Trust Links are offering three bespoke Cycle Challenges in 2020, in partnership with Chapeau Events. Sign up for one of these three events throughout the year and help make a difference for people experiencing mental health difficulties across Southend.
Here you can find full itineraries for each of our three European cycle challenges happening in 2020. For more information on these fantastic challenges or other fundraising events, please contact Ros on 01702 213 134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycle approximately 220 miles across the quirky landscape of southern Spain, passing through the National Park on our way from Seville to Malaga. Swap the cold weather for the warmer Spanish climate - and do something amazing whilst supporting Trust Links.
Day One Arrival in Seville
Arriving in Seville, you'll have the chance to experience the historic city centre and see for yourself why Seville is considered one of the cultural and artistic centres of the Iberian peninsula. You'll register with Chapeau and go through all the kit and bike checks ready to cycle tomorrow.
Day Two Seville to Puerto Real - approx. 123km / 76 miles
The cycling kicks off with a brisk ride from Seville to Jerez, one of the historic centres of the Cadiz region. Known for its wines, flamenco dancing, and cultural heritage, Jerez is also famous for its brandy and its Islamic heritage. We leave Jerez and press on to the coast and our final destination for the day, Puerto Real, a protected environmental region known for its hundreds of varieties of birds.
Day Three Puerto Real to Ronda - approx.. 133km / 86 miles
After breakfast, we continue the cycle challenge by heading to the outstanding Sierra de Grazelema region. You'll become familiar with cycling over the Grazelema's famous limestone caves and cliffs. We will pass Andalucia's picturesque 'White Villages' and experience the typically beautiful countryside of southern Spain. After leaving the National Park we will reach tonight's resting place, the town of Ronda near the El Tajo canyon. Dinner isn't included in Ronda so you will be free to sample the city's excellent cuisine at your own pace.
Day Four Ronda to Malaga - approx. 98km / 61 miles
On our last day your riding will start as a tour through traditional Spanish olive groves and rural fincas. Our stop for the day is in El Burgo, a beautiful village perched on the edge of the Grazelema. The final push will be towards the mountainous village of Alozaina, where will we rest before tackling the last leg of the challenge into Malaga. The cycle challenge ends at the steps of a 1st-Century Roman amphitheatre built by Caesar Augustus, a truly magnificent way to celebrate victory after taking on the southern Spanish challenge.
Day Five Departure Day
After breakfast, we'll be heading back to the UK. Your bikes will be taken care of by our team and you'll be free to rest your legs and reflect on what an amazing journey it's been.
Registration fee: £100
Minimum requested sponsorship £1,250
Cycling from London to Paris is one of the most iconic routes across Europe. Over three days in June 2020, we will ride just over 183 miles and pass through some of the most scenic parts of Southern England and Northern France - leaving London and finishing at the Eiffel Tower.
Day One London to Newhaven - approx. 100 km / 63 miles
After registration and cycle safety checks, we leave London to the south and head to the coast via Surrey and East Sussex. Passing through quaint villages and towns like Turner's Hill, Ardingley, and Haywards Heath. We embark a channel-crossing ferry at Newhaven, where there will be a break and something to eat. After a late landing in Dieppe there will be a short ride to the hotel before some dinner and a much-needed rest.
Day Two Dieppe to Beauvais - approx. 104 km / 65 miles
After breakfast we leave Dieppe and cycle through some of the most picturesque countryside in Northern France. The terrain will be smooth and relatively flat in the morning along the famous 'Avenue Verte', before getting stuck into Northern France's rolling hills. We will break for lunch in a typical French village, then head through the charming towns of Serqueux and Songeons on the way to our final destination, Beauvais. You can experience the historic town centre and learn about the WWII heritage, visiting the cathedral and sightseeing the beautiful chateaux.
Day Three Beauvais to Paris - approx. 96 km / 60 miles
The final day of cycling is the shortest! From Beauvais we press on through the undulating French countryside towards Paris, on a whistle-stop tour of French villages. Much of the day will be spent in the beautiful Oise Natural Regional Park, a natural beauty hotspot that boasts three forests. Soon enough, the quiet lanes will give way to the bigger streets as we enter the outer departments of Paris before finally reaching the familiar sight of the Eiffel Tower. We'll pass the Arc de Triompe and cycle along the Champs Elysees - a fitting end to a truly amazing day of cycling!
Day Four Free Day in Paris
Before returning to Britain you will have a chance to see the sights in Paris, shopping, eating and drinking in the City of Light. Chapeau Events will return your bikes to the UK and you can rest your legs worry-free!
Registration fee: £100
Minimum requested sponsorship: £1,500
This is the longest cycle challenge in partnership with Chapeau Events, covering around 270 miles across the alpine Tyrolean region of southern Germany and Austria. We'll follow the beautiful blue Danube for most of the journey, making this a truly unique way to achieve something great and make a huge difference to fundraise for Trust Links.
Day One Arrival in Salzburg
Upon arrival in Salzburg you will be free to explore the historic birthplace of Mozart before check-in at 3pm. The Chapeau Events team will be waiting at registration with details of the first days' cycling and your bikes will have arrived safely ahead of time. Dining isn't included, leaving you free to explore Salzburg's famous food and get a good night's sleep before the challenge begins in earnest.
Day Two Salzburg to Passau - approx. 115km / 72 miles
After breakfast the challenge kicks off cycling north, we'll experience the picturesque countryside and see the stunning views for which Austria is famous. We will pass through many traditional Austrian villages before reaching the Obersturmer See, a bathing lake with crystal-clear waters. Passing through the stunning, hilly terrain, we will reach the German / Austrian border and follow the river Inner before reaching our first stop at Passau. Enjoy the spa and soothe your tired limbs before getting some rest.
Day Three Passau to Linz - approx. 103 km / 43 miles
Leaving Passau, we join the Danube river and follow its meander along one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany. The river soon returns to Austria, passing the towns of Kastern and Schlogen. Day three ends in the provincial capital of Linz with its Renaissance-era buildings and Baroque town square.
Day Four Linz to Emmersdorf - approx. 101 km / 63 miles
The terrain on the northern side of the Danube is relatively flat today, as we cycle east and, passing over to the south side, journey through the largest wine-producing region in Austria. The mountain views are at their most impressive and we'll pass countless monasteries, churches, and castles. Finally we'll reach the pretty little town of Emmersdorf, before tackling the final stage of cycling on Day Five.
Day Five Emmersdorf to Vienna - approx. 120 km . 70 miles
After breakfast, we're back on the north bank of the Danube and passing through the wheat and sunflower fields in full bloom for the summer. Continuing past the town of Tulln, we'll push on as the excitement builds towards Austria's capital of Vienna. The cycle challenge will end on the historic steps of the Hofburg Palace - and then be free to enjoy a night on the town with some of the world's greatest art and culture. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to support Trust Links!
Day Six Departure
After a leisurely breakfast it's time to head home. Your bikes will be transported back to the UK and you'll be free to explore Vienna, or make your own arrangements home if you want to continue your trip.
Registration fee: £120
Minimum requested sponsorship: £1,500