The application process for the 2017 Transcontinental Race (TCR) took place in November, 2016, and was similar to that used for the 2016 Race. Like the previous year, 300 starting places are available, with successful applicants being informed by the end of December, 2016.
The map at the bottom of this page shows the simplified route. As in the previous two years, the race will start in Geraardsbergen, Belgium with an ascent of the cobbled climb, the Muur van Geraardsbergen, but that is the only location to be used in 2017 that has been used previously. The start time will again be at 10pm, on 28th July, 2017.
The first checkpoint will be in southern Germany, at the Schloss Lichtenstein. For the first time in the TCR, it will be possible to cross the Alps without going above 2000 meters elevation, with the only Alpine checkpoint being Monte Grappa in Italy, not far from Venice. It is a historic mountain that was a major battlefield in both World Wars I and II.
Checkpoints 3 and 4 will take the race to central and eastern Europe for the first time, first to the Tatra Mountains between Slovakia and Poland and then onto the revered Transfagarasan Pass in Romania, passing through the mythical region of Transylvania.
For the first time, the race won’t finish in Turkey. This is no surprise since every other location used has changed regularly. The finish will instead be in northern Greece, in Meteora where monasteries have been built on pinnacles of rock.
The distance is expected to be slightly more than in 2016, at 3800-4000 km.
Here is the simplified map:
The next page looks at the Overall Results of the first 4 editions of the race.