Cyclists for Cultural Exchange has the following updates on programs in 2016:
California May 14 – May 28, 2016.
Applications for this program will be available on our website only for one month, from January 1, 2016 till February 1, 2016..
Dates: May 14 – May 28, 2016
Total number of participants: 24
Accommodations: hostels, homestays, camping
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. This is a way to pay back for this FREE of CHARGE program.
Transportation: There will be a support vehicle to carry some group equipment, personal gear and food.
Bicycles: Participants have a choice to bring their own bike or to borrow it from CCE.
Food: Participants should be prepared to participate in cooking meals for the group while on route.
Description. The Spring CCE California Program will take place in May. Guests will arrive on Friday May 13th and depart on Saturday May 28th. 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. We will also have some time for fun and getting to know one another.
Our bicycle adventure will take us on two loops – one to San Francisco and one to Monterey. We will ride up to San Francisco on an inland route through the mountains and spend one night at the lovely Hidden Villa Hostel in Los Altos. Then we will ride up the Bay to San Francisco where we will spend 3 nights at the Native Daughters of the Golden West facility. The first day will include an optional bike tour of the highlights of San Francisco, or you may choose your own plan in the city. The second day will be a free day in San Francisco to go wherever you want or an optional bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon with a ferry ride back to SF for anyone who wants to participate. The next day we will ride down the coast and stay at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel. We will continue our ride down the coast the next day and arrive in Aptos where we will spend the night.
After that we ride to Monterey where we will spend 3 nights in cabins near the center of town. The first day we will ride along the famous 17 Mile Dr. and stop at Pebble Beach Golf Course. We will continue on to Point Lobos State Park for a picnic lunch and return to our cabins. The second day is a free day in Monterey which can include the Aquarium, the wharf, Cannery Row, the historical plaza and shopping or take an optional bike ride. We return to Aptos the following day. The final Friday is a free day in Santa Cruz to explore and a Farewell Dinner.
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.
Day by day schedule:
Friday, May 13. Arrival at San Francisco International Airport.
Saturday, May 14. Volunteer work for SFF, bicycle fit, program presentation.
Sunday, May 15. Volunteer work at the event.
Monday, May 16. Clean up, a local ride to Gizdich Ranch.
Tuesday, May 17. Bicycle tour begins. From Rio Del Mar to Los Altos. Distance: approximately 45 miles.
Wednesday, May 18. Los Altos to San Francisco. Distance: 50 miles.
Thursday, May 19. City Tour by bike.
Friday, May 20. Local ride to Tiburon. Accommodations: hostel.
Saturday, May 21. San Francisco – Pigeon Point. Distance: 55 miles. Accommodations: hostel.
Sunday, May 22. Pigeon Point – Santa Cruz. Distance: 40 miles.
Monday, May 23. Santa Cruz – Monterey. Distance: 50 miles.
Tuesday, May 24. Monterey – Carmel. Distance: 25 miles.
Wednesday, May 25. Free day.
Thursday, May 26. Monterey – Santa Cruz. Distance: 50 miles.
Friday, May 27. Free day. Farewell dinner.
Saturday, May 28. Departure.
June 15 – June 30, 2016
Applications for this program will be available on our website for one month only, from January 1, 2016 till February 1, 2016. Here is its brief description:
Approximate dates: June 15 – June 30, 2016
Total number of participants: 30 (20 – guests, 10 Polish)
Accommodations: School hostels, homestays
Average daily distances by bike: 80 km;
Start: Warsaw, Poland
Finish: Gdansk, Poland
Transportation: train, boats, bicycle. There will be a support vehicle to carry group gear and personal items;
Approximate cost per participant; 750 $ or less (does not include bike rentals).
From Ruciane-Nida to Gdansk ( very nice Mazurian Lakes Region, Zulawy and Pomerania) we will see very important and interesting places as:
Places to see: Wolf’s Lair – Adolf Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II;
Ryn – a castle of the Teutonic Knights (erected ca. 1337)
Frombork- In the early 16th century it was the residence of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who used it as a site for several of his observations,
Malbork with The Castle of the Teutonic is it the largest castle in the world by surface area. It was built in Marienburg, Prussia (now Malbork) by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress.
Gdańsk- is the historical capital of Gdańsk Pomerania. The city was close to the former late medieval boundary between West Slavic and Germanic seized lands and it has a complex political history with periods of Polish rule, periods of German rule, and extensive self-rule, with two spells as a free city. The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa, played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe.
In addition to bicycling, other activities are planned:
a kayak trip on Krutynia river, a trip by boat on Elblaski Chanel and another one by ship to Hel on Helski Peninsula.
Transportation; to Ruciane- Nida by train from Warsaw finish at Gdansk
Please stay tuned for more information on CCE programs in Austria and Italy 2016.