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Using GPS Marker, Cyclists ‘Draw’ Giant Bicycle Across Europe

Using GPS Marker, Cyclists ‘Draw’ Giant Bicycle Across Europe

Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi "drew" this massive bicycle across Europe on their bikes. Image: Rayneau-Kirkhope, Casiraghi. When your ambition is to draw a picture…

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Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi "drew" this massive bicycle across Europe on their bikes. Image: Rayneau-Kirkhope, Casiraghi. When your ambition is to draw a picture of a bicycle across Europe by riding one along a meticulously planned, GPS-traced route, you’re understandably in for some work.

For one couple who did it — with their dog — the lift turned out to be even heavier than they thought. The payoff? “Relief”, according to Arianna Casiraghi.

Casiraghi and husband Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope first met while they were both pursuing Ph.D.’s in Nottingham, England. They first set out to “draw” a 965km-wide bicycle across Europe in 2019, they told The Guardian . The mission forced the couple to give up their jobs as physics researchers to pedal approximately 7,250km through seven countries.

Why? From Switzerland, the duo said that they hoped “to draw attention to the scale of climate breakdown and persuade people to think about using bikes instead of cars for shorter trips.” Two aborted attempts

For Casiraghi and Rayneau-Kirkhope, though, the trip proved to be anything but short. They began in 2019, but Casiraghi sustained a knee injury that cut the attempt short. Undeterred, they resumed the voyage in November of that year, but cold, wet weather made for abysmal camping, and they shut it down again.

Still, they refused to give up on the pictographic route, which had required immense planning. So they planned to hop back in the saddle in March 2020, but COVID derailed them.

Casiraghi, 40, said that finally finishing the route […]

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