CCE exchange programs 2017

Applications for three CCE programs – California, Armenia, and Spain – will open February 15 and continue through March 15, 2017. The program committee will inform all applicants about their acceptance no later than April 15.

Below is brief information about the programs. For more detailed descriptions go to: Additional information will be available as the programs develop. 

California Spring Program 2017 Dates: May 20, 2017 –  June 3, 2017. 

Number of participants: 24.

Approximate cost: NO COST.  Completely funded by Cyclists for Cultural Exchange.

Lodging: home stays, hostels

Start and finish: Santa Cruz, California.

Participants will arrive on Friday May 19th and depart on Saturday June 3d. The first 3 days participants will be in Santa Cruz helping to prepare for, run and clean up after the Strawberry Fields Forever Fundraiser – which is an organized Century ride. This is the volunteer effort that supports our program. There will be home stays during the first 3 nights.

The bicycling route consists of two loops – one to San Francisco and one to Monterey. The mileage for the entire trip will be approximately 350 miles (563 kilometers). All roads will be paved (asphalt). This is not a flat ride. The Santa Cruz Mountains have many hills. The longest day will be 50 miles (80 kilometers) and 3200 feet (975 meters) of elevation gain. 

 ARMENIA 2017.

Dates: June 15, 2017 –  June 26, 2017. 

Number of participants: 30.

Approximate cost: $800.

Lodging: home stays, hostels

Start and finish: Yerevan, Armenia.

Armenia is mountainous country and participants must be ready for some climbs and descents. There will be a support vehicle and also a train from Yerevan to Gyumri and a truck to visit Trchkan waterfall.

Here’s a brief outline of the program:  
Day 1. Arrival
Day 2. Yerevan city tour (bike)
Day 3. Yerevan -> Gyumri (train), + Gyumri city tour (bike)
Day 4. Gyumri -> Shirakamut (bike) 35 km -> Trchkan waterfall (truck) -> Shirakamut (truck) -> Vanadzor (car)
Day 5. Vanadzor -> Dilijan (bike) 40 km
Day 6. Dilijan -> before tunnel entrance (car) -> WishUp shore (bike) 48 km
Day 7. Rest at WishUp shore
Day 8. WishUp shore -> Martuni (bike) 88 km
Day 9. Martuni -> Hermon (car 20 km + bike 40 km)
Day 10. Hermon -> Yerevanyan Hwy (bike) 25 km, Noravanq, Areni wine factory, Khor Virap, Yerevan (car)
Day 11. Yerevan -> Garni, Geghard, Yerevan (bike or car) 80 km
Day 12. Yerevan -> Ejmiatsin, Yerevan (bike) 40 km, + farewell dinner
Day 13. Departure

SPAIN 2017

Dates: July 15, 2017 – July 26, 2017. 

Number of participants: 30.

Approximate cost: 1100 Euros.

Lodging: indoors

Start and finish: Galicia region.

The cost includes:

11 nights of bed and breakfast, shuttle bus for day 1, boat trip for day 2;


Picnic lunches;

Bicycle rental;

SAG support with driver /bicycle mechanic:

English speaking companion guide service on bicycle;

Luggage transfer service between hotels. 

Medical insurance is not provided.

The route lies through the Galicia region in Northwest corner of Spain, north of Portugal, heading north and then west along the coast before turning south, inland and ending in Santiago de Compostela.

Places along the way: A Guarda, Vigo, Pontevedra, Pazo de Fifinans, Ribeira, Muros, Muxia, Laxe, A Coruna, to Guitiriz and finally Santialgo de Compostela.  Initial riding days are less than 35 miles and 2000 feet of climbing, and later days include up to around 50 miles and over 4000 feet of climbing.  There will be SAG support so on the hardest days it will be possible to do less by bike for some fraction of the group.  In addition, a day of rest may be incorporated by using bus for one of the harder day’s route.

Per Google maps: “Galicia, an autonomous community in Spain’s northwest, is a verdant region with an Atlantic coastline. The cathedral of regional capital Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial place of the biblical apostle Saint James the Great, and the destination for those following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. The western cliffs of Cape Finisterre were considered by the Romans to be the end of the known world.”

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