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How to win (and come third) in the TransAm race

Want to hear what two of Britain’s greatest ultra-endurance adventure riders have to say for themselves? Get along to the Velo Cafe, Brighton at 7pm on Friday August 1 for an evening with Mike Hall and Ed Pickup.

On June 25 Hall, who lives in Cardiff became the first winner of the TransAm cycle race, a solo, self supported 4,406 mile epic across North America. Over 18 days it was a journey of endurance and a close battle of tatics and self preservation. As impressive as Hall's victory was the third place of Ed Pickup (Salisbury), ten years Mike's junior.

Hall was also the organiser of last year’s TransContinental bike race from London to Istanbul, and the winner of the first round-the world bike race in 2012.

Supported by their bike sponsor Pivot, the event in Brighton is a chance to hear about the TransAm race, their challenges and equipment choices and have a Q&A session. Mike will also present his next project which is the second Trans Continental bike race, leaving London on August 9.

There is also an opportunity for a social road ride with Hall and Pickup starting from Velo Cafe at 3pm on August 1, taking a two-hour route over the South Downs.

The evening event is free but is limited to 60 people. 7pm for a prompt 7:30 start at Velo Cafe.Those wanting to attend should express an interest by sending an email to rory [at] upgradebikes.co.uk (subject: An%20Evening%20with%20Mike%20Hall%20%26%20Ed%20Pickup) .

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.