We met up with them at Bespoked in Bristol to find out why someone would ride across a continent, and more

Jo Burt, aka VecchioJo, and another road.cc contributor, Liam Glen, were among participants in this year’s fifth edition of the Transcontinental Race who took part in a talk we hosted about the event at the Bespoked bike show in Bristol at the weekend.

> First Look – Bespoked 2017

Our own Dave Atkinson spoke to Jo, Liam and three other riders - Gavin Peacock, Martin Corbett
and Eleanor Jaskowska – about issues including how they got into ultra-endurance cycling, and what drives them to try and cross a continent.

> The Hunger Games – VecchioJo on Transcontinental breakfast, lunch, tea and supper

Besides looking forward to this year’s race, the talk, which you can listen to in the podcast below, also looks back at the achievements of its founder, Mike Hall, who was killed last month during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia.

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.