This is the unique story of Geoffroy Dussault, who finished 7th overall in the 2016 edition of the Transcontinental Race. Below is an excerpt from the blog, www.beyond.bike, written by Geoffroy Dussault.
It’s an insane adventure, a story that can’t be summarized. It’s an uncertain course, built on 4 control points over nearly 2,500 miles. It’s a goal both simple and complex: ride a bike across Europe as fast as possible.
To all those who know him, Geoffroy Dussault is a nonstandard rider who can do just about anything on a bike. He raced as a pro rider with team Garneau-Quebecor for years while holding down a full-time job. He cycle-toured throughout North America and Europe in a variety of tough conditions from massive thunderstorms, to freezing cold, to oppressive heat; let's just say that this dude is tough.
To celebrate his 30th birthday this past summer, Geoff decided to tackle a new challenge - to race across the entire European continent. Bidding adieu to his 20's, renewing himself with an on-the-bike adventure, and embarking on going head-to-head with some of the world's most experienced ultracyclists, Geoff was ready to test himself. The Transcontinental Race, a non-assisted race starting in Belgium and finishing on the Asian side of Turkey. This was Geoff's target, the next logical step for the rider who had already conquered so much on a bike.
The conquest of a continent is not something you improvise. This engineer and bicycle product manager at Garneau, has his own mathematical formula:
Efforts = results = watts
Rational and very "cartesian" at work but with an artistic flair (read: he rides on instinct more than calculation) on the bike, Geoffroy is simply passionate about riding bikes, any bikes, across any terrain, in any condition. Before the start of the Transcontinental, he did about 5,000 miles of prep, alternating between bucolic country roads and Strava segments. He feels ready.