Some might ask, why race a touring route? A simple answer is, because it’s there.

The Transamerica Trail was ridden by thousands of cyclists in the summer of 1976. Called “Bikecentennial”, these riders made there way from the Pacific ocean of Western Oregon to the Atlantic ocean of Yorktown, VA. This route is now the most widely used touring route in the United States. Known for it’s hospitality in towns along the route, the route sees thousands of cyclists each year as it is mostly navigable year round.

Some might ask, why race a touring route? A simple answer is, because it’s there. A more complex answer is this. The “organizer” of this race has planned for years to do a solo run of this route in a similar manner to most bikepacking ultra-endurance racing and wants to bring it to a larger audience. In keeping with the open format of most of these races, anyone is free to race. Ultra-racers, randonneurs, tour riders, gravel grinders, speed-tourists, and anyone who has a passion for taking on the open road in a speedy manner. No entry fees, no prize money. You win by taking what you can from it. The route is estimated to be at 4,233 miles covering 10 states. A good racing time could be any where from 15 days to 40 days depending on the racer’s goals and experience.

This route has considerably more re-supply points than your average bikepacking race. That said there are still a few hundred mile gaps of no services, food will have to be packed and water will have to be treated in certain parts of the country. From Kansas onward water can be found at a greater frequency from local business.

The race is to be tracked via spot satellite trackers at trackleaders.com.

contact transam2015@transambikerace.com for more details.



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  1. Stephen - NYC

    I did the ride back in 1976, but I did what was called the Golden Spokes Tour – basically half the route. Pueblo, CO to Yorktown, VA. I rode West to East, but those that did either half and rode from either Yorktown or Astoria, carried a ‘golden spoke’ that was used to create a wheel in Pueblo.
    I had so much fun I decided that I would do the whole thing 4 years later when I would graduate from college. And I did. Portland, OR to Williamsburg, VA. 90 days, 4500 miles. One volcano eruption. No sag.

  2. Scott Gormley

    My girl friend (soon-to-be-wife) and I rode the route in 1980. We took three months.

    Quit our jobs, family thought we were nuts, knew it was the right thing to do. Looking back, I wouldn’t trade the headwinds, 7% grades, late nights and canned corn dinners for nothing,

    This IS the test of all tests – your spirit, passion, determination and commitment. Ger and I are amoung the few and the proud.

    The Bikecentennial route is a shaper of character and humanity. GO for it! You will not ever, ever regret it!

  3. Terry Tignor

    This is a great idea! My home in Hamilton, Montana will be available for your quick overnight stop. I’m on the map! Look forward to seeing some of you.


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