2012 THOUGHTSAfter the success of London to Paris thehunger to challenge again is back and so, itwould appear logical to continue to utilisethe equipments (bike) and push ourselvesharder and for longer to reach a new goal• Suggestions include key European citiescycling from London to: Milan / Barcelona/Amsterdam/ Madrid/ Munich /Rome/Berlinand also the big british challenge ‘JohnoGroats to Lands End’
JOHN OGROATS TO LANDS END? With a desire to complete a challenge that rewards all participants both physically and mentally, I personally dont feel that John oGroats to Lands End’ will deliver the same desires and wants to ‘push’ through trainings compared to a key European city. alternative.
2012 - LONDON 2 BARCELONA London to Barcelona research...
CLASSIC ROUTEChallenge Type: RoadCycling - 850 MILESDestination: UK-France-Spain, EuropeBest Time: May, June, July,August, SeptemberGrade: Very Challenging 848 miles
TRIP DESCRIPTIONChallenge Type: Road Cycling - 850 MILES Destination: UK-France-Spain, Europe Best Time: May, June, July, August, September Grade:Very ChallengingThe London to Barcelona Bike Ride is 12 days of cycling through some of France’s ﬁnest cycling areas and ending up in the party city of Barcelona in Spain. Each day is anadventure where we travel through wonderful scenery and arrive in villages and towns with centuries of history. Along the way we stay in a combination of internationalhotel chains and small independent hotels, having buffet lunches of local produce and various local specialities in the evenings.Day 1 – London to Ouistreham - Starting at clapham junction - 8:00 am london, we have a half a days days cycling over 90kms and 400m ascent before we catch the14:30 ferry to Ouistreham/Caen. This gives us the time to have a send off and brieﬁng, sort out any problems we may have with our bikes and get to know our ridingcompanions. On arrival in France we stay overnight in a local hotel and prepare for the next 10 consecutive days of riding.Day 2 – Ouistreham to Alençon - We head off on our ﬁrst full day of cycling to cover 120kms with 945m of ascent, ending up in Alençon, occupied by the Britishseveral hundred years ago and occupied by the Germans in WWII.Day 3 – Alençon to Tours - Today we rise to the challenge of a serious distance to be accomplished. Not only do we have to cycle 150kms, but it is undulating all theway and so takes us up and down 660m ascent. In the evening we arrive in the prestigious town of Tours which is famous for the wines grown under the Touraine name, forbeing the ﬁnishing point of the Paris to Tours cycle race and for its 15th century Gothic cathedral.Day 4 – Tours to Montmorillon - Setting off from the heart of rural France, now we are used to the demands of full days in the saddle, we eat up the 134kms andthe 725m ascent and are struck by the quiet and the expanse of agriculture and countryside that makes up so much of this region. When we arrive in Montmorillon it is tobe met with the gentle and sophisticated nature of a town that has considered itself the book capital of France for the last 150 years.Day 5 – Montmorillon to Pompadour - Today we know we have really hit the hills! The distance may only be 145kms but suddenly the elevation is now 1890m. Asour weary legs push us into the village of Pompadour we are aware of the previous wealth of the area in the famous Chateau de Pompadour (of the family of that name)and the current wealth seen in the Anglo Arab stud farms.Day 6– Pompadour to Villefranche - We have respite on the elevation, if not on the distance, with another 150kms day over 1185m. As we near the end of the daywe can make out the excellent defensive position of St Cirque Lapopie, perched on a steep cliff 100m above the river. This has helped make the town one of the mostpopular tourist destinations in the département, with the entire town almost a museum in itself. As such it became a popular Mecca for Post-Impressionist artists.
TRIP DESCRIPTIONDay 7 – Villefranche to Albi - We ﬁnally have a relatively easy day with just 100kms over 1040m ascent. As we arrive early at our destination, we have time to catchup on sleep, washing, etc. Or we can visit the Sainte Cécile cathedral, claimed to be the worlds largest brick construction; the Palais de la Berbie (formerly the BishopsPalace of Albi, and now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum), which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in France; and the Old Bridge (Pont Vieux) which is still in usetoday after almost a millennium of existence.Day 8 – Albi to Carcassonne - Today we get the distinct feeling we have left central France behind us and are heading south towards the foothills of the Pyrenees.After 108kms and 1200m ascent we enter the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of the town of Carcassonne with its upper city of double ramparts supporting 53towers.Day 9 – Carcassonne to Perpignan - We are on the fringes of Spain at le Boulou, a spa town just outside Perpignan. Again we have 145kms to cycle and 1200m.Tonight is our last night in France as tomorrow we cross the mighty Pyrenees into Spain.Day 10 – Perpignan to Ripoll - We have just 95kms to do but half of it is uphill, 1455m of ascent, as we scale the Pyrenees and charge down the other side intoSpain, the province of Gerona and to the village of Ripoll.Day 11 – Ripoll to Barcelona - The ﬁnal day of cycling and we are heading for home! Although Ripoll is at 600m above sea level and Barcelona is on the coast, thereare still 115kms and 1475 of elevation to be cycled, this time on busier, less well maintained roads. We ﬁnish our 12 day exodus in style with a champagne reception on LasRamblas. Once we’ve safely packed up all the bikes, the night is young and we are off to our celebratory dinner and to explore the nightlife of Barcelona.Day 12A well deserved day off from cycling to enjoy the sights and sounds of Barcelona before ﬂying back to the UK.Your bikes will be transported back in the Tall Stories luggagetruck.
ROUTEStarting the 850 milesadventure in London we’llhead south in to northerFrance via Paris beforeventuring through Toulouseand Andorra before arrivingin Barcelona.see route suggestion:http://goo.gl/NWjg2
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