3 Countries Cycle
The 3 Countries Cycle Challenge is a fantastic experience, joining three of Europe’s most historic cities, while cycling through some of the most picturesque countryside in Europe, Our journey takes us from England through the Flemish Region of France and Belgium and Holland where nearly 85 percent of the population own at least one bicycle, your sure to receive a warm welcome. This fully supported challenge allows you to enjoy some of the best cycling in Europe.
Included in the price of the trip
- 3* Hotel and B&B Accommodation
- All Meals
- Ferry Crossing
- Experienced Cycle Leaders
- Bike Mechanic
- Fully equipped support vehicle
- GPX files of the route
Not included in the price of the trip
- Transport to or from Dover
- Meals on Ferry
- Personal drinks and snacks
- Personal spending money
- Tipping (optional)
Dunkirk to Bruges.
We start our 3 Countries Cycle Challenge meeting at the Dover ferry terminal where you will be met and welcomed by the Adventurous Ewe trip leaders, On arrival in Dunkerque we set off via cycle paths along the Coastal roads of France over the border to Belgium where we stop for lunch in the Belgiun resort of Neiwport. After a superb lunch we set off for our first nights stop in the beautiful city of Bruges. After dinner we have the opportunity to explore one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities and sample the famous beers and chocolates that Belgium is famed for. Approx Mileage: 75 Miles
Bruges to Ypres.
After a hearty breakfast we say goodbye to the beautiful city of Bruges and hit the road once more heading for the border of Holland our third country! Where we have a brief stop in the delightful Dutch town of Sluisse for coffee and cake. We then set off via cycle path to our next destination the historic fortified town of Ypres famous for its battle fields. After dinner we can witness the Last Post, at the historical and famous Menin Gate. Approx Mileage: 68 Miles
Ypres to Dunkirk.
After first going through the town of Popperinge famous for its Hop fields and local beers the group cycle to what will be the only significant climb of the trip to the town of Cassel where the views at the top make it worth the climb and a well-deserved early lunch. After lunch we begin the final leg of our journey back to Dunqerque where our ferry awaits. Approx Mileage: 54 Miles.
The cycling is mainly undulating over rolling countryside, Distances are fairly long, averaging approx 60 miles per day, with a shorter day at the end. You will cycle approximately miles on this trip overall. Participants should make sure they are fit enough to manage these distances over 3 consecutive days.. Traffic is light on most of the roads but when we pass through large towns we usually go through as a group.
We strongly recommend that you ride a road /racing bike (rather than a mountain bike) for this trip due to the long distances involved on well-surfaced roads. It’s important that you ride the bike you have been training on so you are used to it. Although training in the gym is useful, there is no substitute for getting out into all weathers and getting to know your bike – especially the range of your gears.
Our support vehicles will carry a range of spares along with a full tool kit. However, it is impossible for us to carry spares for every eventuality so it is vital that you check your own bike is in good working order before departure. It is a condition of travel that you supply your own helmet and wear it at all times while cycling, with the straps done up!
Weather & Safety
The weather can change very quickly especially in Northern Europe. The prevailing wind direction will have more of an impact on the cycling difficulty than rain. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. A good level of fitness is required.
All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.
Our accommodation is generally in larger hotels, though there may be some B&Bs. Due to the route we take. Be prepared for variety! Accommodation is comfortable and well situated but not luxurious. Rooms are usually twin-share and have en-suite facilities.
We recommend you have bike insurance. Personal insurance is recommended, but optional.
Support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them. The cycling is mainly undulating over rolling country, Distances are fairly long, averaging approx 65 miles per day.
How to Book your Trip
You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 at the time of booking. It is possible to reserve a place on this trip by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £150 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.