Tom's Transcontinental Adventure

Anyone following #tcrno6 may have spotted Tom @pilgrimcyclingco riding this bike to the finish. After scratching last year Tom was determined to race again and wanted the best bike for the job. Knowing our experience designing bikes for the Transcontinental Race, Tom came to us to build him the perfect bike. It did the job, even grabbing him the KOM on the notoriously difficult fourth parcour, the climb up Bjelašnica peak.

Tom had very clear ideas about the sort of bike he wanted for the race and was leaning towards a gravel frame. Eve though the race traverses mainly tarmac roads there are always gruelling gravel sections and as can be seen from previous editions these sections can make or break a race. Knowing this he went for big tyres and the simplicity of a 1x11 drivetrain.

Simplicity is a theme throughout this bike and the paint is a hallmark of that ethic. A perfect example of how one well picked colour can be enough to stand out, and Tom’s choice of an olive metallic green shows this perfectly.

For Tom it all came together perfectly completing the race in under two weeks without so much of a hiccup and grabbing the KOM on the devious gravel sector in Bosnia. Another successful TCR build.

  • Custom Quirk Cycles frame painted by Cole Coatings Workshop

  • Columbus Spirit and Life tubing

  • Dedacciai DB-56 Fork

  • SRAM Rival1 HRD group

  • Zipp 303 NSW wheels

  • Zipp Service Course SL controls

  • WTB Resolute 42c Tyres

  • Chris King Black Inset7 Headset

Photos by Nikoo Hamzavi