Go big, to get home.
There have been a few exciting things I have been watching the past few weeks on Twitter and Facebook. Some big rides and races going on at the moment and coming up this year.
Kicking off first was my Social Media Mate Robbie Ferri heading out to bag a Guinness World Record or two. The aim was to cycle the most amount of countries in seven days. Robbie got off to a great start, getting a World Record in the first 24hrs. He managed to ride through 5 countries in 24hrs beating the record by one. A celebratory burger was consumed.
After three days on the road, rattling off countries at a good speed and aiming to beat the 11 countries record, taking up to 15 Robbie suffered an injury to his knee and with sad news he lets everyone know that it’s game over. He doesn’t want to risk long-term damage, a hard decision to make overnight but the correct one. It was a sterling effort mate, sure you will be back fitter and faster.
Switzerland was the final bleep of his tracker for this trip. All in all, Robbie managed to ride through 6 countries in 3 days. Well done mate look forward to seeing you become a double record holder soon. Head over to his page Living The Dream.
The TransAtlanticWay is a 2,500 km one stage self-supported road bike race between Dublin and Cork via The Wild Atlantic Way. The race began on 17th June and by now most of all the riders have finished.
This race was the brainchild of Adrian O’Sullivan and if I didn’t just have my third baby boy on the 15th I really think I would have been on this start line and dipping my cleated toe into the world of long distance bike racing.
Tour Divide is an ultra-cycling challenge to race self-supported along Adventure Cycling Associations Great Divide Route. Grand Depart was on 6/10/2016
Tour Divide is a bit mental, to be honest. Consisting of mostly off-road taking you through the remote backcountry, sharing the landscape with Mountain Lions and Grizzly Bears. Sleeping under the stars at night in a bivi bag or find shelter for the night.
British rider Mike Hall has only gone and smashed this race completing it in 13 days 22 hours and 50 minutes. Creating a new TD record. Huge Chapeau Mike.
Trans Am Bike Race
This is the description of Trans Am on their Facebook page.
What: A non-stop, self-supported road bike race along the 4,440 mile Trans America Trail.
When: June 4th, 2016 08:00 PST
Where: Yorktown Victory Monunment and Astoria Maritime Museum
Why: Because bike racing
Who: Clearly those who would like to see a healthy dose of the continent, quickly.
How: Solely under your own wheeled human power with no outside support.
This is one for the bucket list I think. This year Lael Wilcox came home as the first rider in 18 days. Think I would be a lot longer I can say with confidence.
The Transcontiental was the first race I dot watched, quite a weird way to spend a few hours, sitting watching these wee blue dots and numbers move about a map. I will be once again checking up on the blue dots as they start from De Muur, Geraardsbergen, BELGIUM
Then make their way to four checkpoints
- CP1 // Puy du Dome, FRANCE
- CP2 // Furkapass, SWITZERLAND
- CP3 // Passo Giau, ITALY
- CP4 // Durmitor, MONTENEGRO
Once all the checkpoints have been passed it will be a sprint on to the finish at Canakkale, TURKEY
3,800km of roads makes it shorter than 2015 (4,200km) but this comes with a whole lot more climbing in the Alps.
- 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.
- Live Tracking – Through the miracle of modern satellite technology and the interweb we can check up on our riders progress wherever they may be.
Again another for the bucket list.
Is there any other long distance races out there? Dirty Kanza I know of. Race the World don’t know? Is there a Silk Road Race?
Would love to hear about the riders experience of these races and of any other great races on a bike out there.