Transcontinental Race: We are go!

Well, I am.

by themartincox   August 11, 2014  

The training has been done – admittedly not nearly enough – and the plans have been set, and now it's GO time: the 2014 edition of the Transcontinental is on!

I'm going to try and write regularly as part of the race, to let you know how things are going, and with luck, to hopefully inspire at least a few of you to give it a crack next year!

Yes the miles are many, yes it looks daft, and yes, there's an element of danger, but by golly that's what life is for!

I'm writing this from the Pride of Canterbury, the 15.40 sailing from Dover. So far I've meandered to the start line, only getting lost in London a couple of times. From London we've pootled down the A2,had a chat with a nice policeman, come off the A2 again and back-roaded it down Canterbury (looks like a popular place for a pilgrimage!) and scooted back on the A2 again.

So far I've suffered 3 punctures, broken my pump hose and made a horrid hack to 'fix' it for now, I'm hoping to get a new pump as soon as I land on the continent, cos right now every mile is slightly nerve-wracking.

By the time you read this I'll have spent some time in gay Paris, wolfed down some carbs and made my start on the long slog to Switzerland. It never gets normal describing whole countries as destinations and way points - truly bonkers.

I've got to say a big thanks to Dave & Tony for humouring me with this, and thanks also to Rapide Bikes for their country-smashing RC4, and the Assos factory outlet for hooking me up with their super comfy clobber (no Kuku Penthouse!).

But most of all to my wife for indulging this flight of fancy and looking after the 3 boys!

Of course I'm doing this for charity, it's for Sightsavers, who are pretty awesome, if you feel like throwing a few quid at them then you can do that here.

And you can follow my progress on Twitter @themartincox or @transconrace, and at the Transcontinental website

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I stand in awe sir. Good luck.

Mike

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posted by mike the bike [160 posts]
11th August 2014 - 16:49

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Chapeau! Wish you every success. Applause

posted by NickK123 [77 posts]
11th August 2014 - 17:32

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Bon voyage, just read a piece in road cycling UK about this. For once the word epic is not ironic. Look forward to the updates. Can only imagine the joy and hardship you will encounter. Anyone considering cycle touring or long distance racing should read this: http://humancyclist.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/joy-of-cycle-touring/

The Human Cyclist A blog. Try it, you might like it...

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posted by sm [355 posts]
11th August 2014 - 21:01

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Some pics from the start line:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12617230@N03/

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posted by Blackhound [449 posts]
11th August 2014 - 21:50

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Good luck with it, I'd love to know what kit you carry and your rationale for it, a future article perhaps Wink

posted by willn [5 posts]
11th August 2014 - 22:18

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3 punctures?!?! What tyres are you on out of interest?

And is that a Di gear set? Seems so from the RC4 website. Interesting choice - guess you only need the cable and your usual phone charger to keep it topped up!

posted by macrophotofly [41 posts]
12th August 2014 - 2:01

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That is what life is for! Good luck Martin.

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posted by alotronic [290 posts]
12th August 2014 - 6:39

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Good Luck Martin Applause

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posted by Wesselwookie [151 posts]
12th August 2014 - 8:22

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martin, if your bike can accomodate a 25mm tyre then you may want to try and locate a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x25. Mate this highly puncture proof and low rolling resistance tyre with vittoria or michelin latex tubes. it is a bit heavier but the protection outweighs the weight gain. Once up to speed the extra rotational mass keeps the wheel rolling smoothly. Also the latex tubes will lose pressure through the day so just top them up at rest stops, also a good opportunity to check the tyres for any collected debris.
you have all our support keep it up.

posted by steven miles [23 posts]
13th August 2014 - 17:06

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