Mediterranean with Fiona Quinn
Going twice the distance and elevation of the notorious Transcontinental Race, Mediterranean leverages a drive for exploration and the challenge of competing against no one but yourself.
Cycling across 9 countries, Fiona’s adventure from Gibraltar to Athens will explore the food and people that make this stretch of coastline one of the most popular in the world. Along the way she will inspire you to explore new routes, new cultures and new goals.
In the first half of this adventure I’ve covered Gibraltar, Spain and France, exploring the differences in cycling culture and infrastructure, and the varied terrain and climates.
Check out my route
My tracking map below is provided by the wonderful guys at ZeroSixZero so you can check how far I’ve managed to cycle (and spot the circles when I got lost!).
Full Route Stats
Roughly 6,000 km in distance | 60,000 meters of elevation
Where 9 countries | Gibraltar to Greece | Following the Med
How 1 woman | Solo & self-supported | Cycle touring
When 10th April to 26th April 2019
Where 3 countries | Gibraltar to France
Map provided by ZeroSixZero
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Through inspiring talks, bike workshops and a live adventure feed, Mediterranean will engage audiences in the UK and Europe, focusing on women and girls in particular, to give them the knowledge and confidence to embrace their own adventures by bicycle.
Going self supported, Fiona will carry everything she needs on her bike. With a tent and sleeping bag she’ll camp along the way, as well as staying with Warm Showers hosts to learn from the locals, and may be even some new friends that she meets along the way.
She’ll share with you what it’s really like to travel as a solo woman, the issues she comes up against, but also how solo travel can be far more social than you might initially think.
Come along for the ride
Particularly keen to engage girls in primary and secondary schools (a key age in supporting girls in sport), Fiona will visit schools in Britain pre-departure to share her bike maintenance and cycling tips and tricks, learnt through her previous cycling adventures. She’ll then encourage pupils to follow her journey via a live tracking map and weekly video updates, followed by an inspiring in person talk to share her tales from the road once she gets back.
Fancy inspiring your pupils to get active, adopt an adventure mindset and challenge themselves to go further than they ever imagined?
Find out more details here on how your school can benefit.
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Follow her journey
Whether you’ve not cycled since you were a child, a regular cycle commuter or just fancy a bit of wanderlust to get you to spend more time outdoors, Fiona would love you to follow her expedition. Simply pick whichever way suits you best…
In 2018 Fiona set 3 world records when she stand up paddleboarded (SUP) the length of Britain. Over 81 days she battled a fear of the sea to cover 800 miles up the west coast, greeting creatures from the deep as she paddled over the Irish Sea and fighting past the deadly Corryvreckan whirlpool in Scotland.
She became the first woman to SUP across the Irish Sea and the first person to SUP the length of Britain on an inflatable board.
This expedition, added to her walk and cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats the year before, makes Fiona the first woman in history to complete a length of Britain Triathlon.