How I cycled through 11 countries in 11 days to win the trans-European North Cape bike race
Part of the Minerva Series of lectures
Transport psychologist from the University, Dr Ian Walker, notched up 4,300km in just 11 days to win the North Cape 4000 unsupported bike race this summer. Come and find out how he did it at the first Minerva Series lecture of the Autumn!
Having set off from Lake Garda in Italy on Saturday 28 July, it took Ian Walker just 11 days to travel, completely unsupported, by bike to North Cape, deep within the Arctic Circle. In that time Ian crossed through Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and finally Norway.
As if that was not enough, when Ian rolled into Nordkapp on Wednesday 8 August he had not only won, but had an 8 hour window on the next rider.
How do you prepare for this kind of ride? What do you pack? What should you eat and what do you actually end up eating? If you hit the wall and feel like there’s nothing left in the tank, then how do you push through? And what do you think about for mile after mile, cycling up to 16 hours a day? And what happens if you get a puncture at the side of the road in Latvia, and how do Europe’s roads and Europe’s drivers compare?
Come and hear more from Ian sharing his experiences and reflections with some expert help from researchers across the University.
Get a sneak preview of Ian's journey
Follow Ian on Twitter: @ianwalker