Big Heart Bike Ride Costa Rica


24 January - 3 February 2019


Costa Rica

Experience the wonders of Costa Rica on this amazing 9 day challenge to help us beat heart and circulatory diseases.


More event details

The itinerary

When: 24 January - 3 February 2019

Where: Costa Rica


24 January - 3 February 2019


The Big Heart Bike Ride starts in San Jose where we’ll get a good night’s sleep before our cycling adventure begins.

Rise and shine, it's an early start in Limon as we make our way to Finca Pacuarito along the beautiful blue coast of the Caribbean. We’ll pass banana plantations as we cycle amongst the wildlife. The next day begins with the Pacuare River crossing and we stop here to explore the bustling town of Siquirres. We then cross two more rivers and end the night in Guapiles. Over the next few days we cycle through lush tropical vegetation on route to the Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal is the highlight of the trip with stunning views for miles! The cycle ends by riding to the Pacific Ocean where we can reflect and celebrate your success. 

For more information download the full itinerary

If you would like to find out more about our Big Heart Bike Ride Costa Rica, or about any of our other overseas challenges, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 222 5721   

Take on the Big Heart Bike Ride Costa Rica

Minimum sponsorship option


Entry fee

Fundraising goal



24 Jan - 03 Feb 2019



Funds must be raised by 15 Nov 2018 to cover your tour costs

Self-fund payment option 


Entry fee

The balance

Suggested fundraising goal


24 Jan - 03 Feb 2019 £299


Payment paid to the tour operator by 15 Nov 2018



*Please note the balance goes directly to the tour operator for your place on the challenge, this money does not go to the BHF. 100% of money raised will go to the BHF and towards our life saving research

Tel: 0300 222 5721   


Get ready

As well as supporting our life saving work, your sponsor money covers:

  • All flights (including airport and fuel taxes)
  • Foreign overland transport and luggage transfers (starting from and ending at the relevant London airport)
  • Overnight accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to any sites visited on cycling days
  • Tour leader, tour doctor, guides, technical, medical and transport back-up service

Other things to budget for

Some expenses are not included in your challenge costs:

  • Gratuities – the local guides and staff all work extremely hard to ensure a successful trip, so we recommend demonstrating your appreciation through a group tip
  • Personal expenses, such as soft and alcoholic drinks, gifts and international calls
  • Visas & vaccinations where required
  • Travel insurance – suitable for overseas charity challenges, you must have this to be allowed to travel

Tel: 0300 222 5721   


On the day

The Big Heart Bike Ride is suitable for all abilities, a number of people when they sign up have little or no fitness level, however we would recommend that you get a bit of practice in for this challenge. We recommend you train for three - six months prior to taking part dependent on your current fitness. 

On the challenge, we advise you to go at your own pace – it’s not a race and the idea is to enjoy yourself.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to our detailed training guidelines to help you prepare for the challenge. Our cycling zone is also full of top tips.

What you'll need to wear on the challenge

A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-pack hydration system. Apart from that no specialist equipment is required. The Tour Operators will supply you with a list of everything you need before the big day. You will have the choice of 18 or 21 gear bikes and it is suggested you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.

Tel: 0300 222 5721   


How to reach your fundraising goal

Reaching your fundraising goal can be daunting, but don’t panic we’re here to help.

Breaking it down into manageable chunks is a great way to start. To help you we’ve put together a fundraising plan. Visit our fundraising area for even more top tips.

Shout about your challenge

Set up a JustGiving page. Taking on the Big Heart Bike Ride is an epic challenge and one you should be proud of so tell your friends, family and colleagues. Cycling 360km is tough so let them know just how much of a challenge it will be. 

Why set up a JustGiving page?

Setting up a JustGiving page is a great way to kick start your fundraising, and keep your sponsors up-to-date with what you’re doing.

Did you know…

  • People who have a JustGiving page raise 50% more money than those who don’t
  • Every time you share your page you’ll earn £5 on average
  • Every time you update your page you can earn £7 on average.

Make the most out of your page by uploading images, posting updates on how your training is going and sharing British Heart Foundation facts so your supporters know why you’re fundraising us.

Tel: 0300 222 5721   


Other useful information