1. What kind of bike do I need?
The route is paved throughout, although the condition and roughness of some sections could be considered extreme. A standard road bike with 25mm tyres would be a recommended starting point. Tandems welcome.
2. Do I need insurance?
Yes, as the ride is totally self-sufficient, you need to organise your own insurance.
3. Who enforces the rules?
You do. The nature of these long distance rides makes them impossible to police by a third party, so the trust and responsibility rests solely on your shoulders to conduct yourself appropriately. If there is an obvious breach in this trust then the ride organiser will make a ruling based on why, how and what rules were breached and if/what penalty would be given.
4. What is included in the entrance fee?
All administration and registration costs. State-of-the-art GPS tracking. A pre-ride briefing, so riders can meet, discuss and get any last minute fears alleviated. Followed by a film and a short talk given by a leading athlete in endurance cycling. Two nights accommodation, one at the start and one at the finish (if the accommodation package is selected). A bag or bike box transfer from the start point to the finish. A custom-made TAW keepsake.
5. Is this ride for me? Am I fit enough?
The extreme weather and terrain coupled with the distance and self-reliance makes this event a challenge not to be underestimated. If you are someone looking for a challenge in your life than yes this is for you. A background in cycling would be an advantage. A positive outlook with a good sense of humour is mandatory.
A standard of fitness is required to the point of being capable of spending continuous long days in the saddle. And an awareness of self-reliance and what that entails.
6. What is the difference between a ride and a race?
The TransAtlanticWay is not a ride in the conventional sense. There is no prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The fastest rider get the kudos and bragging rights for being the fastest. Everyone else will be riding against themselves, each other and the weather just to finish. Beat the rider in front or stay ahead of the rider behind. The ride will inspire you to question your limits and give you the confidence that you are far more capable than you think, not just in cycling but in life. The prize is Adventure.
7. What do I need to pack?
Here are a few useful links that can help you with this: