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Jeff Brewster & Wendy Cox

Press Release - 21 April 2008

University cyclist tackles Euro mountains

A University of Bath technician has just commenced a cycle ride from Greece to Spain through the mountains of Europe.

Jeff Brewster, who is on unpaid leave from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his partner Wendy Cox planned the ride to celebrate 25 years of being together.

He intends to travel north into the countries of the former Yugoslavia and then through the Alps and along the Pyrenees.

Jeff is currently among the snow capped peaks of central Greece and says that the scenery is beautiful but the cycling very tough.

He said: "Cycling up Widcombe Hill was good training for this trip but we are currently doing an average climb of over 1,000m which is equivalent to going up Snowdon each day on fully laden bikes."

Jeff is camping where possible and keeping to tracks and small roads. He expects it will take many months to complete the trip.

He travelled to Greece using ferries and trains as well as cycling. He is avoiding flying because of fears about climate change.

The journey has not been without incident; Jeff broke his wrist in Italy but after a month in plaster is now able to continue cycling.

Reports reflections and pictures of the trip can be seen on his blog, details above.


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