Dates: August 15th to August 21st 2018
Participants: Chris Horton, Tom Ayre & Mark Wainwright
Every year company directors Tom and Chris participate in a company sponsored road cycling tour in Europe. Alongside mutual friend Mark, the team of 3 continued their adventure across Sweden from Gothenburg to Stockholm.
The team cycling outside of Gothenburg along Lake Viaredssjon in full team uniform!
Across the previous 3 years the team of three have cumulatively cycled from Leigh-on-Sea to the top of Denmark, amassing almost 1000 miles. In 2018 it was time to continue the journey by another 300 miles across 5 days of cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Sweden.
Starting at the THS Concepts office, Tom, Chris and Mark began day one at 3am with bikes packed ready for a flight from Heathrow. A taxi ride and a 2 hour flight later the team were ready to begin the road trip at Gothenburg Landvetter airport. Assembling the bikes outside an airport terminal isn’t always the easiest but the weather was kind and luckily the 50 mile leg kicked off shortly after midday, 10 hours after waking up!
Lakes and beautiful scenery were very much the theme of this trip!
Day one took the team from Gothenburg to Ulricehamn, a beautiful small city overlooking Lake Asunden; day two continued to Granna, an equally quaint although smaller town next to lake Vattern and day three was a difficult 82 mile ride to the lively city of Norrkoping. The final 2 days included a 52 ride to the remote farming village of Tystberga followed by the final leg to Stockholm city centre.
Mark and Tom resting on the outskirts of Stockholm on the final day of cycling.
The team outside the finish line – the Comfort Hotel Xpress in Stockholm city centre!
Upon making it to Stockholm, Tom, Chris and Mark could finally relax and enjoy a couple of days off in the city, the ultimate reward after 5 days of cycling across an entire country – and not a flat one either!
Next year the guys will continue their journey, either through Finland or possibly via a new route through France and down towards the Mediterranean.