TCR News

◾ YCC Summer Round Up

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A Ton of Tons deserved a special cake or three, and several beers (Jack P.)
A Ton of Tons deserved a special cake or three, and several beers (Jack P.)

A lot has happened but the main news is we have our first centurion riders: Phill Cloke. and Jack Peterson. both entered the Ton of Tons roll of honour on the same day in week 32. An outstanding achievement with Phill adding 21 in July alone. Pete R had a good July too and received the Year book prize as the next deserved winner.

July’s Top 5

21 Phill Cloke
17 Jack Peterson
13 Pete R
13 Richard Karmann
12 Mike Lane

As you’d expect over summer there were some huge rides, several over 1000km. In the Audax world one such event was the gruelling Mile Pennines, a great bunch of YCC riders Paul Dytham, Shell, Steve Ferry, Jamie Andrews Mike Kelly Alex Bend, Marcus JB and Adama watkins, did battle with the weather and Northern hills.

Henry Whaley NC500
Henry Whaley NC500

Another was the highlands and Islands where Jack, Ricki Goode, David Hann and Dan Rough has differeing success in the cold wet Scottish hills while the rest of the UK basked in warm sunshine.
Andy C rode his own 1000km route, while Martin Radford rode LEJoG and Henry Whaley rode the NC500
Steve Abraham meanwhile did the national 24 hour TT with a credible 457 miles.
The Dulwich Dynamo had a huge turnout with some riders completing the return as a loop, but a 6pm start time kills double ton aspirations.

There was off road fun too, Jason Miles did the Salzkammergut Trophy a tough Austria off road Enduro with 7.900 metres of climbing in 200km, truly epic.
Dave Barter (the generous doner of our prize book “The Year”) did an established off road classic, the Trans Cambrian Way. His story of the ride here is written in his superbly funny style and well worth a read.

August Top 5

19 Paul Buckley
16 Shell (LFCC)
14 Darren Franks
14 James Juneyt Dennis
13 Hippy Hippy and Rob Jordon

The table tells a story, August started for several of our YCC clan with the Transcontinental race from Belgium to Turkey. These mile-eaters lead the way with Paul stealing the book prize in the end with a 4 ton round trip to the Isle of Man, so he recovered well.

The Devastator challenge was no match for Darren's post TCR metabolism
The Devastator challenge was no match for Darren’s post TCR metabolism

Darren Franks showed us just how much appetite such a long ride creates, while his trip blog is evolving as it paints a graphic picture of the pain involved, another great read
JJD grabbed his tons in just two Monster rides, one a lap of Iceland, the other a London-Edinburgh-London loop of his own, he hopes to race to Turkey next year.
Kajsa continues on her year record and returns from her Scandinavian adventure riding North in the UK heatwave, the red arrows even help her celebrate on day 231 when she passes 20,000 miles so far in 2016.

Steve Abraham shows some speed doing 237 miles at 18mph, outstanding, what’s he preparing for: From September 2nd he is going for the month mileage record. Now as his target is 7000 miles, it’s very likely that he could post 60 tons for next month alone!

Rob Jordon on Furka pass TransContinental
Rob Jordon on Furka pass TransContinental

The off road big rides keep coming; George Cordal rode the lumpy South Downs Way in one hit, but MiniPips keeps blowing us away. Tour de France off road then back to school, amazing picture blog story here.

Andy C is another hero completing a challenge he set himself, riding 600Km, 400Km, 300Km, 200Km for twelve continuous months; best explained in his blog

Kudos also going to Alex Hamilton for his 24 Challenge, and Luke Dutton for the Newcastle to London non-stop  challenge.

So after all that the main table come the end of August looks like this: We await our next Centurian, well after Steve who will blow the table apart it seems. Full table here

104 Jack Peterson
102 Phill Cloke
90 Steve Gee
86 Steve Abraham
85 Kajsa Tylén
84 Richard Karmann
82 Ricki Goode
75 Pete R
71 Mike Kelly
69 Mike Lane

Stop Press: Steve A day 1 – A triple ton for starters

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◾ Valleycat No 2

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valleycat logoTraining for the TCR or just love adventurous long rides? Valleycat from the TCR organising crew is back after it’s inaugural test event last year, and is awaiting entries.

Valleycat CC has a new website for all the details and the facebook page will give you an idea of event 1 with photos.

“This time we’re going right in deeper to mid-Wales, 15 miles from Aberystwyth to be exact, for a whole weekend of controls bagging across around 350km.
Controls will be announced Friday night at Tymawr farm and riders will have all weekend to visit.
Two nights camping at Tymawr and some food is included. Recovery beverages will be retrieved from the local breweries for your sampling pleasure at the Aftercat.”

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Go chase those clocks in the land without vowels.

For those doing the TCR it is a great chance to simulate the Friday night 10pm start, riding into the night testing your navigation skills, Going 7 plus hours before breakfast, just like France later this year. You will also meet other entrants and TCR veterans to talk race plans with. It’s not a race; but with a start and finish, and you will be tracked, well we are only human. 😉

◾Trans-Country-Training-Rides. Spain, Italy, Germany.

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Whether or not your lucky enough to get the TCR2016 golden ticket, or even considering the event for the future, you might want to test yourself in preparation.  One rider Michael Adams has decided to perform/organise 3 specific test rides for the upcoming Transcontinental 2016 in form of 3 individual events that make up the Trans-Country-Training-Ride.

The best way to find out all the details is to read the proposed events manual which is pretty comprehensive.

The three planned Events are listed below including scheduled dates, lengths and approximate durations of the events:

  1. Trans-Spain-Training-Ride: Friday, March 25th, 2016; Approx.. 1,200 km / 3-5 days
  2. Trans-Italy-Training-Ride: Monday, May 2th, 2016; Approx.. 1,500 km / 3-7 days
  3. Trans-Germany-Training-Ride: Friday, July 8th, 2016; Approx. 1,100 km / 2-5 days

It could be a great adventure and a superb tester for any future “Trans” racer. There is no substitute for long days riding and navigating in another country to find out what works for you. Do it!

Now what can we organise in the UK to compare. The Belgium’s are having a go right now on Mad Friday

◾TCR3 Blogs, Pictures & Videos

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Riders Stories from 2015

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Sedona Concept bike store Istanbul video on their FB page

Strava Flyby Day 1

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◾TCR3 Full Official Results

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Josh and his hard earned custom winners shirt
Josh Ibbot – now a TCR legend

The full results of TCR3 the 2015 race are now available. 89 finishers and all scrathed riders distances are listed. Full Results

Competitor Chris White has analysed the results and produced a superb spreadsheet showing all riders positions at each checkpoint. It also lists the riders times between checkpoints in order, so it can be seen who was making or losing time. Spreadsheet HERE
The Preliminary list of all finishers with times is available Transcontinental site or PDF direct

Pos No Name Country Days Hrs Min
1 2 Josh Ibbett UK 9 23 54
2 17 Alexandre Bourgeonnier 11 7 30
3 124 Tomas Navratil 11 8 30
4 59 Ultan Coyle 11 10 47
5 12 Robert Goldie 11 18 36
6 131 Robert Carlier 12 2 18
7 125 Jakub Vlcek 12 2 44
8 37 Gareth Baines UK 12 10 32
9 142 Ben Steurbaut 12 23 56
10 64 Ashley Sharp UK 13 0 2
11 128 Alex Metcalfe 13 2 33
12 29 Lee Pearce UK 13 3 33
13 152 Stephane Ouaja 13 4 20 Fixed Gear
14 111 clement stawicki 13 10 28
15 11 Samuel Becuwe 13 11 36
16 10 Ishmael Burdeau 13 16 44
17 121 Paul Ward 13 19 18
18 27 Henri van Winkoop 13 21 36
Team 1st. 172 Timothy France/Neil Phillips UK 13 22 58
19 157 Luke Allen 14 0 59
20 89 Joseph Todd 14 2 11
21 25 Matthijs Ligt 14 7 0
22 56 Paul Toigo 14 9 0
23 110 Daniel Johansson SWE 14 9 45
24 182a Vincent Christan 14 10 30
25 115 Martin Frerichs 14 11 53
26 153 Stefan Maertens 14 13 13
27 190b John Souter 14 13 13 Trevor DNF
28 4 Mikko Makipaa FIN 14 13 16
29 50 Didier Matteoda 14 13 30
30 98 Jean-Michel Anquez 14 13 30
31 16 Jonathan Elliot 14 14 28
32 32 Patrick Miette 14 15 37
33 123 Walter Reiterer 14 15 37
Party started at 14 days 18 hrs
34 159 Patricio Ortiz de Rozas ARG 14 19 40
35 119 Kurt Verheyden 15 3 0
36 137 Andrej Zaman SLOV 15 7 45
37 114 Tom Willard 15 10 32
38 52 Rob Mcritchie 15 11 52
Team 2nd. 171 Niccolo Varanini 15 13 24
Team 2nd. 171 Jacopo Porreca 15 13 24
39 151 Fabian Rabe 15 14 35
40 162 Rudy Rollenberg 15 16 11
41 49 Rik Deckx 15 18 53
42 160 Dmitry Motylev 15 18 53
43 45 Martin Neitzke 15 19 8
44 85 Boris Pupic 15 19 30
45 20 Alain Rumpf 15 20 25
46 143 Jurriaan Oudhoff 15 21 8
47 28 Derek Brown 15 21 53
48 40 Dylan Hubble 15 22 23
49 81 Ry McGrath 15 22 24
50 3 Gregory Barry 15 22 30
51 39 Piero Rivoira ITALY 15 22 33
52 117 Cristian Amoroso ITALY 15 22 33
53 138 Andrea Collino ITALY 15 22 33
54 163 Valter Mariani 15 22 33
55 38 David Goldberg USA 16 1 20
56 101 Martian Cioana 16 1 26
57 23 Mathias Dalgas 16 1 50
58 46 Christopher Bennett 16 10 17
59 83 Jeff Liu 16 11 13
60 178b Jayne Wadsworth 16 12 5 katie DNF
61 33 Simon Romaine 16 14 0
62 91 Jonathan Kelley 16 14 0
63 175b David Winton 16 14 28 Stewart campbell DNF
64 161 Michel Sutter 16 17 9
65 58 Marius Ratkevicius 16 17 13
13 Leo Tong 19 2 20
113 Simeon Jurukov 17 23
DNF – Riders Scratched – Day-Mileage-country reached with reasons to help future competitors.
67 Paul Buckley DNF Bulgaria food poisoning
133 Daniel Fischer DNF Bulgaria
181a Mathias Arberg DNF crash Kotor
80 Nelson DNF Pirot
36 Jack Peterson DNF Greece food poisoning
190a Trevor DNF Greece food poisoning

Riders Stories from 2015

Chris White – DNF Day 7 and Video
Jack Peterson – DNF Day 12
Josh Ibbot – Winner – His Bike and Kit list
James Hayden
Martin Cox Road CC
Simon Romaine Finisher
Andrea Collino VIDEO
Alain Rumpf – Finisher
Zbyňa Husto Krutor – DNF Photographs
Christopher Ross Bennett – Finisher
Mathias Ahrberg – DNF (In German)
Fabian Rabe – Finisher
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Strava Flyby Day 1
Mika Ride photos and Rider photos
Start and ventoux photos from Marion and Kevin

Sedona Concept bike store Istanbul

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5. GCN video with so many facts wrong