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Mallorca Cycle Challenge FAQs

1. When does the ride take place?

The ride will take place from Thursday 12th September – Monday 16th September 2019.

2. What distances will we be cycling each day?

The distance each day ranges between 31 and 63 miles, covering a total of approximately 209 miles. It’s not necessarily the distance that will be challenging, but the climbs - you will climb over 24,000ft in three days and conquer the most iconic climbs on the island. If that’s not enough for you, there will be an option to extend your ride each day.  

3. How much training do I need to do?

People from all walks of life will take part in this challenge, so even if you’re fairly new to cycling, don’t worry – this ride is achievable if you’re willing to prepare properly.  

You will need to have good endurance and to put in plenty of training in advanced so you are used to long bike rides. Ideally this would include countryside rides of 5+ hours and you should be doing regular exercise and cycle training at least twice a week. Your typical comfortable cycling speed should be at least 12 miles per hour. Make sure you include plenty of hills in your training so you will be prepared for the reality of cycling in Mallorca!  

You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - however cycling is the best preparation.  

4. What is the terrain like?

This challenge will put you against a whole range of different cycling terrain. Mallorca is a paradise for cyclists with steep yet safe mountain roads and sunshine year-round.  Most of the climbs on Mallorca are about 4-8km long, with an average incline of 4-7%. Although the climbs will be challenging, the gradients are fairly consistent so you can find yourself a steady rhythm and slowly roll your way to the top. The rides are by no means easy, but the views are absolutely breath-taking. Rest assured that Mallorca has more than just hills to offer and remember, with every up there’s a down!

Mallorca is also renowned for its welcoming attitude towards cyclists and well-maintained, traffic-free roads.    

5. Can I see the full routes and elevation?

Please email hannah.miller@juliashouse.org for the full information pack which includes more detail on the routes and elevation.  

6. Can I ride at my own pace?

On the first day we will split you into two groups so we can make sure you are riding with people of a similar speed. This challenge is not a race and we will never leave anyone behind. This is a guided cycle tour, so our ride captains will set the pace and sweep every group to make sure you are safe and have an enjoyable ride. The groups will meet together for lunch each day and if you find yourself struggling, there will be a support vehicle for you to jump into.  

7.  What happens if I get tired?

There will be regular rest stops throughout the day as well as a stop for morning coffee and lunch.  A support vehicle will follow us to make sure no-one is struggling or left alone.  

8.  When and where will the training rides be held?

There will be two training rides held in Dorset between mid-April and the start of the ride in September. We will email you once the dates for these are confirmed.  

9.  Why is it so important that I attend a training ride?

It’s really important that you try to attend at least one of the training rides so we can ensure that you are ready for the reality of cycling in Mallorca. They have been designed to help you gauge your fitness, boost your confidence and get used to riding in a group.  Please speak to Hannah if you don’t think you will be able to attend.  

10.  What’s the best way to raise sponsorship money?

The best place to start is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page. It’s easy to set up and manage. Your friends and family can sponsor you from anywhere at any time and you don’t need to spend time collecting money. You can use it as well as a regular sponsorship form, giving friends and family two ways to support you.  

Most people find fundraising is far easier than they first imagined. We will support you every step of the way to ensure you reach and even exceed your target. Here are some suggestions:   ·        

  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you through JustGiving       
  • Three cake sales at work throughout the year         
  • Car boot sale or eBay auction        
  • Host a dinner party and charge your friends £10 to come        
  • Hold a quiz night at your local pub       
  • Ask your work or local school to hold a non-uniform day        
  • Ask your local supermarket if you can bag-pack or hold a couple of collections throughout the year      
  • Hold sweepstakes or ask local companies to donate prizes for a raffle
11.  When do I need to reach my fundraising target by?

You will need to raise a minimum of £1,499, of which 50% must be received by Julia’s House by 3rd June 2019. The remaining 50% must be received one week before departure.      

12.  What happens if I don’t meet my minimum fundraising target?

It’s really important that everyone raises the full £1,499. However, please don’t be daunted, if you give yourself enough time and focus on fundraising you really will be able to achieve the full £1,499.  

Remember to make use of the fundraising pack which includes ideas on how to reach your target (sent to you when you signed up) and also remember that you can call on the support of the Challenge Team at Julia’s House at any time.

However, if you do not manage to raise the full £1,499, we can discuss the best ways for you to raise the shortfall. Some people decide to set up a manageable monthly donation.   

13.  Do I still need to fundraise if I have self-funded my trip?

Even if you have decided to self-fund your trip, it’s really important that you try to raise as much as you can. We are excited to offer this exclusive challenge as an opportunity to raise vital funds for our families and, with limited spaces available, we hope everyone will try to make the most of this amazing fundraising  event.  

Just think, if you raise £650 could pay for 24 hours of additional emergency care for a family in crisis, for example when a parent is ill or  injured. What an incredible achievement! We are here to support you every step of the way in reaching, or even exceeding your fundraising target.  

14.  I have chosen to self-fund my trip, when do I need to need pay the
       balance by?

The balance of £731 is due by 3rd June 2019.  

15.  I have chosen to self-fund my trip, can I pay the balance in      instalments?

Yes, you can pay the balance in instalments. Please speak to Hannah Miller on 01202 644220 to arrange this. We must receive your final balance by 3rd June 2019.  

16.  How do I pay in my sponsorship money?

If you are collecting sponsorship money, there are a few ways you can send it to us:

  • Come and visit us. We're based in the Barclays building in Poole (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
  • You can hand it in to your local Julia's House shop. ·        
  • You can donate through our website. Just make sure you add your reason for donation as ‘Mallorca 2019'. ·        
  • You can send a cheque, payable to ‘Julia’s House’ in the post to:  Julia's House, Barclays House, 1 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BB. Just make sure you include a note with your name and the reason for your sponsorship.

If you have a sponsorship form, please send it back to us so we can claim back the Gift Aid.  

17.  Do I need to do anything with the money I have raised through
        JustGiving?

You do not need to do anything. Any sponsorship you have received online will be automatically transferred to us. The same applies for Virgin Money Giving and BT MyDonate.  

18.  Have you got a checklist of items I need to pack?

You will be sent our recommended kit via email once you have signed up.  

19.  What sort of food and snacks shall I bring?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided throughout the trip. Breakfast and your evening meal will be buffet-style giving plenty of choice each day. Lunch will be out on the ride in a traditional café or Tapas bar. We recommended bringing extra energy snacks from home such as gels or bars to help keep you going.  

20.  What do I do if I have any special dietary requirements?

You need to let us know as soon as possible so we can accommodate any dietary requirements during the trip. If you know there are lots of food you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home.  

21.  Do I have to carry my own luggage?

No, your main luggage will stay at the hotel. You will just need to carry your essentials in a bum bag or your cycling jersey pockets, like your mobile phone and energy snacks.  

22.  Can I share a room with a friend?

Accommodation is in a 4* hotel on a twin-share basis. If you are travelling as a group or with a friend, please let Hannah know who you would like to share with. The option of a private room may be available for an additional fee.  

23.  What happens if I injure myself during the trip?

You will have first-aid-trained guides accompanying you on the ride at all times who will be able to treat minor injuries. Should the very worst happen and you need to be taken to a local hospital there are provisions in place. You will also be accompanied by a representative from Slick Events, who organise the trip on behalf of Julia’s House.  

24.  Do I need specialist kit?

You must ride a road/racing bike (rather than a mountain or hybrid bike). We strongly recommend that you use clip-in pedals and cleats and wear padded cycling shorts. If you need any advice, please speak to our Challenge Fundraiser, Hannah.  

25.  What support will we have?

Your ride will be led by experienced Slick Events leaders and you will be in very safe hands.  

All our leaders are from the UK and trained in first-aid. There will be a support vehicle and two ride captains who will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s ensuring your safety whilst riding, knowing where you are going or arranging lunch and sorting out any mechanical problems. Hannah from Julia’s House will also be joining you.   

26.  What sort of travel insurance do I need?

In order to take part in this challenge, it is compulsory that you have travel insurance. Please ensure that you are covered for cycling touring in Europe over four consecutive days.  

We recommend obtaining travel insurance as soon as possible.  That way your registration fee may be protected in the event that you unexpectedly need to cancel. Please note most travel insurance does not cover your bike, if you require bike insurance we advise you to arrange this separately.  

27.  What are our flight times and where are we flying from?

We will be flying from Bournemouth with Ryanair. We will be able to confirm your flight times and flight numbers nearer the time.

28.  Can I take my own bike?

You have two options – you can either take your own bike which will be flown out with you or you can hire a road bike when you get there. Both options are included within the price of the trip; just let us know what you would prefer.  

29.  How does Julia’s House benefit?

At least 50% of the £1,499 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Julia’s House. If you raise more than £1,499, 100% of the surplus will directly benefit Julia’s House.  

If you have chosen to self-fund your trip then every penny you raise (minus the cost of your jersey and medal) will go towards supporting local children and their families.  

30.  Who organises the trip?

This trip is operated by Slick Events Ltd on behalf of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s Hospices.  

31.  How do I convince my friends it’s not a holiday?

While you are sure to have an incredible time, this challenge cannot be described as a holiday. You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge.  

The days will be long and the rides will be tough. You will be climbing over 24,000ft in just three days. All of this takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday!

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