It's easy to have a bit of a downer when things don't go according to plan. We have been training, and are pretty fit. So we were looking hard for something big to do instead.
Our original plan was to go up to Scotland and to finish up the Highland Trail 550. Then I came across something new.
The French Divide.
"Just like the Great Divide, but in France. Connecting the northern french-belgian border and the southern french-spanish border. A bike trip mixing cyclo-cross and mountain biking roads following a part of the route of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle and without any assistance."
2100 Kilometres, with 27000 metres of climbing. 70% of gravel, with 30% on road.
Advertised highlights include the Belgian Kemmelberg, from the spring classic Gant Wevelgem. The Arenburg and other Paris Roubaix cobbles and the Tourmalet which is a favourite on the Tour de France.
Other highlights will include pastries from the Boulangerie most mornings, and the occasional bottle of Vin Rouge, and unlike the Tour Divide, there will be no bears to worry about.