The Truants ARGENTINA Bike Ride
30th January – 6th February 2023
We have put together a bit of background reading for you in the tabs below.
EXTRAS FOR CONSIDERATION
Single Room Supplement: £xxx for 3 nights (subject to availability)
Extending your stay – £40 administration fee to amend your return flight date (approx.) plus any charges levied by the airline
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Classic Challenge need to know in advance of any special dietary requirements to make arrangements with the airlines and ground handlers. Vegetarians can be catered for, although they may wish to bring extra snacks and be prepared for repetitive meals. If any participant has an unusual dietary request we will try to help but it would be the responsibility of the individual to organise additional snacks as required.
Dehydration is a risk on all charity challenge events due to the physical exertion. Remember to drink plenty of water, replace salts (lost through sweat) using rehydration formula and eating the salty snacks provided. Thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated, so riders will be reminded to drink small quantities of water regularly together with rehydration salts. Camelbaks can result in drinking too much plain water without taking on enough salts, so if you plan to bring one we recommend you train and get used to assessing how much water you are drinking. We recommend participants bring water bottles, as it is easier to measure water intake.
On most days we will get up early, bags will be packed onto the support vehicle each morning before breakfast.
- Breakfast will be at around 6.30am
- Before we start riding each day we will do a warm up and receive a final brief on the day ahead from our guides.
- There will be water / snack stops every 15 – 20km, depending on temperature and the ability of group.
- Lunch will last approximately 1-1 ½ hours.
- Each evening everyone will eat together followed by a group briefing on the next day’s riding.
These timings are approximate and may change depending on group cycling ability, weather and other factors
The route we have designed is mostly flat terrain with a few undulating areas. There will be a mix of good tarmac roads, bad / pot-holed tarmac roads and unfinished roads. Training Guidelines are provided separately.
Participants will be briefed on road safety every day and at every briefing. Part of the challenge is keeping focused.
Good quality padded cycling shorts, a decent sized bum bag to wear when cycling for sun-cream, tissues and waterproof jacket, fingerless, summer-weight cycle gloves with gel pads will all make the experience more comfortable. Remember to bring your cycle helmet as this is not included. This must be worn at all times when cycling. You will not be allowed to cycle without one. It is advisable to take your helmet in your hand luggage at least, so if any baggage is lost/delayed on the way over you can still do the ride. You may also wish to do the same with your gel saddle and cycle shorts. The bikes will have a water bottle holder, so please bring your own water bottle.
To make sitting in the saddle for 3 days as comfortable as possible you may prefer to bring your own bicycle saddle or a gel seat saddle cover. The local mechanic will fit this for you (no need to bring the pole as it may not fit the frame). You may also want to bring your own pedals and toe-clips if this is what you prefer to use. These are entirely optional as bicycles will have saddles and pedals.
The mechanics will also help you get the saddle and handle bars at the right height so you are comfortable cycling. The mechanics will be with us for the whole event and so will able to adjust your bike if you need to and carry out repairs along the way so you can carry on cycling.
SUPPORT ON THE RIDE
Classic Challenge will provide the services of a Tour Manager throughout the event. A volunteer medic will cycle with you for the duration of the challenge, and you are welcome to contact the medic in advance for advice should you need to. A representative of Classic Challenge will meet the group at London Heathrow Airport to distribute flight tickets and ensure that the check in procedure runs smoothly.
Our local Argentinian team will comprise one or two mechanics (depending on the size of the group), to be on hand to carry out any repairs. Support vehicles will carry water, refreshments, bicycles and spares, luggage and people who may be tired or injured. There will always be a vehicle at the front of the group and one at the back. All vehicles have mobile communication. Contact cards will be given to each participant with staff and hotel contact details as a precaution.
Mobile phones will be used to communicate between staff whilst on the road on cycling days. However, there could be areas en route where mobile phones will not work.
The route will be marked by the signing vehicle and an overall route map will be available at the snack and lunch stops so that you can track your progress.
- A UK doctor will accompany the ride. All participants are required to complete a medical form online at the point of registration. Participants should keep Classic Challenge up to date with any changes to their health. Participants aged 65 + will be asked to obtain a doctor’s signature on their medical form. All medical details will be passed on to the group doctor.
- Participants should bring their own regular medication with sufficient supplies for the whole trip (including a few spares in case of any unexpected delay back to the UK) and a small first aid kit (see Suggested Packing List).
- All allergies can be declared on your medical form. Anyone with a nut allergy should bring their own adrenaline treatments as part of their personal first aid kit. This should be carried as hand luggage on the flights, a medical letter is recommended to avoid problems at customs.
- The more training participants do, the more they will enjoy the bike ride. Cycling for 5 days in a row is a challenge and training should be little and often so that muscles get used to consecutive days of cycling. However, don’t strain anything too close to departure. To prevent saddle soreness, bring Vaseline, practise riding out of the saddle and use bar-ends to alter cycle position. Taking your own saddle also helps.
- If anyone’s health has changed since they filled out our medical form when they registered, please ask them to complete another form and they need to advise their insurance company. If anyone fails to advise their insurer of pre-existing medical conditions, their insurance will not be valid.
Common ailments on a charity challenge :
- Traveller’s Diarrhoea can be avoided by following basic hygiene rules: avoiding ice, only drinking bottled water, if you drink from a can clean it first. Hand gels and wetwipes are essential before touching any food. Each cyclist should bring their own waterbottle (with protected mouthpiece). Drinking water will be provided during the cycle days, participants need to budget for buying their own bottled water in the evenings.
- Stomach upsets – this is a difficult one as it can be caused simply by jet lag or a change of routine. Bring Dioraylte to replenish loss of minerals and nutrients.
- Dehydration – fluids lost in sweat must be replaced. Bring a suitable water carrier and rehydration salts (they come in packets in different flavours).
- Further details regarding emergency procedures will feature in our risk assessment document, which will be issued to the charity prior to the event. An additional document, the Emergency Guidelines, will also be drawn up detailing emergency contacts and procedures here in the UK for both Classic Challenge and the charity, in case of a serious incident.
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Accommodation is selected for location and the ability to accommodate groups and is subject to change. Rooms are twin share, throughout the event. If you wish to share with someone in particular, make a note on your registration form and we will try to accommodate.
Part of the fun of the challenge is the room-sharing if this is your first time. If you would like to book a single room, the cost is £xxx for the 3 nights, subject to availability. This will be invoiced separately via Classic Challenge. Please click on the single supplement box when registering online and Laura will be in touch with the invoice.
EXTENDING YOUR STAY AFTER RIDE
There will be the opportunity to extend your stay in Argentina after the ride. Places are limited and will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. The Deadline for applications is approx. 4 months prior to departure. The cost of extending the flight is approximately £40 per person plus any surcharge imposed by the airline provided that the same routing as the group is taken.
- All participants must have adequate travel insurance cover to participate in the challenge.
- Classic Challenge has organised insurance cover with specialist brokers Campbell Irvine
- To purchase insurance through Campbell Irvine, please click here:
- There is no obligation to take our insurance however you must be adequately covered to go on the event.
- You should check it covers you for repatriation back to the UK and medical expenses.
- If you are organising your own insurance you should advise your insurance company that you are cycling for charity in Argentina. Details of your insurance must be sent to Classic Challenge at least 8 weeks before departure.
- If you have a pre-existing medical condition you need to advise your insurance company so that you are adequately covered and update them of any changes prior to departure.
- Cycle helmet – essential
- Cycling shorts (padded) – 2-3 pairs and suitable shoes for cycling that dry quickly
- Fingerless cycling gloves – one pair with gel pads (essential)
- T-shirts – one for cycling and one for evening per day
- Socks – one pair per day plus spares and extra for evenings
- Scarf – to cover back of neck and cap to cover head when not wearing helmet & sunglasses
- Spare trainers for general walking
- Waterproof jacket / bicycle poncho
- Casual wear for most of week i.e. sweatshirt, tracksuit, fleeces
- Loose fitting trousers to wear over cycle shorts in case of extra sensitivity to the sun
- Something slightly smarter for the celebration dinner
- Swimming outfit – dependant on final accommodation used, recheck before final mailing
- 1 water bottle for bike – ideally with a cover on top to prevent dust/mud from getting into the drinking nozzle. A more hygienic alternative is a “camel pack” which is worn on the back.
- Saddle – your own saddle or a gel seat cover (optional) – do not bring the seat pole
- Bum bag – for carrying small items while cycling e.g. camera, sun cream, tissues etc.
- Small ‘day’ bag which can be used for extra items and transported on support vehicle
- Towels – 1
- Torch and spare batteries
- Ear plugs (sharing with noisy room mates can prevent sleep!)
- Carrier bags/bin bags – useful for dirty washing or wet clothing
- Camera and memory card/s
- Insurance policy / passport / visa (and photocopies, kept separate from originals)
SMALL PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT
- Antiseptic ointment, plasters, knee support, bandage, pain killers, sting relief, Diareze, Dioralyte, isotonic powders (if used during pre-departure training), insect repellent containing DEET, sting relief, Vaseline or sudacrem, energy bars
- Lip salve, tissues, Wet wipes and Toilet paper and Anti bacterial hand gel
- Contact lens wearers should bring spare glasses and prescription sunglasses
- Ladies are advised to take tampons regardless of timing
Pack as lightly as possible. Preferably use in a soft, robust bag as all luggage is transported together each day in a truck and needs to be durable. We strongly recommend against hard suitcases. Take a lock for added security.