The Transcontinental Cycle race from Belgium to Istanbul. An amazing experience as you live and learn the full daily routine of the countries people; Observe and absorb yourself in their culture then cross a border, and it’s reset and learn again. So far from just the act of turning the pedals each day for 2 weeks, this really is a great touring experience if your strong and adaptable enough. Amazing views and times with local people and fellow riders alike along the route, my thanks to each and everyone who made this a truly life changing experience.
Belgium – France – Italy – Slovenia – Croatia – Bosnia/Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania – Macedonia – Greece. Unfortunately no visit to Turkey as I was hit by a severe bought of food poisoning after 12 days whilst within “easy” 2 day reach of Istanbul.
With my hip breakage this year, before the start I was still only expecting to go touring as far as Italy. I truly staggered myself with daily mileages totals of 228, 249, 169, 152, 225, 172, 183, 143, 203, 153, 198, 195 and felt so strong it really was fun and comfortable most of the time. The TCR tracking facility and dot watching community really makes this a unique event. I was met by a follower near Verona who tracked and rode with me, was cheered by followers in Slovenia and had endless cheers from various people in cars.
But a massive thanks to dot watchers Phil Sixsmith and Veta in Greece who helped ensure I ended the trip comfortably despite my drained sick state. I don’t consider not getting to Istanbul a failure, far from it, especially as was in a predicted 20th place at the time. I feel lucky to have had such a wonderfull trip and rich view of European life. It Blows my mind…..and I was there.
Stats here: 2721 miles 34,192 Metres of climbing. 166 hours riding at 13.7 mph avg https://www.strava.com/activities/364760113
Full Daily ride blogs will appear over the next few weeks before it all becomes even more of a blur.