INDIA CHALLENGE 2020: FAQs

How did the Safe Water Cycle Challenge come to be?

FRANK Water's Cycle for Safe Water challenge has been many years in the planning. In 2018, we partnered with Indian travel company Authentica to successfully run our first challenge in India which saw six supporters taking to two wheels.   

For 2020, we're heading back to India's Andhra Pradesh for an even better experience. Check out our film, blog and images for a flavour of what you can expect. 

How much does it cost?

The total cost to take part is £3,709 including the registration fee. This figure includes the following:

Cost of the trip - £2,260 (including flights)  

Sponsorship target - £1,250 and 

Non refundable registration fee  - EARLY BIRD OFFER - £199 until October 31st 2019 (after which time the cost will revert to the standard £299)

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

1)   If you choose to cover the cost of the trip yourself and fundraise the sponsorship target only, you’ll be asked to pay the full trip cost £2,260 no later than 10 weeks before departure (20th August 2020), and the remaining £1,250 sponsorship no later than 4 weeks after your return.

2) If you choose to fundraise the total amount (trip cost + sponsorship = £3510), you’ll be asked to fundraise 60% £2,106 of the total (excluding the registration fee) no later than 10 weeks prior to departure (20th August 2020), and the remaining 40% £1,404 no later than 4 weeks after your return.

NB. The cost of the trip is based on minimum 8 people taking part.  Due to the nature of this trip, the maximum number of participants we can accommodate is 15. 

By signing up for this adventure you will be provided with all food (except lunch on the last day), 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.

How much actual cycling will we do?

At 405 kilometres over 6 days, the Cycle for Safe Water Adventure is designed to stretch you physically! You'll be cycling up and downhill, through lush valleys, rural villages and bustling towns. But whilst Cycle for Safe Water is a cycling trip, it's also much much more. You'll visit villages, meet local people, learn more about the work that FRANK Water does and the impact it has. For those who have the energy, there are temples and monuments to see, hills to climb, local markets to shop at and fabulous Indian food to make the most of.    

To be ready to go the distance, we recommend around 8-12 weeks of training, after which time most participants will find they are well able to complete the ride. As long as you can ride a bike and put in the legwork beforehand, you'll be up to the challenge!

We can provide you with a suggested training plan and connect you with previous trip participants who can share their training suggestions.  

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 or need a short break, one of our support vehicles will have space to carry you and your bike for as long as needed. 

There'll be plenty of rest stops everyday where you can catch your breath, hydrate and have a snack. 

Where will we stay?

Accommodation is mostly 3-star hotels. Some hotels are more luxurious than others (depending on location!) but each of them will offer the basic amenities - clean rooms, showers and home-cooked food - you need to rest and recuperate before your next full day on the bike. To round off your trip, you'll 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 to the time you leave for the UK on Day 10, all meals are provided apart from lunch on Day 9 (your free day to sightsee). Our support team includes a dedicated chef who’ll prepare all meals once you leave Visakhapatnam. You’re welcome to bring your own cereal bars, energy gels etc. if you would like them with you for the days you cycle, but snacks will be provided throughout the day. Dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior arrangement.

Who else is on the trip?

In addition to your fellow cyclists, the support team includes a dedicated mechanic, tour guide, chef, medic and support vehicle drivers along with tour leaders from Authentica and a member of staff from FRANK Water.

Along the way, we will meet members of staff from FRANK Water’s NGO partner VJNNS as well as dozens of local villagers when we visit the villages on our itinerary. 

Is there anything else I will need to pay for?

You are responsible for securing your own Indian Visa (approx. £80), suitable travel insurance and vaccinations.

Get in touch with amanda@frankwater.com if you need any advice or support.  

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 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, simply complete the online Cycle for Safe Water Application Form and submit it with your registration fee (you’ll find details of how to pay the fee 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.