For an introduction to what the Transcontinental Race (TCR) is and the principles that it was founded on, see the Overview page.
The race started on Westminster Bridge, in front of the houses of parliament in London, UK on 3rd August, 2013, at 8:00am. Everyone then rode to Dover to take a ferry across the English Channel to Dunkerque or Calais. The first checkpoint was one of the steep cobbled climbs often used in the Tour of Flanders professional bike race: the Muur van Geraardsbergen in Belgium. The leaders arrived before the end of the first day.
There was only one more checkpoint, which was at the top of the Stelvio Pass – the second highest paved pass in the Alps at 2,757 meters elevation. To get there, most people stayed to the north of the French Vosges mountains, but there was then a division between some people riding via Germany and Austria whilst others went further south via Switzerland. The leaders climbed the Stelvio in dry conditions, but much of the field experienced cold and wet weather. Unfortunately, two people were not aware that they should climb the Stelvio from the more famous east side, and took the more direct route from Switzerland via the Umbrail Pass, so did not receive the control stamp.
The Stelvio Pass was less than halfway to Istanbul. Many people took the longer, but flatter route staying further north heading towards the Drava river valley and into the Balkans, others took a slightly more direct but hillier southerly route, passing close to the Adriatic Sea. A few people used the option of riding down the Italian coast and taking a ferry across the Adriatic. Only one person entered Turkey via Greece, all others took a more northerly route via Bulgaria. The typical total distance ridden was 3200 to 3400 km. The map at the bottom of this page shows the simplified routes.
Everyone who registered was given a starting place, with 30 people making it to the start line. 20 people officially finished in Istanbul, 18 of whom arrived before the party at the end of the 15th day. Kristof Allegaert (Belgium) won, with a time of 7 days, 13 hours, and 45 minutes. Richard Dunnett (UK) finished second but was more than 24 hours behind, and Matt Wilkins (Australia) was third. Juliana Buhring (Germany) was the only woman to start, and finished in 9th place overall, in just over 12 days.
Official race reports:
- The First 24 Hours
- Leaders Pass Through the Alps, Navigation Separates the Field
- Finito at the Cima Coppi
- TCR Enters Istanbul: We Have a Winner
- Tales From the Block
Race reports from individual riders are listed towards the bottom of this page.
To view specific rider tracks, go to Trackleaders and select All Rider Tracks in the Map Layers menu. Here is the simplified map:
The next page covers the 2nd edition of the race: TCR No2, 2014.