Photography: Kristian Pletten
The 2017 ultra racing season is now well underway, which means our ambassadors are currently in action around the world, pushing their limits and their Apidura packs in the environments that they were designed to conquer.
Of course, part of the appeal with contemporary ultra racing events is the way that they utilise modern technologies such as GPS and allow people around the world to spectate from the comforts of home. Thanks to the work of Trackleaders, keeping up to date with the progress of competitors is now easy and accessible, bringing ‘dot-watchers’ right into the narrative of the race as they follow the GPS trackers on-screen.
Here, we’ve compiled the events where our ambassadors are currently in action into one place. Over the following days and weeks, the race the entire ultra-cycling world will be watching will be The Transcontinental.
According to the race’s website, 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. The strongest excel and redefine what we think possible while many experienced riders target only a finish.’
For the 2016 edition, TCRNo5, riders will start in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, at 22:00 on 28th July, and make their way across Europe via four checkpoints: One at Schloss Lichtenstein in Germany, one atop Monte Grappa in Italy, one in the Tatras mountains of Slovakia, and a final one on the Transfăgărășan pass in Romania, before riding to the finish line at Meteora in Greece. Routes are plotted by the riders themselves, but total distances will likely be around 4,000km.
‘This year,’ say the race organisers, ‘after the death of our Director and friend Mike Hall, we are committed to ensuring the fifth edition of the race is the success Mike planned for and we will do our best to make him proud.’
Visit our ‘Packs of choice at the TCR’ feature to learn more about our riders competing at the Transcontinental.