This blog post is all about part the general route we intend to follow across Europe.
After deciding to cycle around Europe, we thought we should sit down and plan the route we will take. We need a route that allows us to see as much of the rich culture and beauty of the continent as we could fit in. We think our plans so far will achieve this.
Due to the epic distance we will cover on Tour of Europe, this blog post will be split up into a few more manageable chunks, if only to put our own minds at rest!
Poole-Cherbourg and Beyond!
Due to living on the south coast of Britain, we decided that we should catch a ferry over to mainland Europe. On the 1st of August 2013, after a short ride to the docks at Poole, we will set sail for Cherbourg, where the Tour will properly begin!
From Cherbourg, we will head south, aiming to loosely follow the coast. We will pass through the cities of Rennes, Nantes and Bordeaux. Heading further south, we will encounter our first massive obstacle – The Pyrenees.
Road cyclists’ heaven, but hell for the legs!
Between southern France and northern Spain we will encounter the Pyrenees mountains. Anyone who has watched a summit finish on the Tour de France will know how brutal some of the ascents can be!
This is where you can have a say.
We intend to ride several of the famous grand tour ascents during our Tour of Europe. To make it more interesting we have decided to let you, our fantastic supporters, choose which ascents we tackle. Look out for a future blog post to cast your (potentially damning) vote!
If we survive the Pyrenees, we will head down into central Spain.
Spain & Gibraltar
The heat is on
If we are still alive following our battle with the Pyrenees, we intend to cycle through Spain to Madrid, then head for Gibraltar. Through this leg of the journey we will need to be well prepared to handle the heat that we will inevitably encounter.
The race is on
One long range target we have is to reach Gibraltar in time for their National Day on the 10th September. This will give us 41 days to travel from Poole to Gibraltar.
Please help us!
We will need all the support we can get to achieve this, so please share this with anyone who may be interested in our tour. Share our Facebook page, tweet about us, even good old fashion word of mouth still works!
Both Matts are working hard to make this journey of a lifetime interesting for all who follow us. Remember, this is just the beginning!