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Finnish end to end record attempt
« on: June 03, 2019, 12:40:17 pm »
(unofficial) by Samuli Mäkinen started today. He's not far from Salo, a town swarm_catcher and I passed through on our way to Russia in 2013. There'll be little if no night-riding, especially in the far north.

Tracker: https://www.randonneurs.fi/live/samuli-suomen-halki-2019/

Blog post: https://samulimaekinen.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/pohjanmaan-kautta/



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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 05:51:19 am »
He's well into Lapland and on schedule to beat his target of 5½ days by a huge margin. It's pretty safe to say he'll finish before sunset*.

He's just passed Sodankylä on route 4 (aka E75). Even though it's the main road to the north, there aren't that many opportunities for food & drink. I rode for hours and hours on that stretch before I found a coffee stop.

* Sunset at the finish is
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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 07:16:31 am »
1442km - so very comparable with the British version. Of course, the grass is always greener ...
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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 07:49:36 am »
1442km - so very comparable with the British version. Of course, the grass is always greener ...

How does the terrain compare? If the record over here is less than half the time the one over there, there must be a lot more hills in Finland...

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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 11:04:17 am »
His route is significantly flatter than LeJog, but he's completely unsupported. There's no 'official' record, so I suppose this is the initial attempt to establish one, a tracker being used as some sort of validation. Randonneurs Fi seem to be involved with it in some way.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 11:40:20 am »
Midges must be horrendous in Finland... he needs to keep moving

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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 11:54:54 am »
Midges must be horrendous in Finland... he needs to keep moving
Not midges like you get in Scotland, but mosquitoes. And giant evil horseflies which can fly as fast as I can cycle, and which can bite through the backs of my mitts - they seem to prefer the backs of hands and the tops of feet. They also make life hell for reindeer (according to the woman in the tourist office in Övertorneå) because they bite their eyes and blind them. Like this lot I met on a road in Finland. As soon as they stop they are trying to scratch and shake flies off (as was I - you can see flies buzzing round).
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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019, 04:41:07 am »
Quote from: Randoneurs FI on twitter 5 hours ago
Samuli Mäkinen has finished his south-north crossing of Finland by bicycle from Hanko to Nuorgam (~1440 km) in 61 hours and 38 minutes. It appears he went cycling after he had finished so we have to wait for more details. :)
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2019, 06:24:17 pm »
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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2019, 05:29:07 pm »
Salvatore, thanks for posting about that!

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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2019, 04:44:38 pm »
I love that he seems to have planned his route nonchalantly on an Etrex.  :thumbsup:

Btw, your link here
Like this lot I met on a road in Finland.
actually gives me someone talking about Tesla and Edison...
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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2019, 05:50:35 pm »
I love that he seems to have planned his route nonchalantly on an Etrex.  :thumbsup:

Btw, your link here
Like this lot I met on a road in Finland.
actually gives me someone talking about Tesla and Edison...

Ta. This should work.
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Re: Finnish end to end record attempt
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2019, 05:56:23 pm »
Can definitely see the flies. I think I'd rather have mosquitoes than horseflies, their bites are so painful.
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