"So if you want a cycling holiday, empty roads, little bit extra, visit Bulgaria!"
Do you want to ride somewhere new and exciting? Are searching for challenging experiences? Then let me show you Bulgaria.
Ride along the East Coast, in the Stara Planina Mountains and the Burgas Valley, all with outstanding views. Experience local sites and take in the beauty of this country. You won’t be disappointed.
YOU CHOOSE! BOOK YOU WEEK TO SUIT YOU.
The week includes five organised rides, the third being a small hill TT ride with the afternoon spent visiting (for a small fee) the three local sites of Old Nessebar, St. Vlas Marina and the Bulgarian Motorcycle Museum. (The Museum has an optional entrance fee of 20 levs).
The rides will get more arduous as the week progresses, with some challenging surfaces which are sometimes very rugged (Please see below for tyre specifications etc). All rides will be at a brisk but steady club pace (between 15-20 mph avg), with a few Strava segments thrown in for the more competitive amongst you.
We also offer an opportunity to travel outside the Burgas Valley, returning by bike. This is optional and does incur transport expenses.
A FEW SPECIFICATIONS...
As stated in the itinerary, there will be some rugged surfaces on some of the rides. Therefore, please do not bring carbon wheels or tubular tyres. All season tyres are really a must.
Helmets are an absolute necessity for safety and insurance purposes.
INSURANCE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE. Please ensure you have holiday insurance that covers cycling on arrival. No insurance on arrival, no cycling.
You will need to bring your own nutrition for rides.
Fresh mountain spring water is available on all the rides, whereas gels etc are not.
Please bring with you a Garmin or other GPS device if you have one, especially those wanting to partake in the Strava segments of the rides.
We have mechanical back-up on call should it be needed. Small fees for spares/replacements may be incurred, but they will be very reasonable.
Looking forward to your company on the road, Charlie
gbgb CYCLE BULGARIA in association with cycling club Nessebur.
THE VILLAGE OF RAVDA
Ravda is a charming holiday village around fifteen minutes from the more well-known resorts of Nesebar and Sunny Beach, and around twenty minutes from Burgas Airport. The village is made up of a main street filled with restaurants and shops, with a very nice beach two minutes walk from the centre.
Although the holiday season for the village itself will be coming to a close towards the end of September, there will still be a range of restaurants that remain open throughout the warm autumn months. A meal for two and a bottle of wine will set you back around £15, which I'm sure you'll agree is very reasonable!
Location: Holiday Complex, Ravda.
The self-catering accommodation comprises of a one- bedroom apartment with a sofa-bed in the living room (meaning it sleeps a maximum of four people). The apartments are cleaned daily, and the linen will be changed mid-week. A laundry service is also available.
A receptionist is on duty every day, and the complex has 24/7 security. So, whether you choose to keep your bikes in your apartment or in the designated area, they will be completely safe.
I will be on hand on your arrival to help you settle in and deal with any requests you might have.
All payments are in cash (pound sterling) on arrival. Exchange rates in the UK are vastly different to Bulgaria. You only need to change £50.00 in the UK to get trough the first couple of days. You will get far more bulgarian lev exchanging over here.
Holiday pricing includes airport transfers, 5 guided rides and accommodation. NO hidden extras.
Low season 01 May to 09 June, 16 September to 01 Octomber.
1 person £ 400.00
2 people shearing £ 560.00 (£ 280 pp)
3 people shearing £ 690.00 (£ 230 pp)
Mid season 10 June to 06 July, 26 August to 15 September
1 person £ 500.00
2 people shearing £ 650.00 (£ 325 pp)
3 people shearing £ 780.00 (£ 260 pp)
High season 07 July to 25 August
1 person £ 520.00
2 people shearing £ 750.00 (£ 375 pp)
3 people shearing £ 975.00 (£ 325 pp)
Please note high season temperatures can reach 45C°. Rides are shortend accordingly.
Holidays run from April 1st to September 30th.
We can only accommodate 10 riders per week, therefore it is imperative that you contact me before you make any other arrangements. Please, please do not book a flight and simply arrive hoping to ride with us. If might not be possible.
FOR CONTACT DETAILS, SEE BELOW.
Upon first contact I will send you payment details (account number etc). You will then have one month to pay a non-refundable deposit (This is deductable from your holiday price) of £80 per person to guarantee your places for the week. I will send you a confirmation email once I have received the deposit. You may then feel free to book your flights!
FLIGHTS - YOU CHOOSE YOUR FLIGHTS AND WE WILL CATER YOUR HOLIDAY TO THOSE DATES.
The only flight operator travelling out of season to Burgas Airport are Wizz Air, leaving from London Luton Airport.
Wizz offer 32kg weight restriction on suitcases and charge around £50 return for sporting goods (bike bag). Your bike luggage must not be more than 25kg. For more flight information (and to book flights) click this link: https://wizzair.com/en-GB/FlightSearch
Other flight companies operate to Burgas airport during summer months.
Having 'found' Charlie online I was initially dubious about booking rides/hiring bikes etc. with a stranger online. What a gem he turned out to be! Highly knowledgeable about both road riding and the area he now calls home with his lovely wife, Jacky. On our first ride he judged both my experience level and which local (and not so local!) roads to safely ride, knowing all the potholes like the back of his hand and safely negotiating us around mean dogs! The weather was forecast to be thundery and his extensive knowledge of the area kept us away from threatening rain, faultless. Charlie also hired me a Ribble bike, which fitted great. On our second ride we ventured further inland and tackled a 'hill' or two, again this was paced exactly to my requirements and he seemed to intuitively know when l was tiring and knew all the cafes/fresh water fountains to replenish bidons. I'll definitely be back.
I have just spent the week kickstarting my cycle training for a triathlon in the summer. My guide for the week was Charlie Valentine who is the most kind, thoughtful man and whose knowledge of the routes and terrain around Ravda are second to none. I came with a training schedule which he duly embraced and came up with a suitable ride each day. He coached me in new skills and generally improved my riding which gave me heaps more confidence. So if you want a cycling holiday with stunning scenery, empty roads and just that little bit extra, come to visit Bulgaria and experience this wonderful country for yourself!
I want to thank Charlie for a wonderful ride we did together! He's a great partner, a very good rider and an experienced mentor. I really enjoyed the roads he picked for our trip, the scenery and a conversation along the way. Charlie gave me some precious advices that helped a lot! Highly recommend!
Great way to view Bulgaria! We enjoyed being part of the group. Charlie is a fab guide, giving clear and safe instructions throughout the ride. My partner also booked for an intensive ride which he really enjoyed. We will definitely be booking each time we visit Bulgaria! Thanks Charlie!
It was great to meet up with Chaz and have him guid me through a lot of great rides. I was in Sunny Beach for 2weeks and covered over 500 miles which I would have not been able to do with out Chazes local knowledge. Buiteful roads and ceanary and some really challenging climbs. Local knowledge of all the natural springs make sure you are never dehydrated.. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Having met Charlie in July this year, I was inspired to get on the cycling scene and I purchased a Cyclocross Cannondale based on his expertise. I began commuting to work and doing a couple of 35-50 mile events. As a property owner and regular visitor to Bulgaria, and after seeing Charlie's Strava updates, I was keen to join him on one of his trips. During my recent vacation in October I met with Charlie and he supplied, and did all the necessary adjustments to a perfectly framed bike for my size - a 'Boardman Racer.' On the ride what I enjoyed the most was being able to go at my own pace whilst feeling confident with the advice and guidance given. My only regret has been not having enough time in Bulgaria to experience more of the different routes, however I will most definitely be returning next Summer and I look forward to joining Charlie again. Finally I would like to add, Charlie provides for all levels of fitness and is very accomodating and flexible. I would recommend this to all, especially to those wishing to see more of what Bulgaria has to offer.
Never done road biking before but thoroughly enjoyed it! Great views, great company and a great guide! We're going to make this a regular part of our yearly holiday to Bulgaria!!
You can make contact with us via any of these means of communication to begin the booking process.
This is our inaugural year, and any feedback (especially whilst you are in Bulgaria with us) would be very much appreciated.
Facebook: GBGB Road Cycling Bulgaria
Tel.: 00359 888826217