Pascal Chaussin (left) pictured with Toulouse No 8 Christian Labit and the motorbike (before being painted in club colours) which he is riding 1,200 miles from Toulouse to Edinburgh
It's not just Scottish soccer fans who will do anything to follow their favourite team. Two Toulouse rugby fans are taking the high road to Edinburgh for this weekend's Heineken Cup final by motorbike.
Pascal Chaussin and his girlfriend Pascale Gilles set off on their near 1,200 mile journey on Thursday morning and expect to arrive in the Scottish capital on Saturday.
Along the way they dropped in on their team's rivals in Sunday's 10th anniversary cup final, Stade Francais, at their Paris base at Stade Jean Bouin to pay their respects. On Friday they headed north to take the hovercraft from Calais to Dover and then it was onwards to Edinburgh.
"We weren't going to miss this game having seen Toulouse reach the final for the third year in a row. It was great when they won the Heineken Cup for the second time in Dublin two years ago, but awful at Twickenham when they lost last May," said Chaussin, who is a member of the official Toulouse supporters club, 'No 8'.
"We thought we would do something a little bit different this time and as we are both big fans of motorcycling we struck on the idea of driving to Edinburgh. We got a lot of support from the Toulouse fans and the tournament organisers, ERC, and we are also raising money for the official charity, Shelter."
The bike, a Kawasaki 800cc, has been specially customised for the trip by being painted in black and red - the Toulouse colours. And pillion passenger Pascale is carrying a club flag to let everyone know who they are backing.
"The Heineken Cup is rugby's equivalent of the Champions League and we believe that Toulouse are the Real Madrid of European rugby," said Chaussin.
"We follow them all over France and we are really excited at the prospect of visiting Scotland for this great game against Stade Francais."