The Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes

In light of UK Govt, world news, FCO and WHO guidelines, there is still a great deal of uncertainty in relation to travel and COVID-19. The 2020 London Marathon has been postponed to Sunday 4 October and we have made the decision to postpone both of our 2020 Italian events to 2021. With no end date on the advice been given - it is also almost impossible to plan our challenges with any guarantees. We are therefore continuing to plan our Autumn events as scheduled, but closely monitoring all governing body guidelines, while working with our suppliers and organisers in country and reviewing on an ongoing basis. If circumstances change and we foresee that any challenge will be affected, we will contact all participants to keep them updated.

 

Sun 13 June – Wed 16 June 2021

4 days
3.5 days cycling
337km

While our Italian Challenge boasts great food, good coffee and spectacular scenery, don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy option. You’ll need the carbohydrates to fuel the intense three-and-a-half days of road-bike cycling and demanding climbs as we tick off some of Italy’s most well-known and beautiful lakes. Whether this is a spring spin of the legs or your first venture into the world of charity cycling, this is an exceptional Challenge with full support (and gelato!) throughout.

 
Itinerary BOOK NOW
Day 1Sunday 13 June • Lake Varese
Cycle 35km
Following an early morning flight from London to Milan, there’s an approximate 45 minute transfer to our hotel in Varese, Palace Grand Hotel Varese where we’ll be staying for the next three nights. Have your cycling kit and helmet ready because, after a quick bike fitting for all, we set off for a relaxed 35km warm-up around Lake Varese – with the obligatory gelato stop in Gavirate at 22km!
Day 2Monday 14 June • Lake Maggiore
Cycle 111km/elevation gain +780m
Our first full day of cycling and we’re aiming for 111km. If there’s time, there may be the option to cycle further if the legs are willing, After morning coffee we’ll catch a ferry to the western shore of Lake Maggiore, where we’ll spend the majority of our day. Upon reaching the end of the lake we head back to our accommodation via Lake Monate and Verese. Coffee stop 1: 30km. Lunch: 50km. Coffee stop 2: 91km
Day 3Tuesday 15 June • Lake Como
Cycle 117km/elevation gain approx. +1700m
On our second day, we’ll venture eastwards out of Varese, and on to the famous Lake Como. We’ll take a brief coffee stop in the town of Como itself, and then cycle the south shore up to iconic Bellagio for lunch. Following refreshments, we’ll catch the ferry over to the western side of the lake, taking in the spectacular views of historic Bellagio as we go. We’ll head south to pass through Como for the second time, stopping for an afternoon coffee. The last 25km or so is a little more undulating as we head back to our accommodation. Coffee stop 1: Como at 30km. Lunch: Bellagio at 59km. Coffee stop 2: Como at 86km
Day 4Wednesday 16 June • Lake Lugano
Cycle 74km/elevation gain approx. +780m
Our final day on the bikes and we’re heading north-east towards Lake Lugano – warming up our leg muscles along the lake shore before briefly leaving Italy as we cross the Swiss border. Lunch will be in Switzerland today, in the pretty lakeside town of Melide. Post-lunch we follow the lake south to afternoon coffee, where we’ll leave the water behind for the final time. There’s a gentle climb up away from the lake on our final return to Varese. A quick celebratory bite to eat and it’s time to pack up the bikes and make our way back to the airport for the journey home.
 
What’s included BOOK NOW
Three nights half-board accommodation (twin-sharing) staying in one centrally based hotel in Varese. Limited singles available on request.
Transfers to and from Milan Malpensa airport if taking the recommended flights/meeting at the specified point and time.
Picnic lunches on cycling days, likely to be café based.
Lunches and water/gels/energy powder on the support vehicle(s)
Fully supported ride with organised refreshment stops, two ride leaders, support vehicles, mechanic and doctor.
Guided rides in the local region.
FREE Norwood cycle jersey

What’s not included

Your flights. We recommend outbound, Sunday 14 June (AM), London to Milan. Inbound Wednesday 17 June (PM), Milan to London. Flight time is 1 hour, 55 minutes/GMT + 2hrs.
Bike hire or any personal cycling equipment, clothing or helmet. Bike hire can be organised for you.
Optional bike transfer from UK to Milan and return back to the UK.
Travel insurance and visas (if applicable).
Any tips, trips, entry fees, coffees or other personal expenses.
 
How challenging is it? BOOK NOW

This is a medium-level Challenge, graded 3.5 out of 5. There are some long daily distances and up to six to eight hours in the saddle. While it has been designed to be challenging, this ride is achievable with some regular training. Ideally you should be a keen cyclist, enjoy training and ride regularly. You need to have a good level of endurance with an ability to sustain the level of effort required over a period of days. You should, therefore, be doing regular exercise with some serious cycle training, including long rides in the countryside/five hours +.

This itinerary may be subject to change.

 
 

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All challenges are priced on a room sharing basis. Single rooms are available at an additional cost based on and subject to availability. Please select one of the following:

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Terms and Conditions

To be read in conjunction with the individual Terms and Conditions of any third party operator working with Norwood in organising this challenge.

1. Your Challenge

(a) To enter this challenge you must complete the online registration form. On receipt of a completed registration form and the registration deposit, you will receive confirmation of your payment and an information pack containing full details of the event. Together these form a binding contract which is subject to these terms and conditions.

(b) We will try to accommodate any special requirements as detailed in your booking subject to availability. However we cannot guarantee that these will be provided and any failure to do so is not constituted as a breach of these terms and conditions.

(c) To enter this challenge you must be at least 18 years old by the date of departure or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

(d) You must hold a valid passport which has at least six months validity from the date you return to the UK. Some destinations will require two blank pages within it. It is your responsibility to ensure that all passport information provided is accurate.

While guidance will be provided for any necessary visas for a challenge - the costs of which are NOT included within the costs quoted - it will be your responsibility to make any applications. If you are refused passage and/or entry/exit to or from any of the countries, any additional costs are your responsibility.

(e) All of our challenges are designed to be physically demanding but achievable and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate level of fitness and are in good health in order to participate. If you have any medical conditions which could be adversely affected by exercise, particularly a heart condition, or if you have any doubts about your health, please consult your doctor. You will be asked to complete an online medical form before your departure and must keep us advised of any medical conditions that develop after your registration. Failure to disclose the full details of any medical condition, or any changes that may arise prior to departure will invalidate your insurance. If you are over the age of 60 or declare any medical conditions, we will require a medical declaration form to be completed, signed and stamped by your GP.

You will be responsible for arranging any vaccinations that are required.

If while on the challenge, our doctor/medic or challenge leader gives you specific safety or medical advice aimed at protecting your welfare, you must abide by this advice.

2. Registration Fee

We do require a registration fee for this challenge and offer a seven day “cooling off” period whereby if you cancel your place within seven days of registration, we will fully refund your registration fee. Unless the event is cancelled by Norwood, the registration fee is then non-refundable and does not form part of the required sponsorship. Once your place is confirmed, a sum will be paid to the operator to cover the costs of any transportation , accommodation and ground costs.

If you have paid all of your costs for this challenge on registration and cancel more than 56 days prior to departure, then the registration fee as outlined in the brochure will be kept and the balance returned to you.

Immediately upon registration, you should ensure that you have a suitable travel and medical insurance policy in place to protect yourself against curtailment or cancellation.

3. Cancellation by you

If it becomes necessary to cancel your challenge, you may do so by notifying us in writing. Upon receipt and acknowledgement by us of your written advice, cancellation will take effect. The following charges will apply.

(a) A full refund of your registration fee if cancellation occurs within the seven day cooling off period from the date of registration.

(b) More than 56 days (8 weeks) prior to departure, loss of registration fee plus insurance premium (if taken the Norwood policy).

(c) 56 – 29 days, loss of registration fee plus 50%of the costs of the challenge as stated in our brochure, plus insurance premium.

(d) 28 – 15 days, loss of registration plus 75% of the costs of the challenge plus insurance premium.

(e) Less than 14 days prior to departure and you will be liable to the loss of your registration fee and the full costs of the challenge.

We strongly recommend that travel and medical insurance be instigated at the time of registration.

4. Cancellation of one challenge but transfer to another

If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your challenge but you are able to transfer to another challenge in the same calendar year , the below timeframes will apply

(a) More than 56 days prior to departure, your non-refundable registration fee will be transferred to your new challenge along with any sponsorship raised to date.

(b) 56 – 29 days prior to departure and costs will have been incurred for your place on the challenge. The registration fee and any sponsorship raised will therefore be used to offset any cancellation charges incurred by the charity and any balance transferred to your new challenge.

(c) 28 – 15 days, you will be liable for 75% of the cost of the challenge unless an immediate replacement can be found for your place. If an immediate replacement is found, you will lose your non-refundable deposit and will be liable for any cancellation charges. If a replacement cannot be found for your place, you will be liable for 75% of the cost of the challenge.

(d) Less than 14 days prior to departure, you will be liable for 100% of the cost of the challenge unless an immediate replacement can be found for your place. If an immediate replacement is found, you will lose your non-refundable deposit and will be liable for any cancellation charges. If a replacement cannot be found for your place, you will be liable for 100% of the cost of the challenge.

5. Cancellation by us

In the event we have to cancel the challenge whether as a result of Force Majeure or any other reason that makes it impractical to proceed with the challenge, we will provide you with a prompt and full refund of all monies that have been paid by you to us and our liability for cancellation will be capped in the amount of all monies paid by you to us. No payments are made compensating for losses or costs you incur in the case of a cancellation. You should have an appropriate insurance policy in place to protect against cancellation.

6. Travel and Medical Insurance

The registration fee does not cover insurance. You must have adequate, valid and appropriate travel insurance for your challenge which must include emergency medical expenses, air evacuation and repatriation and trip curtailment cover. It is your responsibility to ensure the details of the insurance policy are provided to us at least 8 weeks prior to departure or we reserve the right to include you on the group policy and charge you a supplement. Any false or misleading information given by you in respect of your insurance policy which may result in your stated insurance company refusing to cover your costs relating to a claim, will make you fully liable and you will be responsible for covering any cancellation charges borne by the charity.

If you withdraw in circumstances where recovery of costs can be indemnified under your travel insurance policy, you hereby agree that you will co-operate in the recovery of these charges from the insurers and any sums recovered will be paid to Norwood.

7. Challenge price and payment options

Norwood reserves the right to pass onto you, regardless of which payment option you have chosen, any additional costs associated with the challenge which have been incurred as a result of circumstances beyond our control (including the cost of fuel, tax, landing fees, accommodation and fluctuations in the exchange rate). You will be informed in writing and should the increase exceed 9% over and above what you have already paid, you have the right to cancel your booking if notice is given within one week of being informed.

8. Fundraising

By registering on this challenge and dependent upon which fundraising option you choose, you are agreeing to raise at least the minimum fundraising target as stated in the event brochure. Approximately 50% of each total (whatever the option) will be used to cover the costs of the challenge, we therefore require that at least 50% of your fundraising target should be reached at least 10 weeks prior to departure. The balance of the funds must then be sent to Norwood no later than 4 weeks following your return from the challenge.

If you are unable to reach the minimum sponsorship amount 10 weeks prior to departure, it is at the discretion of the charity as to whether your challenge place and registration fee are forfeited.

Fundraising money raised for one named event cannot subsequently be used against another event even if the minimum fundraising target for the first event has been exceeded unless (i) the sponsors have been informed and have consented to the monies being transferred or (ii) an event is cancelled or a participant unable to take part in which case the money pledged may be transferred. No sponsorships donations made to the charity will be refunded back to you directly and only back to individual donors upon written request.

It is also important to note that Gift Aid is NOT included as part of the minimum fundraising requirement.

9. Itinerary Changes

All of our challenges are complicated and may be subject to change. They are planned months in advance and sometimes changes to the itinerary are required which are beyond both our control and that of the operator we use. Should there be a significant material change prior to departure which is not as a result of a Force Majeure we will notify you as soon as possible.

10. Flights, airlines, travel arrangements and delays

You must check all information sent to you and make sure you arrive at the airport/point of departure in sufficient time. Airlines sometimes change aircraft and flight times without advance warning and you are asked to check your departure details. Changes made by airlines and to airport destinations do not constitute a material change to your challenge and do not entitle you to cancel.

Most flights are organised through scheduled airlines and we are bound by their terms and conditions.

We do not accept liability for any delays in your travel arrangements or reasonable changes in your itinerary as a result of Force Majeure.

11. Changes by you

Some changes may be made by you subject to availability. We will try to accommodate any changes as requested but any charges incurred will be passed directly to you.

12. Information, visas and other requirements

Any information or advice provided by Norwood on matters such as permits, government travel advice or warnings, visa, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage and special equipment is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Norwood. You accept responsibility for obtaining all necessary travel information and documentation required for the challenge. We will send you details on visa along with compulsory inoculations, but you should always seek the advice of your doctor. It is your responsibility to ensure these requirements are in place prior to departure and we accept no liability if you are denied entry to any country, port or airport detailed on the itinerary.

13. Standard and quality of accommodation and services

You should not have unreasonable expectations of the facilities that will be provided which in some remote areas and destinations may be below what you expect at home. Wherever possible, rooms will be shared with someone of your choice. Numbers per room will vary subject to size, location and availability.

14. Acceptance of risk and release

(a) You should be aware that this is a challenge. In addition to the usual dangers and risks, some of which may include physical exertion for which you may not be prepared, you may also experience weather extremes and remoteness from normal medical services. You acknowledge that the enjoyment and excitement of participating in a challenge is derived from this inherent risk in travelling and undertaking activities outside of normal safety levels at home. You agree to observe all instructions and rules issued by Norwood, its agents and suppliers whether before, during or after the challenge. The challenge leader may at any time during the course of the challenge terminate your participation if they consider it necessary for the health and safety of either you or the group.

(b) You agree that Norwood, its Trustees, directors, officers , employees and agents ("Released Parties") are hereby released and forever discharged from any and all liabilities (of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether in law or equity, direct or indirect, joint or several, foreseen or unforeseen, contingent or actual, accrued or unaccrued, liquidated or unliquidated, present or future, known or unknown, disclosed or undisclosed, suspected or unsuspected, however and whenever arising and in whatever capacity and jurisdiction) arising from or out of, or in any way relating to the Challenge. You also agree that you will not bring any legal, arbitral, administrative, regulatory or other action or proceedings against any Released Parties in relation to the Challenge and also agree that if you do take any such proceedings or otherwise assert a claim against the Released Parties damages are not an adequate remedy and, accordingly, that injunctive or other similar relief is appropriate to restrain that breach.

15. Laws

You must comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited.

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions and the contract of which they form a part as described in paragraph 1(a) above is and all non-contractual obligations and other matters arising from or connected with it are governed by English law. The courts of England have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute arising from or connected with these Terms and Conditions and the contract of which they form a part as described in paragraph 1(a).

17. Photographs

By taking part in a Norwood challenge, you agree that any photographs taken during the event may be used by Norwood for publicity and marketing purposes.

18. Confidentiality

Norwood will not pass on personal information to any third parties without your consent, unless we are required to do so by law, except as may be required for the purposes of the Challenge.

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Photographs I appear in during the event can be used by Norwood for publicity and marketing purposes.

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