There's this new ultra race coming in less than a week. I'll be there. From the northernmost place of Europe to the southernmost point of Continental Europe, Tarifa in Spain.
That'll be a bit over 7300km and there should be a few pretty mountains, like Col d’Iseran, Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier, Sierra Nevada, Pico del Veleta and then some. Though there's long flat parts too, like a big stretch at the beginning, through Finland and the Baltics. It can be rather cold, rainy and windy, but the wether has been good lately here in Helsinki. The north could be just above freezing at night. The north is also rather remote, long gaps between services, not much hotels.
The riders can choose their finish location, either Helsinki, Nice or the whole way to Tarifa. But you had to tell which one already when you registered, can't change it on the road even if you can't finish what you planned. But while the group isn't that big in this inaugural race, most have chosen to ride the whole route.
There's a couple of places that have a short section of alternative routes. One in Poland, bigger road or cycling routes and just before the finish, similar two options, bigger road or a quiet gravel road. Then Then there's a couple of places that might be closed, so there's a short alternative for those. The route is generally taken to smaller roads, it doesn't have to be the fastest road like in TCR, as everyone has to ride the same route. So there's some really small roads and gravel too, though not too much. Not easy to know how long this will take, as it's the first time and the roads might indeed not be that fast.
It's a fixed route, but there are a few checkpoints, where you have to take a selfie. This is one of them, Pico Veleta:
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