‘How the Peace Race was resurrected’

I can’t even begin to imagine what Alfred would make of all this. Most likely it would be a similar reaction to a dinner with friends he thought he was attending sometime in 1973. What the BCF at the time thought was ‘impossible to orchestrate’ – …

13. Etappe – Łódź to Warsaw – 184km

Could it be stage 13 already? It feels like we have only been in Poland 5 minutes. The last 3 stages from the German border have been hard, fast and long, the days blending into each other, spending more time on the bike than being asleep. I woke …

12. Etappe – Katowice to Łódź – 218.5km

On paper, our penultimate stage on this incredible tour from Katowice to Łódź was the same as yesterday, 218km and about the same amount of ascent. But there was one fundamental difference – we were riding due north, to the ‘Polish Manchester’ wit…

11. Etappe – Wrocław to Katowice – 218km

Stage 11: by the time we made it to our hotel in Katowice we’d covered 218km, of which 217.5km was directly into a headwind for nearly 8 hours. Definitely a character building day, and those hours spent in the winter riding home in the dark, up Di…

10. Etappe – Görlitz to Wrocław

And so we begin the final phase of our Tribute Ride. It’s hard to imagine how much we have experienced in the 12 days since we left Prague, and the 4 days in Poland I am sure will hold as many new experiences as Germany and the Czech Republic. One…

9b. Etappe – Cottbus to Görlitz

We now close the second chapter of our 14 stage tribute ride, arriving in Görlitz this afternoon after a short 95km stage from Cottbus. Tomorrow we head into Poland, with 4 very hard stages – 184km, 214km, 213km and 182km. To prepare, I will be go…

9. Etappe – Berlin to Cottbus

I’m struggling to put into words how utterly incredible the last 4 days in Germany have been. We have literally ridden on a wave of positive energy since Dresden. To record this each night in detail worthy of the love and warmth we have received h…

Rest Day – Berlin

A wonderful day at the Peace Race Reunion in Kleinmuhlingen – full journal to come asap!

8. Etappe – Leipzig to Berlin

Photos only – blog to come on Sunday!

7. Etappe – Chemnitz to Leipzig

I’m not sure how to put today into words, without spending all night doing it. But if I don’t write anything tonight, then I have double to do tomorrow and less time, so… Stage 7 – Chemnitz to Leipzig, 110 miles and a few early climbs, the rest fl…

6. Etappe – Dresden to Chemnitz

Todays 60 miles was the kind of distance we’ve been covering before lunch the last few stages, so we got up later than usual, having plenty of time to get to Chemnitz. The Sport Pension we’ve stayed in the last 2 nights in Dresden has been perfect…

Rest Day – Dresden

We’ve spent May Day in Dresden in sweltering heat, zig-zagging the pavement to keep in the shade. It’s a vibrant city, feels like Berlin mixed with Barcelona, really laid back and everyone on bikes of all shapes and sizes. It’s been strange …

5. Etappe – Karlovy Vary to Dresden

On paper, our 5th stage to Dresden was one of the toughest of the trip – with just over 2500m of climbs and a category 1 climb after the first 30km to get into Germany. After yesterday’s 211km stage it was going to be another test for how well we …

4. Etappe – Tábor to Karlovy Vary

Today was the 3rd longest stage at 211km / 131 miles and with temperatures forecast for 32 degrees we planned an early start to crunch as many miles as possible before the mid-day sun. Out of Tabor, we took a main road which was almost empty, enab…

3. Etappe – Brno to Tábor

Today’s entry will have to be a quick one, as tomorrow we have the 3rd longest day of the tour – 211km to Karlovy Vary with just over 2000m in climbing. We’ve just been told its forecast 30 deg c, so plan is to get a very early start to break the …

2. Etappe – Kutna Hora to Brno

Our second day began again in glorious sunshine in the small town of Kutna Hora. After breakfast, Geoff H prepared the team car whilst I took a call from BBC Radio Sussex, to be live interviewed about our trip. The interviewer was well prepared an…