The Next Adventure: London-Istanbul Race 2014

Enter the Transcontinental 2014...I’ve just put my name down for the 2014 Transcontinental Race. Like the Tour Divide, this is a self-supported race which means get yourself from London to Istanbul by bicycle with no outside support. Oh, and you have to pick your own route.  This was on my radar screen after the 2013 Tour Divide and then Lis and I met an actual racer when we were passing through France. I told her it was fate I do the race. Lis said that was self-serving.

The race organizer (Mike Hall) has the longest list of ‘are you sure you want to do this race’ in the race disclaimer. He then capped it off with the following which was great:


I hope that they accept my registration. It’s a limited field…

Then time to planning my race, and Lis’ holiday while I thrash myself. At least this time she will meet me at the finish!

Update: I got the e-mail with the message:  Get the kettle on and the maps out. It’s time to plan an adventure! You’ve bagged yourself a race plate. 

The race is a self-support, self-navigated race. We only have to pass through three check points, picking your own route between these points. Now that I’ve checked this year’s route. Ouch. Not only are they taking us again through Stelvio Pass in Italy, … a “classic 48 switchback climb from Prato Allo Stelvio on the Eastern side, climbing 1824m in 24km (avg grad.7.6%)”, but also to Montenagro with … “Mount Lovcen rises to 1600m from the Adriatic basin in the Montenegrin town of Kotor with a narrow and twisting road of 25 switchbacks”.  Much tougher this year because you either run south through relatively flat Italy and then risk making an infrequent ferry crossing, or through the mountains on the east of the Adriatic. Be careful what you ask for…


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