My Gear list for Transcontinental Race 2016

Just 4 weeks before the start of the 4000km Transcontinental race from Geraardsbergen (BE) to Canakkle (TR). During preparations and training rides, people often asked what I have in my bags or what I will take with me during my journey to Turkey. For me this list will be my packing checklist, so let me know in the comments if I’m missing something 🙂
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Trip report: Brighton (UK) – Breskens (NL) – 325km

Once I made my decision about the new bike I would be buying, I made the agreement to save shipping costs and meet the people that build the bike by picking it up myself. That also meant I wouldn’t order a bike in the United States 🙂 The choice was finally made and I scheduled my trip from Brighton to Utrecht: the original route would take me across 480km of unexplored roads along the coast lines of the England, France and Belgium.

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Friday, 19th of February: at 06:00 I woke up to take the train to Schiphol. Unfortunately the only flight that was reasonable priced and scheduled was a flight with Easyjet. As you can expect, things went bad. My flight was delayed 1,5 hour, the crew was wining about my helmet that was attached to my small backpack while I paid for additional luggage already. No flying with Easyjet again for me this year, I’ll work a few additional hours to pay for a decent experience.
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Expedition Drenthe200: a 200km mountainbike race

After a few jokes with my coworkers about the crazy idea of spending 200km on a mountainbike during a day in December with unpredictable (probably bad!) weather, I competed in a competition to make chance on one of the last 10 entries into the race. Last week I got an e-mail from the organisers: “you’re in and have to prepare for at least 14 hours of cycling in unpredictable conditions!” Challenge accepted 🙂 There are 400 participants, I have set the goal of finishing within the top 50!

The Drenthe 200 is an ultra marathon for mountainbike, fatbike or cyclecross bike. And yes, you will experience 200 ultra-tough, but very beautiful kilometers running underneath your wheels.

So the first thing I had to take care of was getting a new mountainbike so this weekend I went to the Giant store in Utrecht and came home with this beauty: a Giant XTC Advanced 29er

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