What are the dates for the next edition?
This ride is only available for private commission.
How much is the single supplement? (Note, you will only need to pay this if you do not want to share a room with a rider of the same sex.)
What is the terrain like?
Mostly Flat apart from some gently undulating hills on the penultimate day.
Where does the Challenge start?
Close to the Shenzhen Bay border with Hong Kong.
Which flights should I book to get back to HK?
Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines and Vietnam Airlines all operate direct from Hong Kong. There are also direct flights to Guangzhou on China Southern and Vietnam Airlines. Those wanting to save their pennies may consider taking a bus from Hanoi to Nanning and getting a flight from there to Macau, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Hong Kong (book with ctrip.com).
Do I need a Visa for China and Vietnam?
Yes, and these must be obtained in advance. The Vietnamese and Chinese consulates are located in Wanchai and getting the visas is very straightforward. Visa are on arrival does not apply to land borders; visas can take five working days each - do not leave this to the last minute. Some nationalities can now enter Vietnam visa-free. Please check with your local Vietnamese consulate.
How do I get my bike to the Shenzhen Bay border?
There is a ferry to Shekou (perhaps the easiest option) from Macau Ferry Terminal. Bikes can be taken on the MTR (with the front wheel removed) and they can also just about fit into the boot of a HK taxi. Note the MTR does not go up to the border. There are also regular coaches (including CTS-operated ones) from all over Hong Kong to the border. We will meet you at the border and transport you to the nearby hotel (you can also ride your bike there if you like, it is a couple of kilometres!) Riders have in the past also taken cross-border vehicles, at approx HK$800 for max 3 riders.
What are the roads like?
The Chinese roads are largely of a decent quality however there are some places where they fall into disrepair or are under road works, where the quality is low. The route largely follows the main “national” roads, which are large roads in places but not highways. Around the cities there is sometimes heavy traffic traffic (this is particularly the case for the first half of day one, as the route passes Shenzhen) but in the countryside there is thin traffic and there is nearly always a generous hard shoulder so that cyclists can avoid the path of the cars. The roads have distance markers every kilometre which is handy for ensuring that you are on the right road. The roads in Vietnam smaller (one line down the middle) but are of high-quality and are generally pretty quiet.