Arctic to Africa on a bicycle! What a challenge, four and a half thousand miles cycling from Nordkapp the most northern point in Europe through the continent and into Africa finishing in Casablanca in the summer of 2019. There are five riders, who are completing this challenge in three two-week phases over a period of three years.
As in previous cycling challenges, we are using this opportunity to raise money for a worthy charity Alzheimer Research UK! A charity very close to a lot of the riders hearts.
The plans are in place; the training is well under way; the fundraising has begun and we are ready to set off or the Arctic.
The challenge will begin at Midnight on the 18th of June 2017 from Nordkapp finishing the first stage two weeks later in Gothenburg.

Day 4 – Asen to Sorkil

Into the Arctic! The sun was out for our early start. It never actually got dark last night, we won’t see proper night for the next two weeks now.

Turbo Terri and Mad Maureen ventured into the unknown depths of Northern Europe carrying their crew of nine adventurers. The wastelands of The Arctic was the destination, but wastelands they were not! Following the Norwegian coastline around the stunning fjords was a pleasure to behold. We then headed inland following fast flowing rivers until we eventually got to 66deg 33′ Polarsickelsenterst (Arctic centre to you and I). We were high up in the mountains, snow drifts in excess of 10 feet! The beauty of the barren landscape was breathtaking and cold especially in shorts and flip flops!!!

The next part of our journey was towards the sea and our camp for the night was not a disappointment. Rivers with icebergs turning into the most dramatic white water rapids we have ever seen; words and photos cannot give the views justice. “Veldig vakker” as the Norwegians would say.

Then we came to the Arctic fjords, snow topped mountains, with amazing weather conditions of low scattered cloud and the sun forcing its rays through to make pure heaven on earth!

The camp for the night did not disappoint, we had a large cabin 30 meters from the shores edge, again the view over the fjord was of snow capped mountains. I’d like to say the sunset was beautiful but the sun didn’t set it just circled around us. This didn’t stop Dave having his sunset swim in the sea! Bloody idiot!!!

Tomorrow we head another 500 miles north to Nordkapp when we start the bike ride South heading to Africa.

Watch out for the Facebook live start tomorrow night at 11:00pm UK time, midnight local time here.

Sean

 

Day 3 – Another day on the road making our way from Gothenburg to Gullberget Camping, just north of Trondheim. Team 1 set off by road, team 2 set off by plane with us all meeting at Lillehammer, where we all had a lovely lunch in the pretty mountain town with an Olympic ski jump. The weather has been pants all day but spirits have been high! The landscape has been amazing. We have been through national parks and over mountain passes watching for bears and reindeers…..we did see a moose!! Our photo today is from our evenings accommodation. The time is 22:30 and its not even slightly dark!!! Time for a few beers and then bed. Another long drive tomorrow when we actually get to the arctic circle!!

Amy x

Day 2 – Rotterdam to Gothenburg

Motorways, accidents, roadworks, slow arduous drive!!!

The boat docked half an hour late and we ended been one of the last to get off the ferry due to been at the back. One hour behind schedule before we even started!! Great!!!

424 miles, to Puttgarden where we boarded the ferry from Germany to Denmark. The ferry was booked for 3:00pm! We clearly didn’t make it. Finally boarded the ferry at 6:00pm 3 hours late.

The rest of the journey was nice and clear although we did hit a bird full on the windscreen God bless the little thing. Then a stone chip flew up and cracked the windscreen!!! The fun and games didn’t stop there, then all the warning lights on the dashboard lit up due to a wiring fault for the bike rack lights, no worries we ventured on North.

There was some highlights when we got overtook by a Ferrari we think it was any way it must have been in excess on 200mph!! Poor Turbo Terri just couldn’t catch it.

We eventually landed at the hotel at 11:30pm 14 half hours in the car and 800 miles done since Birstwith. A beer was well received by all.

Sean

 


Four intrepid adventurers from Team 1 of the Arctic to Africa group set off from Birstwith in trusty “Turbo Terri” the pickup truck.

Two riders Sean McPartland aka “Hoptimus Prime” and Amy Holmes aka “Nurse Rider” and Two backup crew Dan Howard aka “Bingo Bongo” and Gary Hayes aka “Lumber Jack” are the crew for this long and arduous trek to Nordkapp 550 miles inside the Arctic Circle. The total journey will be about 2500 miles just to get to the start point.

First stop will be Hull where we will board the ferry that will take us overnight to Rotterdam.

keep tuning in to see story unfold……………..

 

 

The Truck is packed, the plans have been finalised. All the training has been done, I hope it is enough!

Tomorrow, team one set off on the 2500 mile journey to Nordkapp deep in the Arctic circle, meeting up with Team 2 in Lillehammer on Friday after their flight to Oslo. It will take us five days to get there, then we start at midnight on Sunday night cycling south!

A huge thank you to our sponsors Oak by Design, Kerry, New Lodge Contractors, The Station Hotel and Logic Fire and Security. and all those who have donated to our charity Alzheimers Research UK.

Look out for daily updates with photos and videos on this website and the Facebook page.

Wish us luck!

Sean

Getting the Truck prepared for packing tomorrow. Could do with this rain to stop. Packing starts tomorrow followed by a going away BBQ

Kerry Birstwith are the latest corporate sponsors for our Arctic to Africa Challenge. Kerry’s have been consistent supporters of local community and charity groups based around Birstwith. The Arctic to Africa team is truly thankful for their support in this amazing challenge as is Alzheimers Research UK.

For those of you who don’t know Kerry’s please click on the logo to go to their website or see below.

Tastes Better

Kerry’s pride themselves on a food from food ethos – applying natural sourcing, authentic culinary processes, and an innovative approach to the science of taste

Feels Better

Kerry’s use our deep understanding of nutrition to develop products made from simple, wholesome ingredients that have exceptional taste and improved nutritional value.

Works Better

Kerry’s understand your innovation and processing challenges and apply their leading-edge technologies and research capabilities to solve your current and future needs.

 

The Station Hotel in Birstwith has kindly agreed to become a corporate sponsor.

The Station Hotel is a family-owned country inn located in the beautiful village of Birstwith.

Located on the edge of Nidderdale – an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” – we are lucky enough to have stunning scenery and amazing walking routes right on our doorstep. We are also located just 6.5 miles or a 10-15 minute drive from Harrogate, the “happiest place to live in Britain” and certainly a great place to visit whatever the time of year.

Dine at the Station

The restaurant serves food daily and their experienced chefs take great pride in creating beautifully presented, unfussy yet full flavoured food, letting clever combinations of fresh, seasonal
ingredients really shine through. Vegetarians are well catered for and many of their dishes can be produced gluten-free; with a little warning, dairy-free dishes can be provided too.

The menu changes regularly and whilst they do serve traditional pub classics such as fish & chips and sticky toffee pudding they also serve a la carte dishes to tempt every palate; Their seafood dishes are particularly popular.

Stay at the Station

They have 4 fantastic guest bedrooms located on the first floor of the main pub building and a 2 bedroom family / accessibility suite located on the ground floor in a separate annex to the pub.

All the rooms are furnished with traditional oak furniture, comfortable beds and have lovely en-suite shower or bathrooms.  The rooms also all have tea and coffee making facilities, an alarm clock, free Internet access and flat screen freesat TV.  They offer free on-site parking and a hearty Yorkshire breakfast is included in the price of your stay.

Booking a room can be done via the “Book Online” tab on their accommodation page or better still call them on 01423 770254.

New Lodge Contractors

 

We are happy to confirm that New Lodge Contractors Ltd has kindly agreed to be a Major Sponsor for the Arctic to Africa Challenge.
New Lodge Contractors is a small family run construction company. The company director, Clive Mitchell, has over 30 years’ experience in civil engineering and the construction industry. New Lodge Contractors was founded in 2012 by Clive and has been very successful and completed many projects to the highest standards. We provide a close relationship with all our clients to ensure every project we complete is entirely to their satisfaction.
www.newlodgecontractors.co.uk
Thank you, to all the team at New Lodge Contractors

Oak by Design

We are happy to confirm that Oak by Design has kindly agreed to be a Major Sponsor for the Arctic to Africa Challenge.
Oak By Design is a local company who specialise in high-quality Oak Porches and Buildings.
http://www.oakbydesign.co.uk/
Thank you, to all the team from Oak by Design

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