The Ride2Rescue team begin their daunting odyssey from the United Kingdom- famous the world round for its endless summers, exceptional cuisine, interminably happy football fans, and of course…the invention of sarcasm. Each of the riders has been based here at some point en route to this project, and it will be with heartily fond farewells that they make their first leg from London to the white cliffs of Dover and beyond…
France is one of the most visited countries in the world. It is home to the planet’s most famous bicycle race, exceptional cheese and wine, and one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Eiffel Tower. Along with having the best road network in the world for bikes, France’s camping scene is one of the finest in Europe.
Belgium- the land of chocolate, beer and waffles, and the equally important European Union. The world’s richest girl lives in Brussels and we’re hoping she’ll find our cause as worthwhile as we do so she can help us out with some sponsorship! The Belgian motorway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon (despite what people say about the Great Wall of China and Daniel Seehusen‘s jaw). If you’re anywhere near the Sea of Tranquility in May, be sure to keep an eye out for us!
Measuring 32 miles by 51 miles and home to 465,000 people, Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world. The capital is Luxembourg City and the mother tongue of its people is Luxembourgish. A country very appealing to the riders because it is picturesque, unique and off the beaten track.
Germany is the most populous country in Europe. Throughout history, Germany has produced many of the world’s most exceptional minds and musicians. They love their cars and are home to highly respected manufacturers such as BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, as well as the Autobahn on which you can drive at 300 km/hour! With an average speed of around 30 km/hour on our bikes however, it is unlikely that we will be pushing this law to its limit…
The Ride2Rescue team will meet the scenic Dunube River for the first time in Austria. Not to be confused with Australia. Plenty of good camping is being predicted along the river as we make our way to the major cities of Linz and Vienna, the capital. Apparently over 60% of Austria’s electricity is supplied by renewable sources. Very impressive, but imagine if they could harness some of our pedal power too!
The mighty Dunube River creeps into Slovakia for less than 100km but this gives the team an opportunity to see the capital Bratislava.
Hungary is full of history, culture and offers a unique tasting cuisine. The Danube River runs right through the heart of Budapest. Here there will be plenty of photo opportunities for the boys with some of the most stunning architecture as the backdrop.
The first port of call in Serbia is the city of Novi Sad, home of one of the biggest music festivals in the world, the Exit Festival. They will continue to the capital and one of oldest cities in Europe, Belgrade, before once again meeting up with the Danube where they’ll cross the Iron Gate.
Romania is well know for being the home of Dracula but the Ride2Rescue boys will have to watch out for the large number of feral dogs roaming the streets. Bucharest, ‘Paris of the East’, will be a highlight before the boys will reach the long awaited Black Sea. In Constanta days off will be had for a well deserved sea side holiday.
In Bulgaria they will hug the Black Sea and enjoy some beautiful coastline for as long as possible before heading to the mountains for the border crossing into Turkey.