Adrian Reynolds is set to take on the epic Transcontinental Race (TCR) across Europe.

The 7th Edition of this unsupported race starts on the Black Sea coastal town of Burgas on Saturday 27th July and finishes in Brest on the Atlantic coast.

Preparation has involved lengthy training rides over recent months, in a wide range of weather conditions, including torrential rain.

44 year old Mancunian teacher who’s lived in Somerset for the last ten years. 

The long distance cycling bug bit me when I saw the first TCR images and media that sparked my interest. A broken down vehicle on the way to watch the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire lit the flame. My car broke down so left it in Manchester when fixed I decided to ride the 220 miles back to collect. The flame was lit after that. 

I’ve been using my commute to work as training it’s 30 miles each way supplemented with some strength and conditioning, used Audax UK events to really experience the long distance and overnight riding. This has helped with the mental preparation and to test my set up and kit. 

I’m riding a J.Laverack, Jack Titanium frame, full frame bag and Tailfin Aeropack keeping the cockpit nice and clear. AERA 36/46 carbon wheels and 32mm Panaracer Gravel Kings. Son Delux Dynamo hub so hopefully I’ll be able to be able to keep my gear powered up. 

Am I ready? I thinks so……we’ll find out soon and I can’t wait. What experiences will I have on this adventure, the unknown awaits its scary and exciting in equal measure at the moment, although I’m sure that when I step on that flight to Burgas that balance will change. The shared experience of things like this can only be known by those who take part, a knowing look or nod is all it takes. No explanation needed. 

Being a part of the TCR community will be amazing and I can’t wait to listen to everyone’s stories about what got them to the start and what happens along the way. Ride your own path, follow your own route, ride the road less traveled. Keep peddling and you’ll get there, wherever there is. Bon voyage and good luck. I’ll see you at the start and hopefully at the finish for the best tasting beer ever.