Some might ask, why race a touring route? A simple answer is, because it’s there.
The Transamerica Trail was ridden by thousands of cyclists in the summer of 1976. Called “Bikecentennial”, these riders made there way from the Pacific ocean of Western Oregon to the Atlantic ocean of Yorktown, VA. This route is now the most widely used touring route in the United States. Known for it’s hospitality in towns along the route, the route sees thousands of cyclists each year as it is mostly navigable year round.
Some might ask, why race a touring route? A simple answer is, because it’s there. A more complex answer is this. The organizer of this race had planned for years to do a solo run of this route in a similar manner to most bikepacking ultra-endurance racing events and wanted to bring it to a larger audience. In keeping with the open format of most of these races, anyone is free to race. Ultra-racers, randonneurs, tour riders, gravel grinders, speed-tourists, and anyone who has a passion for taking on the open road in a speedy manner. You win by taking what you can from it. The route is estimated to be at 4400 miles covering 10 states. A good racing time could be any where from 15 days to 40 days depending on the racer’s goals and experience.
This route has considerably more re-supply points than your average bikepacking race. That said there are still a few hundred mile gaps of no services, food will have to be packed and water will have to be treated in certain parts of the country. From Kansas onward water can be found at a greater frequency from local business.
The race will be tracked via spot satellite trackers at trackleaders.com.
Audio cal-ins will be posted on MTBcast.com.