As some of you may be aware ‘our Tim’ is taking on The 2015 TransContinental Race
To guide the race there are checkpoints that all participants must pass through as they make their way solo from Belgium to Istanbul. The race starts in Flanders, Belgium with checkpoints at Mont Ventoux, Assietta, Vukovar and Lovcen.
Tim’s been putting in the training since January with support from the Leeds University, a whole host of sports specialists and felt as ready as ever to take on the gruelling challenge of 4,000KM over the course of 12 days. Rules are simple:
One stage – The clock never stops. Racers chose where, when and if at all to rest.
No Support – Racers can only use what they take with them, or what they can find en-route at commercially available services.
No Route – Only mandatory controls ensure that racers visit some of the most famous pieces of road in Europe and connect with the suffering of their forebears. The rest is up to them.
Tim’s custom built race tourer isn’t you’re average bicycle, made from steel tubing is features a pearlescent black and fluro paint job. The bike has a dynamo fitted to the front hub allowing him to charge electrical devices from a usb point seen in the above photo. To save weight the stem, handle bars, TT bars and seat post are all made from carbon fibre.
Riders gathered on de Muur van Geraardsbergen at midnight on Friday 24th July for the third edition of the Transcontinental race – torches were lit by the iconic cobblestones in front of the Kapel and held by a small crowd of friends, locals and well-wishers. At the stroke of midnight they departed for a neutralised and escorted loop of the city of Geraardsbergen which took them around to the bottom of the famous classics climb, and then on to the adventure across Europe.
So far Tim is staying strong, desipte his pains and difficult weather he’s made his way down from Belgium, through France and is just about to tackle the famous Mont Ventoux to reach the first checkpoint, he’ll then head down and across through Italy as he grinds his way to Istanbul.
We’re all tracking ‘our Tim’ here in the office, you can too simply click the link below and search for rider 78 to monitor his progress through Europe on what is an incredible challenge.