Introducing our first ever all female charity bike ride!
We are excited to partner with Transform and Thrive, a personal growth community that is helping women become the best version of themselves.
The idea was born after Faizah Baldonado participated in one of our corporate rides back in 2017. She immediately realised this would be a great initiative to launch to her all-female community to provide a safe space to connect, engage, and take on a challenge out of their comfort zone.
In 2023, the Transform and Thrive All Girls Ride, will be heading down the east coast of Thailand to cycle 500km in 5 days. Hosted by Faizah and led by Hands Across the Water CEO, Claire Baines, this inaugural all female ride will be one to remember.
Our mission is to gather a tribe of like minded females with a desire to do good in the world to come together for this once in a lifetime experience. Does that sound like you?
Heading down Thailand’s east coast beside the Gulf of Thailand, you will start your cycling journey in the resort town of Hua Hin and make your way down the coast before crossing the mountains and stunning national park that divides the east and the west. From there it is a short trip to Takua-Pa where you will ride into one of the homes that Hands supports. The kids will be waiting excitedly to greet you and you’ll see first hand where your hard raised dollars go.
Check out this video of past rides.
Is this ride for me?
Yes it absolutely is. If Faizah can do it, you can do it.
Faizah is a girl who loves to ride. She is you and she is me. She can bike 20-100km and is cheerful as she rides along. She is happy to stop for coffee, cake and lunch along the way. She loves taking in the scenery and the company of others. She is competitive with herself. She is fun to be around and ready for a challenge!
Travel to Bangkok
Welcome drinks and jersey presentation
You will be responsible for your own flights and airport transfers on arrival
Travel to Hua Hin
We will organise a bus transfer to get you from our hotel in Bangkok to Hua Hin. On arrival, we will get you set up and comfortable on your bike, and come back together in the evening for our first dinner as a team.
Hua Hin to Prachuab Khiri Khan - 116km
Today our adventure begins in the coastal town of Hua Hin. We follow the coastline and visit some wonderful temples and beachside villages as we make our way to a stunning fishing village where monkeys line the road as we cycle in.
Prachuab Khiri Khan to Baan Grood - 78km
After waking up to the most beautiful sunrise on tour, we will make our way to the sleepy town of Baan Grood. It’s a shorter day today which will be kind on your legs, there’s a short temple climb at the end of the day but we promise the most beautiful views at the top.
Baan Brood to Chumphon - 118km
Today we make our way to a much needed rest day in Chumphon. There’s a few rolling undulations and some highway stretches but this is all broken up with some village water stops, jungle riding and of course the beautiful Thai people.
Today we rest and there is nowhere better than this beachside town with the best burger/pizza joint just a stone's throw away. After a swim to cool down and a walk along the beach, you will be transferred by bus to Surat Thani for the final stages of the ride.
Surat Thani to Khao Sok - 120km
This is by far one of our most favourite days on the bikes in Thailand. This is a stunning ride to Ratchaprapha Dam before heading into Khao Sok National Park for a cave visit and beautiful hotel stay. This day really does feel like we are riding through Avatar… you have to join us to understand why.
Khao Sok to Baan Tharn Namchai - 68km
This is it! The day you have worked hard for. We have one final uphill and then it’s downhill to Baan Tharn Namchai and the beautiful kids that you have been riding for. It’s another shorter day on the bike but don’t wish your time away. Soak up the love, the memories, and the joy of being on the bike with a fantastic group of humans.
Over to you…
It is time to pat yourself on the back for your hard work and efforts to be here. You’ll be glowing and oozing energy as you kick back for a few days (at your own pace and expense) or make your way back home. The official events might be over but you are welcome to kick back and enjoy some quality time in Thailand.
What Previous Riders Say
Our charity ride experiences are consistently ranked 10/10 by our riders! More often than not the experience exceeds our riders expectations. Check out what some of our riders have had to say…
"Absolutely Phenomenal!" Erin.
"It's an absolutely brilliant experience that pushes you both physically and mentally and makes you grow in so many ways!" Jenny T.
"This experience has impacted my life positively. To have the opportunity to have such a personal journey as well as helping to change children’s lives." Racheal N.
"I can highly recommend this opportunity to individuals, groups and businesses. An experience that helped me grow as a person while changing the lives of others." Carinda G
"Hands is one of the most inspirational, well run, industrious and forward thinking charities I have ever worked with." Carol S.
"Deciding to ride and raise the $10k is without doubt one of the best decisions I have made in my life!" Micheal P.
Fees and Fundraising
There is a $3,895 registration fee that covers the cost of your ride expenses on the ground in Thailand. In addition to paying this fee, you are required to raise $5,000 to support Hands Across the Water.
8 Nights Twin Share Accommodation
10th – 17th of June 2023 inclusive
As we travel to some sleepy beachside towns, hotels will be modest in their offering but the locations will be on point. You’ll have a hot shower, a bed to sleep in, and occasionally the WiFi will be good!
Your registration includes 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 have the option to bring your own saddle and pedals if you choose.
E-Bikes can be offered for an additional surcharge.
All meals excluding lunch on the rest day are covered in your registration. Our team on the ground takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops.
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey, bibs and gloves. You will have the opportunity to order additional kit if you choose. You will receive a sizing chart in coming months to help you order the right size kit for the tour.
Travel Bag and
You will receive a Hands Across the Water travel bag for the trip. 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 training shirt to wear during your training and in Thailand.
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.
During the registration process, you will be prompted to set up your 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.
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. We also have a great series of videos if you are new to cycling or looking for some additional training tips.
TOUR COST: AU$3,895*
You can pay in full or choose to make regular monthly payments for 6 months.
There is a $500 non refundable deposit included in the tour cost. Your place will not be secure on the ride until we receive full or partial payment.
**E bikes are available for this ride at an additional cost - rates upon registration.
Your ride registration includes twin share accommodation for the duration of the ride. If you elect to room with a friend, partner, or family member at the point of registration, this will be factored in when we do the room allocations. If you are a solo traveller, we will partner you up with another solo partner of the same gender.
If you do wish to have your own room, there are limited single supplements available at a cost. Allocation of single rooms will be based on a first in first served basis due to availability at the hotels.
You can reserve a single room today for $100 deposit and we will contact you closer to the ride once the numbers and room availability is confirmed.
Fundraising can be a little bit daunting but it needn’t be. You see… great fundraisers aren’t born. They are made. Anyone can become a great fundraiser by simply getting out there, sharing their story and implementing some fantastic initiatives to bring in the funds.
You are required to raise a minimum of $5,000 to participate in the bike ride. It might seem like a lot but we are here to help you every step of the way. We’ve got some great ideas below or check out our Resources Page to download our fundraising guide.
Your own fundraising page
Selling or purchasing ticket packages to Future of Leadership
A personal donation
Holding your own event
Selling raffle tickets
What is the Cost ?
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation greater than 3 months out from the ride: $500 + any costs already paid
Cancellation 3 months out: 50% of total registration fee
Cancellation 2 months out: 75% of total registration fee
Cancellation 1 month out: 100% of total registration fee
Is Fundraising Compulsory ?
Yes. By fundraising a minimum of $5,000 for your ride experience, you provide 350 children in our care with access to basic necessities, healthcare and education. Importantly, you are providing them with a life of choice.
What is the best way to start my fundraising?
Getting started can be a bit daunting at first; we always say the first $1,000 is the hardest and then it gets easier. Below are our top 3 tips to get your fundraising dial off zero:
- Your online fundraising page is the most simple and effective way to kick start your fundraising. Update your page with your profile image, a story about why you are fundraising and share directly from your page to kick start those dollars coming in.
- Make a personal donation to your fundraising page. This can help set the tone for your supporters and show your commitment to your experience.
- Download our fundraising guide that includes tips and tricks for planning events, auctions and raffles to help you raise your funds.
If you need support please reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
So... are you up for the challenge?
With places strictly limited to 60 people, this amazing once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed.
Secure your place today via deposit using the checkout below. You'll be talking about this experience for years to come!