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The Big Mountain Challenge

3 races scheduled · 300 participants · Thu 16th Sep 2021 · Annecy
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£295.00 - £995.00Free injury protection
About this event

Take part in this epic 4 day road cycling challenge at Lake Annecy in support of Thames Hospice. With three different expeditions to choose from, this event caters for beginner to advanced level cyclists. Come and meet fellow road biking aficionados while contributing to a fantastic cause.

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Thames Hospice is the local charity providing expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. A vital part of our work is also supporting their families and carers. We care for the physical, social and psychological needs of our patients, not just the condition. Our highly skilled medical team works with the patient, their family and carers, to develop a complete programme of care tailored to their individual needs. Our services include therapy, nursing and medical care, as well as practical and emotional support in our Hospice at Windsor and in patients' homes. It costs £8 million every year to keep our Hospice running. We rely on our community for over 50% of the funds we have to raise annually to provide our services free of charge, 365 days a year, to the people who need us.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Thu Sep 16 2021

What's included:

  • Accommodation*
  • Breakfast*
  • Drinks and snacks during the rides*
  • Mechanical support from Tour de France iconic Mavic vehicles and respected Chain Reaction cycle company*
  • Medical support available from first aid qualified individuals throughout the rides*
  • Hot breakfast and dinner with wine as well as airport transfers from Geneva to the hotel*
  • Drinks and snacks during the rides
  • Mechanical support from Tour de France iconic Mavic vehicles and respected Chain Reaction cycle company
  • Medical support available from first aid qualified individuals throughout the rides

* = Included with the full package only

Everest
12:00pm Thu 16th Sep 2021

Bike 250mi

£295.00 - £995.00
Kilimanjaro
12:00pm Thu 16th Sep 2021

Bike 200mi

£295.00 - £995.00
Matterhorn
12:00pm Thu 16th Sep 2021

Bike 150mi

£295.00 - £995.00
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BicepFlexChallenging course
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Streisan B
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Did the Everest in 2019
Three levels of difficulty covering famous Tour De France cols with great pro cyclists amazing vehicle support and excellent value. Thames Hospice is an excellent cause. … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Should I bring my own bike to the Big Mountain Challenge?
Most riders choose to bring their own bikes but you can hire a bike if you wish. Just contact the event organiser for a list of local bike hires.… read more
FAQ
Will we receive food during the rides on the Big Mountain Challenge?
Yes, everyone will have the opportunity to make up a pack lunch at breakfast time. These will be carried by the support vehicles. One packed lunch costs 10€. High5 nutrition will also provide bars and gels throughout the day. The Matterhorn group will stop at a restaurant each day and the Kilimanjaro group will also have the opportunity to do this on the last two days of their route.… read more
FAQ
Will there be mechanics and medics on the Big Mountain Challenge?
Yes, you will be supported by several world class mechanics, first aiders, and support vehicles. They will support you over the four days. It is recommended that you bring basic repair kit items such as inner tubes, but there will be full support the entire trip.… read more
Route description
Route description

This four day cycling tour takes participants through the heart of the French Alps and onto some of the most picturesque road biking routes in the world.

Accompanied by international pro cyclists, the Big Mountain Cycle Challenge is in support of Thames Hospice - in 2019 the event raised an epic £110,000.

There are three different courses to choose from: Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro and Everest.

Matterhorn

This course spans approximately 150 miles, the equivalent of Matterhorn, and climbs around 14,292ft across the four days.

This route entails around 4 - 5 hours per day and is aimed at a beginner/intermediate level rider. Riders will enjoy picturesque lunch and coffee shops throughout the days.

Kilimanjaro

This course will travel around 200 miles - the equivalent of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro - and will ascend around 19,340ft over the four days.

Kilimanjaro will include around 5 - 8 hours of cycling daily and is aimed at intermediate-advanced cyclists.

Cycle the glorious Sévrier Haute-Savoie around Lake Annecy against the backdrop of the dramatic French Alps, including well known peaks included in the Tour De France.

Everest

The toughest of the three races, Everest will travel approximately 250 miles and climb around 29,029ft over the four days

At around 6 - 8 hours of cycling per day, this route is for advanced road cyclists.

Cycle the glorious Sévrier Haute-Savoie around Lake Annecy against the backdrop of the dramatic French Alps, including well known peaks included in the Tour De France.

Booking Options:

  • £395: Full package including accommodation (half board) plus £995 sponsorship
  • £295: Ride only plus £995 sponsorship
  • £995: Full package including accommodation (half board) - no sponsorship requirement
  • £695: Ride only - no sponsorship requirement
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Did the Everest in 2019
Three levels of difficulty covering famous Tour De France cols with great pro cyclists amazing vehicle support and excellent value. Thames Hospice is an excellent cause.
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Logistics and schedule

**Approximately Ride Day Schedule
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09:00 Departure

12:30 Lunch

16:00 All riders return

19:30 Dinner

Cut-Off Times

There is no official cut off time however team captains will make decisions to take a more direct route if riders are struggling. Each group will have 2 or 3 group leaders so no rider will ever be left alone.

Volunteers

If you have any questions about the event or would like to get in touch with the Event Organiser then please contact this email address: h_[email protected]

How to get there

Flights

Flights are not included in the pricing and all entrants will need to book their own flights to Lake Annecy. It is recommended participants arrive before midday on the first day, and return after 12pm on the last day of the trip.

Accommodation

Those booked on the full-package will have half board accommodation included. Ride-only entrants will be required to book their own.

The accommodation will be at the Les Balcons du Lac d’Annecy, a hotel overlooking Lake Annecy.

The full package includes an en-suite room, hot breakfast and good standard three course buffet dinner with local wine. The hotel includes a swimming pool, gym and event space for bike storage and bike maintenance teams on hand.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Should I bring my own bike to the Big Mountain Challenge?
Most riders choose to bring their own bikes but you can hire a bike if you wish. Just contact the event organiser for a list of local bike hires.
FAQ
Will we receive food during the rides on the Big Mountain Challenge?
Yes, everyone will have the opportunity to make up a pack lunch at breakfast time. These will be carried by the support vehicles. One packed lunch costs 10€. High5 nutrition will also provide bars and gels throughout the day. The Matterhorn group will stop at a restaurant each day and the Kilimanjaro group will also have the opportunity to do this on the last two days of their route.
FAQ
Will there be mechanics and medics on the Big Mountain Challenge?
Yes, you will be supported by several world class mechanics, first aiders, and support vehicles. They will support you over the four days. It is recommended that you bring basic repair kit items such as inner tubes, but there will be full support the entire trip.
FAQ
What level should I sign up for at the Big Mountain Challenge?
It is completely dependent on individual fitness, but the routes go up in difficulty from Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro and the most advanced is Everest. New riders are encouraged to sign up for the Matterhorn route, but any rider has the option to change their route during the weekend if they would like.
FAQ
Do I have to raise the full amount for the Big Mountain Challenge?
It is asked that riders raise the full amounts required because the profits from the event are critical to allowing Thames Hospice to provide the care and services. If in exceptional cases a rider is struggling to reach the required fundraising, please contact the event organiser to let them know.
FAQ
How do I set up a fundraising page for the Big Mountain Challenge?
Fundraising pages are completely free to create at www.justgiving.com.
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