The ninth edition of the Transcontinental Race is scheduled for July 2023, and the application window just opened. Learn more about the event and how you can get signed up here…

Founded by Mike Hall in 2013, the Transcontinental Race (TCR) is an annual self-supported, ultra-distance bikepacking race across Europe. The route varies for each edition, and participants must choose their own route between the mandatory checkpoints.

This year, the race will follow a nearly straight route across Europe, starting in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, and finishing on the shores of the Aegean Sea in Thessaloniki, Greece. TCRNo9 will be a slightly shorter race than the previous edition. However, this will not diminish the challenge, with more elevation and sections of rugged terrain included. The course will test all riders’ technical skills, bike setup, and gear choices.

The five mandatory checkpoints are:

  • Control Point (CP) 1: Livigno, Italian Alps
  • Control Point (CP) 2: Zgornje Jezersko, Slovenia
  • Control Point (CP) 3: Peshkopi, Albania
  • Control Point (CP) 4: Meteora, Greece
  • Finish: Thessaloniki, Greece
TCR No.9

TCR No.9 Map

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 CET on December 30th, 2022. You need to register your interest and pay £25 to access the first race manual before completing your full application. Apply at

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