This summer we have taken on the challenge of the 2014 Transcontinental Race from London to Istanbul (3200km in 14 days just to finish). It’s going to be very physically but also with a huge mental aspect; pushing on through fatigue, steep climbs, navigation and battling through what the weather decides to bring our way. Not to mention where to bivy for the night, what to eat and where to wash?
One thing we have on our side is being lucky enough to be bases in the French alps with iconic climbs on our doorstep and accessible on our lunch breaks. We have been slightly limited recently due to the snow that comes with living in a valley surrounded by some of the largest ski resorts in the world, but we have been using the time to get in some flatter longer rides out towards Annecy and Chambery.
To keep up momentum and to give us achievable goals to work towards we have also entered the following events throughout the spring and summer:
6/4/14 (141km and flat ish around Bourg en Bresse)
Gran Fondo Ventoux
31/5/14 (170km with 3500m of climbing)
8/6/13 (145km with 3850m of climbing)
Morzine – Haute Chablais
22/6/14 (160km with 3600m of climbing)
Here is a video from last years Transcon from the guys over at AWOL which gives a small taster of whats to come….