#TCRNO5 // CONTROL 4
LOCATION | ROMANIA |
CLOSES | WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST 2017 |
HOSTED BY | APIDURA |
Located in the Southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania and known locally as Ceaușescu's Folly, the Transfăgărășan was opened in 1974 under what became one of the most brutal and authoritarian regimes of the Communist Era.
Construction of the road, of strategic military importance, was ordered after the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. It’s 90km span connects the regions of Transylvania and Wallachia via the Făgăraș Mountains and it’s 4-year construction came with a huge financial and unknown human cost. Unofficial estimates indicate the loss of life from the mainly military personnel to be in the hundreds.
Today the highway carries the national-road designation 7C and is the second-highest paved road in the country, routing between the highest peaks, Moldoveanu and Negoiu. It officially starts at the cross-roads between the DN1 and Sibiu in the North and climbs to an altitude of 2042m, passing the though the longest road tunnel in Romania before descending to its Southern terminus near the village of Bascov, near Pitești.
A somewhat anticipated choice for the PEdAL ED Transcontinental Race. This is one of the most spectacular and revered stretches of asphalt by travellers worldwide, and it was perhaps a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.
The placement of the fourth and final control will necessitate travel over a parcours covering at least the section between Cârțișoara and Lake Vidraru as riders make their way from control 3 in the North to the Balkan Peninsula and the Finish Line in the South.