TransContinental Race: Kristoff Allegaert still on course for repeat win

Meanwhile women’s leader, Pippa Handley tackles the Passo dello Stelvio

by Simon_MacMichael   August 13, 2014  

TransContinental.png

Kristoff Allegaert remains on course to win back-to-back editions of the TransContinental Race.

The Belgian, winner of the inaugural edition of the race from London to Istanbul last year, is currently heading through Croatia with a huge lead over his nearest challenger, the British rider, Josh Ibbett.

At the time of writing, Allegaert has covered an astonishing 1,784km since leaving from Westminster Bridge at 8am on Saturday morning, while Ibbett, from Brighton, is a couple of hundred kilometres behind.

Ibbett is yet to cross the border from Italy into Slovenia, putting Allegaert a full country ahead.

The race is fully unsupported meaning riders have to carry their own supplies, although they are allowed to stop at commercial premises for meals. They are not required to follow a set route, but do have to call in at three checkpoints on the way to the finish in Istanbul.

Those are the Café au Reveil Matin in Paris – if that rings a bell, it’s where the first ever Tour de France set off from in 1903 – Prato dello Stelvio in Italy, and Mount Lovcen in Montenegro.

That lack of a fixed route is an important thing to bear in mind when it comes to working out who is leading, with the women’s race provide a striking example.

Seven women were among the 89 riders who took to the start in London. According to the leaderboard, it is a close battle between two riders at the top apparently separated by just 4km.

The live tracking map provided by Trackleaders.com on the race website tells a very different story, however.

Edinburgh’s Pippa Handley has already passed through the second checkpoint and is now on the Passo dello Stelvio, while Vasiliki Vouzali of Greece is currently still in Switzerland, well behind the Scot.

Although on the leaderboard the latter appears to be just 4km behind in terms of the distance each has covered, she is in fact much further back on the road.

The difference is explained by the fact that while Vouzali took a Channel ferry crossing to Calais, Handley headed across to Dieppe, meaning a much shorter bike ride on the London to Paris leg.

For much more about the race and to follow the progress of the riders, see Transcontinentalrace.com.

3 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

this is a strong boy, it would be interesting to see his 12 and 24 hour tt distances.
keep going

posted by steven miles [23 posts]
13th August 2014 - 17:50

3 Likes

I feel sorry for any of the riders in Switzerland at the moment. Looking at the storm causing havoc at the Euro Athletics champs

Gkam84's picture

posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
13th August 2014 - 17:56

4 Likes

Gkam84 wrote:
...Looking at the storm causing havoc at the Euro Athletics champs...
How's that going? I didn't even know they were on (!) Smile I'm really happy this story and the Robin Williams story have brought you back to the forums! Smile I felt sorry when you said:

.

Gkam84 wrote:
...a few of us don't come on the forum like we once did...

Welcome backI And thanks for taking care of the updates today! Smile Or did you mean just the Fantasy Cycling Forum?... Thinking

Vive Le Road.cc Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [2308 posts]
13th August 2014 - 18:25

6 Likes