We have been busy since returning form Poitiers.
We will shortly be undergoing a complete revamp of our website - making the entry system and information more user friendly and intuitive But the big news is in the final selling of route and stop-offs for the 2016 Challenge.
As announces at the Gala Dinner on this year's Bike to the Future Challenge, we are returning to Switzerland - our first destination in 2003! Early interest confirms this will be a popular Challenge, with 35 Teams having pre-registered to date; so with less than 50 Team spaces available, register your interest as soon as you can.
To make sure we contact you when the Entry System goes live, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you updated as we announce final costs and entry deadlines. We hope to hear from you soon.
For a preview of the route - visit http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10818296 - this may not be the final route, but we will fine tune after Preston and Rob have completed the recce next year.
Our planned route highlights:
Starting from Nancy, we head south past Epinal and into the Vosges. Our main climbs for Day 1 will be as we cross the Vosges towards our overnight halt at Mulhouse.
This will be a circular route to return back to Mulhouse for a second night in the same hotel. Our plan is to cross the Rhine into Germany and meander(!) through the Black Forest before returning back across the Rhine into France.
From Mulhouse, we go south today across the border into Switzerland. We head towards Lake Neuchatel (where the 1st Extra Mile Challenge finished in 2003) and then drop down further to the banks of Lake Geneva where our last 10 miles will be alongside the lake into Montreux.
Nancy, a riverfront city in north-eastern France, is known for its late baroque and art nouveau landmarks, some dating to its days as the former capital of the Duchy of Lorraine. In 1871, Nancy remained French when Prussia annexed Alsace-Lorraine. Its focal point is the 18th-century Place Stanislas. This grand square, decorated with gilded wrought-iron gates and rococo fountains, rests by the ornate palaces and churches filling the city’s medieval old town
Mulhouse became one of France’s leading textile centres in the nineteenth century and also around that time started to make machinery, particularly railroad equipment. Mulhouse is famous for its museums, especially the Cité de l’Automobile (also known as "Musée National de l’Automobile") and the Musée Français du Chemin de Fer (also known as "Cité du Train"), respectively the largest automobile and railway museums in Europe.
Montreux is a resort town on the eastern end of Lake Geneva. It's known for its mild climate and the Montreux Jazz Festival, held in July. The town's celebrated lakeside promenade is lined with flowers, sculpture, Mediterranean trees and belle epoque buildings. Just offshore is its 13th-century island castle, Château Chillon, with double ramparts, a moat and a chapel with 14th-century murals.
Join us for 2016!
The Extramile Team