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#ChapeauCycle across France

EC CommunityJames Hipkiss

In 2014 I cycled 5,000 miles across Brazil to visit all 12 of the World Cup football stadiums before the tournament kicked off - it was an amazing way to explore and discover sucha diverse country as it prepared to host this huge event:http://smudgersambacycle.org/When it was over the obvious question became... whats next?Well, Id love to see more of Europe and particularly France, and the next European Championships is being held there (10 June to 10 July 2016), so Im gonna cycle to visit all 10 of the stadiums/cities during May 2016:http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-finals/hosts/france/Heres thebasic route map:http://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/Le_Tour_des_Stades/SocEntSycle

Wanna join me for some or all of it?The total distance (starting from London) will be about 1,000 miles, which at a steady pace(ie. touring not racing!)will take about a month, including 1-2 day stops in each host city to look around and visit the stadiums. I plan to camp as much as possible in order to keep costs down, but stay in hostels/BBs or maybe Couchsurf in the cities.I appreciate its probablytricky for peopleto commit to doing the whole thing, so maybe the London to Paris (via Lens and Lille) segment, or the Bordeaux to Nice (via Toulouse and Marseille) segment might appeal to come and join mefor part of the adventure.Ill be blogging via the#ChapeauCyclewebsite (not set up yet) and will be aiming to raise lots of money for a couple of charities(not chosen yet), so the more participants the better to spread the word and turn this into a great story that we can get into the media for coverage. Any ideas/suggestions on that front are very welcome.Allezallezallez!Cheers, Andy