After racing last years Transcontinental as a pair, this year I’ll be heading back alone for hopefully more stunning scenery and eye watering daily distances. Four brand new checkpoints, +3800km and a lot of climbing it’s a new challenge with a new finish.

On the 29th July, I’ll set off from Geraardsbergen, so follow me on my travels and watch the race unfold.

The greatest battle is not physical but psychological. The demons telling us to give up when we push ourselves to the limit can never be silenced for good. They must always be answered by the quiet the steady dignity that simply refuses to give in. Call no man brave, say the Spanish, say only that on a particular day he showed himself brave. Such strength of character radiates from every bike rider who has shown the requisite courage not to yield, has won his dignity, day after day.

Greame Fife