This summer we'll be making the 2200km journey from Budapest back to London, cycling along the Danube river before crossing Germany to the Jura and then following the rough route of the Western Front line back to the English Channel before heading home.
I spend too much of my time reminiscing about cycling from Athens to London back in 2012 and cannot wait to get back on the bike this summer! As with Jon I’m a third year medic looking to spend my last long summer in the best possible way - by travelling across Europe on two wheels. I’ve always wanted to ride along the Danube and learn more about European history so this route is the perfect way to do both these things.
As Director of Bike4Charity there has been an increasing desire to complete another Grand Tour and so it was quickly decided that, during my final summer before I start my career, this was an opportune time to complete another ride. These Grand Tours offer a true sense of adventure as I get to travel to new countries - I have wanted to visit Budapest as friends have often said that it is a beautiful city, and Eastern Europe is a part of the world that I have never seen. I can’t wait to get started!
I am currently in my third year studying medicine and to say I am not a long distance cyclist would be an understatement. As someone who up until recently had barely cycled 60km at a time the decision to cycle 2500km may seem decidedly peculiar. The sense of adventure a trip like this provides makes the idea that some tangible benefit can come out of it all the more satisfying and I am so glad that by doing this myself and the rest of the team can raise money for three-incredibly worthy- causes. Add a few beers, a bike and you can see why I can’t wait to get underway!
I am in my second year at Newcastle University studying Marine Biology, while being an active member of the OTC. I am cycling from Budapest to London as I am looking for a reasonable challenge that will take a me away from the UK and see a bit of Europe. I have only recently got into cycling and this will be the first long cycle route that I have undertaken. I’m really looking forward to the challenge!
A second year English and History Student at Newcastle, I have always loved being outside and hated saying no. When Matt asked if I wanted to cycle 2, 500 km this summer I had to assess a few things. No bike, no cycling experience and the physique of an inverted triangle? Sure - sounds good. Let’s go.