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Many of you will know how hard I work to raise funds for my chosen charities, but my latest challenge will be without doubt the hardest yet. On Friday 28th July at 22:00 hrs CET, I will begin what will probably be the most difficult journey of my life (aside from surviving cancer), the Transcontinental Race, a 4,000+ km unsupported race across Europe. I'll provide more details below, but first let me introduce you to my charity.

I am supporting World Bicycle Relief, an organization providing access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles, with a personal fundraiser. The money raised through my fundraiser helps to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to students (70% girls), teachers, healthcare and educational workers in rural parts of Africa. For $147, we can provide a World Bicycle Relief bicycle to a student in need. Every donation helps. Here is a short video showing the help your donations provide:

You can also read more about the work done by this fantastic charity on their website:  
World Bicycle Relief

Please support my efforts as I accept my own personal challenge to fundraise for this worthy cause. 

Here's more information about the Transcontinental Race and how you can follow my progress throughout the challenge.

300 riders will line up in Geraardsbergen, Belgium to cycle the race. Each will have plotted his/her own route across Europe to finish in Meteora, Greece. Many will be riding in excess of 4,000 km's and over 36,000 metres (36 km) of climbing. They have to check-in at four checkpoints along the way, strategically designed to ensure the riders have to endure some tough climbs. Here are the checkpoints:

CP1 - Schloss Lichtenstein in Germany
CP2 - Monte Grappa in Italy
CP3 - Conacul Usului, High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia
CP4 - Transfagarasan Highway in Romania
Finish - Meteora, Greece

There is no support car, no outside assistance is permitted and each rider must take care of his own food and drink. Some will use hotels, some (like me) will sleep in fields and bus shelters. To make the finishers party you will have to ride at least 266km EVERY day and to finish near the front, you can add on a few more hundred kilometres daily. I intend to finish near the front.

Each rider will carry a 'spot tracker' which allows them to be tracked, both by friends and family as well as the race officials. Watching riders via their trackers is called 'dot watching' and can become addictive as the race begins to warm up. If you'd like to follow me, here is a link to the Trackleaders site - I will be rider number 113.
 
Transcontinental Race No.5

You can also follow me on social media and via my website blog:

My cap number is 113 and I will use the hashtag:  #TCRNo5cap113 for social media posts.

 Twitter = @theultracyclist
Facebook = dereksbiketrip
Website = derekboocock.com




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About World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief is a nonprofit organization mobilizing people through The Power of Bicycles. Money raised helps to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa, connecting them with education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

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