We met some brilliant new friends along our 12 days adventure, one of whom, was the official Race Photographer, Matthias Wjst.
If you think the riders had it hard, he had to stay awake longer and be more attentive than any of the competitors to snap all of the moments in time that can pass so quickly.
He has a beautiful collection of images from the event. The ones at Check Point 2 at the Stelvio are worth searching out and show just how tough the conditions were for so many of the riders, including us.
You can find his website and gallery HERE.
Gaby and I completed The Transcontinental 2014 and totally surprised not only ourselves, but seemingly the whole of the rest of the field and everyone we know by finishing in 12days 10hours securing me 18th Place overall and Gabs 2nd Female.
It was the hardest bike race I have ever done but without doubt one of the most memorable.
We are both totally blown away by the support and encouragement that we have received from friends, family, acquaintance and strangers over the past 2 weeks. It has been a truly unforgettable experience and there are many stories and pictures to come out of it over the next few weeks once our hands and fingers have some more feeling back in them.
Charge Bikes, who have been supporting us through this whole adventure have been fantastic and we were so happy to have been working with them and using their bikes.
A full write up of kit and bikes will follow, but surely the biggest praise is that they made it there. Apart from 2 punctures and a worn out bottom bracket the bikes were totally faultless! What more can you ask for?
Alex Rankin has put together a little trailer for the soon to be released video of our adventures…
We have also just uploaded around 90% of the race onto Strava. The Garmins would occasionally run out of batteries and would be switched off so a few chunks are missing.
We find it a useful training tool to see how much climbing, we did, pacing and hours in the saddle and are then able to analyse which were strong days and which could have been improved. You can see the rides HERE.
More coming soon…