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Audio – Trans Con talking: road.cc blogger VecchioJo and four other riders discuss this year's Transcontinental Race

We met up with them at Bespoked in Bristol to find out why someone would ride across a continent, and more

Jo Burt, aka VecchioJo, and another road.cc contributor, Liam Glen, were among participants in this year’s fifth edition of the Transcontinental Race who took part in a talk we hosted about the event at the Bespoked bike show in Bristol at the weekend.

> First Look – Bespoked 2017

Our own Dave Atkinson spoke to Jo, Liam and three other riders - Gavin Peacock, Martin Corbett
and Eleanor Jaskowska – about issues including how they got into ultra-endurance cycling, and what drives them to try and cross a continent.

> The Hunger Games – VecchioJo on Transcontinental breakfast, lunch, tea and supper

Besides looking forward to this year’s race, the talk, which you can listen to in the podcast below, also looks back at the achievements of its founder, Mike Hall, who was killed last month during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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