Year by year, the amazing Transfagarasan and Transalpina highways are becoming, rightfully so, more and more popular with people who are passionate about sports. In turn, this makes them perfect places to stage various types of competitions: cycling, triathlons, trail running and of, course, motor sports, just to name a few.
If you're thinking of coming over to Romania on a holiday this summer and perhaps you don't have enough time to join our road cycling tour on the Transfagarasan and Transalpina, then you could give these competitions a chance.
The name literally means Trans (from the Transfagarasan name) + Iron ("fier" is iron in Romanian, from Ironman). So, as the name suggest, the competition started out as an half Ironman distance race a couple of years ago. As it grew in popularity, the organizers added shorter distances for triathlon but also a road cycling race. The latter takes place on the Southern part of the Transfagarasan and the route is 45 km long. It practically represents the best part of the Southern part climb to the top. It usually takes place in the second week of September and registration costs is 15 Euro.
Road Grand Tour is a series of road cycling competitions started by Alex Ciocan, a Romanian profesional cyclist. The Eroica takes place on the Transalpina and is, in my opinion, the hardest and most beautiful race in the tour. The route is 90 km long and joins the official Transalpina highway for the final 20 km, the best part of the Northern Climb. If you're around in the second part of August, I'd recommend you give it a go.
Here's the 2016 and probably 2017 route: https://www.strava.com/activities/683022862
According to Wikipedia, the Sibiu Cycling Tour (Cycling Tour of Sibiu until 2015) is a 2.1 category professional bicycle road race held in Sibiu, Romania. Its first edition took place in July 2011, as part of the UCI Europe Tour. Held entirely around the city, the race normally runs over four days including a prologue on the cobbled streets of the city, and two climbing stages, one on the Transfăgărăşan Road to Balea Lac and a second to the mountain resort of Paltinis.
In 2017 the race will be taking place between 5th - 9th July and, most likely, the Northern side of the Transfagarasan climb will be an individual time trial.
Even though you can't actually join this race as an amateur, if you're around, perhaps even joining one of our road cycling tours on the Transfagarasan, it's worth watching the big boys going for it.
The Transcontinental Race (TCR) is an annual, self-supported, ultra-distance cycling race across Europe. It is one of the world's toughest ultra-endurance races. The route varies for each edition and the distance has been between approximately 3,200 to 4,200 km, and the winners have taken between 7 and 10 days to reach the finish. Interest in the race has grown rapidly: 30 people started the first edition of the race in 2013; over 1,000 people applied for a place in the fourth edition in 2016, 350 of whom were successful. Source: Wikipedia
I'm double excited about the race. It's the first time the Transfagarasan Highway is on the official route as CP 4, the last one before the finish. More than 350 cyclist will get to see Romania and this magnificent mountain road.
Secondly, if you're reader of my blog, you probably already know that, this year, I'm taking part in the race as a competitor. Woop! Woop! If you're not yet a reader, well this is your chance to become one. :)