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The Big Mountain Challenge

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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.

How to enter the The Big Mountain Challenge

  1. Cycle the height of Everest

    Bike 250mi
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  2. Cycle the height of Kilimanjaro

    Bike 200mi
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  3. Cycle the height of Matterhorn

    Bike 150mi
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The Big Mountain Challenge routes

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.


- 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

- Picturesque lunch and coffee shops will be taken throughout


- 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.


- 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.

Event Details

What’s Included

£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

Full Package:

- Stunning routes with professional guides and ride leaders

- A professional mechanic and welfare support vehicles at all times

- Drinks and sports nutrition snacks provided by UK brand, High Five

- Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner) at the three-star Neaclub Les Balcons du Lac by Lake Annecy based on two sharing

- Return airport transfers to meet indicated flights

- Stretching classes with qualified trainer

Cycling only Package:

- Epic routes while cycling alongside Tour De France riders (dependent on your selected route: Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, or Everest)

- On-the-day support from a qualified bike mechanic and Tour De France Mavic vehicles

- Drinks and specialist sports snacks throughout the cycle from High Five

Raceday Logistics


Sat 17th Sept

12:00: Airport transfer to hotel

14:00: Cycle departure (optional)

16:30: All riders return

19:30: Dinner

Sun 18st to Tues 20th Sept

9:00: Departure

12:30: Lunch

16:00: All riders return

19:30: Dinner

Tues 21st Sept

9:00: Transfer to airport

Typical Day:

8:00: Breakfast & optional warm ups

8:30: Corral groups & briefing

9:00: Departure Col 1

11:00: Break Col 1

12:30: Lunch

14:00: Break Col 2

16:00: All riders return to Balcons Du Lac. Optional warm down

19:30: BBQ Dinner

Kit List

Full kit-list details will be released nearer to the time.

  • Your own bike in good working order
  • Helmets are mandatory
  • Quality cycling kit is recommended

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 -

[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the hotel like?
More information about Neaclub Les Baslons du Lac can be found on their website here:
How much must I raise if I choose a sponsorship ticket?
Sponsorship tickets must raise £995 on top of their entry fee.
How much many was raised last year?
Last year an incredible £110,000 was raised in support of Thames Hospice.
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The Big Mountain Challenge weather forecast

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Meet the organizer

Thames Hospice

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Thames Hospice
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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