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cycle Sri Lanka - Coast to Coast

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this cycle?

This is a demanding challenge, but with the right training it is definitely achievable. We will be cycling in warm temperatures for over six hours a day. The route has a number of uphill climbs and this will therefore require a very good level of endurance and strength. Your training should incorporate aerobic and anaerobic exercises as well as ensuring that you get a chance to get some decent cycles in before we leave!

are there any pre-challenge briefings?

Yes, we will have a pre-challenge briefing in London before the challenge. The briefing is 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 - Yes, British Nationals must obtain an ETA prior to arrival, which is initially limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival.


Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation and trip curtailment costs. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.


Vaccinations – Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying and what you will be doing.

what bikes will we be using? / what do I need to bring?

We will be using all terrain mountain bikes for the challenge. You must bring a helmet with you and it is imperative that it is worn at all times. If you wish to bring your own saddle / peddles with you, you may do so. However, standard ones are provided. There will be a water bottle holder on your bike, but you will need to bring a water bottle with you – more details will be provided on your kit list once you have registered.

how old do I have to be to take on this challenge?

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the challenge. Participants aged 16 and 17 years old may also participate in an International Challenge but will need the agreement of a parent or guardian of legal age. This same guardian or parent will have to accompany them on the challenge and sign a parental responsibility form. Please note our International Challenges are mainly aimed towards adults therefore we don’t recommend children to book.

life on the trek

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.


We guarantee to you that the maximum group size is 25 participants.


Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge cycle 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 reassurance of their presence should allow you to focus, 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?

Changing global weather conditions have caused Sri Lanka not to have distinct wet and dry seasons anymore. However, it is a tropical country and showers can occur throughout the year. Showers are usually heavy but short lived and so have no significantly negatively impact riding. Days are generally very warm and humid therefore consuming plenty of water is recommended.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - Breakfast and dinner will always be buffet style with a mix of local and international cuisine. Lunches will sometimes be packed and picnic style but some lunches will also be at local restaurants.


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


Accommodation - Accommodation will be in a selection 3-4 star hotels. Basic guest house accommodation is used on day 2 while in Kitulgala. All rooms on all nights will be triple/twin or single with en suite facilities.


Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room 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, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.


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

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge UK cycle guide
• Full support team, including English-speaking local guides
• UK qualified medic
• All accommodation - twin share basis
• All meals, except in free time
• Airline taxes (except fuel surcharges)
• All transfers in local, air-conditioned vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a pre-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?

• Travel insurance
• Vaccinations - up to date on boosters
• Tips for local staff
• Airline fuel surcharge (capped at £170)
• Alcoholic drinks

• Personal kit / equipment

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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