Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Passing The Test...

It's been a few weeks since our ride from Dunkerque to Zurich and while I've been on the bike a few times, my brother James has had the cycling bit firmly between his teeth.

Not content with completing the final day of the 'Swiss Roll' route a couple of weeks ago, James has now tackled the Klausenpass in Switzerland - at 1952 metres it's actually higher than Mont Ventoux, which I've cycled a couple of times, once with James.

I'll hand over to James:

At the top - and visible from space in that tshirt...

After an abortive attempt last year I finally hauled myself up the Klausenpass on August 7th.

It was a 70-mile route with 9,908 feet of climbing. Last time I made the mistake of cycling from home. I was already worn out, and it was late in the day, when I reached the actual mountain. I just didn't have enough energy, or time, to complete the ride.

This time I took the train to Glarus. From there it was 10 pretty easy miles to the base of the climb. I took the touring bike, rather than the Trek racer, first because I've just done 600 miles on it and second I thought I'd need all the gears!

Number of cyclists I overtook: none. Number of cyclists who overtook me: quite a few.

But who cares? It was a great day - the weather was perfect too - and what a view!

Perfect mountain scenery

Here's the route:

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The Klausenpass was/is famous for the 'Klausenrennen' - motor racing hill climbs. They must have been nutters, given the gradients and precipitous drops...

Hope the brakes work

I'd love to start working my way through some of the other passes here in Switzerland - there's hardly a shortage.  But I suspect the more likely outcome will be for the bike to go back into storage and for me to succumb to the lure of computer games again...

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Swiss Roll - Cycle Video

My brother James and I finished our 7 day, 550-mile cycle ride from Dunkerque in France to Grafstal in Switzerland last weekend.

Following the route of the First World War Western Front, the ride was in memory of our mum, Shirley, and is raising money for Leukaemia.

So far people have very generously donated over £1,500.  If you'd like to donate, it's not too late, either via Justgiving.com or, if you don't like giving your bank details out online, you can post a cheque to:

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
43 Great Ormond Street

I've also had a chance to edit the footage into a short video of the trip: