Get ready for a pretzel-fuelled Week Two, with plenty of beautiful cycling along the way!
Expect to sweat, to wonder why you signed up, to swim in lakes, to breathe balmy forest air, and to camp in a picture of forests and gardens as we tread the thin line between adventure and the German love of rules.
Week Two is an international bonanza. We'll tear up the tarmac in a total of 4 nations. Das ist cool.
We’ll take a few nervous selfies in front of Le Grand Place before weaving our way out of shiny Brussels into fields, fields and more fields. When we get to the Ardennes, we'll be met by Disney-esque woodlands (though we can't promise any talking mice), rolling hills and quaint Belgian countryside to boot.
Beware of cows in the road (we don't want to ruin the next year's chocolate supply) and gingerbread houses in the forest. Not to be trusted.
We’ll say a quick "Hallo" to Luxembourg before finally rolling into Stuttgart, a city not renowned for it’s beauty. This ought to ensure that our sweaty glow becomes the most captivating local attraction in no time.
*Plans may change and daily distances may vary as we scout for camping spots along the way. Take the below with a pinch of salt and a slurp of energy gel.
Arrive! Calm your trembling nerves with a dinner together and a chat about the week to come.
Cycle out of shiny Brussels for about 120km to the French border and then hopefully wild camp in the Ardennes National Park.
Up, up, up! The first 50km of the day will be spent slowly climbing through France, whilst the second 55km will be spent not so slowly climbing through Belgium.
Sneaking through southern Belgium, reaching 400m on numerous occasions before whizzing towards and past Luxembourg city to stop and wild camp somewhere near the French/Italian/Belgian border.
Cycle around 100km. This includes an uphill visit to France, coasting through Germany along the River Saar, then taking on another climb towards where we’re hoping to camp, somewhere beside the River Blies.
An undulating 100km or so through rural Germany, hopefully ending with a wild camp on the River Rhine.
Around 90km, more up than down, riding into Stuttgart. Once we arrive we can celebrate our steeliness with a well earned German beer.
Wake up a combination of tired and elated. Wander around the city in a happy daze. We’re available for airport drops throughout the day.
The standard cost to take part is £385 per week.
We are also providing 5 discounted places, at £250 per week. These places are intended for refugees and long-term volunteers working in the refugee crisis. If this is you then get in touch here to apply. NB. Our fully-funded 2 free places are now taken.