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Pied Piper Cycle Tour in Germany, summer 2018

Our next cycle tour will be to Germany, 28 July - 6 August 2017. The tour is most popular with children in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. There are sometimes a few boys from year 11 or older. This page will be updated from time to time as documents are published, so if documents are listed here but don't have links, come back later to see them.

Autumn cycle rides

All boys who are interested in the Cycle Tour and who have not toured with KES before are required to attend one or both of our 15 mile cycle rides in the autumn term. The rides are free of charge but you must meet us at the location of the ride, not at school. Please register for the autumn rides using the gateway. Adults planning to take part should e-mail Mr Boardman at cb@kes.org.uk.

Arrangements for the rides including timing and clothing list
Directions for getting to Shustoke Reservoir
Directions for getting to Highgate Country Park
GPX file of all our autumn and spring routes
Map of the Shustoke ride
Map of the Highgate ride
Map of the short Barnt Green rides
Map of the 30 mile Barnt Green ride

Applying for a pupil place on tour

Please apply online by paying a deposit of £300 via our payments gateway and choosing Optional: Pied Piper Cycle Tour - pupil place. Remember that boys who have not toured with us before MUST attend one of the autumn practice rides. The deadline for online applications is 18 October.

Further information about the tour is in this letter. If you are unable to pay online using the gateway, please hand in a cheque to the black box in reception, in an envelope labelled 'Low Countries Cycle Tour payment'. Include a note in the envelope stating clearly who you are paying for. 

Applying for a place for an adult on tour

Please apply online by paying a deposit of £300 via our payments gateway and choosing Optional: Low Countries Cycle Tour - adult place. Adults who have not toured with us before MUST attend one of the autumn practice rides. The deadline for online applications is 19 October.

Adults should read the 'introduction to cycle touring for adults' which explains what our tours provide for adults, and what we expect in return.

In addition, adults taking part should complete this online application form.

Dates for the 2018 Piper Piper Cycle Tour

TBA Jan – equipment issue (panniers, waterproofs, shirts). We recommend 10 Jan for those new to touring, and 11 Jan for those who have toured before

5 Feb – adult training session. All adults new to touring with KES are asked to attend. Experienced adults are welcome too.

14 Apr – training for boys who plan to cycle independently (UMs and above). Not required if boys have already attended this training session in a previous year. Experienced adults only are invited to help. Details here.

29 Apr – 30 mile practice ride. Compulsory for all (adults or boys) who have not been on a KES cycle tour before. Details here.

25 July – drop bikes at school

28 Jul – fly to Germany

6 Aug – fly back to UK

7 Aug - collect bikes in school, return all equipment

Additional information about the tour

Boys are recommended to get out on their bikes with a friend if the weather is nice. You could do a couple of laps of the 5 mile road within Sutton Park, or you could repeat one of our short practice rides - the maps are available below. If you ride regularly your fitness and confidence on your bike will improve.

Download a map of our practice cycle routes at:

If you have your own GPS unit, click here to download the GPX file of all the practice routes.

Advice on purchasing a bike and suitable local bike shops

Click here if you are interested in borrowing a bike from school

Look at the photo albums from previous cycle tours.

View the videos of the 2012 Cycle Tour of the Low Countries, the 2013 Cycle Tour of Normandy or the 2014 Cycle Tour of Bavaria.

Interactive map of the tour - this will be updated during the year as routes are further developed. Each day there is a 'standard' route along the river Danube which is quite flat on most days and principally on cycle paths. In addition for those wanting a challenge, each day there is a longer route with more hills to climb.

Bike safety check

Information booklet including clothing list

Download the Evernote app for your iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry or Windows Phone and e-mail Mr Boardman to ask for the route notes to be shared with you - then you can read all the notes for the trip on your phone.

Download the GPX file of the tour route, if you plan to bring your own GPS rather than a pre-progammed school GPS unit:

Short user guide for the yellow school phones describing how to use the navigation app, dictionary etc.

Stretches and Exercises you are advised to do for several weeks before the tour

VISA waiver form, required for all boys who are citizens of a country outside the EU (these boys need to bring their own passport also)

Route notes - detailed description of each day's route, plus gradient profiles and maps

How to prepare for and ride successfully a 100 mile day

Daily maps

List of who is each each room in the accommodation

Briefing Meeting. For all boys taking part (a parent must also attend, regardless of whether parents are taking part in the tour itself). This is an essential meeting when information and payment will be collected from you and equipment will be issued. Please make certain you have the date in your diary. Kit issue is from 6pm; the briefing itself is from 7pm. Parents can delay their arrival until 6:30 or 6:45 if their sons are remaining at school.

Information for boys wishing to cycle independently

Adults

Click here to see a two minute video about OruxMaps which is the app on the school phones that lets you see the route and pick alternatives if there are road works.