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Opening BC 2008 Olympia-Beijing

Opening ceremony in a worthy place and ride into the mountains

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View Route Olympia - China on Lent's travel map.

The grand day is there after all. After meeting everyone at the Olympia camp site the previous night (for me in fact a reunion with three people from the 2004 ride in Finland, later I am going to write more about some of the other BC members) we departed to the ancient stadium of Olympia where the Greek media was awaiting us. (By chance I saw the News about us on TV in Pub in a fairly remote mountain village two days later.) Official starting ceremony at Olympia town hall with the local press and deputy town mayor.

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Visit to the Archeological Site, where I had been the previous time during a study journey from my Greek course in Grammar school in 198X. In fact, I had celebrated my 18th birthday in Olympia back then!

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At 1.30 pm and sunny weather finally on the bikes and into the mountains for a 63 km trip across an unbelievable 1657 altimetres!

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See GPS track http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=13238.
The last bit was a 20 km rise from 150 to 700 m in almost complete darkness. A true test for the first day!

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Posted by Lent 08:35 Archived in Greece

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