Biketour 2014 day#3

Day #2 MCBikeTour 2014

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Day 2 of the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour (Have you checked out the footage from Day 1` yet? www.youtube.com/user/medicalbiketour

So, todays challenge, is  118 kilometers ,from Tortosa to Selva, in Catalunya. We know this will be a tough day! There are several climbs and the roads are small and windy.

The first stretch of the journey sees the first big hills of this tour with hard climbs and steep descents on some tricky roads and riders’ speeds vary in range from 7-70 km per hour. The climbs are hard, the wind is intense in places… and cold.

Pretty soon, we have a pack breaking off for the front. This year we have some experienced cyclists and some good mountain climbers. The pace is fast and the first group arrive 50 km later in good time.

But the tour is not a race. OH NO,, we are all in this for the cause!  On a bike tour there are many mini adventures within this grand adventure – bikes break down, people get lost, vehicles get lost. It’s all part of the fun of course…

Tomorrow is climb, climb, climb and then a sharp descent down to the coast and the road to Barcelona…

This was the 2nd day:

www.youtube.com/user/medicalbiketour

Day #1 MCBikeTour 2014

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Group photo of the MCBikeTour 2014 group

So, Day 1 on the ride. We have 130km to make, through Valencia, from Onda to the historic town of Tortosa.

OK, so maybe we are not the early birds… it was a late night at the local Pizzaria the night before. But, by 10am our band of international brothers and sisters are ready to hit the road.

We leave Onda in glorious sunshine, riding across mostly flat country, where orange tree orchards and olive trees line the road.

We are much bigger than last year, 50 people coming together and a lot new faces to get to know. The morning isn’t the smoothest operation, the Spanish countryside can play tricks… and so there may have been a few wrong turns along the road to lunch. But we get there in the end!

Lunch is a relief, after almost 70km. And in the afternoon, the MC Bike Team becomes more like a team! We fly (OK, sometimes crawl a bit slower) through the Spanish countryside, passing many locals who smile and wave (and sometimes just stare).

Tonight, Tortosa, and time to shower and eat some food. There has been talk from some of an early night. WE shall see…

Day 2 is going to be tougher. We leave Valencia for Catlunya and start to climb into the mountains. The winds will be stronger, the roads smaller, the chance of rain… The adventure continues!

Catch a taste of today on:

www.youtube.com/user/medicalbiketour

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Good vibes bloom on the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour
3 days…. 385km… €50,000…
Thanks to the second annual Medical Cannabis Bike Tour, €50,000 has been raised to fund medical research into the cancer fighting properties of cannabis.With cyclists from all over Europe taking part, the MC Bike Tour was an epic 385km adventure through the mountains from Madrid to the GrowMed Expo in Valencia, April 15-18. Ranging in age from 18 to 70, the group included cannabis users and non-users, as well as those who had lost family and friends to cancer, all participating in the tour united by a great cause. The brainchild of Luc Krol (Paradise Seeds) and Matej Munih (Snail Rolling Papers), The Medical Cannabis Bike Tour is all about promoting research into the medical benefits of the plant. In its second year, the MC Bike Tour saw 20 cyclists join the cause and the team have already been inundated with enquiries from people wanting to ride in next year’s tour. Luc Krol said. “It has been a fantastic ride, a great adventure with good vibes and brilliant people. This is only going to get bigger! We’re bringing the message that cannabis has medical properties that can cure cancer. If Governments won’t fund research, then it’s up to us to do it on our own.” After three days, the bike tour arrived to a noisy reception at GrowMed, Europe’s medical cannabis expo. Here, a check for €50,000 was handed to Dr Guillermo Vallesco who, along with Dr Manuel Guzman, has been pioneering studies in the use of cannabinoids to treat cancer at Madrid’s Complutense University. Luc added, “We are very grateful to the sponsors who have helped us to raise such a significant amount of money. This money will fund important research into the use of cannabis in treating cancer.” Dr Guillermo said; “We would like to thank the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour for their donation. The money will help us in our studies of the effects of cannabinoids, on their own and in combination with other agents, in developing therapies for the future treatment of cancer patients.” End