SPAIN BIKE CHALLENGE
CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITS
Join us on this epic 7 day cycling adventure across Andalusia. Test your limits in support of a great cause and immerse yourself in the rich Islamic history of Andalusia!
Discover and explore the long forgotten history of Islamic Spain. We will be visiting landmark Spanish mosques, fortresses and eventually arriving at the site where the Nasrids, the last Muslim dynasty in Spain made their final stand.
We will be biking approximately 50-70km for 7 days, all cyclists will be fundraising to provide communities around the world with clean drinking water.
Cycle with a purpose and join us for the adventure of a lifetime!
Allah says in the Holy Quran “and we made from water, every living thing.”
Water is one of our most precious resources, and it is the key to our survival.
Yet over 300 million people around the world lack access to clean water. That is approximately 10 times the population of Canada! Without water, things wouldn’t be the same for any of us. It can mean the difference between life and death for those living this harsh reality.
Islamic Relief is on the ground in over 30 different countries, providing water to those desperately in need.
In countries where there is no ground water, we build systems to catch the precious rainwater. Where a short rainy season is followed by long dry periods, we construct dams and reservoirs to store water that is safe to use all year around.
We relieve women and children from the difficult task of fetching water, enabling them to focus on their education and small businesses, eventually helping to transform entire communities. And wherever we engage, we teach people how to save water – because it is just as important as giving it. The bottom line, when Islamic Relief builds any water system, we make sure it is built to last – so that communities are empowered and grow to become independent.
All money raised by participants will go directly towards our Water4Life campaign.
Dates: February 29 – March 6, 2020
Register by: January 31, 2020
Registration Fee: $1,200 (flights NOT included)
Fundraising Target: $2,500
Difficulty Level: HARD
Why are there registration fees?
The registration fee pays for the trip itself! It includes the tour guide, all meals and accommodation, everything the tour company is providing for us. And remember, ALL donations raised go DIRECTLY to the cause. Absolutely NO donations are used to pay for people’s trips or flights.
Flights NOT Included
Participants are responsible for booking their own flights to and from Malaga, Spain. Listed below is everything included:
- Hotel stay for duration of the trip
- Three daily meals
- Travel guides throughout the trek
- Excursion fees
Arrival at Malaga and transfer to Cordoba
Upon your arrival at Malaga airport you will be greeted in the arrivals area by Andalucian Routes. Once the group has gathered you will be transferred to Cordoba. Upon arrival in Cordoba you will check in to your hotel and recoup from your flight. In the evening there will be a briefing and orientation followed by dinner
After breakfast we will start our tour with our first stop being an interactive museum followed by a visit to the great mosque of Cordoba. After lunch we will go to the archaeological site of Medinat Al Zahra, The city built by the Caliph Abdul Rahman III. Here we see the Palace ruins and take a visit to the new exhibitions and museum. We will then go on to Almodovar where we will visit a local Spanish Muslim family and learn about their experience as Muslims in Spain.The family will serve up halal traditional Spanish food. We will return back to the hotel after dinner and spend over night in Cordoba.
Cordoba to Zuheros
After breakfast we will depart to a village called Zuheros outside of Cordoba city. On the way we will stop in Montilla to pick up the bikes and start the bike journey with a 45-kilometer ride. There will be a stop for lunch after which we will carry on to Zuheros. Once we arrive in Zuheros we will check into the hotel and explore the local area. We will do reflections of our first day cycling followed by dinner.
Zuherros to Alcala La Real
We will will start with a 55-kilometer bike ride to the next stop Alcala La Real. There will be a lunch stop at approximately mid day after which we will carry on to Alcala La Real. Upon arrival at Alcala La Real you will check into the hotel followed by free time to explore the local area. If time permits there will be a presentation on the rise and fall of Islam in Andalucia.
Alcala La Real to Granada
After breakfast we will depart for Granada, a 55- kilometer journey. Granada was the last Muslim Kingdom, which held out for 250 years before the inevitable fall in 1492. Upon arrival into Granada we will check into the hotel. After lunch there will be a lecture/presentation after which we will make our way to the Alhambra. This is usually the highlight of the tour for many. Nominated a wonder of the world the visit to the Palaces, gardens, and fort will leave you breathless. The visit to the AlHambra could take up to 4 hours.After dinner there will be free time to explore the city.
Granada to Al Pujarra
After breakfast we will head to the Alpujarra mountain range to complete the challenge with a 5 hour trek where we will cover 10-12 kilometre’s. We will then continue along the route of Nasrids stopping at the old Muslim bridge and the Muslim fort/castle, which is the location of one of the last stands made by the Muslims of Alpujjara. We will then continue on to Orgiva, here we will have a chance to interact with the local Muslim community while having dinner at a restaurant run by a Spanish Muslim who will talk about the concept of halal as a complete lifestyle. We will then check in to a hotel for the night.
AlPujarra to Malaga
After breakfast we will set off for Malaga. Once we arrive in Malaga we will say our final farewells before return flights.
How it Works:
Each participant is responsible for reaching the fundraising goal of $2,500 for this Challenge. Participants must fundraise at least 80% of the minimum fundraising target before embarking on this challenge.
Once you have registered, we will create you a crowdfunding page to help you get started with your fundraising.
Feeling daunted? Don’t be! We are here to help you reach your target by providing you with tips and ideas along the way. Many challengers over the years have even surpassed their fundraising goal!
It is very important to be prepared for this Challenge and begin training as soon as possible as you will be biking 200km within four days. Overall difficulty level for this challenge is HARD, you must be an experienced rider for this challenge and train for it beforehand.
Be prepared for a lot of hills. Most of the cycling will be done on good tarmac roads but there are sections which may be unpaved.
You will be biking roughly 45-55 KM each day for four days.
Andalucian Routes will provide us with these hybrid bikes as they are the most comfortable and ideal for this kind of cycling. Hybrid bikes are a mix of a standard road bike and a mountain bike. Helmets will be provided as well.
All other accessories such as gel padded bike seat, gloves, etc. will not be provided but are highly recommended to bring.
There will be lots of sight-seeing activities throughout the trip that require walking. We will also be hiking for 4-5 hours on the second day on hilly terrain.
Suggested Packing List
· Base layers, made from wicking material that will take the sweat away from your skin and dries quickly to keep you feeling dry.
· Gel Bicycle Saddle
· Cycling Jerseys
· Cycling Leggings/Shorts, ideally gel padded
· Additional loose layers to go over the top of your cycling gear
· Comfortable shoes for cycling
· Cycling gloves
· Sports socks
· Water bottle
· Day Pack (backpack with integrated water bottle, available at sports stores, 20-30L)
· Waterproof jacket and pants
· Luggage Tags and Locks
· Passport/Money Belt or Pouch
· Casual Clothes and Shoes, to wear in your down time
· Sun Hat
· Running shoes or hiking boots for hiking
· Sun Block and Lip Balm
· Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
· Electrical Adapter Plug and Converter
Food & Beverage
All meals will be provided for this trip. Any extra drinks or snacks beyond what is provided is a personal expense. While cycling, our service provider will have prepared snacks and lunch for each day.
There will be private washrooms including showers at every accommodation. During biking or hiking, washrooms will be available at rest stops. Everywhere else there will always be washrooms available for participants.
Majority of accommodations will have wifi but it might not be the best quality. Therefore if you must have cell phone access, we recommend getting a SIM card for your personal phone once we arrived in Spain. Cost of SIM cards is a personal expense.
Our service provider will be providing us with:
- The most complete safety equipment for each activity
- The best tour guide for the entire trip
- Very clear safety briefing before every activity
Our tour guide will be with us the whole way and will have a driver following us with our luggage. They also assist riders the entire trip, making sure they have water, snacks, and air in their tires.
Tour Guides will always carry a first aid kit and have access to a vehicle and equipment if medical care is needed. They also provide water and snacks whenever needed.
Challenge your limits!