June motor racing tour - England, France, Belguim, Netherlands
I'm planning to take a little ride on my (somewhat) trusty Trek 1500 road bike bringing along a notebook, camera, two changes of clothes, small tent and a sleeping bag. I'll attend most of the races I've dreamed about seeing in one cycling and motor racing tour:
Isle of Man races: 4-8 June
24 Heures du Mans: 16-17 June
Assen MotoGP: 28-30 June
Silverstone British GP: 6-8 July
Tour de France prologue - London: 7 July
This is the first time I've planned a tour. I'll be on my own so I'm a bit concerned about breakdowns. I plan to navigate using 1:275,000 Michelin maps as they were detailed enough for driving in France. Is this a good choice or should I use more precise maps? I'm also a little concerned about the terrain at the border between France and Belgium because I'm not (yet) very good at sustained climbs.
I'm thinking to buy a set of Altura Fusion 40 panniers to carry everything. Is there a better product to consider? What about sleeping bag & tent? I'm hoping to camp most days.
Any suggestions? What questions should I be asking for a first timer?!?
Many thanks, Don
Liverpool to London: 207 miles, 333 km
London to Portsmouth: 91 miles, 146 km
Le Havre to Le Mans: 242 km, 150 miles
Le Mans to Assen: 833 km, 517 miles
Assen to Calais: 493 km, 306 miles
Dover to London: 99 miles, 159 km
Assen to Rotterdam: 236 km, 146 miles
Hull to London: 212 miles, 341 km
Main trip: 965 miles, 1 554 km
Op 1: 405 miles, 652 km
Op 2: 358 miles, 577 km
London to Silverstone: 74 miles, 119 km
Raleigh Aspen touring/off-road hybrid, and a Bob Yak trailer. Yak very useful for us car-free types that like to buy lots of beer.
Bueller? Hysterical, I say that too, and people always look at me funny.
Hostels shouldn't be a problem, but you really should check out the Warmshowers List as well. Why pay if you don't have to. I'm a member as well, have hosted a few people, always been fortunate with wonderful folk. http://www.warmshowers.org/