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ultracycle St Petersburg to Moscow

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. This gruelling challenge takes us over 900 km in just six days and is perfect for the more experienced cyclist. It is important that you have a road bike as these distances won’t be possible on anything less.

are there any pre-challenge briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge briefings in London spread across the year so there should be a day to suit you. These briefings are a great chance to ask any questions you may have as well as meet other cyclists, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified cycle guides.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - To enter Russia you will need a visa before travel. There are often periods of high demand so you should apply for your visa well in advance. The approximate cost of a visa is £85.

 

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 - Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to ensure that you do not need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

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 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?

The best time to complete this challenge is between May and August, when the weather is relatively stable. Temperatures are usually around 25 degrees celsius, however you should be prepared for all weather conditions.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - Breakfasts each morning will be in our 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. All meals are full of carbohydrates, protein and nutrients to keep us well fuelled throughout the trip.

 

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

 

Accommodation- Seven nights in comfortable 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. If you wish to share a room with someone you are travelling with, please specify this on your registration form.

 

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?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself or opt to fundraised for a charity of your choice, or opt to do a mixture of both!

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are UK registered and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for whichever charity is close to your heart.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge cycle guide
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• 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

• Road Bike (must take own bike)

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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