Dream Wheelers FAQs

Find out more about the Dream Wheelers event.

How much does it cost?

Your £300 entry fee includes ferry crossings with a shared cabin on the way out, two overnight stays at hotels on route, goody bag and public liability insurance. This also covers the cost of our support team who will be transporting luggage and providing basic first aid and rider support where required.

How much sponsorship do we have to raise?

As much as possible, but we ask riders to raise at least £500 towards the DREAMBUILDING project. Here are some Fundraising ideas to help get you started.

Where does the money go?

The rider’s entrance fee covers all the overheads required to run the event. 100% of all sponsorship raised will go directly towards our target of at least £15.5 million, required to create St Wilfrid’s DREAMBUILDING. You will be helping us to create a brand new purpose-built, modern Hospice which will enable us to provide dedicated tailored care to more patients suffering from terminal illnesses and support for their loved ones.

How many riders will there be?

Depending upon whether couples, families or individuals enter the event, we have a minimum of 20 and maximum of 60 places available on this ride.

How many miles do we ride each day?

Thursday 17th May – cyclists may ride directly to Portsmouth if they would like. Otherwise, we suggest you catch the train or drive and make your own arrangements for your car to be parked in the Portsmouth area. Please note there is no parking available at the ferry terminal itself.

Friday 18th May – the route is 50 miles. If you wish to cycle any further than this, you do so at your own risk and our support vehicles will not be on-hand to support you around the additional route.

Saturday 19th May – the route is 50 miles. If you wish to cycle any further than this, you do so at your own risk and our support vehicles will not be on-hand to support you around the additional route.

Sunday 20th May – just a few miles between the hotel and the ferry port. 

What speed do we need to cycle at?

Riders are encouraged to cycle at their own comfortable pace. The ride is open to all abilities so it’s likely you will find someone riding at your pace. However, if there isn’t, you won’t be alone out on the road, there will be two support vehicles on-hand should riders require any support. Should an emergency arise, one of these vehicles will be despatched to attend.

What sort of bike can I ride?

You will need a road-worthy, well-maintained bike that will get you through the two days cycling. Providing it meets these criteria, then you may ride anything from a road/race bike, hybrid, touring, mountain, tandem, trike or electric bike if you choose.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes, all riders must wear a helmet. Any riders without a helmet will not be able to participate in the event. Lights and a bell are also a legal requirement when cycling in France. 

Will there be food and drink available?

Food and drink is not provided. Therefore, please come prepared with any energy bars or snacks you might need during the ride and £ sterling and Euro’s to purchase meals on the ferry and in France along the cycling route. We recommend carrying at least two water bottles on your bike which can be filled up at the hotels.

What sort of roads do we cycle on?

Roads do vary along the route but predominantly you will be cycling along quiet, undulating roads.

What do I have to carry on my bike?

All the bags are carried in the support vans. All you need to carry with you is route notes, a map, money, passport, your rider info card (provided by us in advance of the event), EHIC card, water, snack/energy bar if required, repair kit, a mobile phone with the support team numbers programmed in.

What do I need to pack?

We recommend you pack minimal cycling clothes for three days, plus something to wear in the evenings. Some people prefer to wash their cycling clothes each day, which saves on packing and means they have fresh clothes each day. Please note there is a strict baggage allowance, so please don’t pack or purchase anything heavy.

Are there any specifications around the size and weight of your luggage?

When you arrive at the ferry terminal all your bags will be loaded onto the van ready to transport to the first hotel when we arrive in France. Therefore, you will need a separate ‘overnight’ bag with anything you will need to have on you for the overnight trip on the ferry and the next morning (including your passport). This will need to fit into your larger bag and each rider’s total luggage must not exceed 12kg.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you will need your own travel insurance and it is recommended you obtain, if you don’t have one already, an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area and Switzerland. Find out more and register for this card.

Don’t forget your passport and keep this in your overnight bag on the outward trip!