This 24 hour ride isn't just between 2 great cities it crosses 4 countries and has 3 ferry crossings! You'll need to pace yourself, judge your rest stop breaks, and save some energy for the long haul up the exposed coast of Holland. Setting out from SE London in the afternoon, through the garden of England, Kent, your first goal is to make the 90 miles to Dover in the set time to rendezvous with the ferry. Across the channel, a welcome rest and on into France. You will be rewarded with long, flat & quiet roads as we speed through the darkness of the night and focus on the lights ahead to keep the pace up. Belgium slips by, then another ferry crossing once the sun rises, and on into Holland with a final crossing to keep us on track. You head out over the intricate waterways to the west and up the coast with the North Sea to your left before the final push across into Amsterdam as that clock ticks on. This is the city of cycling our cycling feat will deserve a big celebration once we arrive - and plenty of that Dutch courage along the way!
315 miles in 24hrs the route is broken down into 7 manageable stages of approximately 40/45 miles with rest stops at the end of each leg to take on food and drink supplied by a specialist catering team, and sort any repairs to bike and body.
Non-stop challenge - day & night. 24 hr 'target' time inclusive of standard ferry times
Sets out mid Saturday afternoon to match the ferries - easy to join!
Fully supported - snack stops, hot meals, signage, mechanics, medics & support vehicles
Hotel in Amsterdam & return bike transport to London included
Optional coach return to London - timed to fit in with your bike return & collection
Join our Ride 24 celebration dinner and party in Amsterdam!
London training ride and briefing for all riders in May '14 - get to know your team mates & us!
Start: Blackheath, SE London - 15.00hrs Saturday 19 July
Finish: Amsterdam - Sunday afternoon 24 hours or so later!
Miles: 315 over 7 stages
Total Ascent / Climb: 1,080 metres
Estimated field of Riders: 250
We have 4 years experience of operating successful 24 hr cycle challenges and we know the right ingredients to get you across the finish line on target. Youll need your bike, a helmet, some fuel in those legs, and a sense of timing - well bring the support to get you there...
Rest stops approx. every 40/45 miles - including snacks, water, gels & energy drinks
Food supplied at all rest stops - hot food stops for dinner & breakfast
A celebratory late lunch in Amsterdam
Pace riders, support guides and back marker helpers
Full support teams - mechanics & medics
Day bag transfers to each rest stop - (for your clothing, snacks, supplies)
Rest & recovery buses - if you need to sit out a stage
Back-up vehicles & bike transport for retirees
Rider timing, route map, GPX files
Training advice & pre-event support - plus a dedicated team to answer your questions!