10 000 km, wheels keep on turning !

Now right in the middle of Turkey, we’ve just reached 10 000 km !

10 000 km, it’s 1800 more than as-the-crows-fly Paris-Beijing ! However as we do not yet fly, as we always take the long way around, depending on the encounters, and as we tend to prefer the narrow moutains roads, we haven’t yet reached the middle of our journey !

Paris + 10 000 km

Paris + 10 000 km

10 000 km and 113 000 m of positive height-difference, or more graphically put :

– 6 months of journey

– 150 cycling days, for 617h spent on the saddle

– 41 days of “rest” (rock climbing, hiking, visiting)

– 128 bivvy nights, 44 nights under local welcoming roofs, 11 nights in official campsites, 8 nights in hostels/hotels

– 10 000 L of tea/ayran/coffee/beer/raki drinking invitations depending on the country

– 10 000 kg of inhabitants’ various gifts (bread, fruits and vegs, water and cold drinks, meals and even bike spare parts)

– 11 kg lost (or better, transformed in propulsion) for Sego !!

Distance:

– 67 km / (fully or partly) cycled day

– 80 % of the Earth diametre (12 756 km)

– 1/4 of the Earth circumference (40 000 km)

– 2,6 % of the Earth- Moon lenght (384 400 km)

Height difference:

– 753 m / (fully or partly) cycled day

– 2,3 % in average of uphill gradiant

– 375 times the Eiffel tower (301 m)

– 24 times Mont Blanc (4810 m)

– 13 times Mont Everest (8848 m)

Countries:

– 11 cycled-through countries

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in BLUE: Days in RED: Hundreds of km

V.I.P Stages:

– 130 km in one day, in Turkey

– 2000 m of level difference in one day, including parts riding on the snow in Montenegro, in the Durmitor National Park

– 77 km/h speeding downhill in Italy, the old Peugeot bike lacks in rigidity at this speed…!

– Some well-known passes, though not the toughest we encountered : Lautaret (France), Sestriere (Italie), Vrsic (Slovénie)

Mechanical problems:

The morale challenging part ! Especially for Alex, who concentrates 95% of the mechanical flaws!

Et bim!

– 12 flat tyres (mostly due to Turkish thorns)

– 1 rear tyre

– 15 spokes (100% from Alex’s rear wheel GRRRRRRRR)

– 2 chains

– 1 broken fork

– 4 pairs of pedals

– 2 sets of deraileurs (1 front, 1 rear)

– 1 crank, broken then weld, still holding

– 1 brake cable

– 1 front luggage rack fixation anchor

– 1 mudguard thrown away

– 1 broken pannier anchor (hit by a mad Mercedes driver…)

– 10-ish braking pads, of various quality

…And still enjoying the show !

From now on we will have to get on 2nd gear, keeping in mind that we ought to cross the Pamir (Central Asia) before the winter snow settles. With the visa management seeming quite like a brain-teaser, the story can be labelled as : “TO BE CONTINUED

  • Bravo !!!

  • Evangeline Pollard

    Waow ! Trop cool ces petites stat’! Bon on vous met la pâtée niveau crevaison avec une quarantaine de crevaisons dont 15 pour moi depuis le changement de pneu en schwalb marathon, 3 pneus arrière pour lc, et un accident de poteau pour notre pote Ian récupéré a Zagreb avec 6 trous repartis dans les deux chambres a air en un coup ! Bon courage pour les cols a venir. Nous, nous sommes cernés par les Alpes! Les choses sérieuses commencent!

    • JB

      Putain mais vous faites exploser les stats de la Grèce!!!

      Alors que nous, en Bretagne, vous allez pas me croire, et malgré la présence d’Isa, nous avons eu… 1 crevaison. Bon elle était quand même pour Isa.

      • Oui bientot on va plus appeler ca faire une ISA mais faire une ALEX, j en ai peur…

    • AAAAHHHHHHH 40 crevaisons 2x moins de temps que nous cest HORRIBLE!!! Bon courage!

      • Evangeline Pollard

        Hop, +1 hier !

  • Lucil(ounch)

    Ah ah ! top cet article !! =) Le plus impressionnant est le 80% du diamètre de la Terre ! =)

  • 10 000 kms a vélo ça use ,ça use les biscotos lol

  • Ca s’arrose ! Va encore falloir dénicher une petite bouteille ! Hi hi hi Félicitations !!! Bises 🙂

  • JB

    Courage, plus que 50 fois ce que vous avez déjà fait et vous serez sur la lune!
    Ca motive non?

  • colas

    Bravo! Vous êtes des machines!