There appears to be a few irons in the fire for trips this year, none of which are really developing. It appears to me that we have a possible Scotland run in the summer, Will has proposed the Alps in the summer but now decided on May (incidentally the same weekend as le Mans) and another proposer or two for a Alps run in September. Phew!
If there is any interest in Le Mans let me know.
Well I am up for anything that involves a bike so if we could distil this down to an actual firm arrangement I am up for it. I am unavailable 12-27 July and 5-15 September, but otherwise flexible.
Can I suggest that from what I have read there does not seem any commitement to a long run such as Spain or Italy? That leaves Germany or France, the Alps are good especially the area around St Bernard passes. Grossglockner is a fair run from those though. I normally work on about 450 miles a day there and back (still Norwich to London and back 2 1/2 times!) and about 150 miles a day on the passes. To drive down to the Alps in a day on a bike is beyond me now I am afraid, and in any case 18 hours on a bike is not a lot of fun especially if it rains.....
I stick to the speed limits without getting prissy about it, and find in the real world if you can do 50mph over the ground (which allows for petrol, loo, food) iI find is about right.
I quite fancy the GP 17-20th May but am happy to consider a run to the Alps, it can be pretty cold at altitude in May. I went over the Col de I'Iseran on the 25th September and it was covered in snow and jolly chilly. Previously I have found some of the Italian passes closed in May with 10 foot snow drifts either side of the road, and then you come to a barrier....
Some of us are away at Ingleton 25-27th May.
June is a good time for the Alps, as no school holidays, all the passes are open (no snow) warm but not too hot...just a thought.
Someone said they have not taken the bike abroad before, well as I am sure you know its a lot easier over there than here!