Frank Simons’ death in the early hours of this race is a tragedy that has affected the cycling community deeply, and will continue to affect everyone close to the Transcontinental for a long time to come.
Frank was an Audax rider, and had applied to race in TCRNo4 as well as this edition. We understand from Frank’s wife that he would have wanted the race to continue and that everyone racing be able to continue their adventure on the TCRNo5. In honour and respect of what we understand to be Frank’s wishes, we currently feel it is appropriate that the TCRNo5 organisation continue to provide the race infrastructure as before, allowing the riders discretion in deciding their own course of action. We will, however, be guided by our riders.
The PEdAL ED Transcontinental Race is the definitive self-supported bicycle race across Europe. 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.
This year, after the death of our Director and friend Mike Hall, the race organisers are committed to ensuring the fifth edition of the race is the success Mike planned for.
– The TCRNo5 Team
START // GERAARDSBERGEN | BELGIUM
FiNISH // METEORA | GREECE
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
RACE BEGINS: FRIDAY 28th JULY 2017 // 22:00 CET
CP1 // SCHLOSS LICHTENSTEIN | GERMANY
CP2 // MONTE GRAPPA | ITALY
CP3 // HIGH TATRAS MOUNTAINS | SLOVAKIA
CP4 // TRANSFAGARASAN HIGHWAY | ROMANIA