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You're probably sick of this but....

Postby Flycatcher » Tue Jun 12, 2007 16:41 pm

....I've just got back from Spain and really fancy taking a month out next year to cycle down from Calais to Barcelona and get a ferry to Menorca and meet my family who will fly.

So as a regular commuter of 20 miles per day I should be able to up the anti to 100 miles per day over a week to cover the distance in about 8 days. Short of trawling this forum could I pester for some advice of reading material for tips for this proposed trip please. I had a look today in Borders but nothing appeared suitable. And any other advice [route planning guides/essential items etc] from the likes of fieldmouse who seems to do this a lot would be welcome.

Sorry, I know these are a pain of a post but if anyone could help I'd be grateful.

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Postby wasi » Tue Jun 12, 2007 22:54 pm

Great plan - I like tours that have a specific end point.

Planning is as jibi says. Straight line on a France map (avoiding Paris if its in the way). Then look for smaller roads on the orange Michelin maps or, if you want more detail, the yellow ones. Ready. This's how I am currently planning my trip to Toulouse.

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Postby Brains » Tue Jun 12, 2007 23:20 pm

If you are a regular 20 MPD commuter, can you do 100 miles in a day ? yes.
Can you do 100 miles the next day ? probably.
Can you do 100 miles the third day. No.
(or if you do manage that, then no way will you do it the 4th day)

I'd get the European bike express to beyond Paris (miss out the boring bit of northern France) to maybe somewhere like Orleans and then start from there. Don't watch the miles, but when you run out of time, jump on the train.

http://www.bike-express.co.uk/

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Postby wasi » Wed Jun 13, 2007 10:15 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Brains</i>

If you are a regular 20 MPD commuter, can you do 100 miles in a day ? yes.
Can you do 100 miles the next day ? probably.
Can you do 100 miles the third day. No.
(or if you do manage that, then no way will you do it the 4th day)
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I'll have to disagree with that. I used to be a regular 20k (not miles) commuter, and managed a 100 miles per day average from London to Madrid, incl over the Pyrenees, carrying my camping equipment. Remember it's very different cycling, you have all day, can take plenty of breaks, and ride at a reasonably gentle pace.

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Postby Asterixcp » Wed Jun 13, 2007 13:26 pm

In 2004, camping, I managed Valence to Royan in 5.5 days over the Massif Central, incl. 1 rest-day at Salers. On 3 consecutive days I did over 100 miles and felt better and better!

Other than that, I'd agree with Brains about Northern France, especially Rouen to Orleans. The Limousin and further south is a far better area to cycle, however. At the foot of the Pyrennees, Ceret is one nice place to stop before crossing the border into Spain - good tourist office and shops.

I'd also 2nd Bike Express - I am off to the Pyrennees on their coach as far as Perpignan on Saturday[:D]

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Postby ciuffolotto » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:56 am

With a year to prepare you'll be fine - not just fitness but bike comfort too.
I rode from Caen to Marseille in 5.5 days (v light camping mostly) a couple of weeks ago, and I'm not speedy, just put in long hours each day. Panniers slow you down, so if you pack light and arrange accommodation on the way you'll find the going easier.
Go for it - I found my similar trip (to Sardinia, to my own wedding) was one of the best things I've ever done.


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