As a young boy were bedazzled by the racers at Spa, Le Castellet and Le Mans. Time and time again we were asking ourselves: “How can these people physically endure this non-stop racing?” The riders, the mechanics, the spectators… They all seemed to have superhuman powers.
It wasn’t until the day that we started with endurance races ourselves that we got acquainted with 'the drive'. As eager bike travellers we soon discovered – while doing too many kilometers a day - a similar kind of energy. After many kilometers – too many - we often found ourselves in the ‘zone’, a mental state close to zen. A state of mind that could keep us going.
Eager to live the ‘the zone’ experience again, we set out a route to the Bol d’Or race that can be covered in 24 hours. Starting point? Berlin. You’ll find the full trip in the link at the bottom of this page; we’ll be making four more trips like these, with different starting-points, allowing you to ride your own 24 hours to Bol d’Or.
We are all Berliners.
More or Less 1750 km. Quite a stretch from Berlin to Le Castellet, using the scenic roads. That makes an average of 73km/h in 24 hours. Feasible, we thought, so off we went.
There is no other city in Europe with the same vibe as Berlin. Relaxed, stress less, friendly people with a beautiful combination of the contemporary and history, cool cafés, sporting events, pedestrian zones, …