TPRNo4 is here.
Though the premise of the Trans Pyrenees Race is the same year to year — to cross the Pyrenees mountain range from one side to another, and back again — no two races are the same, and each edition reveals a unique narrative of perseverance and adaptability. Each year, the story of traversing Pyreneean mountain scapes, rolling with the changeability of the climate, and moving through the distinct mountain cultures of these regions, paints a different picture for every rider who participates. The fourth edition is now ready to pore over, to take in its distinct CP and Parcours placements, and imagine how one might conquer its parameters.
With a fresh set of Control Points, TPRNo4 awaits to test the next band of riders who wish to accept the challenge, treating them to the all-consuming beauty, and capricious brutality, of the mountains. How will you decide to take on the fourth edition of the Trans Pyrenees Race?
START // GIRONA, SPAIN
CP1 // ESPUI, SPAIN
CP2 // COL D'ASPIN, FRANCE
CP3 // TORLA-ORDESA, SPAIN
CP4 // ZUGARRAMURDI, SPAIN
FINISH // GIRONA, SPAIN
Visit The Route page to find the TPRNo4 komoot Collection and more information about the Controls and Parcours for this edition.
Applications are now open until 23.59 GMT on 29th February. Visit the Registration page to begin your application.
About the Race
The Trans Pyrenees Race is a self supported ultra distance cycling event organised by Lost Dot, the team behind the Transcontinental Race. Mike Hall was designing this event back in 2016; his vision was to reward the most adventurous, providing opportunities to beat the clock by facing the most demanding terrain.
A mixture of Control Points and Parcours (mandatory sections of route) will guide riders though up to 2000 km of the most spectacular and remote scenery in the Pyrenees from coast to coast, and then back again.
The climbing will be considerable, this is definitely one for the grimpeurs!
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The Control Parcours is a fixed length of route which riders must complete as part of their control visit. The control point will lie somewhere on this route, often at the start or finish. The Control Parcours often includes a traverse over especially scenic or demanding terrain or through an area of significance or interest. It can include, but is not limited to a climb, several climbs, an unpaved route or ridge line traverse. The control parcours is usually still mandatory after the control has closed and a rider’s tracker or other evidence can satisfy the requirement to show it has been ridden. Sometimes parts of parcours which are subject to limited permissions or which can be hazardous may be closed with the control. If a rider does not complete the full parcours a compensation penalty may be given. This is usually a time greater than that of the slowest recorded crossing.
For photographers and videographers the control points and parcours offer the opportunity to capture images of the racers in spectacular landscapes along a known route and to document stories of the racers with candid images at the control points. It is also a chance for the race reporters to capture some of their testimony and reaction and to observe their performance and condition over demanding terrain. Time recording allows us to measure the differences and time gaps between racers and share it to the followers of the race.
A Control is a mandatory key location which racers must navigate to in order to validate their participation in the race. It is also where the race records their timings for race reporting. Controls are chosen for their dramatic terrain, natural beauty and often include icons of cycling or adventure. Their locations also shape the race as a whole and the terrain and route dilemmas which may occur in-between. A Control usually consists of ‘Control Point’ and ‘Control Parcours’
The Control Point is a fixed station, often a local business such as a hotel, where race staff validate the arrival of the racers by recording their arrival and time stamping their Brevet Card. The control point is often a place where food, accommodation and communications services are available. The control points are established by the production and media team who will arrive in one or more of the control vehicles. They are then manned by volunteers in shifts until the control closure time. Some controls provide a round the clock reception whilst others may temporarily close overnight and have an automated check in feature. Failure to report in at any of the control points will mean that the rider is no longer qualified for inclusion in the finishers classification. Control Points are open from the time of arrival of the first rider, to the date specified in the Rider Manual. After this time the control will be closed and no longer be manned. Riders who arrive after closure of the control are excluded from the General Classifications but remain within the race.
Applications to race open with plenty of notice through our social media accounts, at dedicated times throughout the year for our three races. The application forms become available once the application window opens, and as soon as the applicant has registered and created a profile at lostdot.cc. Applications are open for 2 weeks for TCR and TPR to allow plenty of time for riders to get their application in without favouring any particular nationalities. Applications for TAR are on a first-come first-served basis. The application process consists of completing the registration stage, downloading and reading the Race Manual (available after registration and a few legal questions) and completing the application form - which will give us an idea of your knowledge regarding methods of route planning, an understanding of the the basic requirements of the race and an idea of your experience to date.
There are no qualification requirements however we expect applicants to have gained relevant, multi-day, long distance expedition experience either alone or as part of a small group.