4000km Transcontinental Race across Europe won by Christoph Strasser

The Austrian completed the ultra-distance in eight-and-a-half days to retain the title

A rider descends a mountain at the 2022 Transcontinental Race
TCR 2022
(Image credit: Transcontinental Race)

Christoph Strasser has won the ultra-distance Transcontinental Race across Europe for a second year running. At the time of writing he was one of just four riders to have completed the course, which this year runs from Geraardsbergen in Belgium to Thessaloniki in Greece.

The 40-year-old Austrian completed the unsupported race in eight days, 16 hours, 30 minutes – more than six hours ahead of second-placed Robin Gemperle of Switzerland and 16 hours in front of Belgium's Anatole Naimi in third. The vast majority of the field, which began with 341 riders, is still on the road.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

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A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.