Cycling

The First Attempt at an Itinerary

Here it is;

Cycling Day Date (w/e) From To Time Kms Cum.
1 18/7 Reading London 4h35 65 65
2 19/7 London Canterbury 6h41 94 159
3 20/7 Canterbury Dover 1h54 27 186
3 20/7 Calais Saint Omer 3h08 44 230
4 21/7 Saint Omer Lille 4h40 65 295
5 22/7 Lille Ronse 3h15 46 341
5 22/7 Ronse Brussels 4h22 61 402
  23/7 Rest day (Brussels)      
6 24/7 Brussels Namur 4h38 65 467
7/8 25-26/7 Namur Martelange 8h06 113 580
9 27/7 Martelange Luxembourg 3h21 47 627
10 28/7 Luxembourg Schengen 1h54 27 654
10/11 29-30/7 Schengen Strasbourg 12h15 172 826
  31/7 Rest day (Strasbourg)      
12 1/8 Strasbourg Colmar 5h16 74 900
13 2/8 Colmar Basel 4h49 68 968
14 3/8 Basel Aarau 3h34 50 1018
15 4/8 Aarau Lucerne 3h27 48 1066
  5/8 Rest day (Lucerne)      
16/17 6-7/8 Lucerne Saint Gotthard Pass 7h12 101 1167
18/19 8-9/8 Saint Gotthard Pass Como 9h31 134 1301
20 10/8 Como Milano 3h14 45 1346
  11/8 Rest day (Milano)      
21/22/23 12-14/8 Milano Aulla 15h09 212 1558
24 15/8 Aulla Lucca 5h27 77 1635
  16/8 Rest day (Lucca)      
25 17/8 Lucca Siena 7h19 103 1738
26/27 18-19/8 Siena Capranica 11h32 162 1900
28 20/8 Capranica Roma 4h25 62 1962
  21/8 Rest day (Roma)      
29 22/8 Roma Fiuggi 5h18 74 2036
30/31 23-24/8 Fiuggi Benevento 12h54 181 2217
  25/8 Rest day (Benevento)      
32/33 26-27/8 Benevento Matera 13h46 193 2410
34 28/8 Matera Taranto 4h50 68 2478
35 29/8 Taranto Brindisi 4h57 69 2547

Data courtesy of the the Via Michelin website “by bike” option. It adds up to significantly shorter than the official Eurovelo 5 route which, according to Wikipedia, is supposed to be around 3,900 kms. I suspect, however, that the Michelin figures simply keep cyclists off where either they shouldn’t be (motorways) or where they would not prefer to be (very busy A roads). The rest is fair game and they don’t lead you down cycle paths if available.

Comments please!!!!!

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    • Beacuse I started out by wanting to know the distance as worked out by Michelin. I only later decided to see how it looked across the six week period and estimated the days it would take me to cover the distances. The towns in the list are the major places that the Eurovelo 5 route passes, not necessarily those places in which I will stay. That said, I do want some interesting places to be in on my “rest days”.

    • Thanks for pointing this out – I have changed my spelling to keep consistency with the other Italian names in the list (Roma etc…). However, the English spelling of Siena is Sienna (just like Rome for Roma and Milan for Milano etc…). 🙂

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