Tour Le Tour
Life Should be an Adventure
OK, let's get straight to the good stuff! I'm going to race in the
PEdAL ED Transcontinental, a race across Europe. It starts in Belgium,
ends in Greece 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 3,800km, around
60km of vertical ascent, and last year the winner took 8 days. It is
going to be beautiful! So why not read all about it at the Transcontinental Blog? Don't forget to subscribe while you are there...
I hope you like the background. The photo is of one of the more spectacular
sunrises I was lucky enough to see in Italy in 2013. That's right, a
sunrise. Get it? The symbolism here is pretty blunt, people. It's the
dawn of a
new adventure! This one
is going to be a little different, in a big way. I like challenges, and
I have done a lot of things that other people see as being so far from
their reach that, if not actually impossible, they are at least the
greatest of adventures. For many of those things though I disagree. I’m
talking here about things like an iron-distance triathlon, or a long
hard multistage bike race. To me these things certainly count as
challenges, and they are great fun and I love them (in that sick,
twisted way that endurance athletes tend to love/hate their races) but
I don’t see them as adventures.
If I pay an entry fee and someone gives me a number to pin on, it tends
to shift things from adventure to race, in my mind. Adventures tend to
be more like getting on my bike and riding the Tour de France with no
official organisation, or heading to a brand new country and figuring
out how to survive there. Basically an adventure doesn’t need to be
competition, and usually isn’t. There is some cross-over, things like
adventure racing are obviously candidates for both categories, and the
very first Tour de Timor was pretty much both, but for the most part
something is either an adventure OR a race. But this one is different.
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
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, 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 was
somewhere around three and a half thousand kilometres and the
checkpoints were positioned so that you had to go through some bumpy
bits. Did I mention the party at the end?
I can’t wait. But I have to. The race will start on July
28th, 2017. I’ve managed to get an entry, now I just need to do
everything else to get ready!
Meanwhile, the rest of my site is now pretty out of date, sorry
that. I haven't posted much, but there will be more coming over the
next year. In the
mean time if you are looking to pass some time then please
imagine that it is 2013,
then the rest of this site will all seem current!
If you look below you can find links to a few older blogs that I have kept. The
most recent one is the
which followed my ride
route of the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
The blog had
daily updates on the adventure with impressions, pictures and
even the odd video, although having all of my charging cables stolen on
day one limited that a bit. On top of that, there were links here that
let you track
my progress as I rode. Each day you could see exactly where I
ridden and, when the technology worked, where I was in real time, and
could even have a look at how my
riding that day has been. You'll be able to see that for the Transcontinental too, but with a more reliable system!
I moved the site to a new host a while ago and simply haven't had time
polish it. This means that some areas look more than a little rough,
and a few of
the links may not work, sorry.
If you want to read more, I also rode the Tour de France
in 2009 and the Vuelta Ciclista a Espana in 2012, plus a few other
little adventures. Unfortunately most of the older
has not quite made it here yet. I am still hoping to bring it
over but time is running short before I leave for the Giro, and
in the mean time you can still see the old version of the site
There are also links direct to the blogs for the Tour de
France and the Vuelta under the appropriate images.