5 days cycling (including the race) with 100% vehicle support.
100% tarmac roads.
Few hills, the challenge of the week will be the race.
5 nights in 3 star hotels with en suite rooms, 1 night in the 4 star Dead Sea Resort, 1 night basic camping with running water and toilet at our private Bedouin camp.
All breakfasts and 2 dinners included.
Classification: Drop Bars
Activity Level: 6 (challenging/tough)
Average daily distance: 45km (28 miles)
Race: 242km in total. If you do it as a relay this will be divided between 3 or 5 people. We may be able to put you in a team.
Vehicle Support: 100% during the week. For the race each relay team will have a support car, if you race the whole distance individually you will have a support car between 4 riders. There will be a representative coordinating the cars to ensure everyone has enough support during the race. There will be a briefing the evening before the race where everything will be explained.
Terrain and route: 100% tarmac. Routes follow mainly quiet backroads. There are not many climbs or descents, the challenge of this week will be the distance of the race if you choose to ride it individually.
Wearing a cycle helmet for all riders during the race is mandatory, failure to bring a helmet will mean you will be unable to enter the event. If you are caught racing without a helmet you will be disqualified from the race. Safety high visibility vests are also mandatory from the start of the race until 6.30am, these are included in the race fee for each participant and will be supplied. Again, if you are caught racing without one you and your team will be disqualified from the race. You will also be supplied with an official number that it is mandatory to apply to your bike in an obvious manner.
You will be supported during the race and throughout the trip by professional cyclists who have riden for the national team and have completed this race several times themselves, or cycling team coaches. They have a huge amount of experience and knowledge about cycling.
For the race it is important that you are confident of your fitness and able to cover the distance in full if you are planning to race as an individual. With the race in March the temperatures will not have reached their summer highs, but you will be out all day. It will be important to keep hydrated and we advice that you take some of your favourite energy bars and snacks with you.
We do not have a fleet of suitable road bikes for the race as we only run one trip like this a year, so if you wish to race on a road bike then we recommend that you bring your own. Road bikes will be suitable for the warm up days in addition to the race, so if you bring your own bike you can use it for the duration. We have a fleet of mountain bikes available if you prefer to hire a bike and these will be completely fine if you are not doing the whole race distance. If you are taking your own bike there is likely to be an additional charge for carriage on your flights.
Please be aware that on race day you will be starting the day very early, registration for the event is usually around 3am. The race should take approximately 8-9 hours depending on fitness. It will be a long day but there is a celebratory meal at the end.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 20, plus leader. Minimum age 16.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate cycle holiday grading system, where a cycling trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide to your cycling holiday only. In all cases you should refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
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