Cycling 3 Countries in a day

Edirne Doğa Sporları Kulübü – EDOSK (Edirne Nature Sports Club) has organized a one-day cycling tour named “3 countries in a day”. I went to Edirne from Istanbul by bicycle to participate in. You can read my story about riding 265 kilometers in a day, from Istanbul to Edirne.

I woke up 5 AM in the morning. I met with EDOSK members at 6 AM at the city center of Edirne.

Edirne EDOSK Members
Edirne, 6 AM, with EDOSK Members

A cyclist from Greece (Grigoris Azorides) and one of his friend (I forgot his name) met us. Then we hit the road to Kapıkule, the main border gate between Turkey and Bulgaria.

Edirne - Kapıkule
Road to Kapıkule. Edirne is at the background.
Departing Edirne
Departing Edirne
Kapıkule
Kapıkule border gate

After we entered Bulgaria, two Bulgarian cyclists joined us, and they guided us to Svilengrad, Bulgaria.

Entering Bulgaria
Entering Bulgaria. Two Bulgarian cyclist has joined us.
Road to Svilengrad
Road to Svilengrad
Road to Svilengrad
Road to Svilengrad
A Bulgarian cyclist
A Bulgarian cyclist from a local club of Svilengrad

After about 10 kilometers in Bugaria, we arrived Svilengrad.

Svilengrad (Bulgarian: Свиленград) is a town in Haskovo Province, South-central Bulgaria, situated at the border of Turkey and Greece. It is the administrative center of the homonymous Svilengrad Municipality. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 18,132 inhabitants (wiki).

Entering Svilengrad
Entering Svilengrad
Entering Svilengrad
Entering Svilengrad

Svilengrad is a very small town. But it has a velodrome! There is no velodrome in Turkey (year of 2009). Not one.

Velodrome of Svilengrad
Velodrome of Svilengrad
Velodrome of Svilengrad
Velodrome of Svilengrad
Velodrome of Svilengrad
Velodrome of Svilengrad. Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish cyclists all together.
Svilengrad
Svilengrad

After drinking coffee with the members of the local cycling club of Svilengrad, we started to pedaling to Greece with them.

Road to Greece
Road to Greece
Road to Greece
Road to Greece
Road to Greece
Road to Greece (it's me)

After pedaling about 10 kilometers, we arrived the border gate between Bulgaria and Greece.

Border gate greece-bulgaria
Border gate between Greece and Bulgaria
Roads of Greece
Roads of Greece

Our destination in Greece was a small border town named “Kastanies”.

Kastanies (Greek: Καστανιές, plural form of chestnuts, Turkish: Kestanelik which means “chestnut” too), older form Kastania, is a town located in northern part of the regional unit of Evros, Greece, and is part of the municipal unit of Vyssa. It is situated by the Evros River which forms the border with Turkey (wiki).

Road to Kastanies
Road to Kastanies
Kastanies
Kastanies
Church of Kastanies
Church of Kastanies

We went to a promenade near Arda river, and drank something in there. It was noon.

The Arda (Bulgarian: Арда, Turkish: Arda, Greek: Άρδας, Árdas) is a river whose source lies in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains near the town of Smolyan, flowing 290 kilometres eastward past Kardzhali and Ivaylovgrad and through Greece in the northern portion of the Evros prefecture including Kastanies. It then enters the Maritsa (Greek: Έβρος, Evros) just west of Edirne, Turkey (wiki).

Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
A Promenade near Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River
Arda River

After the noon break, we cycled to a very small village named Marasia.

Marasia (Greek: Μαράσια, Turkish: Maraş) is a village in the northern part of the Evros regional unit in Greece. Marasia is part of the municipal unit of Trigono. In 2001 its population was 198. It is situated between the rivers Evros and Ardas, close to their confluence (wiki).

Village Roads
Village Roads in Greece
Village Roads
Village Roads
Village Roads
Village Roads
Village Roads
Village Roads, EDOSK members
A cute house in Marasia
A cute house in Marasia
Church of Marasia
Church of Marasia

Then we returned back to Kastanies and cycled to Turkey border. It was time to return home.

Kastanies
Kastanies, cycling back to Edirne, Turkey. Siesta time in Kastanies.
Turkey, road to Edirne
Turkey, road to Edirne

The Maritsa or Evros (Bulgarian: Марица, Ancient Greek: Ἕβρος (Latinised as Hebrus), Modern Greek: Έβρος, Evros, Turkish: Meriç) is, with a length of 480 km, the longest river that runs solely in the interior of the Balkans. It has its origin in the Rila Mountains in Western Bulgaria, flowing southeast between the Balkan and Rhodope Mountains, past Plovdiv and Parvomay (where the Mechka & Kayaliyka River joins it) to Edirne, Turkey (wiki).

Meriç (Maritsa) river,  Edirne
Meriç (Maritsa) river, Edirne
Meriç (Maritsa) river,  Edirne
Meriç (Maritsa) river, Edirne
Meriç (Maritsa) river,  Edirne
Meriç (Maritsa) river, Edirne

Karaağaç (Greek: Ορεστιάδα, formerly anglicized as Orestiada) is a settlement in the İpsala District of Edirne Province in northwestern Turkey. It was a part of the defensive line Lüleburgaz – Karaağaç – Bunarhisar in the First Balkan War. In this times the name of the situated here Adrianopol railway station is “Demirtash” (French: Demir Tashe (Demir-Tashe) Turkish: Demirtaş (Timurtaş)) (wiki).

Edirne, Karaagac. The old train station
Edirne, Karaağaç. The old train station. Now it's the chancery building of Trakya University.
Edirne, Karaagac. The old train station.
Edirne, Karaağaç. The old train station. Now it's the chancery building of Trakya University.

5 thoughts on “Cycling 3 Countries in a day”

  1. Abi aslında bizim Balıkesir’deki futbol stadyumunda saha ile tribün arasında beton da olsa bir veledrom vardı. Ama 2010’da yıktılar orasını da tribün yapmak için. Tabii uluslararası standartlara pek uygun olduğu söylenemezdi ama vardı yine de. Açık hava olması da ayrı bir husus tabii ki.

    Buradaki fotoda veledroma dalmış olan kepçeyi görüyoruz. http://hayalet10kolik.blogspot.com/2010/07/balkesir-ataturk-stad-yenileniyor.html

    Sanırım şimdi de Bursa’ya inşaatı devam eden yeni futbol stadyumuna veledrom yapacaklarmış. Öyle bir iki haber gördüm, detayları çok bilmiyorum.

    Ama çok güzel bir sürüş olmuş. Hem güneşi, şortu, tişörtü hem de farklı farklı ülkelerin rotaya dahil olduğunu görmek insanın canını çektiriyor. 🙂

    1. Hatırlatma için teşekkürler. Doğru, ben o velodromu tamamen unutmuşum! Dediğin gibi eğimlerinin vb. standartlara uygun olmadığının söylendiğini duymuştum.

      1. Bana kalırsa da pek fazla standartlara uyduğunu söylemek mümkün değil. Zaten birincisi açık havada, ikincisi de beton bir zemin. Hem betonun kalitesinden hem de açık havada olmasından ötürü de zemin bayağı sıkıntılıydı. Pek kullanıldığına denk gelmemiştim. Zaten onu da çok görmüşler, hemen kepçe dalmış, işini bitirmiş.

  2. Tarihi Vigorelli ve Roubaix Velodromlari da açık hava da ve ahşap zeminden yapılmalar, eski Velodromlar böyle olur, halka açık olması da bir avantaj fakat kapalı salonlar daha resmi olduğu için kullanımı sınırlı olacaktır. Fakat yapılsa tabi hayır demeyiz.

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