I thought I’d outline and share as it currently stands my TCR timeline…
Wed 27 Jul 16
Windsor to Dover, hopefully as last year I’ll have a lift arranged to run me there. B&B Dover most likely but that’s still to be confirmed.
Thurs 28 Jul 16
Ferry Dover to Dunkirk in the morning followed by a train Dunkirk to Brussels (Timings TBC). Last year it was a 90 mile ride direct from Dunkirk to Geraardsbergen, as nice as it was I fancy saving that effort this year. The train journey is just one switch in Lille and from Brussels a ride a little over 30 miles, much preferred. B&B overnight.
Fri 29 Jul 16
Registration, experience the race build up and excitement, go through the ritual of overfeeding then final evening preparations.
Race start 10.00pm
Sat 30 Jul 16 – Riding
Sun 31 Jul 16 – Riding
Mon 1 Aug 16 – Riding
Puy de Dome, France
Parcour – Clermont Ferrand to Col de Ceyssat
Checkpoint closes Mon 1 Aug 16 (time TBC)
Tues 2 Aug 16 – Riding
Wed 3 Aug 16 – Riding
Thurs 4 Aug 16 – Riding
Distance: 600kms+ (+ 10,000m of elevation)
Parcour – Grindelwald, via Grosse Scheidegg, Grimselpass, Furkapass
Finish: Furkapass, exact point TBC.
Checkpoint closes 4th Aug 16 00.00 (time TBC)
Fri 5th Aug 16 – Riding
Sat 6th Aug 16 – Riding
Passo di Giau, Italy.
Distance: 400kms+ (+ 10,000m of elevation)
Parcour – San Pelligrino
Finish: Passo Giau
Checkpoint closes 6th Aug 16 (time 00.00)
Sun 7th Aug 16 – Riding
Mon 8th Aug 16 – Riding
Tues 9th Aug 16 – Riding
Wed 10th Aug 16 – Riding
Distance: 800kms +
Finish: Hostel Highlander, Zabljak.
Checkpoint closes 10th Aug 16 (time 17.00)
Thurs 11 Aug 16 – Riding
Fri 12 Aug 16 – Riding
Sat 13 Aug 16 – Riding
Distance: 1,200kms +
Control: Saat Kulesi
Finish line celebrations 6.00pm to midnight and beyond!!
Sun 14 Aug 16 – Riding
Mon 15 Aug 16 – Riding
Tues 16 Aug 16 – Riding
Wed 17 Aug 16 – Riding
Finish line control closes 00.00.
There you go, you know as much as me at the moment. No thinking yet on how to return home.
Just to give a rough idea and this really is rough, the total distance is upwards of 3,600kms. It looks like we have a total of 365hrs to be in time for the finish line celebrations on the 13 Aug, equivalent to 14.8 days. So that’s an average distance of around 250kms per day to make the party…with lots and lots of climbing inbetween!
Back to route planning!