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    Belgium to Istanbul

    One Stage…No Route…No Support

    One stage – The clock never stops.  Racers choose 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.

    One to Watch

    Ashley Sharp is 38, and from Heptonstall and he was lucky enough to be accepted onto the 2015 Transcontinental Race. Training has been tough, riding in all weathers since November last year, and detailed and essential route planning for the race has been a challenge.

    “It will be no coincidence that the most prepared will be the most successful.  For those who rely on luck alone; Transcontinental Number 3 will raise the stakes.  Many will fail.” http://reportage.transcontinental.cc/

    But Which Way?

    There is no set route as such – each rider is free to choose the most appropriate course between the checkpoints. At midnight on the 24th July the epic ride begins, with the tough cobbled Belgium roads and an ascent of the Muur van Geraardsbergen in Belgium.  Checkpoint 1 is the summit of Mont Ventoux in France.

    The next Checkpoint is in Sestriere at the start of the Strada della’Assietta – an Italian gravel road over the Alps reaching heights above 2400m. The ride then continues across the top of Italy, into Slovenia and onto Croatia where the next checkpoint is in Vukovar, before heading south through Bosnia and onto Mount Lovcen in Montenegro where the next checkpoint is at the summit. After riding through Albania, Macedonia and Greece along the coast, the riders enter Turkey for the final leg into Istanbul.

    No Help Allowed

    The rules state that no external support is allowed and each rider is required to carry all provisions or use only those found at commercial services – They can’t rely on friends and family for back up!

    Asley’s  race number is 64 and when the race starts you can follow his progress via a GPS spot tracker at www.trackleaders.com/transconrace15.

    Read all the details here

    You can watch a trailer for Melons, Trucks & Angry Dogs – Going AWOL on the Transcontinental Race a documentary series featuring Specialized engineers Recep Yesil and Erik Nohlin who rode the 2013 race on prototype Specialised AWOL adventure bikes.

     

     

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    Why Choose an Electric Bike?

    Electric bikes have moved on in leaps and bounds since they were first developed; the frames are lighter, batteries last longer, and the styles are plentiful. They’re used by the cycling elite, commuters, leisure riders and everything in between, and it’s easy to see why.

    Aside from getting you where you need to be faster than a standard bike, electric bikes offer many other benefits including ironing out hills, allowing you embark on long-distance cruises without getting tired, getting fitter, and just making the most of the great outdoors.

    Plus, it’s a great way to get out of your car and off the bus and on to the roads yourself. It really is an exhilarating experience that we’d encourage everyone to try at least once in their lifetime.

    There are two main ways in which to power an electric bicycle. Both have their advantages and disadvantages:

    Check out our Kalkhoff Electric Bikes Page for more details or ring and chat to an expert.

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    At last, we can catch up on the latest Journal Entry from our friend Ben Page as he describes his last 3 months looking for adventure since leaving Patagonia, and it’s well worth the wait.

    When you’ve read the journal entry, take some time to watch the film covering this period of his journey, filmed and edited on the road,by Ben.

    Round the World – Part III – Peru from Another Horizon on Vimeo.

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