London to Amsterdam Cycle - July
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Take on this awesome challenge of cycling the 136 miles from London to Amsterdam. This incredible weekend adventure will be a mix of cycling, sightseeing and getting your dose of the open country roads. Come to tick an epic ride off your bucket list and for a memorable experience.
136 Miles From London to Amsterdam
Fri, 8 Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1, UK
Fri, 8 Jul 2022
136 Miles From London to Amsterdam:9:00am
Day 1: London to Harwich - 83 miles
Day 2: Hook of Holland to Amsterdam - 53 miles
Both routes will be along open roads.
On day 1 you'll set out from Trafalgar Square and experience the gentle stop/start cycle out of London which is great as it both eases you into the challenge and also gives you an opportunity to enjoy simply stunning London! The route heads east to the coast through Leytonstone and Essex and the scenic ride carries onto Harwich where you'll get the opportunity to rehydrate and change before boarding the ferry for a well-earned rest.
The second day of cycling is entirely in Holland as we head towards Amsterdam enjoying perfect cycling conditions. The long uninterrupted and extremely flat cycle tracks alongside the serenity of the canals, mean that even those suffering fatigue can really go through the gears and get a good speed up as we head towards the beautiful capital before finishing at Art Square, Amsterdam.
* There will be cycle leaders at the front and back of the group leading the way ensuring no one gets left behind. So every pace is catered for!
Organizer route images
- London to Amsterdam Finisher's Medal
- Cycle leaders
- Overnight Ferry (Day 1)
- Lunch (Days 1&2)
- Light refreshments and fluids
- Support vehicle
How to get there
Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1, UKGet full directions
Return to the UK
Return travel to the UK is not included in the entry fee. Please do not forget to organise this yourself.
You will have the option to pay an additional fee for your bike and personal belongings to be transported back to the UK for you.
Bikes and belongings can be collected from Letchworth, Hertfordshire at an arranged time from the following Monday evening.
Event day logistics
09:00 Meet the Challenge Central Team
10:00 Depart from Trafalgar Squre
07:45 Arrival at Hook of Holland
16:00 Challenge ends at Amsterdam Art Square
All participants must be either over 18 or between 15 and 17 years old and accompanied by an adult.
You will be taking a ferry from Harwich across the North Sea to the Hook of Holland.
The ferry will be fairly luxurious with restaurants, bars, a cinema and free wifi. The cabins have en-suite towels and bedding.
What to bring
- Bell (legally required in Holland)
- Bright Bike Lights / Head Torch (the mornings can be very dark)
- Water Bottle / Camelbak (to be used while cycling)
- Small Backpack or Bento Box (for accessible food)
- Tyre Levers
- Bike Tools and Pump
- Spare Inner Tubes x4
- Puncture Repair Kit
- High-Quality Puncture Resistant Tyres (are strongly advised)
- Bike Helmet (compulsory)
- Bike Gloves
- Padded Cycling Shorts
- Cycling Tops / T-Shirts
- Waterproof / Warm Cycling Clothing (having layers of clothing on will also help to keep you warm)
- High Viz Vest / Clothing
- Cycle Shoes and Socks
Documentation / Other
- Return Travel Documents
- Travel Insurance (to cover you for cycling activities) and EHIC Card (if applicable to you)
- Mobile Phone & Charger
- European Plug Adapter
- Power Bank Charger(s)
Hygiene & Health
- Sun Protection
- Flannel / Hand Towel
- Anti-Insect Spray
- Anti-Chafe Cream
- Anti-Nausea Tablets / Bands (for ferry crossing)
- Prescribed Medication (if applicable)
- Small First Aid Kit (Guides will carry as well)
- Energy Snacks
- Fluid Replacements
Are there any age requirements for the London to Amsterdam Cycle?
Yes, all cyclists must be either aged 18 and over, or be aged 15 to 17 and accompanied by an adult.
How will I get back to London after the London to Amsterdam Cycle?
Travel from Amsterdam to London will need to be organised by participants themselves. There is the option for the Challenge Central team to take your bike and personal belongings back to the UK for an additional fee.
What kind of bike should I use for the London to Amsterdam Cycle?
Road bikes are recommended for this event with hybrid bikes being an alternative. It is possible to use a mountain bike but that is strongly discouraged.
What documentation will I need for the London to Amsterdam Cycle?
All participants will need to bring their passport. If you do not have a passport, you will not be able to take part. Similarly, if you are required to have a visa to enter the Netherlands, you must organise that yourself. Participants will also need to have a copy of their travel insurance with them.
Is there any danger of me being left behind during the London to Amsterdam Cycle?
No. There will be a cycle leader at the front and back of the group, showing the way and making sure no one is left behind.
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