There are several possible CCE programs in 2017 – 2018:
Eastern Cuba 2017 (Currently Full. Apply to get on waiting list.)
Date 12/8/2017 – 12/16/2017. Number of guest participants – 12. Spanish is a plus. Bamboo rental bikes will be available. Apply here.
Approximate cost per participant: $600
Some of the daily rides are paved and some are dirt. The terrain is not very hilly. Mountain bikes are ideal, especially if there’s mud. It can rain but usually not for long and people are accustomed to providing shelter to travellers to wait out a downpour. The bamboo rental bikes are non-suspended and run 27.5″ x 2.5″ tires that are perfect for the terrain. Local riders get by with much less. Our guide Roberto is a strong rider and speaks very good English. He is a professional guide and understands the CCE experience. He has a few friends to invite along on some of the days around Holguin. Ana is our hostess at Luz del Norte in Gibara and she may ride with us a couple of days along with cycling friends from Gibara. Ana speaks English, German and some Italian.
Day by day schedule:
|1||Arrive Holguin Airport. Taxi or bike ride to Gibara||50||Holguin or Gibara, depending on arrival time||Arrivals and Bike fitting. Local rides around town. Program discussion.||Luz del Norte|
|2||Ride to Caletones beach town||46||Caletones restaurants||Excursion to Taugues and blue cenotes, return to Gibara.||Luz del Norte|
|3||Ride to Cesar’s shop||35||Cesar’s bamboo bike shop visit||Country ride on small roads back to Gibara, Cave tour.||Luz del Norte|
|5||Excursion to Yabazon. Swimming in “Poso del Loro”||50||Picnic lunch or restaurant nearby||Ride small roads back to Gibara,||Luz del Norte|
|6||Boat across bay, ride to Guardalavaca||50||Along the route||Visit sites along the way (Park Bariay)||Casa in Guardalavaca|
|7||Ride to Puerto Sama||20||Along the route||Snorkeling, Dolphin center||Casa in Guardalavaca|
|8||Ride to Holguin||57||Along the route||Night life in Holguin with live music||Casa in Holguin|
|9||Holguin city tour, craft shopping in La Marqueta market square||15||Holguin||Depart or bike up to viewpoint, Bring bikes back to Gibara||Casa in Holguin or Gibara|
Cuban Program Application Form: http://www.strawberryfields.org/?page_id=2300
California Spring Program 2018.
Start and finish: Santa Cruz, California
Approximate cost per participant: NO COST. Participants will be required to do volunteer work for Strawberry Fields Forever Bike Ride, a fundraiser for our exchange programs. 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 may be home stays during the first 3 nights.
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. The lodging during the ride portion of the program will all be indoors. A tent camp will be left set up in Aptos for some of the pre, mid and return days for our guests while they are in the Santa Cruz area.
Italy 2018. Suggested dates: September 24 – October 5, 2018.
Suggested Route: Venice to Pisa
Day 1 Lido-Venice
Day 2 Venice-Po Delta River Distance: 74 km (46 miles)
Day 3 Po Delta River-Ferrara Distance: 76 km (47 miles)
Day 4 Ferrara-Ravenna Distance: 95 km (28 miles)
Day 5 Ravenna-Faenza Distance: 45 km (28 miles)
Day 6 Faenza-Borgo san Lorenzo 15 – 64 km (9 – 40 miles)
Day 7 Borgo San Lorenzo -Firenze 41 km (25 miles)
Day 8 Day off in Florence
Day 9 Florence -Vinci (leonardo’s birth place) 45 km (28miles)
Day10 Vinci-Lucca Distance: 61 km (35 miles)
Day 11 Lucca -Pisa + the beach 55 km (34 miles)
Day 12 ciao after breakfast
Australia 2018 – Please stay tuned for details.