Cycling Tomorrow's Europe

On this page is a very rough map showing my intended 13,000 km route through 17 countries but, more importantly, through 40 of the bits of Europe that are, however serious or desirable, moving towards recognized independence and could therefore, in some parallel reality, become brand new countries in the near or distant future. Some of these groups are entirely jokey, some legit but with a minuscule number of crazed devotees, a few have millions of serious advocates and, in a handful of places, it's been important enough to die for. Some places have no great desire for independence but may have it thrust upon them by the machinations of others. Two are technically still at war. Many, however, have their own history, culture and cuisine. So expect more tales of peculiar places, freaky food and lovely locals!

Stage One: Competa to Lyon

Approximate dates: 2nd April to 8th May

Countries: Spain and France

Possible Future States: Andalusia, Eastern Andalusia, Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia, Val d'Aran, Occitania and the Sovereign State of Barbe Island

Stage Two: Lyon to Katowice

Approximate dates: 8th May to 26th June

Countries: France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland

Possible Future States: Savoy, Franche-Comté, Republic of Saugeais, Alsace, Fürstentum Rheinbergen, Bavaria, Südtirol, Padania, Veneto, Friuli, the Free Territory of Trieste, Istria, Rijeka, Enclava, Carinthia, South Slovakia, Moravia, Kingdom of Wallachia, Czech Silesia and Silesia

Stage Three: Katowice to Odessa

Approximate dates: 26th June to 20th July

Countries: Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova

Possible Future States: Ruthenia, Szekely Land, Bukovina, Transnistria, Gagauzia, Taraclia, Budjak and Odessa People's Republic

Stage Four: Batumi to Baku

Approximate dates: 20th July to 2nd September

Countries: Georgia and Azerbaijan

Possible Future States: Adjara, Samegrelo, Abkhazia and Lezgistan

Find out more...

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