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  • Simon Wile

    I think its really true there is this romantic notion of riding through the countryside and it’s all roses and tailwinds when in actuality it’s headwinds, feral dogs, cold, flats, awful food, poor sleep, rain etc. Still love the idea of it and the photos that come out of these events though!

    • Pete

      I’d rather walk than put all that shit on my bike. I’ve done overnight rides and just use a small string bag.

      • Karl

        Use someone else’s bike ;-)

      • I was like you until I tried. Brands like Apidura make great stuff – lighweight and resistant. With a 13.5kg loaded bike I felt much more like I was on a racing bike than a touring bike during the Transcontinental Race. I even got a KOM in Albania!

    • Leo Tong

      in reality it’s everything you mentioned (and much more), but it wouldn’t be an adventure without any adversity, would it?

  • ed

    a few years back i did the tour of timor mtb race – was only about 500km over 5 days but it was pretty cool to discover a country by bike. i can see the attaction of riding across a country but 7 or 8 hours per day is enough for me

  • Gnarly Head

    “race”??? How about “tour”? In my book, enjoyment is the keynote. To quote from Joe Kelsey’s article “Accidents in 1968” that appeared in “Accent, Sierra Club Mountaineering Journal, 1968,” “The concept of an unpleasant bivouac belongs in the era of hemp rope and nailed boots.” Don’t race, take your time to get the most out of the “amazing adventure[s]” Carlsson identified, “those interactions with people,” learn[ing more] about small-town America” because “who cares about where you placed?” You don’t need the gps trackers or the organization or the start/finish line. There are no “places.” There are no competitors. Just pick your route and time allotment and go.

    Cycling Tips should give space to the people who ride London to Japan, Pt. Barrow (or is it just Circle?) to Terra del Fuego, Cairo to Cape Town (prolog Alexandria to Cairo)? Or around the world on muscle power (ride across Siberia, row across the Pacific, ride from Alaska to New York, row across the Atlantic)? Such have been (or is being) done and are incredible adventures with no time limit.

    • winkybiker

      Many of the best adventures are not photographed, filmed, selfied and blogged to within an inch of their lives. Thanks for both types of adventure.

    • winkybiker

      The rules dictate that proper point-to-point tours must always start and end in places that have the same first letters. Beijing to Berlin, Moscow to Melbourne, Capetown to Cairo, Laos to London, Perth to Point Piper, New York to Napa… well you get the idea.

  • Jessy Vee

    These people ^^ ^^ are simply amazing, stunning, and awe inspiring examples of human beings. They say they love riding, but they’re not spending every second day riding the same old roads – they’re loading up their bikes and having an adventure! They’re facing the unknown, the scary, the breathtaking and the absolutely thrilling. But the best part is, they’re ordinary human beings just like the rest of us. You can walk up to any of these guys in the street and have a normal conversation with them.

    How inspiring is that?? Go and get on your bike, peeps, and have an adventure.

    Kudos Sarah, Jesse and Alain. I’m looking forward to cheering Sarah on in 2016.

  • Films like Inspired to Ride and Ride the Divide give you a real look at what these athletes go through during these grand adventures http://watch.inspiredtoride.it

  • Derek Maher

    I guess a big attraction to these long distance tours is the general freedom from all the rules and regulations of mainstream racing events.
    Get your kit and the cash together and take off at your own pace and see where the road will lead you.

  • Min Hsieh

    Thanks!!! Love this one!! Good luck Sarah Hammond and Jesse Carlsson!!!!

  • Tristan Cardew

    Cool writeup. I’m planning a Sydney to Daintree River sprint (2800k’s) for February 2016, aiming to cover 400k’s a day if all goes to plan (and the headwinds aren’t ridiculous). One of the biggest drawcards to long adventure rides like these are that you’re only really battling yourself and speed isn’t as much of an issue. Look at the guys attempting year records, or oldmate who went round Australia in 35 days a little while back – they aren’t elite whippets who could race the Tour, but they aim for their own impressive feats of achievement which in my mind require as much mental stamina as any World Tour race.

  • Ciaran O’Hara

    Another one to add to the self supported list. http://www.transatlanticway.com/

  • Vlad A.

    Despite the ‘long distance adventure racing is on the rise’, CyclingTips didnt cover the TCR 2016 with a single article. Whatsup with that?

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