Riding the Transcontinental

Last night, local CTC member John Weller gave us a talk about his experience of participating in the 2015 Transcontinental Race from Belgium to Istanbul.

John raced 2,600 miles on a bicycle in one of the toughest endurance events in the world of cycling. There was no support along the way!  And no official route: a start line in Geraardsbergen (Belgium) and a finish line in Istanbul (Turkey) via four checkpoints – Mont Ventoux (France), Strada dell’Assietta (Italy), Vukovar (Croatia) and Mount Lovcen (Montenegro).

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Rather than a report, here are some photos of John and his bike!

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Cockpit view

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Dynamo and converters for charging electronic gadgets

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Saddle (Gilles Berthoud)

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What John wore and carried (1)

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What John wore and carried (2)

The evening raised £110 for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund.