Trans-Europe SUP & Cycle 2017

 

On May 26th, 2017, I began a trans-Europe expedition across, from London to the Black Sea, based primarily on stand-up paddleboarding but cycling two sections.  The journey started from close to the Houses of Parliament in London, paddling to the end of the Thames and along the southeast coastline, before crossing the Channel to France.  From the French coast I headed north to Calais, before portaging to the Calais canal and continuing towards Belgium. From the east of France I used a bike to travel through Belgium, a few miles of the Netherlands, and across Germany to Passau.  At Passau I switched from bike back to SUP for Danube.  The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, after the Volga in Russia.  It is approximately 1780 miles (2860 km) in length, beginning in Germany's Schwarzwald and flowing into the Black Sea.

My last European adventure was in 2014, when I travelled from London to Transylvania for a race, and I enjoyed the experience immensely.  I want to show that expeditions and adventures do not have to be in far-off lands to be worthwhile and extremely interesting.  This will be a coast-to-coast journey across Europe, from London to the Black Sea, and a total distance of more than 2000 miles (3500 km).  A full report of my journey can be found here.

 

Causes

Although I planned to thoroughly enjoy and maximise my personal experience of a journey across Europe, there were other reasons this was an important expedition.  There are currently plans to build more than 2000 hydroelectric dams in the Balkans, which will have a huge environmental impact, destroying pristine wildlife habitat.  The dams will require infrastructure to be built across national parks and landscapes, will negatively impact upon river species and land species alike, and negatively impact upon folk like myself who enjoy spending time in nature.  More information can be found on the Save the Blue Heart of Europe website and their Facebook page

The Danube itself suffers with a considerable amount of pollution.  Although the dumping of industrial waste during the communist era caused the most damage, since when the health of the river began to improve, there is now a likelihood of repeating past mistakes and adding to them considerably.  Recently the river has been exposed to the dumping of toxic sludge, NATO bombs, oil spills, cyanide poisoning, heavy metals from industry and increasing plastics pollution (microbeads and direct littering), amongst other pollutants.  Plans to build more canals and more dams (as if the existing 28 are insufficient) will cause further harm.

It is hoped that raising awareness of these important environmental causes will help gain public support and add pressure to European countries to re-evaluate their plans.  We need a combined effort, from the public and politicians alike, to act more responsibly and in the best interests of all our waterways, and the people and species that benefit from them.

Please also see Watertrek, for more information on keeping all our waterways clean and reducing environmental harm.

In addition to the environmental focus, I am also interested in supporting a greater unity of nations across Europe.  Together, I believe we can achieve much more, for both the Europe and humanity as a whole, by pooling the best ideas and initiatives.  Stand Up For Europe promotes unity and a celebration of each nation's cultural identity, whilst striving towards the benefits for all of us from improved economic efficiencies and societal cohesion.  My journey was a celebration of the countries and peoples I saw and spent time with.  There is so much more that unites us than divides us, and so many problems that result from economic inequalities that a more united Europe can help resolve.

 

 

Here is a short promo video recorded along the start of the Danube River in 2016:

 

Here is a short video of me on the BillboardSUP in Hungary on the Trans-Europe expedition:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confirmed Sponsors & Associated Organisations

It is extremely exciting to have excellent sponsors already confirmed for this expedition.  The sponsors are listed below:


 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 
 

 

 


 

I give lectures and courses around the UK on subjects relevant to endurance athletes, coaches, personal trainers and therapists.  Details of these can be found here.

 

 

The Books

 

My books are available from Amazon as ebooks and as printed versions.

 

             

 

 

 

 

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