TCRNo10 is here.
Starting near the cold shores of the North Atlantic, scholars of cycling will hear the rhyme of history as the Race rumbles over the cobblestones of Western Europe, and crunches the gravel of the Balkans, before TCRNo10 becomes the first edition of the Transcontinental to not just cross Europe, but leave it.
Since its inception in 2013, The Transcontinental Race has pushed boundaries and helped its alumni to find and surpass their own. Now, in its 10th edition, the Race goes further — finally transcending the continent of Europe altogether and, as the world becomes more divided, seeks to unite Europe and Asia in one Race.
The Race has changed many lives since Mike Hall first envisaged it over a decade ago, but it cannot change you on its own. Like a mirror, those who use it have a choice. It can be used for vanity, but some riders will look deeper. Those wise enough to try may see a true reflection of themselves and everything that is behind them, accept, understand, and move boldly into the future.
For the first time, our riders will set off on their journey across Europe from the pavé of Roubaix, taking an almost straight line southeast across the continent. Taking in verdant valleys, vertiginous mountains and rarely visited vistas, the riders will finish their journey no longer in Europe, but in the warm glow of the Asian sun, where the bustling waterfront of Istanbul awaits.
This edition is a decade in the making, steeped in cycling and TCR history; while elements of this edition may, on the surface, feel familiar, an intrepid adventure awaits for those who join us on the start line and point their wheels east towards the rising sun. From the Alps to the Balkans, including a first trip to Kosovo, before finishing in Istanbul for the first time since 2015, riders will be taken on a physical, mental and spiritual journey from West to East.
START // ROUBAIX, FRANCE
CP1 // MANGARTSKO SEDLO, SLOVENIA
CP2 // BJELAŠNICA, BOSNIA
CP3 // PREVALLË, KOSOVO
CP4 // ÇANAKKALE, TÜRKIYE
FINISH // ISTANBUL, TÜRKIYE
We say in our Race Manual that it is no surprise that the most prepared will be the most successful. This edition will test riders’ limits, encompassing arduous off road sections, soaring peaks, and moments of true wilderness to find the fastest person to cross Europe by bike.
Discover the locations that shape this edition of the Transcontinental Race on the TCRNo10 Komoot Collection.
About the Race
The Transcontinental Race is the definitive self-supported bicycle race across Europe. At the sharp end it is a beautifully hard bicycle race, simple in design but complex in execution. Factors of self reliance, logistics, navigation and judgement burden racers’ minds as well as their physiques. The strongest excel and redefine what we think possible, while many experienced riders target only a finish.
The Transcontinental is a single stage race in which the clock never stops. Riders plan, research and navigate their own course and choose when and where to rest. They will take only what they can carry and consume only what they can find. Four mandatory control points guide their route and ensure a healthy amount of climbing to reach some of cycling’s most beautiful and historic monuments. Each year our riders cover around 4000km to reach the finish line.
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