It’s not just the trip that is going to be long, so is the path towards it! Preparations are in full swing. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday tyres are inflated to full tension and the Across Europe team passes through the polder landscape of the Western Netherlands. The grimpeurs (climbers) were given an opportunity during the first training weekend in September 2011 to show their talents in the hills of Limburg and the team learned some lessons about crashes, equipment failures and a team member getting lost.
The Spring will be characterised by increasingly longer distances. In addition to the regular training the team will take part in several Spring Classics. In June we will cycle to Paris (450km!) in one day to get the cyclists used to long distances.
Across Europe will definitely take part in the Amstel Gold Race, our own students’ cycle tour, four VacanSoleil Tours and the Tour of Flanders.