Not officially, but unofficially we were in no doubt. A mass start, with a live online leaderboard fed by our trackers, and a finish party scheduled such that I knew I’d have to spend virtually all but the mandatory 5 hour overnight rest stops moving to be within a chance of making.
The mostly off-road route ran underneath the flight corridor flown during the Berlin Airlift – the aircraft of which were nicknamed the Candy Bombers – during the Soviet blockade of Berlin in the post war years. We started from their base at what’s now Frankfurt Airport, and each carried a ‘care package’ of a gift we’d bought to hand over to the children’s charity Care at the finish line, the Berlin Velo Fair being held at Tempelhof Airport.
Day 2 – Mud, Wet and Broken Gears
Day 3 – Repairs and Late Start
Day 4 – Bonk and Scratch.