Three wheels. Open sides. One epic ride.
Our UK Tuk-Tuk Challenge does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s in the UK. It’s challenging (somewhat). And you drive rickshaws. A great big UK adventure is pretty much guaranteed. But really, there’s so much more in the tin than that: there’s castles, cattle grids and sheep, plenty of sheep. If that sounds like your particular cup of tea, read on.
This page is designed to give you a bit more info about what to expect during your UK Tuk-Tuk adventure. To kick it off: accommodation. Getting dirty when you have a nice bed to look forward to is fun; getting dirty when all you have to look forward to is more dirt is no fun at all. That’s why we like to look after you after a hard day on the open road: We’re not going all downton abbey on you but it will be very clean and have very comfortable pillows. Step aside Lenny Henry, we’re coming for you. Premier Inn it is all the way (maybe). What say you? We’ll also chuck in a world famous English breakfast each day for good measure. Oh, and did someone say country pub? We will end this all with a banquet fit for the queen in quaint English pub.
Ah, the humble Indian rickshaw, or “Auto” as they’re sometimes known as, is the original tin can on wheels. These are standard issue, Indian-made, british modified (off course we’ve gone and added seatbelts) rickshaws. And they’re freak’n awesome!
They’ve got three wheels (don’t ask us why), an open frame, a canvas roof with drop down sides, a cabin for the driver and two seats in the back. Oh, and an engine: a 4-stroke beast that is probably slightly more powerful than a horse.
Rickshaws have a few advantages: they’re durable, easy to use and very forgiving. They’ll happily handle almost any surface, climate or level of abuse. Their cruising speed is a tasty 35kph (22mph). Their cruising altitude is about one foot.
Warning: Rickshaws can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.
- Engine: 4 stroke engine – 205 cc
- Petrol tank: 6 litre normal capacity plus 1 litre of reserve
- Average petrol consumption: 1 litre approx 20 to 25 Km’s
- Top speed: About 40mph (down hill)
*ALL TUK-TUK’s WELCOME: While this is written with a focus on the classic Bajaj, ALL tuk-tuk’s are off course welcome. So if you have a classic Piaggio Ape or even the zippy Thai tuk-tuk’s the more the merrier!
How does it work?
For a comprehensive answer, go and Google ‘internal combustion engine’. But here are the side notes.
- The accelerator is found on the right.
- The clutch and gears are located on the left.
- The main break is actioned by your right foot.
It’s worth remembering that the UK Tuk-Tuk Challenge is just that – a challenge. This not a race. Also, it’s not like Cake’s seminal 90s hit The Distance. Speed should not be your priority. If anything should be, it’s probably fun.
Legs and Challenges
The Challenge is broken up into various driving legs. Each team gets a road map and a daily navigational sheet, which they’ll use to get from A to B each day. The winning team isn’t the team that finishes first, it’s the one that accumulates the most Challenge points. How do you get points? By nailing various challenges, we set you along the way.
That means that racing is not encouraged. In fact it’s actively discouraged. There’s no need to set a new UK ground-speed record (very difficult to do on a 200cc Rickshaw, but still…) We’ll provide mechanical support when you need it, but essentially you’re simply driving your own rickshaw and driving it independently each day. By yourself. Han solo.
How many people per team?
A team is made up of either 1, 2 or 3 people. Apparently there is no ‘I’ in it. One Rickshaw per team. One room per team if you’re paying for accommodation.
Can I book my own accommodation?
Yes you can. Reach out to us on email@example.com to discuss your options. If you choose not to book accommodation the entry fee will be £200. This will cover a donation to our partner charity and only costs to run the event.
If I enter solo will the entry fee be reduced to reflect this?
Yes, the entry fee for a solo team in 2020 will be £450.
When will the final Hotels be announced?
We are still waiting for a few confirmations but this is taking slightly longer due to COVID-19. We Anticipate to have all hotels confirmed no less than 1 month prior to the event.
I want to join but I wont be able to spend the last night with the group as I need to get back. Is that possible?
Yes, please just let us know once you have registered and we will amend the final invoice for you. the price without the last hotel is £500 instead of £650 in 2020.
COVID-19 and how this might affect the event?
We are very aware that we are living in unprecedented times right now. Dare we say, a whole new world. We will of course be taking all the necessary precautions in regards to social distancing and a full risk assessment will be completed inline with up to date and current COVID-19 guidelines from England and Wales before the start of the challenge. For up to date information please visit the government website.
Can I hire a tuk-tuk to use for this event?
Yes, our friends over at Tuk-Tuk UK can arrange this for you. Just let us know and we will provide you with a quote.
Can you help with transporting my tuk-tuk to the start and from the finish?
Yes, we have arranged this service with a lovely man called Steve to do this for you in the week prior and week after the event for a very reasonable fee. Reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a quote. Guideline prices for 2020 below:
- 0-100 mile radius: £175.00 return
- 100-150 mile radius £190.00 return
- 150-200 mile radius £210.00 return
- 200-300 mile radius £260.00 return
- 300+: contact us.
Will there be security provided at the start and finish Hotels should I choose to send my tuk-tuk before the event?
Can I join only part of the route?
Yes, we just ask that if you do you make a small contribution of £50 per day to cover the mechanical support. Anything left over we will donate to the partner charity.
How about luggage?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to strap suitcases to the roof of your tuk-tuk. We’ve got a luggage truck that will follow us around. Each morning you’ll load it up with your heavy bags, and each night we’ll hand it back at our hotel. Job done. Simples.
How about Rickshaw maintenance and repairs?
We will have a team of mechanics following (in the loosest possible definition) our route. We encourage you to fix your own breakdowns but we will only be a phone call away should you need our help.
Spares need to be paid for by you.
Challenges, what are they all about?
In true Large Minority fashion we will be adding in a few ‘challenges’ along the way. These are all optional and no teams are obliged to participate in them. There will be daily prizes (maybe a free beer). Challenges are usually a combination of photographic, video, physical (not very), cultural, social and language based themes. Think Race Across the World meets Amazing Race and then take out all the annoying video cameras and scripts. There you have it, all in the name of good old fashioned fun.
Can my team entry be sponsored?
Definitely! We love to see teams going the extra mile to raise money for charity. If you need more info on this, just let us know.
How do I register?
Easy peasy. Here’s how:
- Sign up here.
- Pay your initial deposit.
Once you’ve done all that successfully, we’ll send you an email with lots of exclamation marks confirming your team’s availability.
When do registrations close?
14 days before the Challenge.
Will we be travelling in convoy each day?
That´s up to you. There will be no fixed route but only a suggested one, you’re as free as our macaw.
Will teams be meeting up for lunch each day?
A fine local pub will be suggested by us each day but stopping and lunching will be completely optional.
Can the route change?
We try to stick to the original route and accommodation as much as possible, but they can be subject to change from time to time, especially with the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
Payment Method & Terms:
- Only £399 deposit required to signup.
- Outstanding amount is required 14 days before the start of Challenge.
- fully refundable deposit up until 14 days before the adventure.
- 14-7 days to start of the Challenge – Loss of deposit.
- 7 days out – 100% cancellation charges apply.
- Should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19* a full re-fund will be provided.
*Please note we will be as flexible as possible on this. Please reach out to use directly at any time if you have any questions or concerns about payments and the handling of funds.
For more information please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.