Dot-watcher's Blog 11: The Dot Watcher's Party

The finishers party is now in full swing at Meteora, and over 100 riders, many with their families, are now enjoying a thoroughly well earned beer, sharing tales of their journeys and encounters. There can surely be no better feeling than celebrating the completion of an ultra-endurance race, and with everyone together the atmosphere is sure to be electric.

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Dot-watcher's Blog 10: The riders round-up

258 riders, 80 scratches, 4 checkpoints, two weeks of intense dot-watching, and one hedgehog later, and the race is nearly over. The finishers party is on Tuesday evening which gives riders another 48 hours to try to reach Meteora, and with 60 riders already in, and 80 who have completed CP4, this is looking to be the biggest finishers party ever. 

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Dot Watcher's Blog 8: Pictures and Punctures

What an exciting couple of days it has been. James Hayden has just won TCRNo6 for the second year running, and there’s a jostle for the top 10 positions, with Stephane Ouaja having a hellish time and dropping nearly 10 places.

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Dot Watcher's Blog 7: seven nights and 7days

We'll pick up from Friday night where a handful of riders had passed through Check Point 3. Today the bulk of riders made their way to the Karkonosze, part of the Sudetes mountain range bordering Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Dot Watcher's Blog 6: The Relentless Road

It's been five long, hard days on the road for these riders, and their suffering is all too real. Whether it's mechanical, physical, mental or environmental, someone out there is experiencing it.  So this section is dedicated to those in the middle or end of the pack, who are our heroes for giving it a go, for pushing on and continuing to move their dot no matter how hard going it is.

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Dot Watcher's Blog 5: Hedgehogs and Hairpins

After 4 full days on the road the bulk of the riders are passing through CP2 today. The parcours for the second Control Point begins at the top of Slovenia’s highest road – Mangart Česta…

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Dot Watchers Blog 1: Geraardsbergen

Tonight, Geraardsbergen plays host to the 6th edition of the Transcontinental Race. At 10pm tonight CEST the race will start again and the riders will commence a neutralised loop of the town of Geraardsbergen before climbing the famous cobble-stoned Kapelmuur and setting off in search of Check Point 1, and ultimately, Meteora…

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