The Ride

Since originally posting our route on this website, we've altered it considerably, and it no longer quite follows the map above. The reasons for the change are quite simple: we decided that crossing from Poole to Cherbourg made more sense then Portsmouth-LeHavre; we found a more direct if slightly more arduous route across France to the Alps; and, most importantly, we decided that crossing via the Mont Blanc tunnel was missing potentially the finest part of the ride: the assault to the summit of the Mont Cenis alpine pass at a dizzying height of over 2000 metres. Here's the new definitive route:

Latest Position

Day 1

Wed June 11th Topsham-Poole 80 miles/128 km

"Testing first day across the south coast of England"

Day 2

Thur June 12th Poole-Cherbourg (ferry) Cherbourg-Bayeux 56 miles/95 km

"Across the Channel, then a half day's ride down the Cherbourg Peninsula"

Day 3

Fri June 13th Bayeux-Caen-Livarot-St Evroult Notre Dame du Bois (note: Fri the 13th) 81 miles/130 km

"The rolling, green hills of Normandy, source of some of France's greatest cheeses"

Day 4

Sat June 14th St Evroult Notre Dame du Bois-Chartres-Santilly 87 miles/140 km

"Time to visit Chartres' magnificent cathedral? We doubt it."

Day 5

Sun June 15th Santilly-Orleans-Cosne sur Loire 90 miles/145 km

"Along the middle reaches of the Loire River, longest in France."

Day 6

Mon June 16th Cosne sur Loire-Pouilly sur Loire 20 miles/32 km

"Time for an easy half day's ride to one of the great wine towns of France, Sancerre."

Day 7

Tue June 17th Pouilly sur Loire-Nevers-Decize-Digoin 90 miles/145 km

"Crossing the broad Massif Central."

Day 8

Wed June 18th Digoin-Charolles-Macon-Chatillon-Villars les Dombes 81 miles/130 km

"Into, then too quickly out of Burgundy, as we head towards the mountains."

Day 9

Thu June 19th Villars les Dombes-Aix les Bains-Chambery-St Pierre d'Albigny 88 miles/140 km

"A very tough, long ride through beautiful pre-alpine country, the mountains beckoning before us."

Day 10

Fri June 20th St Pierre d'Albigny-Lanslevillard 70 miles/110 km

"To the foot of Mont Cenis in preparation for the assault on the Alps."

Day 11

Sat June 21st Rest Day

"Rest and mental preparations for the big climb ahead of us."

Day 12

Sun June 22nd Lanslevillard-Bussoleno-Avigliana 50 miles/80 km

"To the top of the world, then down, down, down: into Italy!"

Day 13

Mon June 23rd Avigliana-Alba 47 miles/75 km

"To visit our friend winemaker Mario Fontana"

Day 14

Tue June 24th Day in Alba 10 miles/16 km

"Alba, capital of the Barolo, one of the great wine regions of the world"

Day 15

Wed June 25th Alba-Asti-Piacenza 100 miles/160 km

"A long and probably baking hot day in the saddle."

Day 16

Thur June 26th Piacenza-Cremona-Mantova-Isola della Scala 88 miles/140 km

"Across the Po Valley to the rice paddies south of Verona, source of the exceptional Venetian Vialone Nano rice."

Day 17

Fri June 27th Isola della Scala-Montegrotto Terme 65 miles/105 km

"To visit Marc's mother Lori's -- and our -- dear friend Elda in Padova"

Day 18

Sat June 28th Montegrotto Terme-Venice 37.5 miles/60 km

"Reunite with our family and friends who are coming out to meet us and perhaps a glass or two of Prosecco at Florians to celebrate our arrival in Piazza San Marco."

Let's keep on pedalling...

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