Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 7, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.

James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race

by Simone Giuliani

British rider James Hayden has won the 2017 Transcontinental Race, riding the roughly 4,000km from Geraardsbergen in Belgium to the monasteries of Meteora in Greece in 8 days, 23 hours and 14 minutes.

Hayden was a favourite to win the self-supported ultra-endurance race from the start, after clawing his way back to fourth last year even after being grounded for over 30 hours to recover from a chest infection. Still TransAtlanticWay winner Bjorn Lenhard wasn’t going to let it be an easy victory.

Lenhard had the early lead in the race across Europe, but Hayden had narrowed the gap by checkpoint 3 in Slovakia and turned the tables by checkpoint 4 in Romania. The 26-year-old Hayden consistently maintained a higher speed than his rivals, clocking up a moving average of around 27 kilometres an hour.

This was the first Transcontinental Race since the death of organiser and founder, Mike Hall, while racing in Australia, and sadly it has not been the only loss the ultra-endurance racing community has had to suffer. Transcontinental rider Frank Simons lost his life early in the race and Eric Fishbein was struck by a car in the Trans Am. The riders were in Hayden’s thoughts as he finished in Meteora.

As Hayden headed into Meteora, Lenhard was more than 100 kilometres away and third placed rider Jonas Goy more than 200.

Hayden has been doing regular call ins, so if you want to find out more about the race from his perspective you can find the recordings here. To find out the latest on how all the other competitors are faring, you can find the tracking map and additional coverage on the Transcontinental site here.