About the ride

In 2013 Dale Beaumont joined us on our 800km through the south of Thailand. Dale had a light bulb moment on that ride that this would be a great way to bring small business owners and entrepreneurs from Business Blueprint together to achieve something pretty extraordinary as one community. In 2014 the Business Blueprint Ride was born.

Fast forward to 2019 and this passionate and committed community have raised $1.7million for Hands and have seen over 300+ riders take on the challenge of cycling 500km. It hasn’t come without its challenges but this is a team that will never give up!

In 2020 the Business Blueprint ride will be heading to the breathtaking Isaan Region in the north east of Thailand. Starting in the city of Bueng Karn, our riders will spend two days following the incredibly bio-diverse Mekong River before heading west through villages and rural communities not often visited by foreigners. Following a well-deserved rest day, the team will ride into one of our homes, Home Hug in Yasothon to be greeted excitedly by the children they have worked so hard to support.

Overview

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500km in 5 days:  The Hands Across the Water rides are designed to be inclusive – meaning the goal is not to finish first, but to finish together. As a group you will travel 500km in 5 days, with a rest day in the middle.  There is plenty of support both on and off the bike and there will be no shortage of people to help you achieve this incredible feat.
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Stunning Scenery: Cycle through remote villages and witness the beauty of Northern Thailand as you embark on this life changing adventure. You’ll spend a lot of time taking in the views of the Mekong River before heading inland to a place called Yasothon.
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Fundraise $5,000: Raise AU$5,000 to qualify for the ride, with 100% of fundraising going directly to the children in Thailand. We will support you with your fundraising every step of the way with access to our dedicated events and marketing team.
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Meet the children: Finish the ride at Home Hug in Yasothon to be greeted warmly by the very children you have worked so hard to support. You’ll see firsthand the difference your phenomenal effort has made to so many lives.

Check out our recent rides in Thailand

2018 Business Blueprint Ride

2019 Business Blueprint Ride

Business Blueprint Charity Bike Ride 2019

This year's Business Blueprint Charity Bike Ride was a great success! We were able to raise over $380,000 for our partner charity Hands Across the Water. This brings our fundraising total to over $1.7 million dollars in the last 6 years.We'd like to thank the 65 amazing riders who managed to push through sand, mud and gravel roads in 40+ degree heat across Central Thailand, covering a distance of 500 kilometres in 5 days.Our team of riders were a motivated mix of our Blueprint team, clients and family members. Our riders were also able to pay tribute and experience the culture of Thailand, visiting villages, Hellfire Pass, Bridge over the River Kwai and the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.The riders powered on and conquered intense and scorching heat with some exhausted tears, reassuring hugs and the knowledge that all of their efforts were dedicated to raising money for at-risk Thai children and their communities.Seeing the beautiful smiles and innocent faces of the 66 children in the orphanage made all the hard work worth it! Knowing we were able to raise enough money to fund the orphanage for another 12 months makes us very proud of all the riders who went through so much in the past 5 days.Thank you for sharing this journey with us! Watch the video to see the highlights of our Charity Bike Ride. We hope you enjoy it!

Posted by Business Blueprint on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Inclusions

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7 Nights Twin Share Accommodation

  • 29th March –  4th April inclusive
  • Hotels will be modest in their offering and often in remote areas. WiFi is not always available however majority of the hotels do have WiFi services.
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Hybrid Bike

You will be riding a hybrid bike which is a flat bar bicycle with tyres that are thinner than a mountain bike and thicker than a road bike.

You will have options to bring your own seats, seat covers, pedals and cleats and we will provide more information about this closer to the event.

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Internal flights 

Your domestic flight to Udon Thani (start of the ride) and back to Bangkok from Ubon Ratchathani will be organised by the Hands Team.

You will be responsible for arranging your own international flights.
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Meals and Ground Transfers

All meals excluding lunch on the rest day are covered in your registration. Our cycling provider takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops. You definitely don’t go hungry on the ride!

Ground transfers between domestic flights are covered in your registration. You will be responsible for arranging your own airport transfer when you arrive into Thailand from Australia.

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Custom Cycling Kit
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey. You will have the opportunity to order matching knicks and additional kit if you choose. Alternatively you can bring your favourite pair of cycling knicks and they will suffice. Our kit comes from our great friends at Ollo and you won’t be disappointed.
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Travel Bag and Team Shirt
You will receive a Hands Across the Water travel bag for the trip. You will be required to use this bag on the trip for your main luggage. There is plenty of room in the bag for the tour and additional clothing you might want to bring for holidays pre or post the ride. You will also receive a Hands Across the Water team polo shirt.
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Support crew and bike mechanics

We only work with the best and you will get to meet some of the nicest Thai people and support crew that you will have ever met. Nothing is too much trouble as long as you bring your manners. Our bike mechanics keep everything running tip top during your tour in Thailand.

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Individual Fundraising Profile
Once you have registered and paid your $650 deposit, you will receive a link to your personal fundraising page. You can update this page with your story and share your unique link to start raising funds. The team at Hands are here to support you with ideas so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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Training Program
You will receive a training program that will help prep you for your 500km journey. The key to your training will be time in the saddle as opposed to km’s ridden so even if the weather turns poor, you can get to the local gym or spin class to clock up your hours on the bike.
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Dedicated ride coordinator
We have a team of people to help you through your journey but importantly there is a dedicated ride coordinator who is there to answer any questions about the ride and arrange any additional activities you might need to organise for your experience. We’re here to help so just ask!
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Ride Communications
We’ll send you a rider information pack upon registration to get you on your way. You will also receive regular rider newsletters and invitations to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to support other riders and ask questions in a safe community.

Proposed itinerary

Saturday 28th March

  • Arrival into Bangkok
  • You will be responsible for arranging your own international flights, transfers and accommodation in Bangkok for this night. We recommend staying at Four Points Sheraton Sukhumvit as this will be the place for pick up on Sunday morning.

Sunday 29th March

  • 5am Transfer to Airport
  • Domestic Flight to Udon Thani
  • Domestic flights are covered in your registration so you don’t need to worry about making arrangements.
  • You will be booked on the same flight as the group to Udon Thani and returning back to Bangkok.

Monday 30th March

  • Ride Day 1 – Bueng Kan to Ban Phaeng – 110km

Tuesday 31st March

  • Ride Day 2 – Ban Phaeng to Nakhon Phanom – 102km

Wednesday 1st April

  • REST DAY – Nakhon Phanom

Thursday 2nd April

  • Ride Day 3 – Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan – 114km

Friday 3rd April

  • Ride Day 4 – Mukdahan to Amnat Chareon – 124km

Saturday 4th April

  • Ride Day 5 – Amnat Chareon to Yasothon – 82km

Sunday 5th April

  • Flight from Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok
    Please note that the flight arrives back into Bangkok in time for International flights home departing after 5pm

Cost and Payment Details

In addition to the tour costs you will need to arrange flights to and from Thailand.

Pay in full upfront – $2650 

Payment Plan
$650 deposit upon registration – secure your spot today!
Monthly plan will be $500 per month for 4 months.

To participate, you will need to raise AU$5,000. Don’t worry – we will help you find your fundraising feet. Don’t forget to check out our useful fundraising resources page.

Single supplement available upon request. Cost for single share is an additional $500. Please email team@handsgroup.org.au to make arrangements.