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Barcelona 2010 European Athletics Championships

I rode from London to Dover, took the ferry to Calais, rode down to Boulogne, then took a train to Paris.

I took a train from Paris to Perpignan, stopping for a day to ride in the hills around Brive-la-Gaillarde. From Perpignan I rode along the coast to Barcelona. Here I am in Collioure, France, about 25 km from the border with Spain. In Spain I frequently came across scantily dressed women sunning themselves in chair beside the road; often in the middle of nowhere. It took me a while to realise they were prostitutes.

In Barcelona I was staying near Parc Guell in the hills to the north of the city. It was too hot to ride around so I took the Metro to Place Espanya then walked up past the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya to the Montjuic stadium. I met up with Steve Rippon, coach of Kate Dennison (GBR). Here's Kate being introduced to the crowd for the Women's Pole Vault Final. She finished 6th with 4.55 m. Also in the photo is Yuliya Golubchikova (RUS), Carolin Hingst (GER), Jirina Ptacnikova (CZE), and Anastasiya Shvedova (BLR). The medalists were Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.75 m, Silke Spiegelburg (GER) 4.65 m, and Lisa Ryzih 4.65 m.

Andy Turner (GBR) won the Men's 110 m Hurdles in 13.28 s. Here he is celebrating.

Men's Pole Vault Final: Here's Evgeniy Bondarenko talking to Igor Trandenkov and Vladimir Ryzih. Igor was the silver medalist at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Vladimir is father and coach of Nastja and Lisa Ryzih.

In the Men's Pole Vault Final, Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) won with 5.85 m, Maksym Mazurk (UKR) was second with 5.80 m, and Przemyslaw Czerwinski(POL) was third with 5.75 m.

After the competition I rode back up the coast to Perpignan, then took a train to Bordeaux. I rode through the vineyards by the Garonne River, took the ferry across to Royan, then rode up the coast to La Rochelle. I took a train to Rennes and St Malo, and then rode along the coast to Granville. This is part of the fortress at St Malo.

The famous Mont Saint-Michel. The tide was very low so I walked on the sand around the island.

I took a train from Granville to Bayeux. Here I am next to a Sherman tank that is outside a WWII museum in Bayeux. I also had a look at the famous Bayeux Tapestry that depicts the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. I then rode along the beaches that were used in the WWII Normandy Landings (Omaha, Gold, Sword, Juno), over the Pegasus Bridge ("The Longest Day") and up to Caen.

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