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Rolling coverage of the fifth edition of the annual ultracycling race across Europe

Welcome to our live blog of the fifth edition of the Transcontinental Race, which began in Geraardsbergen, Belgium on Friday 28 July with the riders heading across Europe to the finish at Meteora in Greece. Riders are free to choose their own route, but must pass through four checkpoints on the way. These are at the Schloss Lichtenstein in Germany, Montegrappa in Italy, the High Tatras mountains in Slovakia and the Transfagarasan Highway in Romania.

We will be providing rolling updates on the race over the next couple of weeks, including on-the-spot dispatches from our man on the inside, road.cc blogger VecchioJo aka Jo Burt who is riding the race as a pair with Gavin Peacock. You can follow Jo on Instagram here, and Gavin here

> Dot watch the race

> See VecchioJo's bike and kit for the TCR

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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kitkat [471 posts] 2 months ago
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Best of luck guys!

If I was 262b this would be me...

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1961BikiE [388 posts] 2 months ago
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Cue the Blue Oyster Cult soundtrack!!!  1

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Blackhound [458 posts] 2 months ago
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I am rider 268a. I put it in Google images and got some Italian super car called a Martians 268a. As probably the slowest rider in the field this made me smile.

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Goldfever4 [330 posts] 2 months ago
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Can you pin this onto the homepage please? 

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pacef8 [14 posts] 2 months ago
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Sorry to bring the sad news that frank aged 72 has been killed by a hit and run driver in the early hours of this morning . 

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gonedownhill [165 posts] 2 months ago
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Thanks for covering this, it's really caught my imagination. Been logging into the tracker sporadically for a few days, then watched the videos of Bjorn and James arriving at checkpoint 3 this afternoon both looking remarkably fresh and willing to do a bit of interviewing. The photo of them having a natter in a petrol station has just confirmed that these guys are just super cool, as are all the people behind them. I'm usually ready to pack in cycling forever after about 120km!

**Doffs cap several hundred times in direction of all participants**

 

Also reading this post on James' blog is pretty remarkable: http://jamesmarkhayden.uk/transcontinental/the-power-of-fatigue-racing-t...

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tomi740i [5 posts] 2 months ago
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I'm a reader from Hungary, and your words just hit my ears. Bastard country? On what evidence?

Calling a whole nation "Bastard" becouse of choosing your route silly can only prove your navigation incompetence. Guys like James must ride on their home trainer only. There you wont get lost and you dont have to cry on the web, by falling on the carpet...

Wishing you a bad luck on the Balkans ladyboy  3

 

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simonmb [517 posts] 2 months ago
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tomi740i wrote:

I'm a reader from Hungary, and your words just hit my ears. Bastard country? On what evidence?

Calling a whole nation "Bastard" becouse of choosing your route silly can only prove your navigation incompetence. Guys like James must ride on their home trainer only. There you wont get lost and you dont have to cry on the web, by falling on the carpet...

Wishing you a bad luck on the Balkans ladyboy  3

Ooh. You're friendly anyway.

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davel [1720 posts] 2 months ago
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Thanks for the updates, Simon. Chapeau to all. All the best, Jo and Gavin.

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Crampy [29 posts] 2 months ago
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tomi740i wrote:

I'm a reader from Hungary, and your words just hit my ears. Bastard country? On what evidence?

Calling a whole nation "Bastard" becouse of choosing your route silly can only prove your navigation incompetence. Guys like James must ride on their home trainer only. There you wont get lost and you dont have to cry on the web, by falling on the carpet...

Wishing you a bad luck on the Balkans ladyboy  3

 

 

Hungarians? Nationalist? Nah! Where'd you hear that...

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dottigirl [800 posts] 2 months ago
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A little too descriptive for me here:

https://twitter.com/VecchioJo/status/893436874534137857

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dottigirl [800 posts] 2 months ago
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I've been dotwatching tonight - it's strangely addictive - but I can't figure some things out.

How up to date are the dots? The feed below the map says Dragan M (92) tracked CP3 at 2:30 - which is over two hours ago - yet his dot's only just arrived there now. Is there some weird time delay due to the time difference?

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davel [1720 posts] 2 months ago
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Herculean efforts all-round. When you look at the history of Jo and Gavin, it's 10, 20 hour blocks of riding, with comfort/food breaks. Immense.

After Hayden built a lead via avoiding Austria, I was willing Jo and Gavin to do the same, but they're doing Austria... Hopefully the brutal heatwave in S Europe will pass while they're in the bumpy bits.

Slightly disappointed that Hayden's given my one fantasy tactic for ever doing this away: go full gas for the first 100km to try to get in front, then flag every road as dangerous in an attempt to have the pack re-route  1 I haven't worked out the completing-the-remainder bit yet...

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JimD666 [64 posts] 2 months ago
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Seems to of been a lot of scratched riders 30 odd minutes ago....

Hope all are OK

 

 

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Jitensha Oni [89 posts] 2 months ago
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dottigirl wrote:

I've been dotwatching tonight - it's strangely addictive - but I can't figure some things out.

How up to date are the dots? The feed below the map says Dragan M (92) tracked CP3 at 2:30 - which is over two hours ago - yet his dot's only just arrived there now. Is there some weird time delay due to the time difference?

As they say on reddit - username checks out cheeky

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dottigirl [800 posts] 2 months ago
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Out of curiosity, I've been looking where the leading women are. Unless I've missed someone, Melissa Pritchard (233) appears to be ahead of Karen Tostee (228), with Paula Regener (14) in third. 

 

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davel [1720 posts] 2 months ago
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Hard luck, Jo and Gavin. But more importantly, well done. Scratching must sting a bit but hopefully you'll get over that in your nice hotel and keep the positives from what you've achieved.

Looking forward to your next blog.

Seems a brutal cut-off for CP3.

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dottigirl [800 posts] 2 months ago
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Ian Walker has definitely been the most amusing. #OperationKickass

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kevvjj [254 posts] 2 months ago
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"Cock. All my inner tubes are riddled with holes - even the new one. Got a 10k walk back to the nearest town, losing much time  2 #TCRNo5"

I would have thought tubeless was the way to go...

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dottigirl [800 posts] 2 months ago
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Some of the characters have finished today. Their dots have been playing up though.

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sm [405 posts] 2 months ago
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Thanks for the shout out to my blog, glad you enjoyed the post - a great race. So tempting... yet not!

Simon aka Human Cyclist blog!