This is the second of two pages containing information about the 2017 Transcontinental Race No5. See the Overview page for a general introduction to the Transcontinental Race (TCR). See also the official TCR page.

Transcontinental Race No. 5, 2017, page 2

The information is presented across two pages:

Media Coverage

Antonin Michaud-Soret of AHSTUDIO, the official cinematographer, made 12 “daily shorts” of video footage from the race and five “feature edits“. A couple of the best of these are below:

Netwerk Geraardsbergen posted videos of registration and the start. Belgian television station RTBF made a video following three riders from Quebec (in French). There is also an unofficial live feed from the start plus official live feeds of James Hayden and Melissa Pritchard passing through CP3 and also one from the finish party.

The organizers posted many race reports during the event: Race report 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. The Behind the Scenes blog highlighted the work of the volunteer dot watchers who monitor the progress of every rider throughout the race. The race’s title sponsors, PEdAL ED, posted a summary of the race on their blog.

Many of the photos taken by the race’s official photographers James Robertson and Camille McMillan were posted in albums on the TCR Facebook page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30. There is an excellent interview with James Robertson about the experience of trying to photograph this mammoth race.

The general cycling news website posted frequent updates throughout the race and an article focused on the winner, James Hayden. On the Ride Far blog, there is a race preview and an update posted about 13 days into the race. There is another good race preview on The Human Cyclist blog. See the previous page for a general summary of the major highlights and an analysis of the routes used.

The Guardian newspaper posted an article about the TCR online, which even includes a mention of this Ride Far website. After the race, the French long-distance cycling magazine 200 included several articles about the race in issue 14 (the “automne 2017” edition).

There are also many unofficial albums of general photos, including the registration and start and the finish. Mikko Makipaa, the only person to have started all five editions of the race, posted albums of participants and rider’s bikes. Chris Dennis, a TCR veteran who didn’t race this time, posted photos to Facebook of typical rider experiences depicted in Lego.

Full Results & Ride Reports

The tables below contain detailed analyses of the results and links to rider reports. They are designed to be viewed on a computer screen and may not display well on smaller screens.

The official results are available on the TCR wesite. The tracker data can be viewed on the TrackLeaders or Free Route websites. One of the riders, Urs Arnold Kutschera, also created a useful tool to analyze certain aspects of the tracker data, see here.

In addition to the results and tracker data, the tables below contain information gathered from the participants’ public ride reports and publicly-viewable social media accounts, links for which are given for each person. Riders are divided into the same categories as in the official results, but some parts are organized slightly differently.

To receive an official finish time and appear in the general classification, participants had to abide by all race rules, reach the finish before the official closing time and not ride with others for any significant length of time. This was the case for 94 solo riders and 9 pairs. Time penalties were awarded to these people for minor rule violations, presumably for using banned or illegal roads.

The official finish positions are reported in the tables in the “Pos’n” column. The “Rank at CP” column shows the unofficial rank at each checkpoint (CP) and the finish (F). The CP ranks don’t include penalties and involve a different subset of riders for each category, with the subset chosen to make the relative progress through the field as clear as possible.

17 solo riders reached the finish after the official closing time, so are listed as “finishers” without receiving a position in the general classification. Two solo riders finished within the time limit but were listed as finishers and not included in the general classification due to undisclosed minor rule violations. There were therefore a total of 113 solo finishers, and it is this subset that is included in the CP ranks listed for all solo finishers.

Even more detailed results, in particular for the time taken between each checkpoint, are given in this blog post, but I recommend most people to only look at the tables below.


Pos’n Time No.: Name Rank at CP
+ Penalties
Ride reports
& social media
1 9d 02h 14m 75: James Hayden 4-5-2-1-1
P: 3h






James made good progress up to CP2, arriving in 5th place, but after that he starting to really fly, passing Björn to move into 1st place between CP3 & CP4. He had the fastest segment time for CP2-3 (53h 01m) and CP3-4 (43h 14m).
2 9d 16h 57m 26: Björn Lenhard 3-1-1-2-2
P: 3h
Björn was leading the race at CP2 and CP3, but ended up 14.5 hours behind 1st place, which was the smallest margin of victory ever in the TCR.
3 9d 21h 46m 60: Jonas Goy 2-2-3-3-3
P: –
Jonas arrived at CP1 in 2nd place and he had the 3rd best time between CP2-3, during which he crossed a river where the bridge had collapsed (source).
4 10d 02h 59m 93: Geoffroy Dussault 1-4-6-5-4
P: 3h
Geoffrey got to CP1 in 1st place (23h 50m) and also had the fastest time from CP4-Finish (53h 36m), but was significantly slower in the middle part of the race (source).
5 10d 20h 31m 154: Matthew Falconer 6-10-11-10-7
P: –
Matthew had a Top 10 time in 3 of the 5 segments, then picked up two places in the classification due to people who finished earlier than him receiving penalties. His only reltively slow section was CP1-2, which was probably because he chose to go over the much higher Timmelsjoch pass instead of the more popular Brenner or Reschen passes.
6 10d 21h 00m 187: Rory McCarron 5-8-8-6-5
P: 3h
Rory was the best rookie. He stayed in the Top 10 throughout the race and had no particularly slow segments. While the majority of people rode thru Austria from CP2-3, Rory was one of the people who went thru Slovenia.
7 10d 23h 24m 80: Nelson Trees 8-7-7-4-6
P: 3h
Nelson was the 10th person to arrive at CP1, but was 1st out of all of those who chose the flatter but longer route via Brussels and the Rhine river. He experienced mechanical problems that slowed him down between CP4-Finish (source), which was the only segment for which he didn’t record a Top 10 time.
8 11d 03h 02m 131: Robert Carlier 14-9-9-8-8
P: 3h
Robert’s segment time for Start-CP1 was relatively his slowest, but he then had the fastest segment time for CP1-2 (34h 24m), which got him into the top 10, where he then stayed until the finish.
9 11d 05h 48m 12: Stephane Ouaja 16-11-10-9-9
P: –
Stephane had a relatively slow segment for Start-CP1, partly due to taking the longer northern option via the Rhine, and he was also slower between CP4-Finish, but he was much faster during the middle of the race.
10 11d 13h 36m 84: Samuli Makinen 38-31-17-15-10
P: –
Samuli got faster and faster as the race progressed, gaining 28 positions between CP1 and the finish. His route between CP4-Finish was less conventional, going through Bulgaria and then near Thessaloniki, but it worked well as he had the 3rd best time for that segment, which enabled him to get into the Top 10 overall.
11 11d 19h 53m 16: Ian To 7-3-5-13-11
P: –
Ian was riding fast until CP3, then had a very slow segment CP3-4 in which he had a couple of extended breaks, but regained a couple of places before the finish.
12 11d 21h 31m 23: Mathias Dalgas 9-6-4-7-12
P: –
Mathias was riding inside the Top 10 throughout the race, but stopped moving for almost 24 hours between CP4-Finish, which caused him to lose several positions.
13 11d 23h 40m 97: Timothy Maundrell 31-19-12-17-13
P: –
After reaching CP1 in 31st place, Timothy had the 5th best time for CP1-2, which moved him up to 12th place. He was then the only person to ride thru Ukraine, which doesn’t appear to have been the best choice strategically because CP3-4 was his slowest segment, but after CP4 he regained a few of the lost places.
14 12d 01h 40m 229: Alexandre Le Roux 33-22-18-14-14
P: –
Alexandre was somewhat inconsistent, with Top 10 times for CP1-2 and CP3-4, but significantly slower in the other segments. He went further east than anyone else for CP4-Finish, via Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Drama, Greece.
15 12d 06h 40m 50: Didier Matteoda 30-25-21-16-14
P: 5h
Didier made steady progress through the field throughout the race. His Top 20 segment time for CP4-Finish is particularly impressive given that he twice failed to find a border that he could use to get between Serbia and Macedonia, he was finally successful on the third road that he tried but this caused him to ride at least 80 km extra.
16 12d 11h 44m 121: Krišjānis Jansons-Ratiniks 25-21-19-22-16
P: –
Krišjānis had a very slow time for CP3-4, but really sped up to get a Top 10 segment time for CP4-Finish.
17 12d 14h 30m 148: Markku Leppälä 23-33-30-29-17
P: –
Markku started well, then slowed down a lot for CP1-2 when he went over the Timmelsjoch Pass. At the end of the race he had enough energy remaining for a Top 10 time for CP4-Finish.
18 12d 14h 50m 88: Levente Bagoly 57-29-16-12-19
P: –
Levente had relatively slow segment times for Start-CP1 & CP4-Finish, but his times during the middle 3 segments were all in the Top 20, allowing him to move from 57th to 12th between CP1 and CP4.
19 12d 15h 01m 203: Tim Naert 24-26-25-21-18
P: 0.5h
Tim had a reasonably consistent pace, with his best segment time at the end: in the Top 20 for CP4-Finish.
20 12d 20h 37m 142: Stuart Birnie 20-15-20-23-24
P: –
Stuart gained 4 places in the overall standings due to other people’s time penalties and he had a Top 10 segment time for CP1-2.
21 12d 21h 52m 111: Daniel Johansson 28-38-23-23-25
P: 1h
Daniel started steadily until CP2, then had a Top 20 time for CP2-3, after which he held his position, but gained 4 places in the overall standings due to other people’s penalties.
22 12d 22h 23m 63: Massimiliano Fancoli 52-40-22-19-20
P: 7.5h
Massimiliano’s slowest segment was Start-CP1, where he appeared to have a problem finding a way to cross the Rhine river, with one or two failed attempts and changes of plan, but after that managed to gain over 30 positions before the finish.
23 12d 22h 25m 32: Patrick Miette 29-36-32-28-21
P: 3.5h
Patrick must have saved some energy for the end because his best segment was CP4-Finish, with the 12th best time despite taking a wrong turn just before the finish parcours and having to turn around.
24 12d 22h 28m 72: Michael Wacker 22-17-28-34-26
P: –
Michael had an inconsistent pace, with very fast times for CP1-2 and CP4-Finish, but much slower in the other segments.
25 12d 22h 30m 29: Lee Pearce 37-28-27-25-22
P: 3h
Lee rode at a solid pace throughout to gradually move up the standings.
26 12d 22h 57m 146: Christoph Fuhrbach 11-12-13-11-23
P: 3h
Christoph was highly placed all the way until CP4, then started to take more time off of the bike and lost several places before reaching the finish. He appeared to make a major change to his planned route in central Slovakia.
27 12d 23h 04m 28: Ian Walker 17-16-15-18-27
P: –
Ian had a similar race pattern to Chistoph Fuhrbach – he started well but fell back a lot during the final segment.
28 13d 01h 37m 114: Ben Snodin 46-45-40-37-29
P: –
Ben had a consistent pace that gradually got faster relative to everyone else, alllowing him to slowly gain places throughout the race.
29 13d 02h 28m 35: Sönke Meyer 12-13-14-20-30
P: –
Sönke was one of several people to fall out of the Top 20 due to problems between CP4-Finish.
30 13d 02h 29m 233: Melissa Pritchard* (F) 15-14-24-27-27
P: 1h

Melissa started very fast until CP2, then slowed significantly until reaching CP4 but lead all women throughut the race. She sped up again significantly after CP4 when some other females starting getting close to her.
31 13d 04h 24m 235: Timothy France 26-35-31-41-31
P: –
Timothy reported getting hit by lightning in Romania (source), which explains the very slow segment time for CP3-4.
32 13d 07h 28m 46: Stephen Haines 60-46-26-30-32
P: –
Stephen had a Top 20 segment time for CP2-3, but was then relatively slow for CP3-4.
33 13d 07h 47m 197: Dan Massie 10-18-39-35-33
P: –
Dan got to CP1 in the Top 10 (of those who would eventually finish), but then took the slower route into Italy via the Timmelsjoch pass, and continued at a steadier pace after that.
34 13d 12h 12m 163: Tom Searby 19-47-41-31-34
P: –
A place in the Top 20 at CP1 for Tom was followed by a very slow segment CP1-2, but he seemed to re-establish some rhythm later in the race.
35 13d 16h 25m 128: Rimas Grigenas 21-24-45-42-36
P: –
Rimas may have had some problems between CP2 & CP3 because he had a particularly slow time in that segment, whilst the other segments were reasonably consistent.
36 13d 19h 55m 157: Ingeborg Dybdal Oie (F) 69-61-54-58-37
P: 0.5h
Ingeborg was riding reasonably consistently until CP4, then really sped up and had the 11th fastest segment time for CP4-Finish, where she took a route mainly through Bulgaria, which allowed her to gain over 20 places. She was starting to catch Melissa, the first woman, before the finish, but ended up 18 about hours behind.
37 13d 21h 43m 228: Karen Tostee (F) 18-23-35-32-39
P: –
Karen started reasonably fast, but then gradually lost places as the race progressed. Between CP4-Finish she had a long break with over 16 hours off of the bike.
38 13d 22h 14m 123: Michal Hampl 67-48-44-40-35
P: 7.5h

Michal increased his pace throughout the race and gained places at every checkpoint, and even had a Top-20 segment time for CP3-4. He lost a couple in the standings due to receiving a lot of penalties.
39 13d 22h 30m 160: George Bennett 35-41-52-48-42
P: –
George maintained a reasonable pace across all segments.
40 13d 23h 28m 170: Maxime Barat 40-34-34-26-38
P: 3.5h
Maxime was progressing through the field well, then lost at lot of places between CP4 and the finish.
41 14d 00h 17m 169: William Dunk 85-72-58-55-43
P: –
William had a relatively slow start, but then gained places at every checkpoint, moving up by over 40 places between CP1 and the finish.
42 14d 00h 47m 189: Janne Villikka 27-32-29-33-40
P: 3h
Janne had a good first half of the race, and did more riding in France before CP1 than most people, but he was relatively slower from CP3 to the Finish.
43 14d 02h 29m 179: Mostyn Brown 68-66-55-50-45
P: –
Mostyn was another rider with a positive trajectory, gaining places at every checkpoint.
44 14d 03h 17m 195: Ben Davies 61-99-70-60-40
P: 5.5h
Ben took the more mountainous and scenic route from CP1-2 via Switzerland including the Albula pass and so that segment was very slow. He then had Top 20 times for CP3-4 and CP4-Finish.
45 14d 03h 41m 218: Simon Sramek 55-52-56-49-47
P: –
Simon maintained a decent pace, with the second half relatively faster than the first.
46 14d 05h 09m 92: Dragan Mladenovic 44-42-42-43-46
P: 2.5h
Dragan had a consistent pace throughout and adopted the strategy of keeping all of his stops quite short, taking very few long sleep breaks.
47 14d 05h 10m 151: Fabian Rabe 49-50-50-52-48
P: –
Fabian had an extremely steady pace, barely changing his rank between any of the checkpoints. He chose not to take the most popular route between CP2 & 3, instead, like several others, he chose to ride thru Slovenia.
48 14d 06h 00m 48: Simon Bottomley 36-43-33-36-50
P: –
Simon entered the Alps much furher east than most people, riding through Garmisch.
49 14d 10h 17m 205: Oliver Bieri 56-49-43-61-51
P: –
Oliver lost a lot of places between CP3 & CP4, but then had his fastest segment for CP4-Finish.
50 14d 10h 39m 145: Joan Carrillo 13-20-36-46-49
P: 5h
Joan took one of the most northerly routes through Belgium after the start and was in the Top 20 up to CP2, but slowed significantly after that. He went farther west than most people through Romania and had a break of more than 24 hours after CP4.
51 14d 11h 22m 132: Colin James 34-27-46-38-52
P: –
Colin had an inconsistent pace, with a couple of relatively slow sections, CP2-3 and CP4-Finish, but a Top 20 time for CP3-4.
52 14d 12h 22m 133: Scott Wilkins 43-53-61-54-53
P: –
Scott slowed down a bit in the middle part of the race, but finished strongly.
53 14d 14h 15m 212: Janis Viskers 53-51-48-53-55
P: –
Janis had a steady pace throughout apart from having a relatively slow segment time for CP3-4.
54 14d 14h 47m 181: Daniel Brayson 41-39-37-44-56
P: –
Daniel’s tracker data shows that he didn’t ride the correct route on the finish parcours, but received no penalties because it was a similar distance.
55 14d 15h 26m 120: Bart Verheijen 89-65-57-56-54
P: 3h
Bart started relatively slowly due to taking a long break during the first day, but gained over 40 places between CP1 and the finish.
56 14d 17h 23m 104: Mao Pong ‘Steven’ Hon 32-55-49-59-57
P: 1.5h
Steven was one of the more adventurous people who went over the Timmelsjoch pass between Austria and Italy.
57 14d 19h 45m 42: Marin de Saint-Exupéry 47-37-38-39-60
P: –
Marin had an extended stop of over 30 hours between CP4 and the finish, causing that to be his slowest segment.
58 14d 19h 48m 4: Mikko Mäkipää 39-64-53-65-61
P: –

As always, Mikko did his own thing and occasionally used different routes to everyone else including going much further east than most people in Romania and Bulgaria and climbing through the hills to the east of Lake Constance after entering Austria.
59 14d 22h 22m 38: Alberto Vaghi 82-57-60-64-58
P: 3h
Alberto started relatively slowly due to a long break during the first day.
60 15d 01h 59m 95: Max Kraus* 45-30-51-47-63
P: 3h
Max arrived at CP2 in the Top 30 (out of the people who ended up finishing), but slowed down after that.
61 15d 04h 52m 83: Jeff Liu 70-63-67-70-62
P: 6h
Jeff saw bears on the Transfagarasan (source), which might have spurred him to speed up because his fastest relative segment time was CP4-Finish.
62 15d 11h 00m 209: Oliver Monaghan-Coombs 51-56-59-63-64
P: –
63 15d 11h 45m 161: Paul Pritchard 66-60-64-67-65
P: 0.5h
64 15d 12h 33m 77: David Sherrington 73-76-76-83-66
P: –
65 15d 16h 57m 41: Hans-Jürgen Schmitz-Rech* 42-44-66-66-59
P: 5h
66 15d 18h 13m 176: Ben Clay 62-57-63-62-69
P: –
67 15d 18h 18m 14: Paula Regener (F) 74-79-62-51-68
P: 0.5h
68 15d 18h 48m 171: Avni Berk Okyay 77-74-81-73-67
P: 5h

69 15d 19h 42m 87: Turloch O Siochain 49-70-84-81-71
P: –
70 15d 19h 50m 99: Mark Charles 99-68-72-68-73
P: –
71 15d 20h 25m 193: Jean-Michel Rivoire 80-82-75-76-74
P: –
72 15d 20h 54m 40: Lea Meszarosova (F) 102-77-90-82-76
P: –
73 15d 20h 54m 31: Andrea Polo 88-69-77-84-76
P: –

74 15d 21h 23m 124: Boarnici Florian Marius 105-97-83-77-78
P: –
75 15d 21h 43m 168: Lamri Adjis 84-75-74-69-70
P: 3h
Lamri lost more places in the final standings than anyone else due to penalties.
76 15d 21h 52m 67: Andrea Galanti* 91-80-71-84-75
P: –
77 16d 01h 16m 207: Norbert Muench 54-54-65-72-80
P: –
78 16d 03h 50m 96: Bertrand Nerincx 103-83-88-75-79
P: 3h
79 16d 04h 50m 231: Jakub Dvořák 93-87-87-87-81
P: –
80 16d 06h 01m 47: Douglas Migden 86-78-94-90-82
P: –
81 16d 11h 02m 39: Martin Tonkov 64-73-78-74-84
P: –
82 16d 12h 00m 36: Arron Hodder 63-85-80-86-85
P: –
83 16d 12h 54m 62: Denis Recazens 72-83-85-91-88
P: –

84 16d 13h 07m 101: Martian Cioana 92-88-68-57-89
P: –
Martian started steadily, then had a Top 20 segment time for CP3-4, but followed that with one of the slowest segments times for CP4-Finish because he took an extremely easterly route through Bulgaria and entered Greece near Komotini.
85 16d 13h 54m 184: Sergio Lopez 90-86-86-92-83
P: 5h
86 16d 15h 00m 219: Fraser Hughes 47-59-79-78-85
P: 3h

87 16d 15h 16m 140: Rui Rodrigues 65-81-73-89-87
P: 3h
88 16d 18h 55m 54: Eric Kampherbeek 58-104-97-94-90
P: –
Eric had a 48-hour delay to repair his bike after a collision with a car in Germany (source).
89 16d 20h 58m 159: Pete Robson 97-96-92-88-92
P: –
90 16d 22h 26m 164: Craig Dolwin 83-71-95-95-91
P: 3h
91 17d 06h 14m 204: Erik Ringqvist 93-95-82-80-93
P: 5h
92 17d 16h 56m 220: Enric Burgstaller 106-93-89-93-94
P: –
93 17d 19h 02m 57: Silviu Martin 96-100-91-79-95
P: –
94 17d 23h 27m 22: Thomas Chateau 104-92-93-97-96
P: 3h

Unclassified “Finishers”
Fin’r 14d 01h 59m 112: Giorsio Raboen 76-62-47-44-44
P: n/a
Giorsio was an unclassified finisher due to undisclosed rule violations.
Fin’r 15d 19h 42m 61: Simon Infanger 79-67-69-71-71
P: n/a
Simon was an unclassified finisher due to undisclosed rule violations.
Fin’r 18d 01h 05m 118: Zygmunt Kulczyna 81-90-96-96-97
P: n/a
Zygmunt was unfortunate to be the first person to miss the finish time cut-off, coming in only 65 minutes too late.
Fin’r 18d 03h 21m 162: Zlatimira Petrova (F) 87-91-101-98-98
P: n/a
Fin’r 18d 03h 57m 147: Michal Ďurec 95-94-102-99-99
P: n/a
Fin’r 18d 15h 18m 136: Cesare Pedrini 71-89-100-102-100
P: n/a
Cesare is the second person to complete the TCR on a fixed gear bike (following Stephane Ouaja, who finished 12th overall on a fixed gear in 2015).
Fin’r 18d 21h 57m 91: Caroline Item (F) 78-98-98-101-101
P: n/a
Fin’r 19d 06h 17m 186: Anisa Aubin (F) 98-103-99-100-102
P: n/a
Fin’r 19d 16h 44m 194: Soon Aik Wee 75-102-103-104-103
P: n/a
Fin’r 19d 18h 44m 225: Chantal Coolsma (F) 59-101-104-103-104
P: n/a
Fin’r 19d 23h 34m 21: Wendy Montgomery (F) 101-106-106-107-105
P: n/a
Fin’r 20d 14h 35m 69: Pedro Leandro Correia 100-107-107-105-106
P: n/a
Fin’r 20d 15h 53m 232: Riccardo Oltolini 107-105-105-106-107
P: n/a
Fin’r 22d 21h 12m 174: Hector Outeiral Nunez 113-113-111-110-108
P: n/a
Fin’r 22d 22h 27m 224: Tina Nestoroska (F) 112-109-109-109-109
P: n/a
Fin’r 23d 01h 48m 53: Wiesia Kuczaj (F) 110-109-110-108-110
P: n/a
Fin’r 23d 20h 53m 200: Goran Arsovski 111-111-108-111-111
P: n/a
Fin’r 24d 16h 47m 188: Daragh Browne 109-108-112-112-112
P: n/a
Fin’r 30d 16h 10m 130: David Coulon 108-112-113-113-113
P: n/a
This was David’s second time finishing in last place; he also did so in 2015.
Excl’ n/a 10: Matt Ryan n/a Matt reached the finish but was excluded from the results for not using a helmet and lights.
Excl’ n/a 100: Martin Nilsson n/a Martin reached the finish but was excluded from the results for using a motorway.
Excl’ n/a 165: Josie Jones (F) n/a Josie reached the finish but was excluded from the results for using a motorway.


Nine pairs reached the finish together before the closing time and so are in the general classification. Two other pairs arrived together after the closing time so are officially “pairs finishers”. The additional rankings that are listed for all pairs finishers therefore include these 11 pairs.

Eight people who started the race in a pair finished as solos, so it’s difficult to compare their performance to people in any other category, so the additional rankings for them include all 282 starters.

Pos’n Time No.: Name(s) Rank at CP
+ Penalties
Ride reports
& social media
1 13d 21h 05m 255: Anders Syvertsen & Eivind Tandrevold 1-3-2-3-2
P: –
Anders & Eivind were the 1st pair to reach CP1, but then slowed slightly in the middle of the race before being the fastest pair from CP4-Finish despite having to try two different border crossings between Serbia and Macedonia, which added about 70 km to their route.
2 14d 03h 32m 276: Sina Witte (F) & Victor Decouard 2-1-3-2-4
P: –
Sina & Victor were the 1st pair to reach CP2, but lost some time after that. They moved up from 4th pair to reach the finish to 2nd pair in the classification due to other pairs receiving penalties.
3 14d 05h 13m 270: Miguel Vilachá & Tomáš Labanc 4-4-4-5-3
P: 3h
Miguel & Tomáš had a reasonably consistent pace, but got relatively faster after leaving CP4, which allowed them to move onto the pairs podium.
4 14d 07h 08m 264: Ian Tosh & Neil Lauder* 3-2-1-1-1
P: 14h
Ian & Neil received more time penalties than anyone else, which caused to drop from the 1st pair to reach the finish to the 4th pair in the final classification.
5 14d 16h 28m 267: Joe Selby & Jonny Gallimore 6-6-5-4-5
P: –
Joe & Jonny had a reasonably consistent pace, with their best segment being CP3-4.
6 16d 12h 46m 269: Leonidas Mathioudis & Stylianos Kerkentzes 5-5-6-6-6
P: 0.5h
7 17d 05h 09m 263: Giorgio Zampedri & Luciano Margoni 9-7-7-7-7
P: 3h
8 17d 14h 50m 258: Daniel Nicolas & Guillermo Nicolás Muñoz 6-8-8-8-8
P: 3h
Daniel & Guillermo must work very well together because they are the first pair to finish the TCR twice together.
9 17d 21h 35m 271: Mindaugas Rudis & Vytenis Aleliunas 8-9-9-9-9
P: –
Unclassified pairs “Finishers”
Fin’r 18d 20h 10m 251: Abigail Kerr (F) & Duncan Birtwistle 11-10-10-10-10
P: n/a
Fin’r 19d 21h 05m 278: Angela Walker (F) & Julie Bullen (F) 10-11-11-11-11
P: n/a



        Angela & Julie are the first all-female pair to ever finish the TCR (only 1 other all-female pair has started, in 2015, but one of them had to scratch after the last checkpoint).
Unclassified solo “Finishers” who started in a pair
Fin’r 13d 23h 27m 275a: Richard Williams 119-113-74-66-48
P: n/a
Richard rode in a pair until his partner scratched after CP2, he then finished quite fast between CP4 and the finish.
Fin’r 14d 15h 51m 277b: Orestis Kapetanopoulos 156-121-100-83-67
P: n/a
Dimitris & Orestis are the first pair that has started the TCR together, but have each finished separately. They arrived at CP3 together, but were two hours apart at CP4 and finished almost 1 day apart.
Fin’r 15d 00h 19m 260b: Pawel Pulawski 32-76-72-78-77
P: n/a
Pawel started in a pair, but continued after his partner scratched and was awarded the maglia nera title for being the last person to finish before the end of the finish party on Day 15. Him and his partner were amongst several riders who crossed the Alps using the Fluela Pass in Swizerland.
Fin’r 15d 13h 01m 277a: Dimitris Mavropoulos 156-122-99-86-81
P: n/a
See above, rider #277b.
Fin’r 15d 19h 56m 272a: Ovidiu Nodea 206-125-110-115-89
P: n/a
Fin’r 16d 13h 11m 254b: Denis Astakhov 191-176-97-80-108
P: n/a
Fin’r 17d 17h 28m 253a: Alberto Pugno-Vanoni 194-154-142-131-118
P: n/a
Fin’r 19d 06h 41m 274a: Peter Vancampenhout 247-219-166-145-131
P: n/a

Scratched / Did Not Finish

136 people scratched from the race before reaching the finish. Rankings are listed for them based on all 282 starters and they are ordered based on their rank at the last checkpoint that they reached or by their race number.

Of the 282 starters (224 of whom were solos and 58 started as pairs), 268 made it to CP1, 244 to CP2, 180 to CP3, 159 to CP4 and 146 to the finish. Including all starters in the rankings therefore causes people who are making consistent progress relative to everyone else to appear to be advancing because their position improves at each checkpoint as other people drop out, which is misleading but unavoidable.

Comments are made for notable performances or incidents. Reasons for scratching were collected from public ride reports and publicly-viewable social media (including the TCR Facebook group, which requires a non-restricted registration to view). The original sources are either specifically given in the comments or are from the links given in the “Ride reports” column. Reasons for scratching are normally a lot more complex than the brief statements given here, so I recommend reading the reports to better understand each individual’s unique situation.

No.: Name(s) Rank at CP
Ride reports
& social media
94: Matthew Kimber 27-14-15-14-X        

                Mathew had a Top 10 segment time for CP1-2 and was in the Top 20 overall when he reached CP4, but had to scratch before reaching the finish, which he reported was due to an illness.
273a: Paolo Botti 25-16-29-28-X Paolo had a Top 10 segment time for CP1-2 and was in the Top 30 overall when he reached CP4, but had to scratch before reaching the finish.
98: Josh Cunningham 21-13-17-31-X Josh was in the Top 20 at CP3, but then had a very slow segment time for CP3-4, then had to scratch before reaching the finish.
82: Sjoerd Witjes 65-71-56-48-X
56: Paul Toigo 37-27-36-61-X                        
256: Charles Christiansen & Nico Deportago-Cabrera 80-62-68-75-X Charles & Nico reported that they scratched because they were too far behind schedule (source).
122: Mike Israel 85-145-89-111-X
141: Andis Aboltins 123-161-135-120-X Andis scratched due to injuries suffered when he collided with some horses that ran onto the road at night (source).
135: Tom Probert 59-118-123-126-X

52: Torsten Frank 148-188-127-129-X
Torsten reported that he scratched due to illness.
175: Olivier Bois 241-201-141-130-X
261b: Peter Leichsenring* 89-92-124-135-X
66: Walter Reiterer 35-31-24-X Walter was in the Top 25 at CP3, but then scratched due to a broken wheel (source).
167: Urs Arnold Kutschera 60-42-59-X Urs reported that he scratched due to a broken bottom bracket / crank (source).
214: Liam Glen 76-164-73-X
78: Robert Charbonnier 54-88-88-X Robert reported that he scratched due to safety concerns (source).
43: Andrew Osborne 109-101-92-X Andrew reported that he scratched because he was too far behind schedule (source).
166: Stefano Cento Bressan 92-67-115-X
129: Joel Oliveira 189-166-116-X
108: Rowan McMurray 91-150-122-X Rowan reported that he scratched due to knee and ankle pain.
215: George Cordal 160-119-129-X
143: Adrian Phillipson 177-157-137-X
127: Miroslav Vazik 216-159-138-X
109: Matthieu Lifschitz 222-171-140-X
262: Gavin Peacock & Jo Burt 228-198-145-X Gavin & Jo reported that they scratched due to Gavin’s illness.
70: Rob Walker 181-184-149-X
5: Nick Philpott 251-213-152-X
173: Ive Weygers 217-204-155-X
113: Derek Boocock 23-70-158-X Derek arrived at CP1 in the Top 25, but then slowed down a lot and scratched after CP3.
44: Amelia Ashton-Jones (F) 243-195-159-X
250: Īsmail Arkan & Yusuf Akkuş 231-227-170-X Īsmail & Yusuf scratched after Yusuf had a collision with a vehicle in Romania (source).
273b: Stefano Mantegazza 25-17-X Stefano was in the Top 20 at CP2, but then had to scratch.
223: Paul Galea 8-18-X Paul arrived at CP1 in the Top 10 and CP2 in the Top 20, but then had to scratch after CP2.
158: René Bonn 6-24-X René arrived at CP1 in 6th place, but he reported that he had to scratch after CP2 due to an illness (source).
76: Mohamed El Alami 53-32-X
110: Andy Buchs 62-53-X
2: Toby Willis 44-78-X Toby reported that he scratched due to Achilles pain.
105: Bruno De Naeyer 93-81-X
221: Innes Ogilvie 67-85-X
185: Mathias Berger 114-86-X
106: Marc Pharoah 130-95-X
137: Andrew Waddington 83-96-X
30: Tom Van Leeuwen 133-97-X
192: Jochem Baars 78-98-X
260a: Emilian Sadowski 32-98-X
144: Jim Cameron 130-104-X
259a: Daniel Welch 173-109-X Daniel reported that he scratched due to safety concerns (source).
59: Shusanah Pillinger (F) 70-110-X Shusanah reported that she scratched due to heat exhaustion and safety concerns (source).
7: Emily Chappell (F) 84-111-X
275b: William Scott Moncrieff 119-113-X
24: Thomas Ettema 146-115-X
177: Mark Newton 128-116-X
85: Terry Jones 74-120-X
202: Heikki Tanskanen 127-125-X Heikki had to scratch after crashing into a bollard on a cycle path (source).
65: Sebastian Vagnkjaer 204-130-X
190: Eachann Gillies 111-135-X
196: Grace Lambert-Smith (F) 142-136-X Grace reported that she scratched due to heat exhaustion and being too far behind schedule (source).
13: Gary MacGowan 158-137-X Gary reported that he scratched due to safety concerns (source).
119: Eric Spencer 134-141-X Eric reported that he scratched because he was too far behind schedule (source).
15: Jim Anquez 175-144-X
266: Jochen Leissner & Tina Friess (F) 117-146-X
217: Ben Delaney 103-149-X
253b: Paolo Della Sala 194-154-X
210: Eleanor Jaskowska (F) 149-160-X
17: Stuart Forrest 155-162-X Stuart reported that he scratched due to a loss of motivation (source).
230: Jenny Tough (F) 124-165-X Jenny reported that she scratched due to heat exhaustion and illness (source).
216: Mannix Michael Daniel O’Boyle 191-167-X
138: John Love 180-174-X
152: Rishi Fox (F) 176-177-X Rishi reported that she scratched due to heat exhaustion.
234: Isobel Jobling (F) 177-181-X Isobel reported that she scratched because she was too far behind schedule (source).
272b: Viorel Piciu 206-187-X
115: Michael Welker 190-194-X
74: Meharpal ‘Raju’ Sangra 215-196-X
81: Jonah Jones 232-197-X

Jonah reported that he scratched due to routing problems that put him too far behind schedule and safety concerns ( source).
116: Saulius Vizbaras 152-200-X
73: Liam Hendry 171-202-X
139: Greg Moore 165-206-X Greg reported that he scratched due to knee pain.
11: Erwin Argyl 239-207-X
191: Jakob Dieckmann 245-208-X Jakob reported that he scratched due to a rear wheel failure (source).
201: Abigail Connor 238-209-X
211: Rishabh Malhotra 234-210-X Rishabh reported that he scratched due to heat exhaustion (source).
49: Sean Morrison 237-216-X Sean reported that he scratched due to a loss of motivation (source).
274b: Tobias Vandermeersch 247-217-X
257a: Colin Mah 249-217-X
265: Ilse van der Schans (F) & Louis van Ekeren 218-224-X Ilse & Louis reported that they scratched due to Louis’ knee pain (source).
6: Stuart James 223-226-X
182: Lee Hale 242-229-X Lee reported that he scratched due to a loss of motivation (source).
227: Christian Fichter 257-231-X Christian reported that he scratched due to exhaustion and safety concerns (source).
183: Mark Schmid 255-235-X
252b: Danial Mokhtar 259-236-X
51: Calvin O’Keeffe 256-236-X
257b: Jeremy Mah 259-240-X
107: Stuart McCormick* n/a
156: Hansi Nyfeler 12-X Hansi was in 12th place at CP1, but then had to scratch.
25: Matthijs Ligt 16-X Matthijs was in the Top 20 at CP1, but then had to scratch.
261a: Felix Burkhardt 89-X
268b: Matthew Cockerham 98-X Matthew reported that he scratched due to safety concerns (source).
117: Jean Baptiste Le Van 99-X
89: Mark Hugaerts 154-X
20: Enrico de Angeli 164-X
259b: Mike Cannon 173-X Mike reported that he scratched due to safety concerns (source).
153: Christopher Jobmann 179-X Christopher reported that he scratched due to a loss of motivation.
79: Jason Lawrence 183-X
27: Hüseyin Gökdai 184-X
254a: Alex Bystrov 191-X Alex reported that he scratched due to Shermer’s neck (source).
19: Robert Ferri 199-X Robert reported that he scratched due to safety concerns (source).
198: Teemu Vasara 205-X
180: Robert Mercer 213-X
64: Eric Fraser 223-X
213: Erwan Bouguennec 232-X
8: Andreas Wittkemper 235-X Andreas reported that he had to scratch due to knee pain (source).
86: Alex Bend 236-X
149: Kurt Edmonds 239-X
3: Nicky Shaw (F) 246-X
Nicky reported that she scratched due to knee pain (source).
208: Peter Boynton 250-X Peter reported that he scratched due to neck pain (source).
206: Frank Thies 254-X
102: Chris Davies 264-X
18: Yves Conen X
34: Roger Seaton X
37: Gareth Baines X
45: Tim Hull-Bailey X
90: Eric Dol X
125: Jesko von Werthern X
134: Andy Sallnow X
155: Boissonneau Sebastien X
172: Frank Simons X
Frank died when he was hit by a car only 5 hours into the race. Rest in peace, Frank. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
178: Daniil Krapivin X Daniil reported that he scratched due to knee pain (source).
199: Henry Kratke X
226: James Juneyt Dennis X
252a: Aedewan Adnan X
268a: Kevin Cunniffe X

* Requests for results corrections should have been made to the race organizers before mid-November, 2017, but since then I’ve noticed minor inconsistencies in the data in the official results for six people, who’ve I’ve marked with a star next to their name. The race organizers are looking into this but the results displayed here are based on the current official results.

If you have a published ride report or you used a specific hashtag in your social media for your TCRno5 posts and I have not included it in these tables then please Contact Me.

Registration Process

The application process took place in mid November 2016 and was similar to that used for the 2016 race with the main difference being that due to the number of race veterans continually increasing, veterans were no longer given automatic entry. Read more about the process in this blog post. It appears that 250 solo starting places and 50 pairs places were available, for a total of 350 people, with successful applicants being informed by the end of December, 2016. In the end, 282 people made it to the start line.

A competition was announced in early December 2016 in this video for one specific starting place along with equipment from the clothing brand PEdAL ED. It was called the #171 competition because that had been the race number of race veteran Jacopo Porreca, who was now working for PEdALED and helping with the race. Entrants had to record a 200 km ride and create a video explaining why they should win. The videos were put in this YouTube playlist and people voted for their preferred entry. The results were announced in this Facebook post with the Turkish rider Berk Okyay winning. All entrants were actually given a starting place, and 12 of the 15 made it to the start 7 months later.

This was the first year that all participants’ bikes had to undergo a safety check in Geraardsbergen prior to receiving the satellite tracker. The check focused primarily on whether the bikes were equipped with appropriate and functioning brakes and lights.

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