Everything is ready for the Transcontinental race start on 29th of July.
Support cars have lined up the spare wheels and water bottles.
Route from Belgium to Turkey is marked.
Now we just wait for the crowds and sponsor caravan.
Riders have no idea what they signed up for.
There is no support car, there is no team.
Even the start isn't in the morning, but just before midnight.
There is no route, only 4 points the have to go through.
First they go to a volcano in France.
Then they climb up to the Alps. Grosse Scheidegg, Grimselpass, Furkpass, its a freaking roller coaster.
After that they have to continue climb to Dolomites and Passo di Giau.
There are no easy routes available, just more mountains.
Then you'd think you could just follow Danube to Black sea.
Instead everyone must ride to Durmitor in Montenegro.
They roads in Balkans is as hilly as the Alps.
After Durmitor there is another 1000 kilometers to Turkey.
This year I put the finish line to Troy.
Which makes a lot of sense.
As the Transcontinental is a big Trojan horse.
Even though there are 200 riders they aren't allowed to help each other.
They can't even call home for help.
Everything has to be done as they were traveling all alone.
They can go to shops for food or stay in hotels.
Even have their bike fixed in a bike shop.
But the clock never stops. It keeps going 24/7.
They can ride the night, ride the day or both.
And whatever you do, don't forget to navigate.
Or else you might end up on goat path.
Or turn around like Steffen did in Trans Am this year.
If you see Lael you are likely on a wrong road.
What do you do when you get lost?
Transcontinental race was a excuse anyways.
I just wanted to have my friends over for a beer.
Then I realized you have to ride at least 3800 kilometers to make Efes taste good.
And its gonna taste good.
There is no time limit, but finished party is 15 days from start.
Fastest will finish in less than ten days.
Some might take a month.
I can't wait for the show to start.
All riders have a gps tracker.
You can follow riders real time online at http://www.transcontinental.cc
Or follow the official hashtags #TcrNo4 in social medias.
Boy, its gonna be rough two weeks.
Riders will be sleeping at bus stops, 'cause they can't find a hotel.
They'll be stuffing pizzas to their pockes, 'cause can't waste time sitting down for food.
Just before finish there will be hundreds of angry dogs waiting. Have fun.