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Though it

. is an acro­nym for ‘Get The **** Out’, and pos­si­bly a phrase you’d be tempted to use when your six-yearold makes a noise dur­ing Paris-Roubaix af­ter­noon.

// But it also ad­e­quately de­scribes that most un­der­val­ued di­vi­sion of cy­cling – the tour­ing ad­ven­ture. // The ad­ven­ture has no dis­tance, time or dead­line. It has one mis­sion: to get out, get off the grid, and

get ex­plor­ing. // AND ON A BIKE, YOU CAN ‘GET OUT’ MORE EAS­ILY THAN MOST. // On a bike you feel the ruts of a road, the smooth­ness of the tar, the wind in your face and the smells of the world you ride through. With just a back­pack, pan­niers and some plan­ning, you get to es­cape from the grind. // YOU CAN TRAVEL GREAT DIS­TANCES, AND GO TO PLACES NOT AC­CES­SI­BLE BY CAR OR ON FOOT. YOU GET TO TEST YOUR SPIRIT, AND LEARN A FEW THINGS ABOUT YOUR­SELF. // You can ride through the moun­tains of Bo­liva, travel through Europe, or head out on the end­less roads of the Ka­roo. You choose the jour­ney. //

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO COST MUCH – you can tai­lor your ad­ven­ture to your time and fi­nances. BUT YOU NEED TO DO IT.

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