Johanna Jahnke

As we wrote history – the Transcontinental Race #TCRN06

Johanna Jahnke // Die Wundersame Fahrradwelt

As we wrote history – the Transcontinental Race #TCRN06

Road Cycling Collection by Johanna Jahnke



232:36 h

2,446 mi

108,175 ft

In 2018 Marion Dziwnik and I started together in the Transcontinental Race - as the only women's team. After a few years of fixed gear racing and "Umdieweltreisen" (travelling around the globe) for the Red Hook Criterium, we felt like having a new adventure.

The TCR works like a big alley cat, but of course with much stricter rules and "a few" more kilometers. Depending on the route planning, something like 4,000 kilometers and 40,000 meters of altitude difference add up. There is a start, a finish and, in between, four checkpoints - the rest is your own thing.

You can choose to ride it solo or in a team and the riders have to finish completely without support. No drafting, no help from friends on the way, nothing. Only those who start in a team may support each other within the team.

In this Collection you can find the Tours that made up our route. The start was in Geraardsbergen, Belgium and the finish in Meteora, Greece. The stages are not necessarily suitable for following, because the main goal of the route planning was to be fast. Nevertheless, it was a great adventure and that's exactly what I want to tell you about here. And of course some passages are still very beautiful – but see for yourself!

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Tours & Highlights

  • 24:04
    260 mi
    10.8 mph
    11,950 ft
    11,475 ft

    What you can do in the first stage you have as a bonus for the whole race, they said. "You", the experienced racers that I have squeezed into the TCR …

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  • 14:08
    140 mi
    9.9 mph
    4,875 ft
    4,175 ft

    We notice the load from the previous day. 421 kilometers leave their mark. That's why it's only 220 kilometers today. Also because we wanted to spend the night before Switzerland. We don't feel like hitting half of our budget on the head for a single accommodation.

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  • 16:43
    169 mi
    10.1 mph
    7,625 ft
    7,000 ft

    At sunrise we drive along Lake Constance. Unfortunately, today is also the day my knee pain starts. My saddle slipped backwards. But I won't notice that until days later. I get tape because I know where the pain is coming from and what I can do to alleviate it. If I had known back then that I would drive the entire distance to Checkpoint 3 with this pain, I would have scratched here and now.

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  • 15:43
    146 mi
    9.3 mph
    7,600 ft
    7,300 ft

    Over the Brenner and over fields. Fantastic bike paths and idyllic villages. We usually start at 5 a.m. and enjoy the peace and quiet. The route planning was not so ideal here, but it worked. We strengthen ourselves properly, because tomorrow we are going to Checkpoint 2.

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  • 16:13
    140 mi
    8.6 mph
    12,100 ft
    12,575 ft

    The most beautiful stage in the race. With two of the most impressive passes I've ever ridden: Mangart Sedlo and Vrsic Pass!We regularly meet other TCR racers, are enthusiastically received at Checkpoint 2, get to hear once again how clean we still look and learn that the leading team (Chas and Nico) is only 20 minutes ahead of us. We are tempted to shoot after them for a moment, but then we'd better take a break first.

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  • 13:11
    174 mi
    13.2 mph
    5,500 ft
    6,450 ft

    We have now learned: Not only the number of meters in altitude helps to assess the stage, but also whether there is generally a lot of uphill or downhill going. Today it rolls really well. 280 kilometers to Vienna in just over 13 hours. My knee thanks me.

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  • 14:00
    150 mi
    10.7 mph
    4,325 ft
    3,550 ft

    Today we drive into the Czech Republic on really beautiful roads. Had we known what to expect on the road afterwards, we would have appreciated it even more. Marion loses a screw on her shoe cleat, but thanks to the YouTube tutorial I can still get her shoe off the pedal at some point. Today I am definitely her heroine.

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  • 12:20
    121 mi
    9.8 mph
    7,800 ft
    6,850 ft

    It's done. The minimum goal of achieving CP3 is right ahead of us. And the steepest ascent in Poland is behind us. Angela Walker, who finished the TCR in the …

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  • 14:51
    175 mi
    11.8 mph
    5,100 ft
    6,950 ft

    My mother writes to me: My daughter eats an extra scoop of ice cream for me every day to give me power. I think it works: We'll drive completely through the Czech Republic. In one day.

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  • 12:44
    143 mi
    11.2 mph
    2,925 ft
    3,000 ft

    On our social media channels, it looks like we're eating more than driving. Maybe that's also true. From now on I will lovingly call the Transcontinental: Snackcontinental.

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  • 14:30
    177 mi
    12.2 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,475 ft

    Somehow we're on the home stretch, but somehow the goal is still really far away. We seem to be back on a popular route because we keep meeting other racers. …

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  • 14:00
    154 mi
    11.0 mph
    9,425 ft
    5,575 ft

    On the way to Checkpoint 4 we drove through the suburbs of Sarajevo. One of the pro tips for route planning is to avoid the center of the cities. That …

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  • 15:46
    127 mi
    8.0 mph
    9,500 ft
    11,650 ft

    The Reward: After three hours of pushing, we actually did it: We are on Mt Bjelasnica, 2,067 meters above sea level. This whole area is of great historical relevance. The 1984 Olympic Games took place here, but people were also locked in these buildings during the war.Incidentally, with our 28 mm tires, driving down is out of the question. After another hour we reach the CP4 Hotel again and treat ourselves to a big breakfast.

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  • 16:12
    171 mi
    10.6 mph
    4,875 ft
    6,575 ft

    Yes, that is the part of the Transcontinental Race that I would never have driven if I hadn't had to go to Greece: Albania.A fascinating country, we are often …

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  • 18:12
    200 mi
    11.0 mph
    12,250 ft
    11,825 ft

    After four hours of sleep we are back on our bikes: queen stage at the beginning - queen stage at the end! Sometimes I wonder how we did it all. …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    2,446 mi
  • Duration
    232:36 h
  • Elevation
    108,175 ft
Johanna Jahnke

As we wrote history – the Transcontinental Race #TCRN06