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Contents: Tours (7)   

Reports by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson

All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

Tour of the Alps 2001
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started 2001

From Barcelona to Venezia (including [among others] Provence and the Dolomites).

Erik had spent the winter looking at pictures of famous Alpine passes, and that's where we were going. Languedoc and Provence also caught our attention, as did Costa Brava in Spain. We therefore decided to start our journey in Barcelona (which we passed through on our Iberia Tour 1999) and to finish in Venice (where we had been during the Touring Italia 1998).

We both signed up in the winter to participate in the ``Vätternrundan'' (a one-day 300k event in mid-June around the second largest lake in Sweden), and trained more than 1000 km during the spring. This training was absolutely necessary, not only for the ``Vätternrundan'', but also for the very hilly tour. In the end, after five weeks, we saw that we had had no more than three days without mountains. The first day through Barcelona, one day along the coast in Southern France and the last day on the plains to Venice. We were also certain that it would not be our last tour in the Alps. The climbs were hard, but the views and encouragements from other cyclists and car-drivers made it all more than worth-while. You are hardly ever alone as a cyclist. Standing on the summit after an hour or more of climbing you feel just as great as when you sweep through the switchbacks, going downhill for tens of kilometers on end!

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You are almost never alone biking in the Alps
County of Östergötland
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started August 2000

This year we neither had enough money nor enough time to do a long journey in Europe. But for us, a summer without a bike trip is no real summer, so we decided to bike in our own surroundings, six days through the county of Östergötland in south-eastern Sweden. The bike computer said that we had ridden 590 kilometres when we after six days arrived in our home town Linköping.

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Iberia Tour
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started 1999

The Iberia Tour 1999 is our longest journey so far, both in distance and number of days. We went by air from Norrköping in Sweden to Paris on the 9th of June. From Paris, we first travelled southwards to Orléans, then followed the River Loire to Tours, went on to Bourdeaux where we turned towards southeast and followed River Garonne to Toulouse. From Toulouse we began to climb up the Pyrenees and arrived in the mini-country Andorra on the 20th of June. One day later we left Andorra and rode down to Barcelona in two days, then followed the coast to Andalucia, left the coast for Sierra Nevada, Granada and Ronda and arrived in Gibraltar. After a short visit to the African continent, we went on to Seville and then followed the coast to the Portuguese border and further on to the most south-western point of the European continent; Cabo de São Vicente. We arrived in Lisbon five days later on the 29th of July. The total distance amounted to 4630 km and we had 49 days of active bicycling and 4 days of resting. It was just not our longest journey so far, but also the hilliest and the hottest journey, in Spain the temperature at daytime was steadily above 30 degrees Celsius.

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Eric riding south of Peñíscola on the Spanish east coast
Touring Italia
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started 1998

Touring Italia 1998 started in Linköping (about 200 km south of Stockholm). We then went to the most southern point of Sweden (Smygehuk), before taking a ferry to Rostock in former East Germany. After a short visit to Leipzig we continued through the Chech Republic before reaching Munich. Thereafter we passed the Alps via Brennerpass, Passo Costalunga (Karerpass) and Passo Rolle at 1984 slm. In Italy we passed Venice, Bologna, Florence, Pisa and Siena before reaching Rome after some 3 100 kilometres.

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Europe Tour
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started 1997

Europe Tour 1997 started in Nyköping (100 km south of Stockholm) and continued to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, the Normandy coast, Jersey and London, before returning to Sweden via Denmark totalling just over 4000 kilometres.

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Marstrand
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started June 1996

In 1996 we chosed to bike straight across Sweden, from our home town Nyköping south of Stockholm to Marstrand north of Gothenburg and back again. We weren´t neither well-trained nor well-prepared and at least Eric (who had used his new driving license a bit too frequently the last year...) got a ``slight'' feeling of cramp in all muscles after just about 40 kilometres... Through the county of Östergötland we rode along Göta Canal, a very pleasant road which formerly was used by horses draging boats but now is rebuilt to cycleway. Many chose to cross Sweden along Göta Canal, both by boat and bike.

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West coast of Sweden
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started June 1995

Oslo - Gothenburg - Falsterbo.

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