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TVF El Camino de Santiago Cycling Challenge 1st - 6th Sept 2019


Don't miss this four day spectacular 210km cycle along one of the oldest pilgrimage routes.  Join Lorna Votier, Development Director of TVF, and challenge yourself on the experience of a lifetime where you will help to transform lives through the funds you raise. The El Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as ‘The Way of St James’, is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world and is a World Heritage Site. A journey millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores.

Cycle the Camino and experience the magic of the classic Camino de Santiago route on two wheels. On this challenge, you will be cycling from the lively city of Ponferrada, across the spectacular mountains of O Cebreiro and into Santiago de Compostela. You will ride the last 210kms of the Camino and experience some of the route’s most important cultural, natural and historic highlights.  

Graham Ball, Founder and CEO of TVF, will greet you at the finish line before he takes part in the El Camino de Santiago, Spain  Trekking Challenge 7th - 13th September 2019. 

The Cycling and Trekking Teams are aiming to raise £35,000 PLEASE SPONSOR GRAHAM BALL NOW TO HELP REACH THE TARGET AND TO HELP TRANSFORM LIVES    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/grahamball2019

THANK YOU FOR ANY DONATION SMALL OR LARGE AS IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

(TVF Vietnam Challengers 2018) 

Cost (for 6- 10 participants) £1,090 excluding flight. Included in the cost:

•  All local transfers

•  Mountain bikes

•  Cycle jersey and t-shirt

•  Luggage transfers and vehicle back up

•  Local cycle guides

•   Shared accommodation in hotels, hostels and Albergue

•  All food unless otherwise stated

•  Official Camino de Santiago certificate/passport

•  Celebration dinner

•   UK UTC Doctor*

Not Included

• Single room supplements

• Flights and taxes 

• Lunch on day 1 

• Gratuities

• Personal expenses

• Personal travel insurance

*TVF will cover the cost of the UK UTC doctor to accompany the group. The Ultimate Travel Company will arrange the cycle challenge and TVF will arrange fundraising support and briefing in the UK     

Fundraising Target per participant is £2,500 excluding Gift Aid

TVF will support your fundraising - 50% of the funds you raise can be transferred by TVF to a UK medical charity approved by TVF when you start fundraising after you have completed the challenge.

Briefing Session - 11th March 2019 from 7pm - 9pm 

To book the briefing session, for further details and to request an information pack please contact enquiries@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Depart UK on a flight to Santiago de Compostela       1st September

On arrival you will be met by UTC guides. You will then transfer to your overnight accommodation in Ponferrada in north western Spain. After fitting your bike you will meet our guides and have a full briefing about the challenge ahead.

Day 2: Ponferrada to O Cebreiro (55km)    2nd September

The first day of your epic challenge! This morning starts by crossing the small village of Pieros to reach Villafranca del Bierzo, before reaching the villages of Ruitelan and Las Herrerias. This is where our climb really begins, with a short but very difficult ascent before reaching our overnight accommodation in O Cebreiro. O Cebreiro offers one of the most beautiful landscapes on the Way, as a place of great tradition and mysticism, with its emblematic Romanesque church of Santa Maria de O Cebreiro.

Day 3: O Cebreiro to Portomarín (62km)     3rd September

Today you will have a spectacular day biking to the beautiful village of Portomarin. This morning you will start climbing towards the Alto de San Roque and later to the Alto de O Poio (1,335 m), the highest point in Galicia on the French Route offering spectacular views. After crossing the Alto de Poio, you will start your descent to the hamlet of Triacastela and then on to Sarria, before reaching your final destination today, Portomarin.

Day 4: Portomarín to Arzúa (53.5km)        4th September

Today you will cycle past many signs indicating that you are on a pilgrim route, including the famous "cruceiros" (crucifixes). Today you will move into the province of Corunna, where you will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees, as well as one of the most idyllic locations on the Camino in Ribadiso do Baixo. You will pass through Melide, famous for its octopus, before reaching our overnight stop in Arzúa famous for cheese.

Day 5: Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela (39.5km)      5th September

The final day on your bike. Today’s route is along gentle slopes, except for the final climb to San Marcos. From here you will pass the beautiful sculpture of Saint James the Pilgrim before reaching your destination Santiago de Compostela. The entire city is magical, especially its beautiful Cathedral. In the evening you will enjoy a celebration dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 6: Depart Santiago de Compostela to UK     6th September

Today you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

(Please note there are direct flights with EasyJet only on 31st August and 7th September – there are no direct flights on 1st September and 6th September)

ACCOMMODATION – may be subject to change

- PONFERRADA: HOTLE AROI 

- CEBREIRO: CASA GARCIA / NOVA RUTA HOTEL 

- PORTOMATIN: POUSADA PORTOMARIN

- ARZUA: HOTEL RIBADISO

- SANTIAGO: HOTEL NH PEREGRINO 

To book the briefing session, for further details and to request an information pack please contact enquiries@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk 

TVF Vietnam Cycling and Trekking Challenge 2018 

TVF's Cycling and Trekking Challenge in November 2018 was a fantastic success - tough but a real achievement for all the team members who raised over £40,000 which will transform many more lives. TVF would like to thank our fantastic supporters who took part in the challenge, covered the cost, donated funds and for all their generous sponsors. The Victoria Foundation and our beneficiaries so appreciate all this truly wonderful generosity. 

To see photographs from challenge go to TVF's Facebook page       

If the El Camino de Santiago Challege does not appeal there are so many once in a lifetime challenges  to take part in: Trekking on the Great Wall of China,  Arctic Survival, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro  ..... the choice is yours! If you would like to arrange take part in a challenge in aid of The Victoria Foundation please get in touch.  

T: 020 8332 1788 or Email        For challenge ideas Ultimate Travel Company