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Paris to Barcelona

Paris to Barcelona by bike

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On June 24th 2009 Helen and I set off to cycle from Paris to Barcelona. Our route took us 1500 kilometres south from Paris, down the Loire into the centre of France before heading south west towards the Pyrenees where we meet the Tour de France as it crossed the mountains back into France from Spain.

Inspired by the journeys of Mark Beaumont and James Baxter this trip was a huge undertaking for both of us so we thought we’d ask our friends, families and clients to sponsor us in aid of WaterAid.

  1. Edinburgh to Paris (Eurostar) – 30 km
  2. Paris to La Genevraye – 94.1 km
  3. La Genevraye to Briare – 114.9 km
  4. Briare to Saint Satur – 53 km
  5. Saint Satur to Bourbon l’Archambault – 112.2 km
  6. Bourbon l’Archambault to Gannat – 81.8 km
  7. Rest day in Gannat – 0 km
  8. Gannat to Aydat – 89.5 km
  9. Aydat to Riom es Montagnes – 78.9 km
  10. Riom-ès-Montagnes to Larnagol – 186 km
  11. Rest Day on the River Célé – 10 km bike + 10 km kayak
  12. Rest day at Larnagol – 0 km
  13. Larnagol to Negrepelisse – 92 km
  14. Negrepelisse to Roques – 99.8 km
  15. Roques to Pouech – 101.1 km
  16. Rest day in Saint Girons – 0 km
  17. Rest day in Foix – 0 km
  18. Tour de France: Pouech to Col d’Agnes – 51.7 km
  19. Col d’Agnes to l’Hospitalet – 77.8 km
  20. l’Hospitalet to Campdevànol – 111.5 km
  21. Campdevàno to St Andreu de la Barca – 139.6 km
  22. Arrival: St Andreu de la Barca to Barcelona Centre – 37.6 km
  • Total distance: 1554 km
  • Average per day: 91.4 km
  • Money raised for WaterAid: £1,558 (but still open for donations)
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