About the Ride

We are excited to present a new route for Business Blueprint in 2019. This stunning new ride will venture into Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, the site of the infamous Death Railway and Bridge over the River Kwai.  You will cycle through amazing countryside enjoying visits to ancient temples and ruins, and charming local villages among the forest and hills of Kanchanaburi. The ride will finish at our New Life Project in Kanchanaburi. For those that have ridden before, you would have visited the New Life Project at Chumphon, this is the sister property that is home to more than 60 kids.

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:  Journey through ancient sites, breathtaking vistas and vast landscapes to experience the true beauty and biodiverstiy of Thailand. You’ll travel through remote villages and meet the locals, far away from the typical tourist trails. You will have the opportunity to visit some incredible historic sites and beautiful waterfalls.
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Fundraise $5,000:  You are required to raise $5,000 for Hands Across the Water to qualify for the ride. 100% of donations go directly to the children in Thailand. The team at Hands and your ride leaders will support you with your fundraising every step of the way with access to our dedicated events and marketing team. Additionally we hold various events and raffles through the year that you will be able to leverage to spread the word and raise your funds.
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Meet the children:  You will finish the ride at New Life Project in Kanchanaburi and be greeted warmly by the children you have worked so hard to support. You’ll see first-hand the difference your phenomenal effort has made to so many lives.

Check out one of our recent rides in Thailand

Inclusions

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7 Nights Accommodation

  • 15th – 21st 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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All Meals

  • Breakfast is provided at each hotel
  • Lunch on the ride days
  • Team dinner every evening with a final celebration dinner on the last night
  • Exception: lunch on the rest day is covered by the individual.
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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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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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Italian Custom Cycling Kit
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey and gloves. 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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Individual Fundraising Profile
Once you have registered and paid your $500 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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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.
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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

Monday 15th April

  • Slums Tour
  • Transfer to Ayutthaya for start of ride
  • Dinner on River

Tuesday 16th April

  • Ride Day 1 – Ayutthaya to Suphanburi (85 km)
  • Morning sightseeing as the group ride around the ruins

Wednesday 17th April

  • Ride Day 2 – Suphanburi to Dan Chang (116 km)

Thursday 18th April

  • Ride Day 3 – Dan Chang to Kanchanaburi (126 km)

Friday 19th April

  • REST DAY
  • Optional sightseeing – war museum, Hellfire Pass, Erawan Waterfalls

Saturday 20th April

  • Ride Day 4 – Kanchanaburi to Sai Yok (90 km)

Sunday 21st April

  • Ride Day 5 – Sai Yok to Duang Prateep Foundation Kanchanaburi (85 km)
  • Lunch at DPF
  • Dinner with the kids

Monday 22nd April

  • Transfer to Bangkok
  • End of Program

Cost & Payment Details

The cost of the tour is $2,295.

International flights are not included in the tour price. You will need to arrange return flights to Bangkok.

A non-refundable deposit of AU$500 is required to secure your place on the ride. You will then receive a link to create your own unique fundraising page and your journey is underway!

The final balance payment will be due on 1 December 2018. Monthly payment plans are also available – please contact us to arrange.

To participate, you must raise AU$5,000. 100% of funds raised go towards improving the lives of the children we support.