17 July 2008: Izmir – Ankara

We gradually left the mediterranean olive trees to go towards new sceneries, even if still well known by the greek riders, many of our foreigner participants were already discovering unknown lands.

Since the road that leads to Ankara is long and straight, the riders had to keep on focusing on the road and had to be aware of not wasting all their energy at once. Half way, we had a lunch break : a traditional meal consisting of a kind of pancake with tea offered by Georges Karabatos.

All along the Anatolian plateau, we enjoyed wonderful sceneries and had to face a cold wind. We eventually arrived in Ankara, were we had a good rest even if our stay in the hotel wasn´t as good as we were expecting it to be.