Tim takes on The Transcontinental Race
The 2015 TransContinental Race has no fixed route but there are checkpoints that all participants must pass through, which obviously influences the chosen route. The race starts in Flanders, Belgium with checkpoints at Mont Ventoux, Assietta, Vukovar and Lovcen.
Tim’s been putting in the training since January with support from the Leeds University, testing 5AM wakeup’s in order to get a 60/70KM of riding in before work usually followed by a gym session in the evenings. If anything we’ve certainly noticed his appetite grow!
The inclusion this year of 40km of Alpine gravel road on the French-Italian border dramatically influences tyres and bike choice, making a gravel or adventure bike with capacity for wider tyres with a smidgen of tread arguably the preferred choice.
This custom bike will be used by Tim, rider number 78, and has been built up with a SRAM Force CX1 1×11 groupset, with a single ring chainset and large ratio cassette to hopefully provide all the gears he’ll need. On such a long distance event and with the likely high weight of the fully laden bicycle, it’s unlikely he’ll miss the higher gears that such a setup sacrifices, but will appreciate the simplicity, and one less thing (front mech and gear cable) to go wrong.
You can see more photos of the bike build here www.transproject.cc and follow Tim at http://thebrokenline.co.uk and more about his local partners Restrap and Woodrup.