Video trailer: AWOL X TRANSCONTINENTAL documentary follows Specialized riders from London to Istanbul
Documentary out later this year follows two riders on this month's Quick Energy TransContinental Race...

Specialized launched its AWOL adventure bike earlier this month, just as two riders who had helped develop it, Recep Yeşil and Erik Nohlin, were taking part in the Quick Energy TransContinental Race – and both were followed by a film crew for a feature length documentary to be released later this year.

Here’s the trailer for what the documentary’s makers, Leipzig-based e r t z u i ° Film, describe as “a wild and inspirational journey in so many unexpected ways” as they followed the riders on their 3,100 kilometre journey from London to Istanbul, crossing 14 national borders on the way.

AWOL x TRANSCONTINENTAL | Trailer (Full documentary coming late 2013) from e r t z u i ° film on Vimeo.


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.


themartincox [450 posts] 2 years ago

looks like it will be another great video for the collection!

cant understand why they would front mount the panniers though - surely thats going to affect the steering something fierce?

anyone shed any light?

Steezysix [15 posts] 2 years ago

It'll make the steering heavier but more stable. Also makes the bike less twitchy at high speeds as the weight is lower than it would be on a rear rack over the back wheel. There's already enough weight over the back of the bike when sitting on the saddle, so front racks make the bike feel more balanced.

Looking forward to the film coming out, more info on the bike/race here: http://wearegoingawol.tumblr.com

alotronic [427 posts] 2 years ago

Front panniers keep the weight on the bike low, makes for better handling if the bike geo is correct. But it's quite, errr, unusual to put ALL your weight on the front where it creates a terrific wind brake.

OldRidgeback [2530 posts] 2 years ago

Intersting video and I'll keep a watch out for it - nice to see my nephew beat both of those riders too.