Juliana was the sole female rider to compete in the 2013 Quick Energy Transcontinental Race; Europe’s longest, toughest unsupported bike race from London to Istanbul via the high cols of the Alps. She came in 9th place out of 31 riders, cycling 3,420 kilometers in 12 days and 2 hours.
Unsupported: Cyclists ride alone and are reliant only on what they can carry or can find in publicly available services. No pre-arranged support and no dedicated assistance.
Unconstrained: One stage, a start and finish line and a few check points, the rest is up to the cyclist to choose where, when and if they sleep and the route in between. There’s no maximum or minimum times.
Unmatched: This is Europe’s longest single stage unsupported bike race. Riders cover a minimum of 2000 miles, with a mountain checkpoint high into the Alps over the Stelvio Pass.
Ciclo Verdi Napoli
Starr L Guckert
Trek and Scott
Two incredible round-the-world cyclists, Mike Hall and Richard Dunnett
Charming the opposition
The starting line, London Bridge
On your marks…
And we’re off
Pink is the new orange.
First checkpoint, the Mur van Geraardsbergen
Over the river into Switzerland
The Alps up ahead…
Not a bad place to burst a tube
Switzerland into Italy
The Stelvio pass begins…
The Stelvio Pass
Wind, rain, cold. Not my favourite mountain climb.
Not sure why I’m smiling about it
But then there were rainbows
Where it was hard to find a good breakfast.
Hard to believe this wasn’t Africa
40 degree heat
All roads lead to Istanbul
or eventually here…
Stopped for a rest from the sweltering sun
Nice old nonno took great interest in my bike
400 km the penultimate day
Last puncture on the highway into Istanbul
Made it! 3,420 km
Nothing like a cold beer after 12 days on the road
Richard Dunnett (2nd place) and Kristof Allegaert (1st place)