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
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.