The Transcontinental

...just announced...

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TheEngineer    pirate
07/02/2013 at 13:09

...looks the epitome of adventure and a damn hard race...

http://www.transcontinentalrace.com/

Anyone fancy it?

GKD
07/02/2013 at 13:33
No. It's cycling.
GKD
07/02/2013 at 13:39

how the hell can you call an event a race when there are no set routes, albeit with a few obligatory checkpoints?   it's more like cycle orienteering than a true race

TheEngineer    pirate
07/02/2013 at 14:02

Are the OMM Mountain Marathons not worthy of the term race? If it's a Line course, you're essentially left to your own nav and route selection. But I'd still call it a race?

Edited: 07/02/2013 at 14:02
07/02/2013 at 14:10

well I guess you could call any event which is point to point a race but in my world a race is over a set route as that way everyone is on the same terms. 

TheEngineer    pirate
07/02/2013 at 14:36

Everyone can make the same choices at the start, though I guess it depends what the rules (not yet clear) state about what you can or can't do. It'd be hard for somebody racing with a tent to keep up with somebody happy to pay for hotels every night, for instance. Though that is the same as racing on a £300 bike vs a £3k bike...

The MdS has a route, but contestants can choose where they run provided they move between checkpoints... is that a race? Hard to define. 

TheEngineer    pirate
07/02/2013 at 14:36

I just think it looks friggin' cool! 

07/02/2013 at 15:00

Im with Fat Buddha on this one. After you've done it, you want to be able to reasonably guage how you did against everyone else. The rules appear to be too loose for that.

Bit like turning up to Silverstone and the organisers saying 'You can race whatever you want.' ........ your old Ford Cortina might just not win against some of the other cars no matter how good you might be.

07/02/2013 at 17:09

TE - don't get me wrong, I think this event looks interesting but it's just that the ground rules look a bit bizarre.  no doubt somebody will try to do the whole thing as non-stop as possible (it's a race innit.. ) and find that half the obligatory checkpoints aren't open yet!

looks like a Euro version of RAAM I guess

pmo
07/02/2013 at 18:38

Looks like a race to me, there's a winner after all.

Route selection is all part of the tactical element. Too advanced for me, but I'll keep an eye on it - I'm sure it'll attract plenty of adventurous souls. You in TE?

Edited: 07/02/2013 at 18:38
pmo
TheEngineer    pirate
07/02/2013 at 20:02
Only things stopping me are that I race IM Switzerland the week before and those dates are likely to be pretty critical at work. No saying I can't get them off, but that might be more than my life is worth...! I was only asking FB about cycle touring two days ago. This is the sort of adventure I am looking for...
TheEngineer    pirate
07/02/2013 at 20:04
FB - I agree, there is an awfully large potential for sleep deprived incident... Wondering how they insure it as an official race?!
07/02/2013 at 23:04
Well I agree with LI (shock horror), these competitors get to sit the whole way! And I wonder how much they are going to charge for an unsupported event. I'm thinking of setting up a car race around the M25 on Friday evening. I can't support it but can provide coverage via CCTV at strategic places (might have to borrow from the Highways Agency). For an extra 200 quid I'll provide breakdown coverage via the AA. All I need drivers who want to take part is pay me ??250 at junction 1 then call me at every 6 junctions. Any takers?
TheEngineer    pirate
08/02/2013 at 08:26
Want to run it then Slane?
WiB
08/02/2013 at 08:38
There is already a Trans Europe foot race.
WiB
TheEngineer    pirate
08/02/2013 at 08:42
I definitely wouldn't get the time off work for that!!
08/02/2013 at 10:10

TE - did you check out the crazyguyonabike.com website out??  we're looking at another Spiceroads trip at the year end.....

TheEngineer    pirate
08/02/2013 at 10:24

Which one you looking at? I don't think there's many trips on there I owuldn't do! 

08/02/2013 at 10:45

the Rajasthan one....

have done their Bangkok-Phuket (easy riding but was convenient as we had a need to be in Phuket for a wedding so used that to get there from Bangkok) and the Northern Thai MTB one.  the company is superb - well organised, good staff and support trips well.  run by a Scot who's been in Thailand a long time

Edited: 08/02/2013 at 10:45
TheEngineer    pirate
08/02/2013 at 11:18

I'm after something with challenging riding - lots of km, climbs, etc etc. That said, I'm aware that my mindset tends always to be pretty focussed on maximum distance and difficulty. Maybe by booking something that's tough but not abominable, I might be less blinkered and appreciate the tourism aspect too... 

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