Tour Le Tour

Because Life Should be an Adventure

If you're looking for the Transcontinental blog, It's over here!

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, about 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 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, 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 somewhere approching four 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?

And suddenly it is all awfully close. The race will start on July 28th, 2017. I’ve got an entry, got a bike, got a whole lot of gear, now I just need to figure out how to fit it all together, get myself to Belgium on time, and start pedalling! Once the race begins you will be able to follow all of the action through the race website, where you can see each rider's progress (through the magic of satellite trackers) and come to this blog for specific updates about me (although they may be short, or possibly written by someone else - I will be racing) and hopefully a few pictures and maybe the odd video!

Meanwhile, the rest of my site is now pretty out of date, sorry about that. In the mean time if you are looking to pass some time then please just 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. I moved the site to a new host a while ago and simply haven't had time to 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 stuff has not quite made it here yet.  I am still hoping to bring it all 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 here.  There are also links direct to the blogs for the Tour de France and the Vuelta under the appropriate images.

The Tour de France 2009 blog

Giro d'Italia Tour Le Tour Logo

Vuelta 2012 blog

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