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.
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.
Another few days of nail-biting dot-watching. We watch as Björn Lenhard and Matthew Falconer fight it out to the finish to claim positions 2 and 3, whilst Stephane Ouaja recovers from his mechanical and tries to save his race.
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.
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.
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.
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…
The trouble with the Alps is it can’t make it’s mind up about the weather. Riders were experiencing both extremes all day…
Today has been hot, hot, hot. Some riders have been reporting temperatures reaching 37 degrees, some have even had a bit of sun stroke. The riders have been doing what they can to keep cool…
It's been 24 hours since the race began and already the majority of riders have visited four countries…
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The steep gravel harpins of Bosnia’s Bjelašnica mountain parcours at Control Point 4 are the biggest test of the riders yet. The mountain has thrown the lead riders into disarray as they have attempted to scale the rocky ascent to this summit steeped in history
Both leaders having to walk two separate parcours has to be a Transcontinental Race first! It was the Bielašnica mountain at Control Point 4 in Bosnia that forced rider James Hayden, cap 1, off the bike yesterday while Bjorn Lenhard struggled up the third parcours after a slashed tire.