By bicycle to the Black Sea
At first glance, the Black Sea is a bit far from Bucharest for an amateur cyclist. 300 kilometers? Is it really?
These are the questions many Romanian cycling enthusiasts and pros ask themselves year after year. And for one good reason: because we have one of the biggest Romanian getaways at the beginning of May: Labor Day. Yes, that lovely day, on May 1st, when pretty much every soul in our country desires to escape to the sea. And how else would you escape, if not a bike? But, the “boys” can’t really get away and escape to the seaside on the first of May, as the friends all want to have a nice trip to the many resorts on the Romanian Black Sea Coast, like Vama Veche and Mamaia.
Because of this, a decade ago, one guy came up with the idea to make this epic journey, of about 300km, one week before May 1st. The trip, ever since, has been called Cu bicicleta la mare (By bycicle to the Black Sea).
Last year, we were about 480 people at the start. What kind of people? Of all kinds: 25-year-old cyclists who make 5,000 km per month. And veterans of 75, who keep after cars in their spare time, on their way from Bucharest to the Danube. People who suffer from their bodies, which they will always be healthy, but also company employees who dream to put their hands on the horizon and take him back to work as a background for the sales slide ….
Why all these people want to join the fun is because it makes a very hard trip much easier. They have regular pit stops, every 30km, technical assistance from Giant Bicycles Romania, buses for the tired, ambulances and police escorts, and even a planned out route on Bikemap. Nice, huh?
This year, the almost reached the 500 mark. And what a jolly gang it was, of pro’s, people on road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes…and even one guy on a fat bike cruiser (300km on that, really?!?). They completed the adventure in two days, this weekend, despite a very long and rainy week, with some freak weather: heat wave on Monday, snow on Wednesday and almost hurricane winds on Thursday and Friday. But the weather didn’t deter them, not even the 3c weather on the morning of the start. But the ordeal was all worth it, as the countryside in south Romania offered great views of traditional villages, happy locals cheering along and the most intense of yellow on the canola fields. The tour just ended, today, April 23rd, at about 6 pm, at Mamaia resort, in pouring rain. But we saw only smiles, joy and the great feeling of conquering these epic distance. They’re probably all gathered around a camp fire and enjoying a cold beer, or maybe a hot toddy, who knows. We can bet they’re probably happy.
Have a look, maybe you’ll join the trip next year, or maybe RomaniaToGo can take you on one this summer.
See you soon!
Mai frumoase decat locurile prin care umblam cu bicicleta spre mare sunt doar figurile oamenilor, transfigurati de bucuria simpla pe care o traim cu totii. Las zambetele lor sa spuna tot ce e de spus.
Posted by Lucian Mindruta on 22 Aprilie 2017
Avansam cu spor…. inca 30km pana pe plaja 😉
Posted by Cu bicicleta la mare on 23 Aprilie 2017
Pictures from – https://cubicicletalamare.com/