2020 Trans-Europa: An Old Beginning, A New Ending, A Fresh Route in Spain & No Camping
We are very pleased to announce that the dates and prices for the 2020 Trans-Europa are now online. We are happy to confirm 4 major changes to the route, changes that we feel confident will make an exciting experience just that much better.
1. A Return To St Petersburg
For the first 3 editions of the Trans-Europa, the ride started in St. Petersburg, Russia – the country’s old imperial capital, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. For the 2018 Trans-Europa we decided to start the tour in Helsinki, Finland but in 2020 we are excited to return to St. Petersburg, the natural place to begin a cross-European cycling adventure. The participants should be sure to arrive few days early in order to enjoy some of the city’s spectacular sights – the unsurpassed Hermitage Museum, the baroque Catherine Palace, the incredible opera and ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre and the elaborate Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood.
2. A New Ending In Gibraltar
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Trans-Europa will finish in Gibraltar. From the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, one can take in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, Europe and, across the straits, Africa. Its history spans over 2900 years and has been ruled by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, the Spanish and, finally, the British. Its strategic location has meant that historically, whoever controlled the territory, controlled the Mediterranean and, thus, much of Europe. In fact, you might be tempted at end of the Trans-Europa to hop on a ferry for Morocco and join the West Africa en Vélo which starts a week later
3. A Exciting New Route In Spain – El Toro
Changing the finish line for the Trans-Europa to Gibraltar gave us the opportunity to create an exciting new route through Spain. We called the section ‘El Toro’. From Barcelona the route travels south to Tarragona and its ancient Roman amphitheater before continuing on to Valencia, a city with a unique blend of modernist architecture and UNESCO historic areas. From Valencia, we will cycle slightly more inland, across the dry, rolling hills of southern Spain blessed with olive and orange trees, washing up in Granada, with its famous Moorish Alhambra Fortress. From there the riders will enter the final short stretch to Gibraltar, with its high limestone ridge known as the Rock of Gibraltar, where the cyclists can celebrate with some British fish and chips and a cold stout.
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4. All Hotel Accommodation
We understand that not everyone enjoys camping. As comedian Dave Barry once noted “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” That may be over-reaching a bit but even arriving to a dry tent after a long day of cycling can be a bit anti-climactic. Over the past few years we have slowly switched our European tours over to an all-hotel format, the latest being our classic Orient Express. The lone holdout has been the Trans-Europa…but no longer! In 2020, each of the 79 nights will feature a clean, well-situated hotel and a comfortable bed. No more tents and sleeping bags and opportunistic rainstorms. That is certainly something to celebrate.