Dave Gough is 2 weeks into his incredible Alta to Malta challenge today. Check out everything he's seen, cycled by and experienced since he started!
4th of June
First night over...arrived into alta at 1130pm.bike built by 3am and then hit the road until 530am!? Just woke up now, lots of strange noises over night, wolverines?? Anyways just hitting the road and will upload video tonight all going well!?
5th of June
I've reached Finland, pretty horrible headwind but finding the aerobars a life saver. No sign of Santa yet #lapland
A while later.....
I have located rudolf and the gang...I've been singing rudolf the red nosed reindeer for about 34 mins now
6th of June
So I reached Sweden last night, 150km into a headwind, 7.5 hours on the bike. Calories spent 7500, calories in 1500, fluids in 1l. I'm really paying for it today, feel pretty awful, plus the infamous Mosquitos of the Arctic have appeared...on the bright side I've been overwhelmed by the support
6th of June
What a day...1st and second puncture of the trip, 24km/hr headwind, only 110km complete, 1st fall of the trip (minor) and an episode of spontaneous unexplained crying for about a minute. I've decided to try find a room and a shower tonight and try and make up lost distance 2m
7th of June
So I've had a much better day so far, I'm in gallivare "the mining capital of the world" no less. I've 100km complete today (480 total) and hope to grind out another 60-100k today owing to a serious tailwind! Great wildlife over the past few days, lots of barn owls (wild) hunting in the evenings, I recommend youtubing it!? So all in all spirits are high, head down and drive on!
7th of June
Today's progress: 165km and counting!
7th of June
Still going strong in the land of the midnight sun 190km done, guna push on as feeling pretty good especially with the views
8th of June
So I managed 230km yesterday, mainly because there was no clean water anywhere to cook or drink. I'm about 100km out from Lulea, first major city of the day and hope to make it by mid afternoon
Can someone please record Made in Chelsea tonight for when I get back?
Just leaving Lulea, met some nice English lads for a pint (for strength) and departing to this....
9th of June
Day 5, 140km done on a highway with no hard shoulder, front dérailleur packed in so it was a slow one!? Into skelleftea 2m to find a handy man!
11th of June
So I've made it to Umea, 1000km complete in the first week. Feeling pretty good, only injury to report is a good going nerve injury to my right hand, similar to carpal tunnel I suppose! I'm currently waiting in the cafe in umea airport as my Dad is going to join me for 3-400km over the next four days. I'll try and get a few videos up coz there's only so much sunset pics I can stomach
12th of June
Looks more like the Sahara than Northern Sweden..
Lance captures the yellow jersey on his first day
14th of June
So we struggled to Sundsvall on Dad's last day on the bike. 120km in lashing rain, 4 degrees etc...thankfully we've found a hotel and what will be only my second shower and bed in 11 days, needless to say I'm a happy man
17th of June
So I just got bundled into a police car for speeding :( ...ah no for cycling on the motorway, nice bunch to be fair. They declined a photo...
Trial run of the go pro, pretty tame and law-abiding as expected
Packing it in for the night, 145km from Stockholm, hoping to be sipping on a 6euro flat white by 6pm 2m. Nights are much darker now
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