The Trans Alba Race is a self supported cycling ride around Scotland. Covering over 1,000 miles and more than 50,000 feet of climbing. Riders follow a predetermined route whilst abiding to a simple set of seven rules. 

Sounds easy right? Well, self supported means self supported, riders are responsible for all their navigation and logistics whilst remaining completely self reliant throughout the event. Simply - You're on your own!

With 2019's race in the books we've been busy preparing for next year! The second instalment of the Trans Alba Race will ride on Sunday 28th June 2020.

We have now filled all 80 roster spots however riders to drop out from many reasons. So why not apply to be on our waiting list to be in with a chance of getting a reissued place?

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RULES

Falling inline with the majority of Self Supported races we’ve tried to keep the rules similar and as simple as possible.

  1. RACERS MUST RIDE FROM START TO FINISH FOLLOWING THE TRANS ALBA RACE GPX ROUTE

  2. NO THIRD PARTY SUPPORT, RESUPPLY OR LODGINGS

  3. NO DRAFTING (NOT APPLICABLE TO PAIRS OR TEAM ENTRIES)*

  4. ALL FORWARD TRAVEL MUST BE SELF POWERED

  5. ALL RIDERS MUST MAINTAIN EVIDENCE OF THEIR RIDE

  6. ALL RIDERS MUST KNOW, UNDERSTAND AND OBEY LOCAL TRAFFIC LAWS 

  7. RIDE IN THE SPIRIT OF SELF RELIANCE & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY​

RULES

Falling inline with the majority of self supported races we’ve tried to keep the rules similar and as simple as possible.

  1. RACERS MUST RIDE FROM START TO FINISH FOLLOWING THE TRANS ALBA RACE GPX ROUTE

  2. NO DRAFTING (NOT APPLICABLE TO PAIRS OR TEAM ENTRIES)**

  3. ALL FORWARD TRAVEL MUST BE SELF POWERED

  4. ALL RIDERS MUST MAINTAIN EVIDENCE OF THEIR RIDE

  5. ALL RIDERS MUST KNOW, UNDERSTAND AND OBEY LOCAL TRAFFIC LAWS 

  6. RIDE IN THE SPIRIT OF SELF RELIANCE & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY​

  7. BE NICE!

** pairs/teams may draft however limited to their own partner/teammates only 

TRANS ALBA ROUTE

We've been riding hard to update our route for the 2nd edition and to mix things up this year we're going clockwise! Check out the first draft below:

Similar to the inaugural edition TALBARTWO will start and finish in Edinburgh but will take in a little more of the Scottish Borders before approaching the three ferries from the opposite side. Please note this is not the final race edition. Expect some small changes to be made throughout the year. 

GOT A QUESTION? 

Hopefully our FAQ document will answer all your questions. Download your copy below.  

But if that doesn't do the trick fill out the form below and we'll do our best to answer your query

CHRIS GREENAN

TRANS ALBA DIRECTOR 

Chris is a passionate road cyclist, ultra endurance rider and bike packing enthusiast. He currently has three road bikes in rotation Murphs The Cat, Scout and his purple CAAD12   Sparkle Horse.

MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: 

Trans Am Bike Race 2018 (4300mi)

FAVOURITE RACE:

Paris-Roubaix or dot watching TCR / Trans Am 

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"There's rolling the dice, and there's rolling them into a sewer"  Phil Gamin

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JACK DRIVER

MEDIA COORDINATOR 

Jack is an Edinburgh based road cyclist who actually enjoys cobbles and head winds so much so that he should have been born in Flanders. He's currently riding a Sandy Gilchrist built Raleigh. It's very pretty!

MOST MEMORABLE RIDE:

His first ever century around the Scottish Borders.

FAVOURITE RACE:

Tour de France but it has to have an Alpe d'Huez summit finish!

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Shut up legs" - Jens Voigt

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Campbell is a freelance photographer based in Edinburgh, who’s knowledge of cycling is pretty much zero (we're working on that!). However he loves an adventure... I mean LOVES an adventure, especially when he needs to go on an expedition to get the right shot. Joining us after dot watching last year he comes with a host of experience when it comes to the Scottish outdoors.   

MOST MEMORABLE RIDE:

 Alpe d’Huez for charity during his ski season - his first and last attempt at road cycling (so far)!

FAVOURITE RACE:

Anything that can be dot watched and Trans Alba (obviously).

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Do what you can’t” - Casey Neistat

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YOU?

VOLUNTEER / DOT WATCHER...

Our first year saw help from cyclists all over Scotland and beyond. From testing parts of the course, help during the registration day and dot watching riders throughout the race. Many businesses reached out to riders to offer accommodation (during anti social hours), a warm meal when the kitchens were closed and an arm round the shoulder to keep riders going! 

This year in particular we're looking to recruit a Media Assistant and some Registration Day Elves.  

 If you think you have a particular skill set that would bring something to the race or just simply want to help! Why not drop us a line? 

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