Two hours til midnight

With two hours til the midnight start here in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, my Transcontinental steed is ready. Just a minute ago the auditorium here was buzzing with chatter as racers exchanged ambiguous clues about their race strategies and re-packed their bikes one last time. Then, possibly following the cue of some elite rider, 100+ racers have laid out on the floor seeking a few minutes of shut-eye before heading up the town’s steep cobblestone hill to the starting line. Just minutes ago, it was all clamor and bustle. Now you could hear a spoke drop. With considerable more reason to stress than the more seasoned riders, I think I’ll fiddle with my bike a little longer. Rest can wait.

Interested in tracking my progress in the hours and days ahead? Follow dot #134 on trackleaders.com/transconrace15. If I’m much ahead or behind the middle of the pack, it’s because I’ve accidentally cheated or something has gone wrong… Either way, send good vibes 🙂

Fully loaded
My Transcontinental steed, fully loaded. Hours of packing and re-packing will pay off when (if?) I make it over the first hill. Fortunately, Belgium is pretty flat.
Two hours til midnight