Transcontinental Race No. 8 - TCR8 - #TCRN08 - 2020

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  • Well that'll be a challenge, to design a robust route. By the numbers, the start could be a bigger problem than the east.

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  • Let's not get ahead of ourselves there - we're talking 9 months from now. Either it will be possible to do the race (to a certain extent anyway) or it will once again be impossible to do it at all. The team are doing what they can about the first scenario, as a backup to the original plan.

  • Indeed, who knows what the world will look like by then and while what they're saying in the race manual update in December can be a back up plan at best as everything keeps changing, it's great that they're communicating well in advance.

  • e.g. Schengen, doing a circular route perhaps...?

    Maybe just do a cycling version of the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race and ride around the town of Schengen non stop for a couple of weeks... 625 laps for 4000km and over 78000m of climbing :)

  • In reality even if the vaccine is produced, you'd need the best part of 500M produced just for the EU let alone the other countries along the route. It won't be a case of individual risk as it would be today, it will still be whether countries have sufficient immunity built up to allow free movement again.

  • Sure, it's not a case of flicking a switch. And the timelines invariably slip backwards. But this vaccine is already being manufactured, the UK has ordered (I think) 30k doses and the EU 200k. This guy recons that, at the 90% efficacy they are reporting, only 45% of people need to have it for it to control the virus.
    And the Oxford vaccine is expected to declare soon as well (we've ordered loads of that and it is being manufactured now too).
    So definitely right to be cautious, but some hope of normality.

  • Most probably (and unfortunately) keeping it within EU.

    That would be a big shame as the non-EU bits are the fun bits!

  • Don’t get me wrong I hope it’s on the way for both normal being-a-human reasons around not liking people sick and dying and selfish reasons (also normal human) that I’ve got a big (for me) ride planned early summer.

    Just so far most public health stuff has been at most “okay” so I’m a little sceptical. I live in a country of 500k people so I guess we will probably mostly be able to all be vaccinated.

  • I wonder how radical the route changes will be?

    Just a thought - maybe the obligatory Danube ferries will be off the menu?

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Transcontinental Race No. 8 - TCR8 - #TCRN08 - 2020

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