Weare Giffard cyclist takes on 500km journey across Brittany

Marten Gallagher will be cycling across five French 'departements' in five days.

Marten Gallagher will be cycling across five French 'departements' in five days. - Credit: Archant

Marten Gallagher will be cycling across Brittany, travelling 500km in five days.

A Weare Giffard man will be cycling 500km across France in support of an organisation hoping to ‘reunite’ Brittany.

Marten Gallagher will visit all five Breton ‘departements’ – similar to English counties – on his five-day adventure in June.

Marten said the journey began as a ‘personal challenge’, which soon became a ride of support for Breizh 5/5, an organisation wishing to see all five of Brittany’s original departements reunited.

The ICT support manager at Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School, said: “Since 1956 Brittany has been without departement number 44, Loire-Atlantique, and one of the ancient capitals of Brittany: the city of Nantes.

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“Riding with specially designed cycling jersey, I will be met at St Malo by members of Breizh 5/5, who will see me on my way to meet local mayors in some of the towns along the route.”

Marten first met members of Breizh 5/5 at a festival in Brittany, and the five days will see him cycling from St Malo to Pontivy and Plouay, and on to Rennes and Soulvache before returning, five days later, to St Malo and the Portsmouth ferry.

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Marten added: “I am Irish and so I empathise with the desire for a united homeland and I love cycling in Brittany.

“This was the perfect opportunity to combine both and enjoy Breton hospitality at the same time.”

Marten has cycled many times in Brittany, on two occasions he has joined the Fortuneo Vital Concept professional cycling team (previously known as Bretagne Seche Environnement) on two occasions at events near Rennes.

His ability to speak French and to get by in Breton will be a great help, he added.

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