Ed and Marion Shoote set out to ride across an open corner of Tibet, hoping to embrace traditional and genuine Tibetan culture. "It seems I have an addiction for taking my bike and riding through remote mountainous parts of the world," Ed says. "Areas I am scared will soon be forever changed; architecture replaced by concrete and the culture diluted only leaving behind a few tacky tourist sights." Here Ed shares some experiences from their trip.
I actually can’t remember when Gavin and I decided to compete in the Transcontinental together. It might have been at a wake, there may have been beer involved; most of the stupid things I’ve agreed to do have appeared somewhere halfway down the third pint so it’s highly likely. Racing bicycles 4,000 kilometres or so across Europe self-supported. You’d think the moment of idiocy would be scarred on my brain.
It’s the biggest and toughest crit racing series in the UK professional calendar. Three weeks of racing where you leave it all out the asphalt lap after lap. Each race is like 12 rounds of heavyweight boxing where no one gives an inch in case you receive that knockout punch in the first 15 minutes.