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Pioneers

All the riders who have participated in any of the very first eight legs of our UK to Sydney adventure are in an exclusive club called the ‘Ride25 Pioneers’. The Pioneers are an eclectic mix of people that have made the journey an integral part of their annual calendar.

Each year the Pioneers will be invited to complete the next leg for the very first time and raise money for 1moreChild. Pioneers help to define the journey and adventure to Sydney. 2021 is Leg 9 (of 25 legs) from the UK to Sydney.

In 2012 we plotted the following legs / badges – with only some minor changes to the badges so far we are well on the way to completing all 25:

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE COMPLETED LEGS

The chart below shows a summary of all the legs complete so far. Click on each leg description to get more information including routes, photos, and the annual film.

 

Number of Days

Av. miles per day

Av. Elevation per day (Ft)

Leg 1 – Parmoor to Paris

2.5

92

5394

Leg 2 – Paris to Geneva

4

91

6148

Leg 3 – Geneva to Milan

4

88

4139

Leg 4 – Milan to Rome

4.5

102

6082

Leg 5 – Rome to Bari

4

101

8524

Leg 6 – Bari to Thessaloniki

4

95

7198

Leg 7 – Thessaloniki to Istanbul

5

105

6237

Leg 8 – Istanbul to Çandır

4

99

8734

Leg 9 – Çandır to Giresun

5

91

5608

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER LEG 9?

Plans will change each year as the next leg is plotted in detail and depending on the stability of the countries we need to cross. The current plan for subsequent legs looks like this:

Leg 10 Giresun to Tblisi, Georgia (5/ 6 days) – we will either continue along the coast or cross the mountains.

Leg 11 Tbilisi, Georgia to Baku, Azerbaijan (4-5 days)

The situation in the Middle East is changing fairly rapidly particularly in Iran. After Baku the plan remains to go through Iran before missing Pakistan and cycling across India, however we will only go through Iran if we can confidently travel and cycle freely. It will be dependent on the advice of the Foreign Office and any rules governing a cycle trip that may make a Pioneers trip impractical. The alternative route may involve Turkmenistan.

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Pioneers