◾ It’s TransAm Dot watching Time

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Transamerica race tracker

logo cropSat 4th June at 8am (4pm GMT) 62 solo riders and several pairs will start the race from Coast to Coast across North America. 4400 miles of rider tracking fun for dot watchers, and curious racers thinking it could be their next challenge. TransAm Race site

This year it has a new twist with a following media car completely dedicated to the race. This should lead to daily blog updates and photo reports, so if you’re a fan go buy them a meal, or some fuel This could be an idea future races might consider.

For the race up front can Lee Fancourt stay healthy and become the second UK winner of this event. Lael Wilcox is the main Lady in the field, will she trouble the sub 21 Day record of Juliana Buhring. Details of her attempt, and cool custom Revelate gear HERE

For TCR2016 competitors its also a perfect chance to show your family dot watchers how it all works, and that tracking can be quirky at times, and not to worry about inactivity. Here is a good beginners guide to using Trackleaders, based on the TransAm.


◾TransAm Results

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Mike Halls 2014 Record stands

Place 2016 Solo Race Days:Hours:Minutes
1 Lael Wilcox 18:00:10
2 Steffen Streich 18:02:18
3 Evan Deutsch 18:07:44
4 Kai Edel 19:19:55
5 Benjamin Colwill 21:03:07
6 Sarah Hammond 21:07:34
7 Ken Bathurst 21:14:25
8 Massimiliano Fancoli 21:23:34
9 Janie Hayes 22:11:11
10 Markku Leppala 23:08:51
11 Enrico Comunello 23:10:32
12 Andrew Stevens-Cox 23:23:46
13 Andrej Zaman 24:03:25
14 Jason Kulma 24:07:05
15 George Koefler 24:07:07
16 Brian McEntire 24:16:02
17 Irena Sosinska 24:22:52
18 Jimmy Bisese 24:23:01
19 Reimo Helstein 25:00:00
20 Pierangelo Rivoira 25:00:49
21 Luke Kocher 25:09:12
22 Lee Fancourt 26:11:29
23 Jason Marshall 26:15:03
24 Andy Buchs 26:17:37
25 Joseph Boquiren 27:01:29
26 Alistair Davidson 27:04:24
27 Thoudam Opendro Singh 27:07:16
28 Sonny Malcom 28:05:43
29 Mike Richardson 29:10:17
30 Ed Bernasky 29:12:31
31 Chuck Lee 29:19:43
32 Jay Dobrowalski 30:09:25
33 Jill Stetter 30:10:09
34 Silvano Colombo 30:22:35
35* Elyse Williams 31:12:10
36 Wayne Kurtz 32:22:31
37 Ilaria Corli 33:23:11
38 Thomas Lambolais 32:23:27
39 Zachary Whitney 36:04:23
40 Joe Allen 38:07:37
41 Doug Haluza 45:01:19
42 Thomas Camero 97:10:17

35* Elyse Williams started as a pair but finished solo

Place 2016 Paired Racers Days:Housrs:Minutes
1 Stefano Gamper 25:00:49
1 Michela Ton 25:00:49
2 Ken Simpson 36:07:00
2 Terry Roe 36:07:00
3 Adi Coventry-Brown 37:11:31
3 Niel Coventry-Brown 37:11:31
4 Jay Petervary 21:20:59
4 Mark Seaburg 87:01:50

Place 2015 Racer Time
1 Jesse Carlsson 18:23:08
2 Kim Raeymaekers 20:10:20
2 Evan Deutsch 20:10:20
4* Carlos Mazon 21:10:00
5* Adrian O’Sullivan 21:20:30
6 Paul Spencer 23:08:10
7* Donncha Cuttriss 23:13:00
8 FelixWong 23:23:17
9 Dario Valsesia 24:12:36
10 Bryan Heselbach 24:14:37
11 Bradford Smith 25:10:09
12 Justin Chadwick 25:10:15
13 Scott McConnell 28:06:11
14 Odd Jordheim 28:06:39
15 Alexndre Godin 28:06:39
16 Adam Kazilsky 28:12:13
17 Paul Gildersleeve 29:12:26
17 Jason Woodhouse 29:12:26
19 Gavaskar Josephs 29:14:17
20 Eelco Weijmans 29:15:37
21 Mark Proia 33:06:00
21 Bruce Gerould 33:06:00
23 Leendert Bijnagte 37:07:23
24 Ralph Yukon Krauss 41:12:36

4* Relegated for drafting 24 hour penalty

5* Self relegated for missed turns 12 hour penalty

7* Self relegated for non-commercial assistance 12 hour penalty
Place 2014 Racer Time
1 Mike Hall 17:16:17
2 Jason Lane 18:12:30
3 Ed Pickup 19:15:10
4 Jesse Stauffer 20:23:45
5 Juliana Buhring 20:23:46
6 Adam Guske 21:00:42
7 Giorgio Murari 21:03:47
8 Paolo Laureti 21:03:47
9 Tom Knoblauch 22:07:50
10 Patrick Dowd 22:11:17
11 David Goldberg 22:16:01
12 Danny Kaukola 24:19:09
13 Nathan Jones 25:06:41
14 Billy Rice 25:06:42
15 Marcus Thompson 29:14:29
16 Steven Martine 29:15:22
17 Brian Steele 31:09:49
18 Ricky Ng 31:10:00
19 Eric Helwig 36:11:44
20 Franziska Hollender 46:05:24
20 Tobias Kuehne 46:05:24
20 Mike Norman 46:05:24
23 Anthony Dryer 59:06:05
23 Foster Nostrand 59:06:05
25 Thomas Camero 116:10:20

◾Trans Am 2016 Entry

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Next years race countdown: June 4th 2016 at 08:00 in Astoria, Oregon and Yorktown, Virginia.


Trans Am Bike Race is proud to announce that inquiries are being accepted for 2016 entry. For those unfamiliar, the race is gearing up for it’s 3rd iteration of sending off self supported road racers on a 4400 mile journey across the United States at break neck speed. Featured in the film Inspired to Ride, the Trans Am is part of a quickly growing subset of cyclists. Born out a desire to race on roads with techniques and ethics based in the world of ultra endurance bikepacking events such as the Tour Divide, the Trans Am stands as the middle ground between events like Race Across America and Tour Divide. One being a supported road race across the country and the other being a self supported off road race down the spine of the country. The race bears a little similarity to the European Transcontinental mostly by the similar style of conventional road bikes ridden in the event and it’s cross continent nature..

For the Trans Am, the rules are simple, race the Adventure Cycling Association‘s TransAmerica Trail under your own power, self supported. This means no outside assistance, no support cars, and NO DRAFTING (see rules).. The course record stands at just over 16.5 days and racers typically are expected to aim for a race time not much more than double, over 40 days and it starts to look more like touring, people are encouraged to be competitive but respectful. All are welcome to inquire, this race is not for everyone but if you have a wild itch to cycle day and night, then perhaps this is for you.

So what’s new for 2016? Mass starts on both coasts, the addition of a pairs category, and an open call for tourists to line up.

Firstly, the time and date, June 4th at 8AM. Secondly, mass starts in BOTH Yorktown, Virginia and Astoria, Oregon. Racers have the option to depart from either coast this year, however the question will always remain, “which way is fastest?”

Pairs! Yes you read that right, there is now an opportunity for 2 riders to race as in a pairs division. Mutual aid will be allowed between the two riders but all other rules remain in place. Solo riders still compete against solo riders as usual.

Tourists! 2016 is the 40th anniversary of Bikecentennial. All potential Trans Am tourists are cordially invited to line up with racers in both Yorktown and Astoria to depart at 8AM on the morning of June 4th. Plugin to the facebook group here. Tourists are encouraged to line up in a self supported fashion free of a support vehicle, but otherwise out to celebrate and experience the hospitality and warmth that is the United States’ most popular touring route!

Interested in joining the mass start in 2016? Inquire here.