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The Transcontinental Race
on a Brompton

James Houston

A globe with trees Animated dog chasing bicycle Revolving scene of trees, ice lollies, beer, and animals


This is my account of cycling last year’s Transcontinental ultra endurance race on a Brompton folding bike. I hope the word preface is giving you the heads-up that it’s not going to be a quick read. So please block out some time in your diary, grab a cocoa, and settle in for my story.

During the race, I took a lot of photos and short video clips, which at the time I shared on Instagram. These gained some commentary from friends and strangers alike, and it was an important part of my race. I’ve included an annotated and anonymised version of these alongside the route map, to help tell the race as it happened. I’ve also included information on the race itself and how I trained and prepared.

Some housekeeping… You can use the arrows at the top and bottom of the pages to navigate sequentially through this website. If you have a keyboard you can also use the left and right arrow keys. You can click on images to make them bigger. Clicking them again will return them to their original size.

If you find something that’s broken or needs correcting, please drop me a message using this contact form.

My race was a bit of a niche oddity, but I think it’s a story worth telling. I hope you get something out of it.

James Houston

17 November 2023

PCR Finish line - 8 days before the start of the TCR
Crossing the finish line of the Pan Celtic Race, eight days before the start of the Transcontinental Race. Image credit: SHIFTR Cycling Magazine

Man misses so much laying in bed at night
— Denys Watkins-Pitchford

This site is for everyone that cheered me on along the way, and with thanks to Mary Tourtel and Peter Usborne, whose originality and imagination helped inspire this site. Big thanks also to Rob, for giving it his editorial eye.