London to Istanbul


88 women and men started in the second Trans Continental Race from London to Istanbul this year.They attempted to ride the distance of more than 3000 km right across Europe without any outside support – an incredible adventure. Like in the previous year, there was no prescribed route, only three checkpoints: one in Paris, one at the legendary Stelvio pass in the Alps and one in Montenegro. Live tracking made it possible to follow the movements of all riders. You could see the main field getting into bad weather in the Alps while the leaders who did nearly 400 km of daily riding were speeding along the shoreline of the Adriatic Sea in sizzling hot weather.

Last years’ winner and Supernova E3 Triple rider Kristof Allegaert from Belgium dominated the race again and finished after only 7 days and 23 hours with a very comfortable lead. Richard Dunnett who had finished as strong second in 2013 steadily gained ground with his E3 PRO 2 after an initial series of five punctures. Richard fought hard to beat Josh Ibbett for second place and reached Istanbul after 9 days and 6 hours, a mere 35 Minutes behind Josh. At this time, the majority of riders is still 1000 km from the finish line –
the adventure continues.