2015 Ride FAQs
Is this ride the challenge for me?
You won’t ever regret choosing to go on this sponsored challenge ride – you will have an opportunity to experience the beauty of Vietnam, make new friends, enjoy the comradeship of a great group of fellow cycling enthusiasts and to make a real difference to the life chances of the thousands of newborns.
When will the ride take place?
The ride is planned for 13th November to 1st December 2015.
What bicycle do I need?
You need to bring a road bike reasonable lightweight with drop handlebars and 700×23 or 700x25mm tyres. If you are considering using any other bike please contact our ride captain first Luke Humphreys tel: 07713 157 523.
What’s included in the cost?
Economy return flights UK (London Gatwick) to Hanoi, Vietnam and internal flight Da Nang to Hanoi.
Accommodation, and meals during the ride and daily water.
The ride is fully supported and includes support team staff, bus managers, motor bike, vehicle support and mechanics.
What’s not included in the cost?
The exclusions are;
• Vietnam Visa,
• Evening drinks (soft or alcoholic),
• Room service and any other food or services you require outside meal times.
For the rest days breakfast and dinner are provided but not lunch and excursions are not included.
Breakfast only is provided on the post ride leisure days pre traveling home.
What registration donation do I have to pay?
£500 – this is payable when you register and your place is guaranteed on receipt of payment.
This registration donation counts towards your $3,000 sponsorship (£500 registration & £2,500 sponsorship).
What about insurance?
You must have insurance cover in order to participate in the CAD 2015 Vietnam Challenge Ride.
We have negotiated a group policy which provides comprehensive cover specifically for this trip and we strongly recommend that all participants join the group policy. Any insurance that you arrange yourself must be equivalent to the Newborns Vietnam group insurance policy and you will be required to provide a copy together with details of the 24 hour emergency support.
How fit do I need to be?
You want to be pretty fit this is a hard challenge ride and we ride day after day you need to have completed two rides of 100 miles (160 k) with friends or on your own in the months leading up to the ride and feel comfortable about riding 80 miles (128 k) or more on consecutive days. There are lots of hills on the route and you need to make sure if you do not normally train on hills that you enter an event that includes a lot of climbing so your body gets used to that type of riding. Our ride captain recommends strength and conditioning training in the gym. Our ride captain has over 20 years cycling experience and is happy to discuss training and fitness with you before and after registration.
How do I check my fitness for the ride?
You should go for a health check up and consult your doctor and discuss the ride, the distances and elevations. You need to provide a doctor’s letter to confirm your fitness and details of this will be in the letter confirming your place on the ride.
What type of accommodation will I be staying in?
We stay in 2 or 3 star hotels throughout the trip – you will be required to share a room with up to 3/4 other people. In some small stop overs the accommodation is very basic. Vietnam is subject to frequent power cuts and air con and hot water may not always be available.
How much do I have to raise?
The minimum total amount you need to raise is £3,000 sponsorship this is made up your £500 registration deposit and $2,500 of sponsorship.
For our 2013/2014 rides corporate sponsorship met the cost of flights and accommodation. Our aim is to secure corporate sponsors for CAD 2015 so 100% of your sponsorship goes to provide neonatal nurse training and lifesaving equipment. We will post on the website news of the corporate sponsors as they come on board.
Will I be able to raise the required sponsorship?
YES! Once you have started you will find that raising the minimum sponsorship is easy and most importantly fun! We will provide you with a sponsorship pack with examples of how to raise the sponsorship money in an enjoyable way and we will of course be available every day to help you with more ideas! You are doing something simply amazing so make sure you tell everyone you know, and before you know it you will be racing towards your fundraising target!
We can help you make your own Just Giving webpage and give you pictures to help you inspire support. Just Giving is a great way to spread your message. Email us at email@example.com for ideas and support.
To read more fundraising ideas, click here.
Help and support
This is ride is a challenge, nothing happens quickly in Vietnam and everyday life can be challenging, you will experience different cultures, conditions and food. Central to the experience is team spirit, and we are all out there taking part in a sport we love to Make a Difference to the life chances of thousands of newborn infants in Vietnam. The Newborns Vietnam team will support your preparation for the ride and our experienced team will be with you throughout the ride giving encouragement, and sharing local history and introducing you to local culture.
You will be sent a confirmation pack shortly after you register which will give you all the information you need and you can email us anytime firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to discuss the ride please email Luke: email@example.com
Can I extend my trip or bring my family?
Yes! More details can be provided and assistance with planning an associated travel itinerary is available for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to pack?
The trick is to travel light and appropriately for the Vietnamese climate, full inventory will be provided in your confirmation pack. Laundry facilities are limited during the first days of the ride and we have to wash and get kit dry overnight..
What is the food like?
Your trip will be fully catered and includes traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The food is variable and the remote parts of the northwest choice is very limited, we supplement the daily diet with staples from home, peanut butter, chocolate spread and other simple delights that all cyclists like to have to hand.
What will happen to my luggage while I am riding?
Your luggage will be transported for you by one of our support vehicles.
How many people can take part?
The maximum number of riders is 30 per annum. Once 2015 is sold out you can pre-register for 2017.
Is there an age restriction?
You will need to be over 21 but there is no upper age limit but you must have a doctor’s let confirming you are fit.
How do I book my place?
As soon as possible! Simply click here to book online today. If you have any concerns about signing up, please get in touch and let us know what they are.
Terms and Conditions
Click here to read the ride Terms and Conditions.