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ultracycle Niagara - New York
for Marie Curie

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this cycle?

This is a tough challenge and is therefore part of our ultracycle series which is a challenge you must thoroughly prepare for. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the whole experience of cycling from Niagara to New York. The challenge involves cycling consecutive days of 6-8 hours with, on average, 110 kilometers covered each day.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - All British & Irish passport holders travelling to the US must register their passport details online. This is known as an Electronic Travel System Authorisation or ESTA Visa Application. For more information, and to apply online please visit the following website at

 

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov


You will be sent a visa help sheet about 3/4 months prior to departure, which will help you the process of obtaining your ESTA Visa for entry into America.

 

Insurance - Each participant must take out a valid travel insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip, including helicopter rescue and medical repatriation that can be authorised on the advice of the Action Challenge tour leader.

 

Vaccinations – There are not any specific requirements for vaccinations when travelling to the USA however it is recommended that you are up to date on boosters. Please visit your GP if you have any questions.

life on the cycle

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while cycling?

September temperatures are still fairly warm and humid across the state – expect generally dry days with temperatures of between 70-80 degrees. We do recommend that you prepare for rain however waterproofs are not compulsory.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - Breakfasts each morning will be at the accommodation, lunch en-route and evening meals will be at the accommodation or in a local restaurant. All meals are provided apart from those in free time.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation - Eight nights in comfortable 2/3* hotels. All accommodation is on a twin/triple-share, single-sex basis and we will pair you with someone of a similar age, where possible.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room/tent on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

Your registration deposit is paid to Marie Curie Cancer Care to secure your place on the challenge. You are then committed to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for the charity. Part of your fundraising will cover the cost of your challenge.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge cycle guide
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• High quality bike hire
• All accommodation
• All meals, except in free time
• Airline taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up to date on boosters
• Tips for local staff
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the VISIT CHARITY WEBSITE TO BOOK button at the top of the page. This will re-direct you to the Marie Curie Cancer Care website where you can register your place on to the challenge by completing a registration form and paying a registration deposit directly to the charity.

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The air holiday packages and flights shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK. Our ATOL number is 6296. In Ireland the air & holiday packages and flights that are shown are protected by CAR license number TA0297. Please see our booking conditions for more information.