A European cycle tour with a difference!
In March 2016 I will set off on an 8 month journey from Porto, Portugal on a bicycle. A potential world first, my unique and ambitious plan comprises travelling to the very farthest corners of Europe. My 2016 expedition ‘PEDALS2PINNACLES’ involves cycling between the 42 sovereign states of continental Europe and reaching the highest point within each border, either by bike or on foot.
In my head I’ve always had a romantic idea of setting off on my bike from my front door, going on an incredible journey and returning home on the same bike months or years later. However once my plan for PEDALS2PINNACLES started to evolve it became apparent that this wasn’t feasible for this trip, maybe that idea will wait for next time. I decided I needed to get started within continental Europe in order for me to arrive at, and ascend certain challenging mountain peaks at the best time of year, when the weather and conditions will allow me the best chance of reaching the summits.
My journey is to start in Porto, Portugal. The route will take me first through Southern Europe, reaching each country’s high pinnacles along the way, then across Ukraine and into Russia, where I will climb Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus. I will next head north through the Balkan states and into Scandinavia, then turning south to central Europe where I will make my Alpine ascents, before completing my journey in the Low Countries. This specific journey, including the mountain ascents, has not to my knowledge and research been attempted before. Check out my rough route in the map below. My actually route is carefully planned on my garmin.
SCHEDULE AND PROGRESS
42 COUNTRIES, 40 PINNACLES, 27000km's OF CYCLING, 10 MONTHS OF ADVENTURE
Check out the table below to view all 40 high points in each of the 42 counntries I'm visiting. They are numbered 1 to 40 in the order I plan to summit each.