Ride to Provide 2020 - Mekong About the ride Starting in the city of Nong Khai in Thailand’s north-east, you’ll follow the incredibly biodiverse Mekong River for seven days before heading inland to Yasothon. Travelling through remote villages and rural communities not often visited by foreigners you’ll discover the real Thailand. As you ride in to meet the children at Home Hug on the 8th day you’ll experience first hand the immense appreciation for everything that you’ve done. Inclusions 10 Nights Twin Share Accommodation 3rd – 12th January 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. 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 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. Custom Cycling Kit Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey, bib 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. 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. 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. Individual Fundraising Profile Once you have registered and paid your $650 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. 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. 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! 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. Download Ride Itinerary Download Travel Guide Cost and Payment Details In addition to the tour costs you will need to arrange flights to and from Thailand. To register you will pay a deposit of AU$500. You will then receive a link to create your own unique fundraising page and your journey is underway! The final balance payment will be due on 1 September (approx 4 months before your ride). Monthly payment plans are also available – please contact us to arrange. To participate, you must raise AU$10,000. 100% of funds raised go towards improving the lives of the children we support – not one cent is spent on administration or overheads. Don’t worry – we will help you find your fundraising feet. TOUR COST: AU$2,850 FUNDRAISING REQUIRED: AU$10,000 Donate to the Ride to Provide 2020 - Mekong Please select a donation amount (required) $65 School uniform for 1 child for 12 months $100 Covers one month of swimming lessons for children living in coastal areas $250 Weekly cost of the English Program Other Set up a regular donationDonate Ride to Provide 2020 - Mekong Every January a committed group of individuals cycle 800km over 8 days through Thailand on a journey to raise awareness and funds for our kids. Find out more Booking for this event has now closed.