The clock started at 22:00 on 29th July 2018 in Geraardsbergen in Belgium, and it will not stop until the riders reach the finish line in Meteora, Greece. Apart from four mandatory Control Points, there is no fixed route for the Transcontinental riders to follow. The clock never stops. Racers chose where, when and if at all to rest. Outside support is prohibited, riders must only use what they can carry with them or what they can find at commercially available outlets.
At the sharp end it is a beautifully hard bicycle race, simple in design but complex in execution.
Factors of self reliance, logistics, navigation and judgement burden racers’ minds as well as their physiques. The strongest excel and redefine what we think possible while many experienced riders target only a finish. The is no route. Only mandatory controls ensure that racers visit some of the most famous pieces of road in Europe and connect with the suffering of their forebears. The rest is up to them.
Our favourite bit. Unlike the races of the 1900s, which featured much skull-duggery and deviousness which eventually saw the stages made shorter and more controlled and bike racing become more professional, through the miracle of modern satellite technology and the interweb we can check up on our riders progress wherever they may be. So too can you wherever you may be - so get dot watching ;)
Go Keith Go!
We’re cheering on our workshop mechanic Keith Hicks (rider number 10). He’s raising money and awareness for Care for Veterans.
"My Dad was very poorly for a long time before he passed away. He needed a lot of specialists care around the clock. This difficult time was made so much easier by this amazing and special Care home. Care For Veterans is a charity that is very close to my heart. Helps people of all ages who have served in our armed forces or family member with a wide range of health problems."
You can donate to his Just Giving Page here. Want to spot where he is? Look out for rider number 10 / #TCRNo6cap10. Follow him on insta @hicksyfixbikes for photos of a tired cyclist, beautiful mountains plus some cheeky cats and dogs.
To all the 2018 Transcontinental #TCRNo6 riders: ride safe, ride strong.