The greatest sense of achievement – Discover Adventure’s worldwide cycling challenges
Inspired by the Tour de France, which kicks off on 2 July, or by the recent Discover Adventure-organised Help for Heroes cycling challenge from Portsmouth to Paris, marking the charity’s £100M fundraising milestone?
Choose to raise money for a charity close to your heart or to self-fund one of Discover Adventure’s open cycle challenges, ranging from one-day to 15-day trips and encompassing spectacular destinations across the globe, including Land’s End to John O’Groats, the Lake District to the Yorkshire Dales, London to Paris, Paris to Geneva, Cambodia to Vietnam and Panama to Nicaragua.
Led by highly experienced guides and with trips ranging from moderate to tough, these adventures have been designed to challenge participants but are nevertheless appropriate for beginners who are prepared to train, with Discover Adventure offering thorough support, training plans and training days for all participants.
If participants decide to heighten their sense of achievement by raising money for charity, Discover Adventure offers the very best deal possible for charities - at least 60% of fundraising targets go direct to the charity concerned.
What’s more, Discover Adventure’s cycling and trekking trips all boast first-class eco-credentials - not only is this type of activity extremely environmentally-
Sample cycling expeditions:
13-day Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle trip
Completion of this rewarding journey is guaranteed to do wonders for self-esteem, especially if raising money for a good cause. Ride the furthest possible distance in the British Isles (1,000 miles!), setting off from Land’s End in England’s far South West, pedalling through Cornwall, over Dartmoor and North Devon and along the Welsh border. Meander through the verdant Lake District into Scotland, weaving through lochs and mountains to reach the north coast and John O’Groats. The trip includes 12 nights' accommodation (hotels and B&Bs), most meals, and the services of experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and mechanics.
Payment options for 2011 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £3,050pp or self-funded cost of £1,220pp (£299 registration fee applies). 2012 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £3,100pp or self-funded cost of £1,240pp (£299 registration fee applies).
Five-day London to Paris cycle ride*
Sign up for one of Europe's greatest cycle routes, adventuring through Kent’s rolling countryside, the English Channel and the quaint villages and medieval market towns of Northern France, passing poignant war grave cemeteries. With long days and some demanding hill climbs, nothing evokes a better sense of success than reaching the finish point - the iconic sight of the Eiffel Tower. Participants also have free time at the end of the trip to explore the world’s most romantic city. The trip includes four nights' accommodation (2-3 star hotels), transport (ferry and Eurostar), most meals, and the services of experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and mechanics.
Payment options for 2011 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £1,500pp or self-funded cost of £620pp (£149 registration fee applies). 2012 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £1,650pp or self-funded cost of £660pp (£149 registration fee applies).
Six-day Paris to Geneva cycle trip*
Linking two classic cities, cyclists cross the border with an extraordinary climb in the shadow of the majestic Jura Mountains. Following the River Seine from central Paris, participants ride through chalk hills, quiet woodland and rural plateaux. The landscape is dotted with medieval towns and Romanesque churches, with the trip passing through the renowned vineyard regions of Champagne and Burgundy. The adventure culminates with cyclists tackling the tough bends of the Col de la Faucille - Switzerland’
Six-day Geneva to Nice cycle trip*
Take in awe-inspiring mountain passes, peaceful valley roads and cruising descents. Cycle through the picturesque towns of Annecy and Sisteron, enjoying sublime vistas of towering mountain peaks, limestone cliffs, deep forests and lavender fields. With long, challenging days in the saddle, the breathtaking landscape motivates cyclists to keep pedalling! The unforgettable ride ends with a descent through the unspoilt hills of Gorges du Loup to the beach at Nice, where participants can relax and toast their big achievement. The trip includes five nights’ accommodation (2-3 star hotels), most meals, and the services of experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and mechanics.
Payment options for 2011 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £1,725pp or self-funded cost of £690pp (£149 registration fee applies). 2012 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £1,825pp or self-funded cost of £750pp (£149 registration fee applies).
11-day Panama to Nicaragua cycle trip – NEW for 2012
Home to over 20% of the world’s biodiversity, this journey through Central America is an exciting discovery of rainforest and diverse habitats. Cyclists will ride through three Central American countries - Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua - along the Caribbean coast; passing banana and pineapple plantations, rainforests and smoking volcanoes. This is not any normal challenge - expect high humidity and tough riding conditions, but what a rewarding experience! The trip includes 10 nights’ accommodation (2-3 star hotels), flights, a bike, most meals, and the services of experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and mechanics.
Payment options for 2012 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £3,600pp or self-funded cost of £1440pp (£399 registration fee applies).
12-day Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat cycle trip
Discover fascinating ancient and modern culture alike on this unique journey. Embark on a trip through rural landscapes, the ruins of ancient civilisations and small towns where grand Buddhist temples nestle amongst French colonial buildings and ramshackle houses. Pedal from Ho Chi Minh City, through the rice-paddies and waterways of the enchanting Mekong Delta, into Cambodia. The adventure culminates at one of the most breathtaking sights in South East Asia - the Royal Temples of Angkor Wat. The trip includes 11 nights’ accommodation (2-3 star hotels), flights, most meals, entry into sites listed in itinerary, a bike and the services of experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and mechanics.
Payment options for 2011 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £3,250pp or self-funded cost of £1,300pp (£399 registration fee applies). 2012 departures: Minimum fundraising target of £3,250pp or self-funded cost of £1,300pp (£449 registration fee applies).
*Please note, participants can combine the London to Paris, Paris to Geneva and Geneva to Nice cycle trips into one ride, or opt to do the first two and last two of these trips together. Contact Discover Adventure for prices.
For further information about Discover Adventure, visit http://www.discoveradventure.com, telephone 01722 718444, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 June 2011
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