The Transcontinental Race is a unsupported, single stage and has no set route. Participants race across the continent of Europe, testing their endurance. Already in it’s fourth edition, Jeff wasÂ lucky enough to race in 2015 and get another chance again this year. With last year’s race totaling over 4,300km and 30,000 meters of elevation, you’d think once would be enough. Luckily for everyone else not racing, live tracking is available at:www.trackleaders.com. He’llÂ be number 37 this year.
The control points are what determine how riders will pick their route. Having all parcours and control points be mountain passes and peaks, the tenuous total mileage sits around 3,800km with over 45,000 meters of elevation. The race will end in Canakkale, Turkey, which is the closest modern day city to the ancient city of Troy.
Besides following the trackleader’s website, you can also check social media with the following hashtags: #F5TCR2016, #TCRno4 and #TCRno4s37. Jeff willÂ be race number 37 this year, so the last hashtag indicates hisÂ group and number, solo and 37. He’llÂ be trying to regularly post little snippets into instagram during the race, username: jeffliu
CP1: Puy De Dome
A volcanic lava dome that use to serve as an occasional stage of the Tour de France.
CP2: Grindelwald to Furkapass
A high mountain pass in the Swiss alps with an elevation of 2429 meters. You might recognize this from the James Bond movie, Goldfinger.
CP3: Passo di Giao
A mountain pass in the Dolomites with an elevation reaching up to 2236 meters. It’s one of the steepest climbs in the area.
CP4: Durmitor, Montenegro
The highest point in Montenegro hitting 2523 meters.
Keeping mostly with the same components from last year, JeffÂ upgraded a few items:
Factory Five custom Columbus Spirit frame and segmented fork.
Thomson seatpost and stem
3T Aeronova bars
Fiziks gel and Lizard Skins 3.2mm bar tape
Profile Design T2+ aerobars
Profile Design side entry cages with Rouler Cycling bidons
Shutter precision and Novatec hub laced to Hplusson The Hydra rims with Pillar bladed spokes
Schwalbe Pro One 28c Tubeless tires
Shimano 105 Group 50/34 and 11-40T on the rear with the help of Wolftooth Components Tanpan
Shimano XT derailleur
Shimano Ultegra Pedals
Prologo Zero II Pas saddle (Thanks TSA for losing my original one, had to rush order one when i got to Europe)
TRP Spyre mechanical disc calipers
Supernova E3 Triple Pro front light
Supernova E3 tail light
Supernova The Plug USB charging system
Revelate Designs Viscacha saddle bag
Revelate Designs Tangle frame bag
Revelate Designs Gas Tank top tube bag
2X Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbags
Sea to Summit Spark I sleeping bag
REI Minimalist Bivy
Thermarest Neoair Xlite small
Giro half finger and full finger gloves (it might be snowing this year)
Small cable lock
Mission Workshop Orion Jacket
Uniqlo packable down vest
F5 NIghtshade bib and shirt
Petzl E-lite Headlamp
Garmin Edge 1000
Sportful arm and leg warmers
Nike compression running shorts and tshirt
Giro Trans E70 cycling shoes
Topeak Mini-20 multitool
Topeak Race Rocket pump
Micro-USB Cable 2pcs
Small USB Battery pack
Antiseptic Wet Wipes
DZnuts Chamoise Cream
Small Cable Lock
Spare derailleur cable
Spare Tube (2 pcs)
Spare Spokes and Nipples (2pcs)