Three-time TCR veteran and winner of this year’s Trans Atlantic Way, Björn Lenhard arrives at Meteora in second place for the second year running.
Experience counts. Even after dropping positions following a routing error, 40-year-old Lenhard stuck to his plan, catching Matthew Falconer in the final stretches of the race and steadily closing the gap after crossing into Greece.
As Lenhard told A Life of Adventure this summer: “There isn't anything that worries me. I have so much experience now. I am used to the long days, and the dogs, the weather and the bad traffic.”
Finishing with a time of 9 days, 22 hours, and 00 minutes, it’s a performance to be proud of – especially with such a close battle so late in the race – and well deserving of praise. Chapeau, Björn. Time for a cold beer.
Bjorn Lenhard #TCRNo6cap2, walking the CP4 parcours yesterday evening. He started at dusk and was soon walking sections to avoid damaged tires and wheels, his cleats took a beating. Temper frayed, bike and rider coated in dust he finally summitted in the dark and was soon joking that we should have added snow and a storm to the CP4 challenge. 📷 @camillejmcmillan ⛰ @apidura
Matthew, also a TCR veteran, emerged from the bunch this year following Checkpoint 4. After catching Björn in Albania, his hard riding and good route choices put him at the front of the race for second place coming into Greece – a position he held almost to the end. Congratulations on a podium finish. Take a bow, Matthew.