01 Aug Looking Back as we Move Forward…
Our event season is now in full swing! Read on to find out where we’ve been, where we’re going and advice on European tours.
Where have we been so far?
It’s been a busy start to the season for us. We started our season off in Oxfordshire and have got over halfway through our rides as we have ridden to Paris, the Dordogne, Land’s End, John O’Groats, Slovenia, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Sizewell, Surrey Hills, Whitehaven, Whitby, Cardiff and lots more in between! That is a staggering 6,079 km with an elevation gain totalling 67,267 metres.
What lies ahead…
With just over half of our rides completed we have thousands more KMs to cycle. The rest of the season will see us go to Exeter, Brussels, Amsterdam, Oxford, Maidenhead, Chelmsford, Colmar, Provence and finish off the season in Paris, just avoiding the Rugby World Cup.
There’s a first time for everything
We have had a year of many firsts! Our second trip of the season was the longest LEJOG we have ever done, going from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 10 days. This was very quickly usurped by our next event which became our longest ever ride starting in Alness (Scotland) and going to Sittingbourne (Kent) over 15 days. This was also the first ride we had done designed specifically for electric bikes, on behalf of REPIC.
Our Glasgow to Manchester ride gave us the perfect opportunity to cycle through the highest village in Scotland for the first time, Wanlockhead, at an elevation of around 466m.
And, last but not least we visited a new country, Slovenia! The route saw us start of in the capital city, Ljubljana and cycle over 4 days until we finished in Trieste, Italy. We had 3 separate routes each day which saw them cycle between 377km to 482km with an elevation of 4,157m to 7,223m.
Post Brexit we have had a steep and interesting learning curve. However, we now have extensive knowledge on the dos and don’ts of offering bike rides to, from and within Europe. One of our challenges is getting bikes into and out of the EU/UK without paying tax on their value. Enter the ATA Carnet. A carnet is legal documentation of all goods temporarily taken into and out of Europe so you don’t pay tax. In addition to the detail of getting this right we also have to contend with changes in vehicle legislation. For more information on we navigate these issues on your behalf, please get in touch.
If your plans for 2023/24 include a walk or a bike ride, for a company or a charity, in the UK or Europe, we’d love to share our passion for business as a force for good and demonstrate the kind of events we deliver. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01932 460090.