INDIA CHALLENGE 2019: FAQs

How did the Safe Water Cycle Challenge come to be?

The team at FRANK Water had been thinking about a unique challenge event overseas for a while and in 2018 partnered with Indian travel company Authentica to successfully run our first challenge in India with 6 people taking to the roads.

This will now be the second bike ride we have run in this remote area of India but this time it will be even better with extra additions to the itinerary.

How does it work?

The total cost to take part is £3,679 including the registration fee. This figure is made up of the following:
The cost of the trip - £2,130
Sponsorship target - £1,250.
Non-refundable registration fee of £299

There are 2 payment options once you have paid your registration fee:

a) If you choose to fundraise the total amount (trip cost + sponsorship £3,380) you'll be asked to fundraise 60% £2,028 of the total (excluding the registration fee) no later than 10 weeks prior to departure(7th August), and the remaining 30% £1,352 no later than 4 weeks after your return.

b) If you choose to cover the cost of the trip yourself, you'll be asked to pay the full cost £2,130 no later than 10 weeks prior to departure (7th August 2019), and the remaining £1,250 sponsorship no later than 4 weeks after your return.

NB. The cost of the trip is based on minimum 10 people taking part.

By signing up for the challenge you will be provided with all food, accommodation, in-country guides, bicycle hire, transfers, medical support etc. Costs INCLUDE flights which we will book on your behalf once we have confirmed numbers of participants. If you are thinking about extending your trip and staying on in India for a holiday after the event then please speak let us know asap and we will endeavor to help book a later return flight back to the UK. Please note - there may be an additional charge to make this change

We will provide you with a fundraising pack, support, ideas, merchandise and an event tshirt! Remember, the more you fundraise, the more people we can reach with safe water.

What should I expect?

At 405 kilometers over 6 days, the Cycle for Safe Water Challenge is designed to push you physically! You will be cycling uphill, downhill, along flat route’s and through bustling India towns and villages.

We recommend 8-12 weeks of training, after which time most adults will find they are well able to complete the ride. As long as you know how to ride a bike and can put the time into training, you should find you are up to the challenge! We will provide you with a suggested training plan.

What happens if I am not able to keep up?

As with all groups, people’s fitness levels will vary and we know that people will get tired at different points of the cycle. If you find you are unable to continue with the ride, one of our support vehicles will have space to carry passengers and their bikes if needed.

We will also ensure that we include plenty of rest stops where you can catch your breath and have some water.

Where will we stay?

You will stay mostly in 3-star hotels with the basic amenities needed for a good night’s rest before full days on the bike. The hotels will vary in quality, with some being better than others. In Visakhapatnam we have plenty of choice and your first hotel will be very comfortable. Due to the extreme remoteness of parts of the route we often have little choice of accommodation options so some hotels will be very basic. Once the cycling is complete, you will check into a luxurious, 5-star hotel for celebration and relaxation, where we will spend our last 2 nights.

All accommodation will be twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom available. It is possible that one night will be in a shared dormitory. In very remote locations in India twin room often only have a large double bed, if participants have to share a mattress for one night we will make sure that separate bedding is provided. If there is a fellow participant you already know that you want to share a room with, please just let us know.

How will my luggage be transported? Whenever we’re on the bike, your luggage will be transported in the support van. Everyone packs a day bag which they will have easy access to at rest points during the day. We highly recommend bringing a little cycle bag that you can strap to your handlebars or seat post so that you can keep a few essentials on you at all times. All you will need to do is pack it into the van each morning and collect it each evening when you arrive at your end destination.

What meals are provided? Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated? From the time you arrive in Visakhapatnam (on the evening of Day 1 in the itinerary), to the time you depart back to the UK on Day 10, all meals are provided apart from lunch on Day 9 which will be your free day to sightsee. We will have our own chef with the group once you leave Visakhapatnam who will prepare all the meals until the end of the cycle challenge itself. You are welcome to bring small snacks if you would like them with you for the days you cycle, but we do provide plenty of snacks along the journey. Dietary requirements can be accommodated for with prior arrangement.

Who else is on the trip?

In addition to your fellow participants, we will have a mechanic, tour guide, a chef, a doctor and support vehicle drivers along with the tour leaders from Authentica and FRANK Water with us at all times.

Along the way, we will meet members of FRANK Water’s NGO partner VJNNS as well as meet many local villagers during our stops on 2 days of the cycling challenge.

Is there anything else I will need to pay for?

Apart from getting your flights, you are responsible for getting your own Indian Visa (approx. £80), suitable travel insurance and vaccinations.

What about insurance and visas?

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. You must also ensure it covers you for cycling abroad in India. You will be asked to send a copy of your insurance policy to FRANK Water prior to the trip. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into India. You must have at least 6 months left on your passport to obtain this visa. This can now be done easily online and we will send you all the relevant information about how to do this before the challenge.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, all you need to do is complete the Cycle for Safe Water Application Form and return it to us with you £299 registration fee (details of how to do this are on the form). If you have any questions, would like to discuss the trip or find out more, please contact amanda@frankwater.com or call 0117 3294846.