Dunkirk to Amsterdam : 14th – 18th September
O2e’s 15th annual cycling challenge is a two and a half-day ride with stays in 3 iconic European cities covering approximately 250 miles.
Join us on an epic 250-mile route through France, Belgium and The Netherlands that’s often traffic-free and promises some of the best cycling available.
Meet at Dover bright and early to catch the morning ferry to Dunkirk. Upon arrival at port, we’ll saddle up and cycle the 50 miles to the utterly gorgeous Bruges. We’re staying right in the centre so pedal quickly and you’ll have time to explore one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities.
A stunning 100-mile ride to Rotterdam including a ferry across the Western Scheldt and via one of The Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the incredible Delta Works.
We’ll enjoy yet more of The Netherland’s infamous cycling infrastructure as we take a meandering and spectacular 100-mile route through amazing countryside to Amsterdam, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinderdijk.
You’ll have the chance for a well-deserved lie-in and still have time to take in the wonders of Amsterdam before re-joining the group for the not-to-be-missed After Party hosted by the legendary Slatts. You will enjoy the unique camaraderie of celebrating your personal success of achieving the distance with some of the best people on the planet who will have just raised a bunch of cash for our deserving causes.
All good things come to an end and sadly this is that time. Bikes go on specialist bike transport whilst we take a coach back to Dover.
Our world-renowned team of road signers will have arrived the day before and prepared a stunning signed route for the group. The routes will also be available for download from this website once the route has been fully recce’d in the spring.
Avril’s award winning support team will also be with you for the entirety, offering a vast selection of home-made goodies, tools, pumps, or simply encouragement when most needed.
What You Can Expect
- A well-researched route by an experienced cycle tourer/route planner – fully tested and recce’d
- GPX routes for Garmin/Wahoo etc.
- Signage along route by our dedicated motorcycle team
- Regular support stops, manned by our legendary support team
- Full support/recovery in case of any issues
- 4 nights quality hotel accommodation
- Luggage transfer
- Ferries between Dover & Dunkirk
- Return coach to Dover
- Specialist bike transport to return bikes to Dover
- Support with achieving your fundraising goal
- Amazing camaraderie and friendship
What We Expect (of You)
The only reason we do this is to raise money for terminally ill and disabled children. Many “charity” bike rides are outsourced to companies and require a minimum sponsorship of 3 to 4 times our entry fee, yet less than half often goes to the charity.
O2E is different – everything is done by volunteers and you cover the costs. That way every single £ raised in sponsorship goes to the amazing charities we support. Please realise though that volunteers doesn’t equal little effort – this event takes many months of hard work from several people to plan and relies on a huge team of very generous volunteers to donate vehicles/time/fuel in order to run it.
If you raise at least as much as the entry fee in sponsorship, it makes it all worthwhile. Help with setting up sponsorship via Just Giving, Virgin Money, employer match funding etc. is available.
The trip is run “at cost” and this year that’s £450 per rider. Note that a staged payment plan is available if required.
………so get signed up, chat to friends, family & colleagues and get them signed up.
Let’s make 2022 the BIGGEST Kev’s Big Bike Ride yet!!!!!!!!!
Please note, all rooms are shared and you are required to arrange your own insurance.