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Race Around Rwanda: Part 3

February 26, 2020

As it turns out, I rest for too long. I eat, shower and then sleep for an hour. But as I wake, I look to at the trackers to see Shawn is closing in on the checkpoint. My precious gap is fast disappearing. I leap from my bed and race to my bike, keen to […]

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Race Around Rwanda: Part 2

February 24, 2020

Dawn brings storm-free skies and, after forcing myself to eat some breakfast, I set off feeling much better. I’m aware that such a late start means that any chance of a good position in the race has probably gone. But, after having to scratch in Italy, I just want to finish this time. After a […]

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Race Around Rwanda: Part 1

February 23, 2020

At 04:00 on a quiet Sunday morning, a group of lycra-clad riders stand outside the modern Onomo Hotel in central Kigali. There is an energy rippling through the bunch as the clock ticks down to 04:30. The inaugural Race Around Rwanda is about to begin. Suddenly, cleats click into pedals and we are off. Flying […]

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Tarifa-Nordkapp: Part 5

November 15, 2019

This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 can be found here, here, here and here. Part 5 begins as I approach the final 1,000 kilometres and edge closer to the Arctic Circle. If you want to know how tough this ride […]

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Tarifa-Nordkapp: Part 4

September 2, 2019

This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Part 1, 2 and 3 can be found here, here and here. Part 4 begins as I approach Russia, having battled busy roads and some tiring gravel detours during my time in the Baltics.  Day 13 – 303km –  Zarasai […]

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This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Part 1 and 2 can be found here and here. Part 3 begins in the Czech Republic, as I try to recover from a tough (and hungry) first few hours in Eastern Europe.  Day 9 – 338km –  Touzim […]

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This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 begins on my first morning in France, with me having entered from Spain during the previous evening and spent the night sleeping out. Day 5 – 333km –  […]

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The ride is over and the magnitude of it is just starting to sink in. Whilst it’s still fresh in my memory, it seems like a good time to explain how everything panned out over the 19 days of riding. Therefore, over the next month or so I will be publishing a write-up on each […]

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17 is the magic number

April 28, 2019

It hurt, but the record is mine. I rolled across the Kosovo-Macedonia border in the early hours of Saturday morning, bringing up my 17th country of the week. Now, I have some time to reflect on an incredible seven days of cycling. The figures make for some brutal reading. I covered 2,286km, rode 106 hours […]

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As I made my way up a climb towards the Montenegrin border, Andrew Phillips from Orb (one of my sponsors) grilled me on how the ride was going. You can find the (very lighthearted) interview here on the Orb website: https://www.orb.bike/rob-gardiner-7-days-17-countries/ 

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