Final preparations (otherwise known as mad panic) are now underway for our biggest cycling adventure yet, a trip from Montpellier in France to
Brighton. Our bikes have been serviced and paniers
test packed for departure on Friday morning.
The route looks brilliant. There are hardly any hills and my guess is that 80 per cent of it will be traffic free. From Montpellier we head west along the coast to Sete
and from there head along the Canal du Midi tow path to Toulouse. From Toulouse we follow the Canal du Garonne up to Bordeaux and then the Eurovelo Atlantic route up to La Rochelle. From La Rochelle to Ouistreham we follow the new long distance cycle trail the La Vélo Francette before catching the ferry back to Portsmouth. From Portsmouth it's about 50 miles back to Brighton.
|Travelling light on the Genesis Croix de Fer 2015|
We have a 'window' of 22 days to complete the trip and have broken the French part of the journey into 19 stages averaging around 75kms. We are not booking accommodation ahead but
have identified places where we could stop.
|Croix de Fer at rest on the Loire 2015|
This is my third French cycling adventure and Christine's second but
this is the most ambitious. Not only is it the longest but
it's also the first time we have attempted to transport our bikes by plane and if it works it opens things up for future trips. Descriptions of our previous efforts can be found here
|Christine looking the wrong way|
It is slightly strange to be heading off at the same time as my daughter Hannah is herself on a huge cycling adventure. Hannah is currently cycling back from Catania in Sicily to London. She should be in Rome by the time we set off but as already discovered that, compared to France, southern Italy at least is not cycling friendly. I'm hoping she is past the worst but if you would like to know how her adventure compares to mine, than
please follow her blog at the following link
We will be blogging every day from Friday onwards so please have a look if you want to see what happens.
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We always use the rule of thirds in long ride. Divide the ride into three more or less equal distances. Go easy in first, feel the muscles working in second, whats left in third.. Thanks.ReplyDelete