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TCR#6 Race report


I’m only a year late with the race report 🙂

I had a whale of a time, got there in under 14 days, which was my target – shame the party was actually on the 16th day this year!  The EKO was lovely

I learned how to commit to the ride often riding late into the night into checkpoints 2 and 3, and overnighting in fields in the czech republic.  This made a massive difference to the time I had on the bike compared to tcr3.
I actually crashed at a hotels more often than not, but these generally were not planned, and I was prepared to ride into the night, then found a hotel / pension just about to close at 10 at night, so it seemed rude not to roll in 🙂


Packing for tcr#6

I’ve been making good use of the sales over the last 6 months, to try to keep the cost down to non-divorce levels.

My Clothing / Personal Kit

  • ShortsCastelli Free Aero bibs – only worn them once, but they are very comfy.  They have aero dots on them to make me faster.  That will make absolutely zero difference to me.
  • SocksMorevelo stripy socks – the meet Emma Ossenton’s minimum sock length requirements
  • Jersey – Pirate top – its bright and yellow, and hideous.
  • Cap – #39 – I’ll get that at registration
  • Cycle shoesBont riot MTB shoes.  These are half a size up from my normal 44s, but I’ve been struggling with the width of cycle shoes.  I got these a month ago and have been riding in them ever since including 2 long rides.  My old faithful specialized sport shoes were about 8 years old now and showing their age.  They are now in the bin.
  • Glasses / Sun Glasses – Oakley prescription half jacket sunnies – they are brilliant, and so good not to have to carry contact lenses this time. – in left rear pocket or on face
  • Leyzyne wallet – holds passport, money etc – in central rear pocket
  • Phone – Sony xperia 5 – in central rear pocket.  Its waterproof,
    • komoot on it with all the route gpx’s as emergency navigation backup – all maps pre-downloaded
    • OpenStreetMap for android for searching for food when I have no wi-fi
    • google translate  – polish menus..??
    • music

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Weighty Issues

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  • 2008  – 85kg +  I was fat.  Despite some bike commuting I was still fat.  I started regular running, then triathlon.
  • 2013  – 73kg. That was my ironman racing weight. Could fit into small kit on occasions, but all my kit was medium.
  • 2015 tcr#3 – 75kg
  • 2016/17 – 86kg – broken, and putting on weight again.  Moved from medium to large.  I am fat!

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