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Me planning Transcontinental 2015 route
My thoughts on route planning.

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00:00 - 00:03I need decisions.
00:04 - 00:05Transcontinental race starts in 2 weeks.
00:05 - 00:07Ventoux, Assietta, Vukovar, Lovcen.
00:08 - 00:12Start is from Geraardsbergen and finish line in Istanbul.
00:12 - 00:15Distance is going to be atleast 4000 kilometers.
00:17 - 00:19I have a great plan.
00:19 - 00:21I'll see Leaning tower of Pisa and Transfagarasan.
00:24 - 00:26But Mikko.
00:27 - 00:28That is almost 5000 kilometers.
00:31 - 00:33Only Kristof could do that and he's doing Trans Siberian extreme instead.
00:34 - 00:36I only have two weeks to finish.
00:53 - 00:58Who here wants to go to a bike race?
01:13 - 01:15Do you have any idea how boring Po valley is?
01:15 - 01:17I could be riding a trainer at home and stare at red line.
01:18 - 01:23To south there is lovely Tuscany and I could go all the way to Pompei.
01:25 - 01:28Take ferry from Bari to Bar and wave at other riders on way to Vukovar.
01:29 - 01:31Road from Timisoara to Transfagarasan beats truck slalom on E80.
01:31 - 01:34I just need a proper schedule.
01:34 - 01:37Or maybe go to Innsbruck and follow Danube to Vukovar.
01:37 - 01:40That is at least shorter and easier.
01:40 - 01:42That is still almost 5000 kilometers.
01:42 - 01:46That is only 350 kilometers per day. Less than a brevet.
01:46 - 01:48But I need time to recover for Paris-Brest-Paris.
01:48 - 01:52I could ride that with unicycle hands tied.
01:53 - 01:54And there is always someone to draft.
01:56 - 01:57And someone to talk to.
01:57 - 02:00But I need decisions on this route.
02:00 - 02:03There is so much to see.
02:04 - 02:08Straight route is flat and boring.
02:08 - 02:13I want to at least see San Boldo pass and Madonna del Ghisallo.
02:14 - 02:16Last year I missed last boat to Bellagio by 3 hours.
02:17 - 02:21I just need to make it in time for the finish line party.
02:27 - 02:29Everyone's gonna be there and it is going to be fun.
02:30 - 02:34Have a beer and listen to endless stories of angry dogs.
02:34 - 02:36I only do this for pizza and beer, with some cycling in between.
02:41 - 02:42Some sightseeing doesn't hurt.
02:43 - 02:47Everyone who finishes in time is a winner.
02:48 - 02:53 Finishing fast is just about bending rules until they break.
02:54 - 02:56None wants to see riders breaking traffic laws or cutting in lines.
02:56 - 02:59This is to show that normal people can ride across continent on their own.
03:00 - 03:02Most of the people find it too hard to ride to get groceries.
03:04 - 03:07Don't worry. All roads go to Istanbul.
03:14 - 03:16Even 4000 km is longer than anyone has ever ridden in Transcontinental before.
03:19 - 03:23Last year only 1/4 would have finished this distance in time.
03:25 - 03:26Even the easy route climbs almost 40 kilometers.
03:31 - 03:33Even the easy route climbs almost 40 kilometers.
03:40 - 03:46It could be raining dogs and trucks in Balkans.
03:46 - 03:49Headwinds from Black sea might throw me back to Adriatic sea.
03:53 - 03:56 I can't wait for the show to start.