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Video trailer: AWOL X TRANSCONTINENTAL documentary follows Specialized riders from London to Istanbul

Documentary out later this year follows two riders on this month's Quick Energy TransContinental Race...

Specialized launched its AWOL adventure bike earlier this month, just as two riders who had helped develop it, Recep Yeşil and Erik Nohlin, were taking part in the Quick Energy TransContinental Race – and both were followed by a film crew for a feature length documentary to be released later this year.

Here’s the trailer for what the documentary’s makers, Leipzig-based e r t z u i ° Film, describe as “a wild and inspirational journey in so many unexpected ways” as they followed the riders on their 3,100 kilometre journey from London to Istanbul, crossing 14 national borders on the way.

AWOL x TRANSCONTINENTAL | Trailer (Full documentary coming late 2013) from e r t z u i ° film on Vimeo.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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OldRidgeback | 10 years ago

Intersting video and I'll keep a watch out for it - nice to see my nephew beat both of those riders too.

alotronic | 10 years ago

Front panniers keep the weight on the bike low, makes for better handling if the bike geo is correct. But it's quite, errr, unusual to put ALL your weight on the front where it creates a terrific wind brake.

Steezysix | 10 years ago

It'll make the steering heavier but more stable. Also makes the bike less twitchy at high speeds as the weight is lower than it would be on a rear rack over the back wheel. There's already enough weight over the back of the bike when sitting on the saddle, so front racks make the bike feel more balanced.

Looking forward to the film coming out, more info on the bike/race here:

themartincox | 10 years ago

looks like it will be another great video for the collection!

cant understand why they would front mount the panniers though - surely thats going to affect the steering something fierce?

anyone shed any light?

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