Logistics

1. Dates, Routes and Accommodation Information

Click HERE for everything you will need to know about the dates, routes, terrain and accommodation of the cycle.

 

2. Flights and Transport

You are responsible for booking your own flights and are encouraged to do so as early as possible. Please arrive at Madrid International Airport before 14:00 on the 24th of September 2017. You will be greeted by a Cycling4Gaza representative or a member of the tour operator’s team in the arrival area. Transport from the airport to Avila has been arranged, via bus for you and your bike. Please ensure you arrive at the requested time, otherwise you will have to make alternative arrangements to reach Avila (which is 2 hours away from Madrid). We will not be providing transport back to Madrid Airport, taxis can be arranged from the hotel. Buses and trains are also available; you can ask the reception for more details on arrival to the hotel.

Please send your flight details to Cycling4Gaza at info@cycling4gaza.com.

3. Visa and Insurance

Visa Requirements:

Please click here to check whether you require a visa for entering Spain.

If you require a visa, please ensure you obtain one as soon as possible as processing time may take up to one month. More information can be found here.

Once you have obtained a visa please inform Cycling4Gaza: info@cycling4gaza.com

Insurance:

Proof of insurance covering you for this cycling event, including emergency repatriation, must be sent to us 4 weeks before the cycle, by the 24th of August 2017. We recommend obtaining a general travel insurance policy with opt-ins for cycling (if this is available and usually it is), and for any accident or injury incurred while abroad. Failure to do this means you may risk forfeiting your place on the challenge. Those with local health coverage in their own countries will need to make sure you obtain international health coverage, which can be bought separately or as part of a travel insurance package.

4. Bike Rental

There are two options on the cycle, you may bring your own bicycle, or arrange to hire one for the duration of the cycle.

1. Your Own Bicycle: If you choose this option you must arrange transport to and from Spain accordingly with the following guidelines in mind:

i. Ensure your airline provider allows for the transport of bikes, i.e. by inquiring about their sports luggage allowance and policies. Links are often found on the FAQ section of a website. For example: the Emirates site
ii. Packing your bike: Click here for instructions on how to pack your bike for a flight
iii. Make sure you bring two spare inner tubes and a bike bump in case of any issues

2. Hiring a Bicycle: You can hire a bike for the cycle which is included in the expenses you have paid. Please ensure you have confirmed whether you would like to rent a bike upon registration. There will be only one type of bike available for hire, a road bike.

5. What You Need to Bring

Required:

– A Helmet
– 2 x water bottles
– Front and rear light in case of cycling after daylight hours

Recommended:

– Cycling gloves
– Padded cycling shorts (highly recommended)
– Water-proof jacket
– Energy gels
– Speedometer

6. Training Plan

We will cover very mountainous terrains on every day of the ride and we request you to please take this year’s cycle training very seriously. Please ensure you complete sufficient hill training, including a proficient understanding of which gears to use on climbs and descends. 
 
This is not meant to scare you. We think the cycle will be challenging, but doable with sufficient training. Schedule below gives you some guidance on mileage to cover over a 10 week period. However, this does not include mountain / hill training so make sure to incorporate that in your schedule.

 

Training Plan

Check out the following sites for tips on how to train:

  1. Bicycling
  2. Road Cycling UK

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