Pippa Handley leading London to Istanbul race

Pippa Handley
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Edinburgh Road Club cyclist Pippa Handley is on track to win the Transcontinental Road Race from London to Istanbul after another productive day in the saddle yesterday.

The race, which covers approximately 3160 kilometres, started in London on August 9. The 88 riders in the field find their own route to the Turkish city, the only rule being that they must pass through two intermediate controls. The competitors are unsupported and carry all of the equipment they will need.

Sleeping arrangements have varied from campsites to hotels. The race clock was set ticking in London and will not stop until the riders reach the finish. A tracking system records their progress and average speed.

Handley has enjoyed a tussle with French rival Gaby Leveridge in the women’s category and although the Scot had an advantage of around 25 kilometres late yesterday afternoon, that gap could easily dwindle in the tough conditions.

The Lothians rider has successfully negotiated each of the checkpoints and was set to resume this morning with around 440 kilometres to go. She is on target to reach the finish at Rumelian Castle – an Ottoman fortress on the Western shore of the Bosphorus river – tomorrow morning.

You can track the riders’ progress here: http://trackleaders.com/transconrace14