04 TCRNo8 – Finished! (on Mon. 8.8.22)

You’re now at post 04 of my TCRNo8-series. To jump to all so far existing posts on this in chronological order:
01 TCRNo8 –About the Race & Live Tracking (Cap63) – Start: 24.7.
02 TCRNo8 – My Rider Introduction

03 TCRNo8 – Equipment & Packing List
04 TCRNo8 – Finished! (on Mon. 8.8.22)


[This post was published on Wed. 17th of August2022, while the Finish was already on Monday the 8th of August; apologies for this ca. 1-week delay. This text is mostly a copy from the respective Instagram finisher-post, plus some stats]

Hell yeah! I FINISHED The Transcontinental Race 🙂 – on Monday 8.8.22 after 14d14h21m (14,6d) and 4194km/38056m (av 287km/2600m /day), as the 66th out of 250 solo-starters – the moment of arrival was emotionally very intense to me: of course the joy of having finished, and being „home“ with friendly and familiar faces; but also the infinite relief of finally being physically safe… the last 2-3 race days had thrown some heavy moments and circumstances at me… one driver to finish despite my pain and stress of those last 2 days was simply to be in a friendly environment. And that’s what this community really is.

Overall I‘m very content with my race. I was mentally mostly in a very good space. I realized how my riding has matured over the past 4 years since my first race (TCR No. 6); more continuity, more rationality and better decisions and self-awareness. The landscapes were largely stunning (e.g. Passo di Gavia and Durmitor). Not a single mechanical or flat tire (just added 1bar of air 2-3 times). Only the last 2-3 days were dark: incredible knee pain so I had to fight for every pedal stroke, the “baseball bat incident” (check out this Instagram-Reel for more information), horrendous traffic, tough road conditions and dog chases (although I managed to handle the dogs quite well this time). But I was determined and just about made it 💪

Thanks to all the kind people on location; fellow riders (you’re an amazingly special bunch!), organizers, volunteers, photo/press team. And also: Thanks to YOU! Followers and dotwatchers, both virtually and at the side of the road! For your interest in my journey, your encouragement and your sympathy. Without it I *may* have scratched.

All pictures taken by Sam Gate; thank you!

Today (Tuesday, 9.8.22) I just chilled with other riders, went for a swim, welcomed friend Amy Lippe at the finish line, ate icecream and tons of other food. Now off to bed, tmrw visiting Burgas.

Notice one thing? Yes.. my plans don’t involve any cycling 😂

Strava records…

I will probably do a proper write-up or some other recap-format for my race. For now, here you find the embeded Strava records. Please note: due to a technical error, Day 1 is incomplete; it was actually in total 430km/1636m on that first stint from Geraardsbergen to Warburg in the middle of Germany

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Author: cyclingtourist

Hi, I'm Malte, solo long-distance road cycling tourist www.cyclingtourist.com

5 thoughts on “04 TCRNo8 – Finished! (on Mon. 8.8.22)”

  1. Hurrrrrrraaaaayyyy!!! Glückwunsch, well done, ich bin ein kleines bisschen krass beeindruckt, oder auch ein ziemlich großes bisschen! 😀

    Jetzt gönn dir die Freude und die Erholungszeit und lass erst mal alles sacken. Vielleicht sehen wir uns ja im Herbst mal wieder (da sind wir wieder in Köln) und du erzählst uns von deiner Tour.

    Sei gedrückt!

    Bis bald, Miri

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