About the ride

The Digital Live Bike Ride

In 2018, Digital Live raised over $25,000 for Hands Across the Water to support the ongoing education of disadvantaged children and their communities in Thailand. In 2019, Steve Carroll will not only be expanding Digital Live across the country, but he has committed to riding 500km through Thailand to quadruple the funds raised for charity. This ride will bring the real estate industry together and will provide incredible networking, collaboration and create life long memories.

Starting in the city of Bueng Karn in Thailand’s north-east, you’ll 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 in the middle, you’ll ride into one of our homes, Home Hug in Yasothon to be greeted excitedly by the children you 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.

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Inclusions

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8 Nights Twin Share Accommodation

  • 27th April –  4th May 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.
  • Single share supplement subject to availability $450.
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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 

All internal flights will be arranged by the Hands team. You are only 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 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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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 $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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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.
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2 x Tickets to Digital Live 2019

You will receive not one, but two tickets to Digital Live 2019 as part of your ride registration. Valued at $1,980 your tickets will get you access to the 2019 Digital Live Program including a live event in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, a personalised Digital Scorecard put together by our coaches and 6 months of webinars to keep your online presence kicking along.

PLUS… be one of the first 5 to sign up to the bike ride to receive a 2-day pass to AREC valued at $1150. That’s over $3,000 worth of educational value in 2019 in addition to a week on a bike in Thailand building relationships and banking memories.

Proposed itinerary

Saturday 27th April

  • Arrival into Bangkok
    It is the responsibility of the rider to arrange their own international flights. You may wish to come in earlier in which case we would be more than happy to help you out with finding suitable accommodation for your time.

Sunday 28th April

  • Flight to Udon Thani
    Please note all domestic flights are covered in your registration so you don’t need to worry about making arrangements.

Monday 29th April

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

Tuesday 30th April

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

Wednesday 1st May

  • REST DAY – Nakhon Phanom

Thursday 2nd May

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

Friday 3rd May

  • Ride Day 4 – Mukdahan to Amnat Chareon – 92k

Saturday 4th May

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

Sunday 5th May

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