Ziggurat | Action Medical Research

Ziggurat – The bike ride for the construction and built environment sector

Ziggurat - the annual adventure for folk from the constructions and built environment sector who share a passion for cycling and may not be averse to doing a bit of networking from the saddle.

With 100 elite spots up for grabs don’t delay if you want to be on the start line for the 2nd annual Ziggurat challenge from London to Brussels via Amsterdam.

Designed and delivered by the highly experienced Action Medical Research cycling team, Ziggurat will ensure you have the chance to network on a cycling challenge that will bring you and your riders, memories for life!

We are looking for partners now. If you want a slice of the action, contact Sarah Stevenson on sarahs@action.org.uk today and be part of this unique industry ride.


Hotel Details in Dieppe:

Hotel de l'Europe,
63 Boulevard de Verdun, 76200
Tel: +33 2 32 90 19 19

DAY 2 20th July 2017 Dieppe - Lisieux

Hotel Details in Lisieux:

Hotel Mercure Lisieux Normandie,
Route de Paris,
177 rue Roger Aini,
14100 Lisieux,
Phone:+33 2 31 61 17 17

DAY 3 21st July 2017 Lisieux - Vernon

Hotel Details in Vernon:

Hotel Mont Vernon,
Route de la Chapelle Réanville,
27950 Saint-Marcel,
Phone:+33 2 32 21 67 77

DAY 4 22nd July 2017 Vernon - Paris

After spending a little time at the Tower we will make our way to the hotel – approx, 20 mins cycle away.

Hotel Details in Paris:

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center
17, boulevard Saint-Jacques,
75014 Paris,
T +33 (0)1 40 78 79 00


The Jersey

women's short sleeve jersey Units:Inch
size site XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Bust 28-30 31-33 34-35 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43
Waist 21-20 23-24 25-26 27-28 29-30 31-32 33-35
Hips 31-32 33-34 35-36 37-38 39-40 41-42 43-45


Men's Short Sleeve Jersey
Size parts 2XS XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest (cm) 85.5 90.5 95.5 100.5 105.5 110.5 115.5 120.5
To Fit chest in inches (inches) 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46

Rider Manual

The rider manual for Ziggurat 2018 will be added here shortly!

Key Information

Date: 12-16 September
Distance: 300 miles
Registration fee: FREE
Fundraising: £1,800
In the saddle: 3.5days

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Ziggurat Partners

Glider Technology

Ride team led by Nick Hutchinson

Ride team led by Bill Brett

Grafton Group PLC

Ride led by Gavin Slark

Ziggurat Supporters

Glider Bim


What's included

  • Expertly signed route
  • Maps and GPX files available
  • Ferry to Harwich to Hook of Holland (Rotterdam)
  • Training support and advice
  • A chunky Ziggurat medal
  • Accommodation - twin- share (single sup's available)
  • Breakfast in hotels
  • Snack and fluid stops
  • Great lunch stops
  • Celebration gala dinner in Brussels
  • Talented bike mechanics
  • Medical staff
  • Support vehicles
  • Baggage transport
  • Return travel on Eurostar

Join our fight for little lives

There are hundreds of thousands of children in the UK whose lives are devastated by disease and disability. It’s too many. Far too many. Research can put a stop to this.

For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.

But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you.


London Olympic Park to Harwich 80 Miles

Day 1

We will be on the road at around 10am (Registration from 9am) and will soon join the quieter country roads of Surrey. Crossing the North Downs, we tackle our first demanding hills as we ride towards the Kent border, then enjoy a fairly flat section before the more undulating roads of Sussex as we head towards the south coast. Our last few miles in England take us on a beautiful rolling road across the South Downs where we ride west towards Newhaven. Taking the ferry to Dieppe, we have dinner on board and on arrival ride to our nearby accommodation. (Dinner on ferry not included)

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Hook of Holland to Harlem via Amsterdam
65 Miles

Day 2

We enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on today’s challenging ride. Leaving Dieppe, initially along the coast, we soon ride inland and south through the beautiful Saâne valley. This is a lovely area that cuts through the low-lying hills; we pass lots of small tranquil villages en route. We skirt the small town of Yerville and cycle southwest, arriving at the banks of the wide River Seine. Crossing 30km short of the river-mouth is an impressive experience as large vessels ply the waters far upriver.

Keeping the sweeping curve of riverbank to our right, we pedal through the Brotonne Forest, a picturesque area of oak and beech trees surrounded by a wide loop of the Seine. Leaving woodland and river behind, we continue southwest until we reach Pont-Audemer, a pretty town of half-timbered buildings and canals lying on the River Risle. From here we continue, still southwest, through small villages and hedged farmland, to our finishing-point, Lisieux.

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Harlem to Breda
80 Miles

Day 3

Leaving Liseux behind us, we head due east through rolling farmland and villages. This is farming countryside, renowned for its production of cheeses, cider and calvados. Continuing east to Brionne, a small town on the River Risle, we cross the river and ride southeast to Neubourg. We stop for lunch, then continue through green forests which provide a real contrast to the first part of our day. Heading through villages north of Evreux, we cross the River Eure and then ride the final leg to Vernon, an historic town on the Seine where we stay for our final night before arriving in Paris.

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Breda to Brussels
70 Miles

Day 4

Our final day’s cycling takes us south on small village roads to Breval; from here we continue predominantly east on a slightly larger road through Septeuil and Crespières, small traditional towns. As we reach the suburbs of Paris we look out for the distinctive landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur standing out on the skyline. Crossing the River Seine for the final time, we reach the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and continue through the Paris streets to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. We check into our hotel and enjoy a great celebration to mark our achievements.

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Glider Technology

Glider Technology is the developer of GliderBIM, the easiest way to manage asset information through design, construction, and operation.

Ride team led by Nick Hutchinson

The largest independent construction and building materials group in the UK with a reputation for building a business based on great relationships.

Ride team led by Bill Brett

Grafton Group PLC

Grafton Group plc is an international distributor of building materials to trade customers who are primarily engaged in residential repair, maintenance and improvement projects and house building.

Ride led by Gavin Slark


There is no entry fee for the Ziggurat but you will need to commit to raising a minimum of £1,800. This amount of £1,800 does include your trip cost
London Olympic Park - Harwich - Harlem (via Amsterdam) - Breda - Brussels
London Olympic Park (details to follow) 
Registration will be open from 07.45hrs on Wednesday 12 September 2018. Riders will set off at between 08:30 and 09.00hrs
There will be riders of mixed abilities and typically we would expect to see speeds ranging from an average of 10mph up to 18/20mph
Your main luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel throughout the duration of the trip. You will be given a luggage tag for your main bag so that it arrives at the correct hotel. We do ask you to carry a small back pack for all those essentials, like a waterproof jacket, a jumper, extra snacks and your passport when riding
Accommodation en route is in 4 star hotels, picked for their proximity to the route. The accommodation will be twin share with washing facilities.
Unfortunately not. If you have family and friends looking to join you at the finish in Brussels you will need to book separate accommodation for them
You will get a briefing every day to let you know what to expect and to give you a rough idea of where you are going to be heading that day. In addition you will receive a map of the entire route to help you navigate your way. The route will also be marked with arrows and several support vehicles and staff from Action Medical Research will monitor the ride. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any additional support vehicles that you may wish to bring along. You will be provided with an emergency telephone number to call if you think you have managed to sneak your way off route!
We will celebrate your achievements with a celebratory Ziggurat dinner. Afterwards you’ll have time to sample the delights of Brussels with new found friends
You will need to hang on to your main luggage. In the past, participants have left their bags at the hotel for the day or in a secure locker at the train station. Either way you will need to bring your entire luggage with you on the Eurostar back to London
The bikes will be transported in trucks back to the UK on Sunday 16 September 2018. These trucks will be leaving early so as to arrive back at St Pancras International Station by the time you get back to London
We are more than happy to take your bike back to the UK for you but we will need to hand your bike to a family member or friend once back in London at St Pancras. Alternatively you can request to have your bike couriered back to your home address for an additional cost. This option is limited and will work on a first come first serve basis
Our tour operator take good care when transporting the bikes back to the UK. If you want to bring additional foam tubing for the main frame and forks or a bike bag then that’s fine with us. However PLEASE DO NOT BRING A BIKE BOX as these take up quite a bit of room on the trucks. Bike bags are acceptable.
We will inform you what Eurostar train you are on in the Event Manual that you will receive in advance. Please note that we are only able to book for participants taking part on the trip. Any additional bookings must be booked by yourself and under a separate name
We will hand you your Eurostar ticket on Saturday 15 September 2018 at your hotel in Brussels
Unfortunately not, unless you are happy to pay for a new ticket. The tickets we have bought have been paid for in advance and are non-transferable or refundable. Please let us know if you are planning on changing your ticket
No. Any additional Eurostar tickets will need to be booked separately and done independently. We will be able to tell you the train that you will be on a little closer to the time
When you arrive in London we will guide you to the bike pick up point. Generally this will be just outside the station itself
Yes, you must wear a cycling helmet to take part in an Action Medical Research bike ride
To secure your place on the Zigguart we need you to have raised and banked a minimum of £1,050 by the 12 June 2018. This amount pays for your transport, accommodation and food throughout your trip. You will need to raise and bank the remainder of your sponsorship, (£750) by the 26 October 2018.


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