So what's the craic with the Transcontinental No. 4 picture you ask? Well I've mentioned a few times that I had big plans for next year. Those plans are to hopefully compete in the fourth edition of this insanely brilliant race.
For those you who don't know what the Transcontinental is, I'll briefly explain. It's a self-supported, non-stop bicycle race with no set route. Each rider must visit mandatory control points but beyond that you are allowed to freely to plot whatever route will suit you best. Each edition has varied slightly in length and course. So far, they were all in and around the 4,000km mark, TCR. No. 4 is no different.
With the recent reveal of the controls for TCR No.4 it wasn’t long till the plotting of routes commenced. I think Darren Franks picture below of the route sums it up perfectly.
But Ciarán I notice there are a lot of 'lumpy bits' in this photo. Why on earth would you want to do such a race?
Good question there, made-up person. To be honest, it’s a race I have wanted to do for a long time. It caught my attention from the very first edition. Its non-stop, multi-day aspect was something quite new to me, as I only did day-long races back then. I was instantly hooked and have followed each race since. During our bicycle tour this year, we tailored our route to arrive in Croatia around the same time as the TCR No. 3 would be passing by. With some strategic dot-watching, we were able to bump into three of the riders - Gareth Baines, Stephane Ouaja and Paul Toigo. It was great to hear first hand what the race experience was like. It's one thing reading about it and following blogs, but sitting down and chatting with the riders, mid-race, was invaluable in coming to the decision to enter the TCR No. 4.
So now that my applictaion is in, there very little else I can do but wait - something I am really shit at. So instead I'll go cycle my bike over some mountains to put down the time .....
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry