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With the race season over for 2018, a look back at the events we covered.
The Transatlantic Way
THE TRANSATLANTIC WAY
DATE: 07-JUN-2018 / START: DUBLIN / LENGTH: 2,500KM / WINNER: BJORN LENHARD (5 DAYS, 3 HOURS & 38 MINUTES)

In a repeat of last year’s race, an all-German head-to-head between Bjorn Lenhard and Bernd Paul emerged in the fight for victory. Bjorn Lenhard took up first position on day 1, setting an electric pace for the 163 other riders competing to try and match, with his rival from last year, Bernd Paul, hot on his tail. Temperatures dropped and drama unfolded approaching CP2, with the leading pair arriving within five minutes of each other in Derrynasligguan. The race would ultimately be decided by whoever was first to reach the ferry in Killimer, and it was Bjorn who won this battle, staying ahead and eventually winning the race altogether for a second consecutive year. Bernd Paul finished shortly after, with Brendan Cassidy in third, and an injured, race-hardened Karen Tostee winning the women’s competition. Check out more with ‘Day and Night’, a film following the race by Ben Page.

Full Recap: The TransAtlantic Way
Rich Marshall - @richmarshallphoto on Instagram

'Pizza club in Derry. Check point one on the Transatlantic Way Race.'
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THE TRANSAM BIKE RACE
DATE: 02-JUN-2018 / START: ASTORIA / LENGTH: 6,900KM / WINNER: MARCEL GRABER (16 DAYS, 6 HOURS & 40 MINUTES)

The first cross-continental race of the season, the TransAm Bike Race, ran as usual from Astoria to Yorktown, but with a very different ending to one that we’re used to: It was won by a person riding a velomobil. Marcel Graber’s vehicle was the cause of much conversation as it arrived in Yorktown first, but his was a performance to impress nonetheless. Peter Andersen was the first two-wheeled rider home, finishing in second place after 16 days, 20 hours and 41 minutes; still 13 hours faster than the previous year’s winner.

Full Recap: The Trans Am Bike Race
Spoke n' Hostel - @spokenhostel on Instagram

'The racing stable is filling up for the night..'
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TOUR DIVIDE
DATE: 08-JUN-2018 / START: BANFF / LENGTH: 4,418KM / WINNER: LEWIS CIDDOR (15 DAYS, 2 HOURS & 8 MINUTES)

As far as modern-day ultra-distance bike racing events go, the Tour Divide was the original. Stretching from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide, the race is one of the most respected, prestigious, and anticipated races on the calendar, and the 2018 edition was well worthy of such expectation. Riders battled fierce wintry elements in the Rockies during the early parts of the race, but through the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, it was Australian Lewis Ciddor who emerged as the uncatchable leader. Bailey Newbury and Greg Gleeson finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, in what was considered a particularly tough edition of the race.

Full Recap: Tour Divide
Seth Wood - @drsethwood on Instagram

'Well. That’s pretty neat. Top ten in the #tourdivide2018 100 miles from Lima...'
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The Transcontinental Race
THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RACE
DATE: 29-JUL-2018 / START: GERAARDSBERGEN / LENGTH: ~4,000KM / WINNER: JAMES HAYDEN (8 DAYS, 22 HOURS & 56 MINUTES)

On the famous cobbles of Geraardsbergen, more than 250 riders set off to take on Europe at TCRNo6, with James Hayden present, and looking to defend his title from last year. The race headed south into the Alps first, then up to Poland, before a final turn south again, through Bosnia, to the finish in Greece. Bjorn Lenhard again pushed James hard in the first half of the race, and would eventually finish third, but the 2017 winner’s ruthlessness showed, and he finished almost a day ahead of eventual second place Matt Falconer. Ede Harrison rode a stellar race in her first TCR, comfortably finishing as first woman.

Full Recap: The Transcontinental Race

Jakub Dvorak - @dvorakjakub on Twitter - #TCRNo6cap218

'Time for bath and laundry... #tcrno6'
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Silk Road Mountain Race
THE SILK ROAD MOUNTAIN RACE
DATE: 18-AUG-2018 / START: BISHKEK / LENGTH: 1,700KM / WINNER: JAY PETERVARY (8 DAYS, 8 HOURS & 15 MINUTES)

The inaugural edition of the SRMR, organised by distinguished distance rider Nelson Trees, saw riders take on the punishing climbs and unpredictable terrain of Kyrgyzstan. It promised extreme weather conditions, polarising climates, breath-taking views, off-road climbs and isolation, and delivered on all fronts. The scratch count rose rapidly from a very early stage, but Jay Petervary carved out a healthy lead early on. His main contender, Levente Bagoly, surfaced in the second half of the race, but with the limited phone signal, Jay had no idea that Levente was close until very late on. Despite the drama, Jay stayed ahead to become the first winner of the SRMR, with Levente and Alex Jacobsen rounding out the podium of a truly memorable event.

Full Recap: The Silk Road Mountain Race
Jenny Tough - @jennytough on Instagram - #SRMR01cap044

'My last day on the @silkroadmountainrace' started wearing everything I owned...
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RACE TO THE ROCK
DATE: 31-AUG-2018 / START: COCKLE CREEK / LENGTH: 3,500KM / WINNER: SARAH HAMMOND (14 DAYS, 9 HOURS & 48 MINUTES)

The Race to the Rock has only ever been won by one rider; Sarah Hammond, and this year was no different, with the Australian making it three from three since 2016. This year, the race was split into two, with nine riders setting out from Tasmania for the ‘starter course’, and five of those making it over to the mainland for the ‘main course’; an off-road marathon from Melbourne to Uluru. From snow early on, to remote, parched desert in the latter stages, the Race to the Rock’s notorious difficulty held true once again in 2018, and it was again won by one of ultra-racing's best. 

Full Recap: Race to the Rock
Nick Skarajew - @the_scary_jew on Instagram

'Just emerged from the Danger Zone, 312km of no services...'
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JENNY GRAHAM 'ROUND-THE-WORLD' RECORD
DATE: 16-JUN-2018 / START: BERLIN / LENGTH: 28,968KM IN 124 DAYS, 10 HOURS & 49 MINUTES

In June 2018, Adventure Syndicate rider Jenny Graham set off from Berlin with the goal of breaking the world record for cycling around the world, unsupported. Riding through 15 countries, Jenny would cycle west, through Europe into Russia, traversing Mongolia and China before reaching Beijing. From there, she flew to Perth, and proceeded across the width of Australia and NZ. She then flew to Anchorage, Alaska and cycled through Canada and the US before her final leg, which began in Portugal, and ended in Berlin; the start point she'd left 125 days previously. Jenny broke the world record set by Paola Gionotti by 19 days - a truly monumental achievement.

Full Recap: Jenny Graham's 'Round-the-World' Record
Jenny Graham - @jennygrahamis_ on Instagram

'Yippity yip! Half way around the world #saywhaaaaaat'
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