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


Training Guide

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

Construction Europe



Ziggurat Supporters





Glider Bim

morrisroe group

Straightline Consulting

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

Setting off from the iconic London Velodrome in the Olympic Park the ride quickly winds its way out of London and onto the lanes of Essex. After taking riders past Chelmsford the route follows sections of the national cycle towards Harwich. With short climbs and undulating terrain, the Essex countryside provides an interesting and picturesque first days riding.

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Hook of Holland to Harlem via Amsterdam
65 Miles

Day 2

After departing the ferry in the early hours of the morning the ride winds its way through the sand dunes on the western Dutch coastline along completely traffic free bike paths. After passing through the historic and picturesque city of The Hague the route tracks in land approaching Amsterdam from the south. The ride goes through the heart of Amsterdam before heading to Haarlem and the hotel.

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Harlem to Breda
80 Miles

Day 3

After leaving Haarlem the route tracks east towards Utrecht. Taking in traffic free cycle lanes along canals and through the Dutch countryside the day gives a true flavour of riding in the Netherlands. With hardly any hills it's the flattest day of the trip.

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Breda to Brussels
70 Miles

Day 4

The final day takes riders down from Breda across the Belgian border and into Brussels. On the approach to Brussels the route takes a slight detour to the Eddy Merckx factory for a fascinating visit. The ride finishes in the heart of Belgium in front of the Palais de Bruxelles.

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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
The starting point for Ziggurat is directly outside the Velodrome main entrance at the London Olympic Park 
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 unless you have requested a single room supplement when booking.
  • Night 1 - Ferry
  • Night 2 - Valk Hotel Haarlem, Toekanweg 2, 2035 LC Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Night 3 - Apollo Hotel Breda City Centre, Stationsplein 14, 4811 BB Breda, Netherlands
  • Night 4 - Hilton Brussels City, Place Charles Rogier 20, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels 1210, Belgium
Yes – the cost of a single room supplement is £215. Please indicate on your booking form that you would like to request this or speak to a member of the team on 01403 327444 so this can be arranged for you.
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 be returning on the 11:56 Eurostar train to arrive at London St. Pancras at 12:57. 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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