THE RACE

 

The Transcontinental is a bicycle race across Continental Europe unlike any other.

One stage – The clock never stops.  Racers chose where, when and if at all to rest.

No Support – Racers can only use what they take with them, or what they can find en-route at commercially available services.

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.

Live Tracking – 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.

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The 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.

From the famous cobbled climb of Belgium’s spring classics to the sandstone peaks of Greece’s celebrated mountaintop monasteries, the Transcontinental is a single stage race in which the clock never stops. Riders plan, research and navigate their own course and choose when, where and if to rest. They will take only what they can carry and consume only what they can find. Four mandatory control points guide their route and ensure a healthy amount of climbing to reach some of cycling’s most beautiful and historic monuments. Each year our riders cover around 4000km to reach the finish line.

 

I fell for the Transcontinental because its a daring and thoroughly modern take on how bike racing used to be back in the ‘heroic’ era. By putting the lost virtues of adventure and self-reliance back at the heart of a bike race, the Transcontinental is a breath of fresh air in the increasingly bland, commercialised world of modern cycle sport
— Jack Thurston, Writer / Broadcaster
 Serpentine roads during the #TCRN05

 

The Race has three main objectives:

1. To be credible

The TCR was set up by respected and revered ultra-distance adventure cyclist Mike Hall. His vision was that the TCR deliver two important elements to the participants, an accessible adventure of a lifetime packed into a two week ‘holiday’ and a well run and delivered race that accurately accounted for the participant’s routes time and rule compliance. The ‘dot watchers’ - the remote spectators who watch the rider’s ‘dots’ via the online tracking map - were first mobilised by the TCR to become fact finders scrutinising the rides of a selection of riders gathering information on their routes for safety, rule compliance and self sufficiency.

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2. To be accessible

We believe that the differentiator in adventure racing should be the aptitude, athleticism and attitude of the individuals, not the budget.  Unsupported racing is intended to be accessible and affordable to all, just like the bicycle itself. As such the race is more than a measure of leg power, it’s a journey of self sufficiency and a challenge of fortitude and competence.  Being alone and self reliant is part of the test and part of the adventure. Besides you don’t need an entourage following you when you have man’s greatest invention at your disposal.

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3. To be responsible

We take risk seriously at the Transcontinental Race, we work hard to ensure we evaluate and mitigate what risks we can and that we encourage the riders to have a healthy respect and take responsibility for any risks they may face. This is a solo adventure and a big part of the appeal to all our riders is the autonomy and freedoms which it entails.  Transcontinental take robust measures to communicate to riders that the only person ultimately responsible for their health, safety and security is themselves. Lost Dot Ltd does not take responsibility for the safety and security of any of the racers taking part in the Transcontinental Race. The Rider Agreement is the contract between riders and the race organisers.

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