40TUDE’S SARDINIA 2018 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 26TH-30TH SEPTEMBER 2018

40TUDE’S SARDINIA 2018 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 26TH-30TH SEPTEMBER 2018

  • September 26, 2018 - September 30, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In September 2018 we will be heading to Sardinia to bask in the sunshine, glory in the hills and luxuriate in the Mediterranean. The Tour will follow the usual successful formula of three route options a day, each of different difficulties, guided riding, support vehicles, medics, transport of bikes to Sardinia and back, a minimum of three food and drink stops a day, post ride food, excellent evening meals and accommodation along the way, finish celebrations, and, of course amazing cycling in a fantastic peloton of 40tuders.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Med. With over 13% of the island classified as mountainous and almost 70% of it classified as hilly, you will need to get your hill climbing legs ready for this lumpy ride.

Dates:

September 26th-30th 2018

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Cost per person:

The Event price is £1695 plus £250 minimum sponsorship (see below)

Includes all food, accommodation, two cycle jerseys, drinks, post ride snacks, group airport transfers, guides and three route options per day. Excludes flights.

Highlights:

  • Cycle coast to coast, from the east side of the island to the west, across the central mountainous region
  • See parts of this wild and remote island few tourists visit
  • Three options of guided routes a day, excellent riding, wonderful scenery and good hotels
  • Opportunity to do a GPM (Gran Premio della Montagna) or Giro climb

Day 1 – Warm up

It’s a 30 minute transfer from the airport to the Hotel San Teodoro, which last year hosted the Giro d’Italia. We’ll have time for lunch around the pool before setting off on our warm up loops.  As usual we have three routes on offer starting to the north on a beautifully smooth road, before quickly heading inland for your first taste of real Sardinia. Here we encounter some low lying hills, quiet villages and great views. We finish by heading back to dip a tyre in the sea at the coast and then to the hotel for dinner in the courtyard.

Dinner and accommodation at the San Teodoro Hotel

Day 2

We plan to set off early today, not least to make sure we get to our final destination: Hotel Su Gologone, in time to enjoy it fully. On the way though we have some truly fantastic riding. The routes split at the start with the Epic route taking a slightly hillier route along the coast. All routes soon join again and ride up towards Brunella and experience a lovely descent down the other side back towards the coast.

The big climb lies ahead – after coffee, Monte Alba awaits. It’s a 784m ascent over 14 kms and offers stunning views. We’ll have a picnic just off the summit and then either head back along the ridge and back to the hotel, or via the coast, whichever takes your fancy.

For those not doing the climb, we generally stick more closely to the coast following a very quiet inland road beneath Monte Alba and then join the Epic route for the last section after afternoon tea.

Sardinia is rural – on any day you may well see horses on the roads along with sheep, goats and dogs as you ride through.

Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Su Gologone

Day 3

Day Three has a fairly early challenge for everyone up one of the “standard” Giro climbs of the island into Nuoro. You will have about 10kms to warm up for this and then it’s 6kms and 334m of climbing into town. We’ll negotiate our way through Nuoro (the capital of inland Sardinia) and then head back into the countryside for a morning stop. At this point the Challenging route divides from the other routes with Tough and Epic climbing more into rural Sardinia for lunch in Bultei. The challenge route stays lower and then joins the others after lunch.

The big climb for the Epic riders comes after Bono and is 8kms long with 534m of climbing that really feels like the top of the world as you look out on the plains below. The Tough route avoids the climb but takes in some of the lower villages and then all routes join up for the afternoon to Su Baione, our next rural retreat, for the evening.

Dinner and accommodation at the Su Baione Country Hotel

Day 4

Day Four has us exploring some amazing villages and one of the loveliest coastal roads we have ever ridden. Again, we’ll try and get away early to have time exploring Alghero (the start of this year’s Giro) before dinner.

Whichever route you choose today, we’ll end up in Santu Lussurgiu, one of Sardinia’s most well preserved historical centres and home to a tradition of street horse racing. Lunch is a picnic by the sea in Bosa from where we head due north to Alghero.

From lunch to the finish in Alghero is a real treat. Whether you take the coast road or the climb, it’s a fantastic way to finish the trip. We hope to arrive at the Carlos V Hotel by 5pm for a dip in the sea or the pool, disassemble bikes and celebratory drinks overlooking the vertiginous cliffs of Capo Caccia before the gala dinner.

Dinner and accommodation at the Carlos V Hotel 

Day 5

Free time to explore Alghero until the transfer back to Olbia airport.

Please note all routes are subject to change

What’s included and what’s not:

Included in the package

  • 4 nights’ twin room en suite accommodation in 4-5 star hotels
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 excellent packed / picnic lunches
  • 1 restaurant lunch
  • Refreshment stops in the morning and afternoon on each full riding day plus one on the Wednesday afternoon
  • 4 x 3-course evening meals including wine
  • Transfers to and from the start / finish hotel from the recommended flights
  • Guided riding on your choice of three routes each day (numbers dependent)
  • Guides at a ratio of approx 1 guide to 8-10 cyclists
  • Support vehicles with bike spares, med kits, water, etc
  • Tour leaders in charge of the logistics of the ride
  • Medics
  • Return transfer of your bike from The Storage Pod, Weybridge to the start of the ride and back to Weybridge from the finish
  • 2 unique Tour cycle jerseys
  • pie water bottles
  • Drinks reception before dinner on the last night
  • Gala dinner on the last night

Not included in the Event Price

  • Flights to and from Olbia airport
  • Transfer from/to airport if you choose not to book the recommended flights detailed below
  • Single room supplement – available for a supplement of £290
  • Travel or bike insurance
  • Personal expenditures

Flights:

There are no flights included in your package price. Below are details of the recommended flights to and from Olbia which the group transfer will be meeting. If you wish to book different flights and therefore miss the group transfer, you will need to make your own way to the hotel/airport at your own additional cost.

Please be aware that flights to Sardinia in September are limited so we recommend you book them early – ideally as you register for the ride. Recommended flights:

British Airways outbound:

London Heathrow to Olbia (Sardinia)

Wednesday 26 September 2018

BA 608 0815-1140 hours

Easyjet inbound:

Olbia (Sardinia) to London Gatwick

Sunday 30 September 2018

EZY 8676 11:05 – 12:30

Please note the above flights leave from Heathrow but return to Gatwick. If you would be interested in a transfer from Gatwick back to Heathrow on Sunday 30th September please let us know so we can look further into the options.

Testimonial from a Previous Rider

‘The 40tude cycle events run in conjunction with pie are simply outstanding.  If I start with 40tude and the mission to raise awareness of curing colon cancer that in itself is motivational and inspiring.  Then to see the work funded by 40tude to support St. Mark’s Hospital, one can only describe it as truly transformational.  The cycle rides themselves are extremely well organised with destinations, routes, hotels all hand picked to ensure each rider can safely challenge themselves whilst enjoying the journey.  Each year we have 3 different routes so riders can choose the level of difficulty or indeed pace they want to cycle at each day.  I’ve made life long friends being part of 40tude and I’m proud of everything that’s been achieved by the charity and me as a cyclist’.  Steve Morrison, COO, Bridges Fund Management

 

About 40tude

40tude is a group of people committed to preventing and transforming the management of colon cancer. Since 2011, 40tude has raised more than £900,000 for St Mark’s Hospital, a specialist centre for bowel disorders. The funds we raise are targeted at bespoke, pioneering projects to transform the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.  40tude curing colon cancer is a registered charity which raises funds and promotes awareness of colon cancer (particularly the importance of screening) via a series of physical challenges throughout the year. We achieve results through innovative partnerships with a remarkable group of participants, sponsors, donors and medical specialists.

Newcomers to 40tude cycle challenges are always extremely welcome, so please do take a moment to share this tour information with your friends, family and colleagues and actively encourage someone else to join you on this ride.  The support of previous cyclists in growing the peloton is very much appreciated. Recruitment of new faces is vital in promoting the charity message, of advocating screening, more widely.  One of the charity’s objectives in 2018 is to ensure that at least 25% of the participants on its events are new to 40tude.

Corporate Event Sponsorship:

This Tour raises money for 40tude curing colon cancer (Registered Charity Number 1160500). Sponsorship of the tour, kit, drinks, meals, guides etc is very much welcomed.  Any such support enables 40tude to commit more funds to inspiring bespoke 40tude-led research projects targeted at the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer, which without your help would not move forward. Please contact Kate at 40tude for the latest sponsorship pack for more information:  kate@40tude.org.uk

Fundraising for 40tude:

This cycle challenge is one of 40tude’s main annual fundraising events. We ask participants to commit to raise (or donate) a minimum of £250 per head. Ideally, if this is raised in the form of sponsorship, this will allow the participant to communicate 40tude’s core messages of raising awareness of colon cancer and the benefits of screening to a wider audience than we could otherwise reach.

We appreciate there is huge variety in the amount individuals are able to raise, but across 40tude’s previous events participants usually manage to raise around £1,000 per head. If you feel unable to commit to raise a minimum of £250 but would still like to participate please contact Kate@40tude.org.uk and the trustees will review the particular circumstances.

The easiest way to fundraise for 40tude is to set up a personal page on 40tude’s section of BT’s MyDonate fundraising platform.  Please contact Kate for further details as to how to do this.

Cycling jerseys:

You will be receiving two exclusive tour cycle jerseys. A cycle jersey supplier closer will be chosen closer to the time when we will also advise sizing.

Who are pie?

pie are unique in the industry offering only bespoke guided rides for companies, charities and groups of individuals.

Looking After You

The route has been fully recce’d and will be along smaller roads making the cycling fun as well as challenging.  The ride is fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 8-10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Each day you will receive breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch, post ride snacks, dinner and twin room accommodation each night.

pie Guides

The 40tude Sardinia cycle ride is a guided ride with groups being led by pie guides who are familiar with the terrain and who help all abilities complete the challenge. In an age where independence rather than group cycling is heralded, those not familiar with the pie guiding system may be reluctant to follow rather than lead.

  • We offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists
  • All of our guides are experienced cyclists. They range from ex-professional racers to keen amateurs and are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities
  • All of our guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists, from start to finish
  • They are on hand to do mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van
  • Many pie guides are first aid trained
  • Cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day
  • pieevents.co.uk/guides-leaders-medics/

Strava

We have set up a Strava “club” for the Sardinia bike ride. The link will be sent to you when you sign up. If you have already got a personal Strava account you can just log on using the link we will send, join the 40tude “club” and start your training with other 40tude cyclists. If you don’t have a Strava account, simply enter your details in the “Sign Up for Free” section on Strava. Don’t be daunted by the leader board and other people’s fast times. We offer three different routes and, with five different guides we will be offering 5 different speeds as well, so there is something for everyone.

Social Media

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How to book your place

To sign up for the 40tude Sardinia Cycle Challenge 2018 register using the Registration button below.  Places are limited so please don’t delay to avoid disappointment!

Payment:

The payment schedule for this cycle challenge is as follows:

Deposit: a non-refundable deposit of £450 is payable to pie at the time of registration. To secure your place contact Tina@pieevents.co.uk to be sent information on BACS and cheque payments.

Balance payment: The final balance for the Tour will be requested 10 weeks before departure. Once it is due this balance payment will be non-refundable also, unless pie or 40tude are able to allocate the place to another rider.

If you are signing up 10 weeks before departure or less, please pay the £1,695 in full.

Terms and conditions are in the Registration Form.  Please read them carefully before registering.

Method of Payment:

There are 2 payment options.

  • First option is to pay £450 deposit by cheque or BACS (please contact us for details: tina@pieevents.co.uk) – click the £0 option below.                                                                The balance of payment will be payable 10 weeks before departure.
  • Second option is to pay in full amount of £1695 by Bacs or cheque – click the £0 option below

If you are signing up 10 weeks before departure or less, please pay the £1695 in full.

If you would like a single room, please call us first as availability is limited (01932 460090).

We look forward to seeing you in Sardinia!