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The Road To Milan

April 23 - May 05 2020
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Cycle Glasgow to Milan – 23 April to 6 May 2020

Glasgow to Milan - 1,670 km (1,050 miles) – 13 days, 12 days cycling, average 87.5 miles a day

On 6 May 1970 the famous Glasgow Celtic played Feyenoord in the final of the European Cup in Milan.  Sadly, the heroic victory in Lisbon in 1967 could net be repeated against a team who were part of the golden era of Dutch football.

In 2017 a group of 30 Celtic supporting cyclist cycled from Glasgow to Lisbon on the 50th anniversary of the final, raising c£85k for charity.  Some of these cyclists are cycling to Milan in April/May 2020 on the 50th anniversary of this second final.

Link to photos, videos of R2L http://theroadtolisbon.com/team-pictures-and-videos/

If you are interested in participating, please email: theroadtomilan2020@gmail.com

Key Points - Route and Logistics

Glasgow to Newcastle through the Scottish Southern Uplands and down the east coast.
Overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam

From Rotterdam, pass Antwerp and pick up on part of the Tour of Flanders stages with a few cobbles here and there, before heading west of Brussels and into France.

In France we go through a few historic Tour stages passing through the rolling hills of the Champagne area and historic Verdun.

The route would then head south continuing along the above theme east of Dijon before heading further east into Annecy where we would start on crossing of the Alps.

Due to early time of year we have looked at a route using cols that have been used on the Tour, but which are a size that should mean they will be clear of snow even in bad winter. Some are also ski resort routes so will be ploughed anyway. These are - Col des Aravis 1,487 metres, Les Saises ski resort 1,650 metres, Col de la Madeleine 2,000 metres and Col du Mont Cenis 2,083 metres.

This route would drop us into Italy close to Turin which is just south of Milan, we feel this dogs-leg would be worth it though as there are few other ways into Italy with having to use tunnels or very main roads.
From here the route would then head north east into Milan.


In 2017 the Glasgow to Lisbon cyclists raised over £85k for charity.  The intention would be to use the cycle to Milan to raise finds for Celtic FC Foundation.


What happens in Milan?

The organised part of the cycle ends in Milan, with one night’s accommodation included in the cost.  As happened in Lisbon, the cyclists will organize their own celebration event.

Projected Costs

Based on 20 cyclists, the cost is estimated at £2,300 and will finalised once the final number is known and the route recce has been completed.

What is and is not included

Detailed route recce and planning by Greenrock autumn 2019
Ferry crossing Newcastle/Amsterdam one way
Accommodation (twin sharing), breakfast and dinner each cycling day
On the road refreshments and lunch to include energy giving food and drinks on all cycling days
Full Greenrock support including luggage vehicle, minibus & motorbike
Greenrock support crew (4/5 staff) who are experienced in running these events and specialize in looking after cyclists on the road, with qualifications in bike mechanics and First Aid certificates
Carriage of bicycles from Milan back to Glasgow
Maps with full GPS tracks and turn by turn directions,
Event & promotional literature

Not included:

Any meals, snacks and drinks outside those stated above
Any additional hotel costs over and above the standard room, dinner and breakfast
Travel to and from the start and finishing points, this includes returning from Milan

Entering the Ride on a Stage by Stage Basis

Cyclists can take part for 1, 2 or 3 days at a time, as follows:

1 day - £190.00 per cyclist

2 days - £380.00 per cyclist

3 days - £570.00 per cyclist

This would include full support, accommodation for 1,2 or 3 nights, dinner and breakfast.

Cyclists would have to find their own way to hotels that marked the start of their stage and find their own way home once they finished their stage.


Greenrock supported the Glasgow to Lisbon cycle in 2017 and did a fantastic job.

Greenrock is a husband and wife team Joe & Laura Means, supported by a team of experienced and enthusiastic outdoor enthusiasts including cyclists.

They are known for their attention to detail, unique ideas and safety record which can be seen over the last 28 years throughout their site.         www.greenrock.co.uk

The Road To Milan - Charity cycle

Routes: 13 days circa 1100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: 30
Start Times / Itinerary

Following the succesful cycle in May 2017 " The Road To Lisbon"

We can advise that "The Road To Milan" project had been launched 

Cycling from Glasgow to Milan via Rotterdam 

23.04.2020 - 05.05.2020

We offer sections from 1 to 13 days, with flexability on starting points and duration

For further details please contact us theroadtomilan2020@gmail.com



What's Included?

Depending on external sponsorship we would aim to have team jerseys 

Packet Pickups

We enclose an outline for the current 13 days high level route, which is based on starting on 23.04.2020

The actual route, stops and turns etc will all be updated following the formal recce in November 2019

Date Cycle day Indicative route Miles
23rd  1st days cycling  Glasgow - Hawick  78
24th  2nd days cycling  Hawick - Newcastle ferry  69
25th  3rd days cycling  IJmuiden -Gorinchem  79
26th  4th days cycling  Gorinchem - Merksplas  84
27th  5th days cycling  Merksplas - Huy  83
28th  6th days cycling  Huy - Virton  87
29th  7th days cycling  Virton - Commercy  75
30th  8th days cycling  Commercy - Langres  95
1st May  9th days cycling  Langres - Chalon sur Soane  95
2nd  10th days cycling  Chalon sur Soane - Bellegarde sur Valserine  95
3rd  11th days cycling  Bellegarde sur Valserine - Bourg Saint Maurice  85
4th  12th days cycling  Bourg Saint Maurice - Quincinetto  85
5th  13th days cycling - arrive Milan  Quincinetto - Milan  83
Route to updated following recce, including smoothing of miles to include some partial rest days


Indicative costs as a guide for partial route participants 

Based on a pro rata of fixed costs and variable costs for 13 days, we are looking at indicative costs as follows:

10 days GBP 1900

7 days GBP 1330

3 days GBP 570

As a guide 1 day is circa GBP 190

Naturally we will aim to continue recruiting in order to bring down the fixed costs element for everyone's benefit 


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Adequate Car Parking
Support for Participants
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Roving Mechanical Support
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Glasgow, Scotland, G40 3RE
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Apr 23 2020 - EVENT: The Road To Milan