Fiona Kolbinger beats all of her male rivals to win one of the most difficult races in all of Europe
A 24-year-old woman, who had never participated professionally before, beat 263 other participants to win one of the most difficult ultra-racing races in Europe.
Fiona Kolbinger, from Dresden, Germany, completed the 2500 km route early this morning with a time of 10 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes.
The Transcontinental Race started on July 27 in Bulgaria and runs through Serbia, Austria and Italy before ending in Brest, northern France.
Fiona Kolbinger from Germany is the first woman to win the Transcontinental Race with an impressive time of 10 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes
The race started ten days ago in Bulgaria and the route crosses Serbia, Austria and Italy before ending in Brest, northern France
Kolbinger, by last year's winner James Hayden a & # 39; rockstar & # 39; was already leading the race for a few days.
On Sunday she was nearly six hours ahead of Ben Davies, from Bristol, England, and she fought to keep the lead.
When she reached the finish today, Kolbinger admitted that she was & # 39; too tall and grim & # 39; had been, but added that she thought she could have gone & # 39; louder & # 39 ;.
Björn Lenhard, the favorite of the year to win before having to retire on day three due to saddle pain, trained before the race with Kolbinger.
He told transcontinental: & # 39; Fiona is so strong, she really is. Moreover, she is a complete driver.
& # 39; Yes, you have to be strong, but in this race you have to be able to think, plan and repair your bike if you have to.
Kolbinger, pictured after winning the race today, has never participated before and said she thought she could have been & # 39; harder going & # 39; after passing the finish line
During the event, Kolbinger, pictured today, only slept an average of four hours a night
& # 39; She is also one of the strongest climbers in this race, much faster than me. & # 39;
Kolbinger showed her strength during the race and slept only an average of four hours a night, sometimes on the side of the road.
Although some might have been exhausted when they stopped for a short break after cycling for a day, Kolbinger managed to stay cheerful.
On day eight, August 3, she found the energy to play The Lion Sleeps Tonight on a piano in a hotel.
Last year's winner, James Hayden, named Kolbinger, pictured in Teillay, Brittany, a & # 39; rockstar & # 39;
Kolbinger, pictured on a bicycle in the village of Teillay, Brittany, is the first woman to win the race
A video of her showing her musical talents was shared by The Transcontinental on their Twitter page and asked people to ask: & # 39; Is there anything that this woman can't do? & # 39;
On day four, she covered 475 km and managed to have an impressive average speed of 26.9 km / h, reports road.cc.
The Transcon was made by the deceased ultra-cyclist Mike Hall in 2013. This year 264 cyclists took part in the event, including 40 women.
Riders can choose their own routes, but they have to visit four mandatory checkpoints while traveling through Bulgaria from Europe.
Their website explained how: & # 39; Riders plan, investigate and navigate their own course and choose when and where they want to rest.
& # 39; They only take what they can wear and consume only what they can find. Every year our riders cover around 4000 km (2500 miles) to reach the finish. & # 39;
Apidura cycling company called Kolbinger & # 39; s performance & # 39; incredible & # 39; after her victory with a time of 10 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes
The Transcontinental shared Kolbinger & # 39; s response to reaching France and became a winner
James Hayden won the race last year with a time of 8 days 23 hours and 59 minutes. He said on day five, July 31, this year that he & # 39; rooting & # 39; was for & # 39; Kolbinger whom he described as a & # 39; rockstar & # 39;
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