Name: Andy Cox
Year of Birth: 1978
Bike: 2019 Bombtrack Beyond+ 2
Riding period: Late June 2019 to late October 2019. Lots of mosquitoes and other biting insects in the north, but that’s to be expected. Good conditions into the central section with cooler days and the beginnings of autumn in the air. Getting colder up high in the southern section, but great riding conditions with still mostly good weather, the odd frost above 1500m. Finish in Portugal was definitely autumn, once you meet the Atlantic airflow, but still pleasant, although you need to make the most of the daylight hours.
Most favourite part: Endless dirt roads and the freedom of the forest in the far north. Dramatic scenery around the edge of the Alps. Spanish Lapland and the Sierra de Segura on eastern Spain.
Random thoughts: Home-is-where-you-pitch-it. Look-a-little-closer. It’s all downhill, until the next climb.