Berlin 2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships
I rode from London to Cologne (via Dover, Calais, Ostende, and Liege) then took a train to Berlin.
Here's Monica Pyrek (POL) in the Women's Pole Vault Final.
She jumped 4.65 m to finish in second place.
Anna Rowgowska (POL) was first with 4.75 m and Chelsea Johnson (USA) was third with 4.65 m.
Chelsea is the daughter of the 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Dan Johnson.
Kate Dennison (GBR) finished 6th with 4.55 m.
Elena Isinbaeva (RUS) came in at 4.75 m and 'no-heighted'.
Sanya Richards (USA) celebrates after winning the Women's 400 m.
Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) was 5th.
Here I am in front of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, site of the 1936 Olympic Games.
The mascot, Berlino.
Usain Bolt (JAM) celebrates after after winning the 200 m in a new World Record of 19.19 s.
In the background the decathletes look on.
L-R: Andres Raja (EST), Ashton Eaton (USA), Willem Coertzen (RSA).
Usain Bolt (JAM) poses for photos in front of the clock after his 200 m World Record.
Malcolm Rogers (GBR official) is at the far left in the white shirt.
Wallace Spearmon (USA) was third in the 200 m with 19.85 m.
In the Men's Pole Vault, Steve Hooker (AUS) won with a clearance of 5.90 m.
He was injured and only had two jumps.
In the bar after the Men's Pole Vault Final.
Steve Lewis (GBR), his coach Steve Rippon, and me.
Lewis finished equal 7th with 5.65 m.
He also jumped 5.65 m in Qualification.
View of the stadium being cleared away after the Men's Pole Vault Final.
Men's Pole Vault Ceremony.
L-R: Romain Mesnil (FRA), second 5.85 m; Steve Hooker (AUS), first 5.90 m; Renaud Lavillenie (FRA), third 5.80 m.
Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) celebrates his win in the Men's Javelin Throw.
In the background are Tero Pitkamaki (FIN) and Antti Ruuskanen (FIN).
They finished out of the medals with 4th and 5th place..
The GBR Men's 4 x 400 m Relay celebrate their second place behind USA.
L-R: Conrad Williams, Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney, Rob Tobin.
After the competition I rode north along the Oder River through Szcecin and Wolin to the Baltic coast.
Here I am at a point on the beach that marks the border between Poland and Germany.
I visited the museum at Peenemunde.
This was the site of rocket development and testing by the Germans during WWII.
This is a V2 rocket.
I went around the island of Rugen, out the lighthouse at Darsser Ort, and then down to Rostock.
Here's me at a beach near Warnemunde.
I continued on to Wismar, Lubeck, and Hamburg.
While in the Netherlands I took the ferry to the island of Texel.
Here's the church at Den Hoorn.
Here's a windmill in Rotterdam.
Unfortunately, the rain settled in so I took trains (and the Calais-Dover ferry) back to London.
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