15-20 May 2018
For May 2018, we have set you the ultimate challenge: to cycle from London to the WFH World Congress 2018 in Glasgow.
5 Day cycling
15-20 May 2018
6 days, hotel stops
What is it?
As co-hosts of the Congress, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Taking part in the days leading up to the opening of the Congress, participants will cycle from our Head office in London to the front door of the SECC in Glasgow to be part of the wonderful events planned for this once in a lifetime conference.
Our volunteer Local Groups will support cyclists along the way as they wind their way north as well as raise awareness of the Congress, and the Society’s work locally and nationally, bringing rare diseases like haemophilia, Von Willebrands and other inherited bleeding disorders into the spotlight. You’ll also be fully supported throughout the ride, both by a Cycle guide, a support driver (and of course your fellow team mates) which is bespoke for The Haemophilia Society. You’ll average around 90 miles a day, arriving Saturday 19 June, in time for the WFH 2018 World Congress.
Register your interest using the RSVP link You must be aged 18 or over, and raise a minimum sponsorship. Due to the logistics of the event and the fact that we have a limited amount of places, we will contact you to confirm and take a registration fee.
Detailed Ride Itinerary
Day 1: London to Market Harborough (98 miles)
We’ll meet at the The Haemophilia Society Headquarters in central London where you’ll meet the team, have a quick trip briefing then load up the support vehicle, ready to set off. Our route takes us over the Thames and north through the city. We’ll soon enter the home counties, along the rural roads of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. We skirt around the eastern edge of Northampton before arriving at our first overnight stop, Market Harborough. Here we’ll get checked into our hotel, have our first evening meal together, and rest up for the following day’s ride.
Day 2: Market Harborough to Leek (87 miles)
After breakfast in the hotel we continue northeast around the outskirts of Leicester and into Derbyshire. With the Peak District to our north, our route crosses the county border into Staffordshire and through the dramatic landscape of the Staffordshire Moorlands. Our final stop this evening is the market town of Leek, just 10 miles north of Stoke-on-Trent and The Potteries.
Day 3: Leek to Lancaster (95 miles)
We continue to skirt around the Peak District and will soon enter Cheshire. Our route passes through Macclesfield before continuing north into the suburbs of Manchester, passing through several built up sections as we negotiate Wigan and Preston. Our overnight stop is Lancaster, a pretty university town perched just below the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, home to an impressive 12th-century castle.
Day 4: Lancaster to Gretna Green (83 miles)
The focus today will be tackling Shap, a classic climb that borders both the Lake District to the west and the Yorkshire Dales the the east. There can be incredible views along this stretch if the weather is kind. From the top we descend to Penrith before continuing on to Carlisle and to the Scottish Border. Gretna Green has long been one of the most popular gateway villages into Scotland and we’ll be sure to stop off for photos at the infamous border sign before ending our ride in a local hotel nearby.
Day 5: Gretna Green to Glasgow (92 miles)
Our final day runs parallel to the M74 on quieter roads that climb north into the Scottish borders, with stunning scenery as we pass through the glens and mountains of Dumfriesshire. We’ll soon enter the outskirts of Glasgow and through East Kilbride and to the Glasgow Event Campus – congratulations, you made it to the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress! After some team photos it’s a short ride to our hotel where we’ll have a celebratory meal and our final night together. The following day, your bicycles will be loaded up into the support vehicle and taken back down to London for you to collect after the conference has finished.
- Support vehicle/bicycle mechanic
- Cycle guides
- Bicycle mechanical support
- 5 x night’s hotel accommodation (based upon twin sharing)
- 5 x breakfasts
- 5 x buffet lunches
- 5 x GPX cycling routes (if required)
- Luggage transfers throughout
- Bicycle and main luggage transfer back to London (if required)
- Bicycle and Helmet
- Transport to and from the start/finish points
- Evening meals & drinks
- Travel/bicycle Insurance
This itinerary is a guide only and can sometimes be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Whilst we endeavour to uphold the proposed daily mileages, this cannot be guaranteed due to changes to hotel bookings.
You will be cycling for between eight and ten hours each day but this is not a race! This is a group trip and we like to cycle as such. The rides each day will be led by at least one Cycle guide at all times, their job is to lead the way, encourage the group, and to help with any minor mechanical issues.
You must prepare before coming on the trip, anything cardiovascular will help as will of course cycling. Importantly you need to do some 6+ hour cycles so you will know what is required.
We can provide you with a training plan but you will need to be comfortable cycling for several hours at a time. If you are unsure or require our training plan, please get in touch if this is something that could help you.
Weather & Climate
The weather can vary hugely on this trip so it is essential that you are prepared for sunny (fingers crossed) and poor weather as it can rain at any time of the year and mornings can be chilly. Our recommendations on what clothing to bring will be issued upon booking.
Your health and safety is our number one priority during any trip with Dave Talbot Adventure Events. For this reason, our leaders are the very best in the business, they all hold relevant outdoor First Aid Certificates and have hands-on practical medical experience in a variety of environments.
It is recommended that you visit your GP well in advance to discuss your trip and any pre-existing medical conditions you have. We will require a comprehensive medical declaration form that may need to be verified by your GP.
Personal travel insurance is compulsory on any trip. As a minimum, we require your cover to include medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and damage/loss of luggage and personal effects (including your bicycle). John Lewis have Single Trip Cover Insurance plans for between £7 and £15. Click here to find out more.
Please be aware that your leaders will be checking your insurance documents on the first day of this trip and may refuse you to join the trip if your insurance cover is insufficient. The insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number will need to be seen by your leader.
Evening meals each evening tend to cost around £10-£15. You will also need to budget for any excursions and travel around Glasgow.
Accommodation for this trip is in good quality, comfortable hotels with hot water showers and excellent amenities. This is based upon twin sharing, but if you wish to have your own room a single supplement will apply upon booking (subject to availability).
Breakfast will be buffet-style with hot and cold food, drinks and juices. Lunches will also be buffet-style served outside at suitable points along the route each day. They will include breads, ham, cheese, tuna, salad, fruit, pasta and cereal bars. You may also have the opportunity to stop at shops along the way to buy snacks and drinks.
Evening meals are not included in the price but you will have the opportunity either to eat as a group or individually at local pub/restaurants nearby. Approximate costs per evening meal £10-£15.
We recommend road bicycles for this trip. Please contact us if you are unsure whether your bike is suitable.
Bikes are not included in the price. It is very important that your bike is in good working order and that you bring plenty of spares. Please bring at least four spare inner tubes. Your Cycle Guide will assist you with any minor bicycle repairs.
You must bring suitable, reasonably new tyres (e.g. Continental Gatorskin, Bontrager AW3 Hardcase; Schwalbe Marathon Plus). We recommend using Wiggle (click HERE) or Chain Reaction Cycles (click HERE) for the best value and quality in cycling clothing and equipment.
We do not provide helmets but we strongly recommend you bring your own to wear.
It is crucial to be prepared for the weather! The trip will continue in all but the absolute worst of weathers. Generally the best clothes to wear while cycling are light and comfortable. Please bring a lightweight waterproof top and a lightweight windproof top. Make sure you bring enough clothes for each day’s cycling and for evening meals. Better to “have and not need than to need and not have”!
Please bring a suitable bag to carry waterproof, windproof and snacks whilst cycling. This could be a small pannier, a daysack, a large saddlebag or handlebar bag. Bike boxes and bags can be transported on the support vehicle throughout the trip if needed.
This trip is led by experienced and qualified leaders who will guide the group and/or drive the support vehicle. They will guide and encourage the group, and help deal with any bicycle mechanicals.
How to apply
You must be aged 18 or over, and raise a minimum sponsorship. Due to the logistics of the event and the fact that we have a limited amount of places, we will contact you to confirm and take a registration fee. Please download a copy of the application form here and return your completed form to Lorna McKay firstname.lastname@example.org