Copenhagen to Berlin Cycle Tour, summer 2020

This trip has been cancelled due to the pandemic and will be rescheduled when government advice permits.

Our next cycle tour will be to Denmark and Germany. The tour is most popular with children in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 but boys of all ages are welcome. Parents can take part too, but boys are just as welcome with or without parents.

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 email Mr Boardman at:

Arrangements for the rides including timing and clothing list
Directions for getting to Shustoke Reservoir
Directions for getting to Highgate Country Park
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: Copenhagen-Berlin 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 23 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 ‘Copenhagen to Berlin Cycle Tour payment’. Include a note in the envelope stating clearly who you are paying for.

Parents must also register their child via this online form, which provides details of your child’s diet and medical needs together with their passport. You will need a scan or photo of the passport ready to upload.

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: Danube 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. This gives us details of your diet and medical needs together with your passport. You will need a scan or photo of your passport ready to upload.

Finally, adults new to touring with KES need to be vetted by the school. The form to start the vetting process is here.

Dates for the 2020 Copenhagen to Berlin Cycle Tour

13 & 15 Jan – equipment issue (panniers, waterproofs, shirts). We recommend 15 Jan for those new to touring, and 13 Jan for those who have toured before
2 Feb – adult training session. All adults new to touring with KES are asked to attend. Experienced adults are welcome too.
18 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.
26 April – 30 mile practice ride. Compulsory for all (adults or boys) who have not been on a KES cycle tour before. Details here.
27 July – drop bikes at school
29 Jul – fly to Copenhagen
7 Aug – fly back to UK
8 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 five-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

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.

Information pack including dates and clothing list

Bike safety check

Download the Evernote app for your iPhoneAndroid phoneBlackberry 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:

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 in 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


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.

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