This year's Transcontinental Race will be the first edition since 2020, when the race (and bursary) were shelved during the pandemic. Now, with the race making a glorious return this summer, it is back on the table, and will offer three riders the chance to enter for free and have certain costs covered during the race.
In memory of Transcontinental Race founder Mike Hall, the bursary "reflects Mike's commitment to equality and Lost Dot's ambition to lead on improving diversity, equality and inclusion".
Three recipients will each recive free entry to the race, which starts in Geraardsbergen in Belgium, on 24 July. They will also have their costs (€1,500) covered: for travel to and from the race, accomodation and all food during the event.
"The values of inclusivity, equality and respect underpin all our work, as well as courage: be that the courage to take on the challenge of one of our races, or the courage to stand up for what we believe in," race coordinator David Ayre said.
"We’re really excited to have Hashim, Becky and Amrei ride with us this year. Opening up the race to people who are passionate about cycling but who, in the past, have been unable to compete due to the cost is really important to us. The bursary is an important part of us nurturing Mike Hall’s legacy, ensuring that you do not need deep pockets when you have passion, determination and man’s greatest invention at your disposal."