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The Transcontinental race has wrapped up its ninth edition, with Cristoph Strasser once again the first rider to traverse the nearly 4,000km distance between the checkpoints that ran from Belgium through to Greece.
The self-supported race, founded by ultra-endurance leader Mike Hall who tragically lost his life on the roads of Australia 6 years ago, has continued to grow and evolve, with riders facing a shorter but more mountainous route in 2023. The field of around 350 riders this year also faced mandatory gravel sections along the journey from the start on the unrelenting cobbled ascent of the Muur-Kepelmuur in Geraardsbergen on July 23 to Thessaloniki.
Between the two points, riders plotted their course across the continent through four checkpoints, climate extremes and up to 11 border crossings. The icy conditions came early in the journey, with the first control point taking riders to the heights of the Italian Alps…