Tour Le Tour

Because Life Should be an Adventure

Life should be an adventure, and I try to make sure that mine is. That tends to mean that I'm terribly busy though, and on most days there are better things to do than update a web page! So yes, this badly needs a refresh, and it will get one... some time between now and July 2019. The priority at the moment though is on training, because in in July 2019 I've got a big goal...

There will be updates and I think they will probably arrive as new chapters or something here, but for now, there is just old stuff. Some of it makes interesting reading though, I hope. Going backwards, the exciting bits are:

A little ride I called Basil (2018) - It may not look like much, but it shows me that I can win the Transcontinental.

The Transcontinental Race No 5 (2017) - Didn't end the way I hoped

The Giro d'Italia (2013) - Well worth completing the set, despite the cold!

The Vuelta a Espana (2012) - My favourite of the Grand Tours!

The Tour de France (2011) - a second go, but unfortunately only a few stages of it this time.

The Tour de Timor (2009) - What a way to see a country - not ideal for writing a blog though sorry!

The Tour de France (2009) - Who knew they would later come up with a name for riding your bike a long way on your own?




As for what's next? My target is the Transcontinental, a race across Europe. For 2019 it starts in Bulgaria (back to Burgas!), ends in Brest, France, and hits four checkpoints along the way. In between those checkpoints you can chose your own route, you just have to do it by bike! Oh, and it is a single stage. So if you want to race all night, you race all night. And they put the checkpoints on the bumpy bits. First one to the finish wins. Somewhere around 3,700km, about 60km of vertical ascent, and last year the winner took 8 days. It is going to be beautiful!

It is a race. It has an organiser. I will pay some money, and I will pin on a number (metaphorically). But it is pretty much the absolute minimum organisation. There is a start line. There is a finish line. There are several points to go through in between, and there is tracking of competitors for safety. There are some people taking pictures in random places, there are a few prizes (one year the winner got a bottle opener), and there is a party at the end. But you’re on your own. You choose your own route, you carry your own gear, you figure out how to get yourself across the borders and past the dogs. You are on your own. With a party at the end. I can’t think of a better race. Oh yeah, and this year the minimum possible distance will be well over three thousand kilometres and the checkpoints are positioned so that you have to go through some bumpy bits. Did I mention the party at the end?

For more details of the race, check out the race page.

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