TPR No 1 – Days 5 to 7

Read about TPR No 1 – Days 1 to 4 here Day 5 Prades to St Girons 203 km, 4398 m elev. gain We’d been a bit nervous about this day when planning our race because St Girons was one of the places where Jim hadn't been able to find a hotel 24 hour reception.... Continue Reading →

TPR No 1 – Days 1 to 4

Day 1 Biarritz to Sabiñánigo 261 km, 4635 m elev. gain We were told to be at Capra Velo ready to go for 4.45 am to be released in waves starting from 5 am. We already knew that the owners Scott and Nicole were total legends from hanging around at the shop after registration the... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 – Days 13 to 16

Read about TCR No 7 – Days 9 to 12 Day 13 La Côte-Saint-André to Montmarault The day gets off to a bad start as Rach trips on the stairs whilst carrying her bike down from our hotel room. Neither of us is quite sure what happened, but she basically ends up lay on a... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 – Days 9 to 12

Read about TCR No 7 – Days 5 to 8 Day 9 Merano to Scuol (Switzerland) It’s days like today that make it all worthwhile. Bar the descent from the hotel into Merano we’re climbing straight from the get go, more than once expressing relief that we didn’t try to push on the previous night.... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 – Days 5 to 8

Read about TCR No 7 – Days 1 to 4 here Day 5 Belgrade to Našice (Croatia) Our late night finish on Day 4 meant we were fairly slow to get going this morning. Yesterday's Alleyvn patch had performed its job admirably, but had come unstuck in the shower before bed. A second patch was... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 – Days 1 to 4

Day 1 Burgas to Gabrovo It’s funny being out in the city early doors. It's peaceful and empty, except for the TCR-cap-wearing cyclists appearing from all directions, gradually filtering towards the race start. One of the most distinctive sounds of the TCR, and a tell-tale sign of a nearby TCR rider, is the crisp ticking... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 – Logistics and the race start

Logistics Travel Outbound: Wednesday 24th July, Manchester to Burgas This years' race start in Burgas, Bulgaria meant that travel options were limited, which was a good thing really since it meant it was really straightforward to arrange. For us it was a case of flying out from Manchester, building the bikes back up outside the... Continue Reading →

All Points North

The route Most chat at the start tended towards “clockwise or anti-clockwise?”. Actually, we got the impression that everyone was going anti clockwise (like us) but that wasn’t the case, it was a really interesting mix. We opted for anti clockwise: Sheffield - Flamborough - Whitby - Brimham - Tan Hill - Great Dun Fell... Continue Reading →

The tent test

At the end of TCR No.6 we decided that if we did it again we wouldn’t carry any bivvy kit except emergency stuff because there are always hotels available. Our emergency kit comprises a foil emergency bivvy bag each and a lightweight down gilet. The Trans Pyrenees Race (TPR) is a completely different story. Because... Continue Reading →

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