Swiss Roll '10

This July my brother James and I cycled the 550 miles from the French coast to Zurich in Switzerland in 7 days.

As well as the challenge, the ride was in memory of our mum, Shirley, who died last November, and to raise money for Leukaemia Research.


Swiss Roll - Day 1, James and Matthew at Dunkerque
Matthew and James leaving Dunkerque


The route took us along the First World War western front, through Belgium (including Ypres), northern France (including Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine and the Vosges mountains) and Switzerland.

Here's the route:


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And here's a video I put together of the ride:



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You can follow the daily routes and diaries on the home page, but here they are in chronological order:

Day 1 - Dunkerque to Arras
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Diary and video

Day 2 - Arras to Soissons
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Diary and video

Day 3 - Soissons to Sainte-Menehould
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Diary and video

Day 4 - Sainte-Menehould to Nancy
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Diary and video

Day 5 - Nancy to Le Thillot
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Diary and video

Day 6 - Le Thillot to Basel
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Diary and video

Day 7 - Basel to Grafstal (Zurich)
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Diary and video