Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 4a, Bosnia and Montenegro – byreks and a stupendous limestone gorge

Day 9 - Bosnia Leaving my hotel in Bihac at dawn, I looked forward to my ride across central Bosnia on a main road, towards Sarajevo.  There were two big climbs but the gradients were gentle and the road surfaces were smooth so it was a fairly quick day. A good start was being able … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 4a, Bosnia and Montenegro – byreks and a stupendous limestone gorge

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Transcontinental Race 2016, part 4 – Storms, scars of war, a friendly dog and bears in the forest

Day 7 - sleepy before a storm, twice The morning after climbing the Giau, I was up at dawn, and started the new day in fine style by immediately losing a chunk of time to a routing error.  I decided I could save a couple of hundred metres, perhaps all of half a minute, by … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016, part 4 – Storms, scars of war, a friendly dog and bears in the forest

Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 2, Burgundy and Switzerland on 30psi

Descent from the Col de Ceyssat I was happy that my route to the second control point, at Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps was relatively flat.  I’d made a few tweaks to help achieve this, in particular, routing slightly to the north just before the Saone to clear some hills and taking some cycle tracks … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 2, Burgundy and Switzerland on 30psi

Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 1, retracing the route of my honeymoon

  Prologue Loaded and ready to go ‘Plastic on the wires’ meant that the last Eurostar on the Thursday night was an hour and a half late, getting Uta and I to Brussels shortly after midnight.  We checked in to the Ibis hotel opposite the station, expecting an uneventful night before heading to Geraardsbergen for … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 1, retracing the route of my honeymoon