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Lifecycle Challenge 2014

  • End of a journey

    Four months of training, five countries, five currencies, 2,000km, 10 days, two injuries. It's hard to believe it's over - but 15.5 hours after they got up this morning in Narva, the first cyclists reached the finish line for the Actavis Lifecycle...

  • Long night ahead

    Left border at 3.20pm local time. Now on the way to checkpoint to resume the challenge. Will be meeting the honorary consul and Russian cyclists at finish line to be escorted into town. Have to pack bikes tonight as truck leaves for Malta first...

  • Still at the border

    We are still at the border. Back up vehicles and team through but the truck is still at the russian border. Very frustrating for all. Still a long way to go today - and we will have to get all the bikes off the truck before we can get going!

  • Appeasing the God of Bureaucracy

    We never thought it was going to be easy... But sometimes, you just have to play the game. This is the problem in a nutshell: after we get to St Petersburg, the bikes get packed into boxes, put into a truck and get driven to Malta. But.... The...

  • In high spirits

    In high spirits

    After several months of work, the head of logistics of the Actavis Lifecycle Challenge 2013, Soner Gurelli, knows the next two hours are crucial. What it all boils down to is how long it will take to get across the border from Narva in Estonia to...

  • St Petersburg beckons

    St Petersburg beckons

    With the finish line in St Petersburg now only one day away, the 18 cyclists taking part in the Actavis Lifecycle Challenge 2013 are determined to continue, ignoring their aching limbs. Indeed,wirh the majority bandaged and strapped for strains,...

  • The longest day...

    The strong winds of the past few days have taken their toll on the cyclists and the sports hall last night was a constant concerto of coughs and sneezes. The morning air is surprisingly fresh and the endless straight road through trees is in the...

  • Slowly getting covered in bandages

    Slowly getting covered in bandages

    A second cyclist taking part in the Actavis LifeCycle 2013 Challenge has succumbed to knee injuries and will have to drop out of the event. Although the extreme nature of the event makes these casualties inevitable, it is a bitter disappointment...

  • Easy days

    The team taking part in the Actavis LifeCycle Challenge 2013 are on their way to Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea - having already visited three countries since they set off on Monday. Yesterday and today were relatively easy days - partly in...

  • A small accident

    If there was ever any doubt about how emotional the Actavis Lifecycle Challenge 2013 can be, then the very first day of this year's event was a stark reminder. The cyclists "draft", riding very close in a single file in order to benefit from the...