Dubbed the “rock star” of last year’s race winner James Hayden, Kolbinger left the rest of the field when she reached the finish point in Brest, northern France, at the end of Sunday. .
In a field of 264 bicyclists, most of them male, Kolbinger emerged from the stage on Sunday with a lead of nearly six hours compared to the nearest challenger, Ben Davies from England.
“For years, we have been waiting, knowing that is possible,” Hayden tweeted.
The race, which began in Bulgaria on July 27, stretches across Serbia, Austria, Italy and France, with Kolbinger expected to complete the route by the end of Monday or early Tuesday.
Fiona Kolbinger surpassed more than 200 male colleagues, most on the Transcontinental Race road bike race on August 6.
“It is unbelievable that I have won this difficult race,” Kolbinger said after finishing the goal with 10 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes. “When I entered the race, I was just trying to be in the top of the female riders, but I never thought I would overcome the men here.”
The German race won 265 opponents, including 245 male riders, in a 4,000-kilometer road race, across five European countries. The delegation originated from Burgas, Bulgaria and ended in Northwestern France. As a rule, riders can choose their own route but must go through four mandatory checkpoints. They are not allowed to ask for directions, do not have technical support and have to take care of their own food and water.
There are some hilly and mountainous areas with rugged terrain that require the crabs to pass through and have the supervision of the organizers. “I went through a great challenge. Now I can practice less sleep habits every day,” Kolbinger added. The 24-year-old champion is expected to attend many road bike races in the future.
The European Intercontinental Racing Competition was launched in 2013 with the first leg from London to Istanbul. The past six champions were all male, in which Kristof Allegaert was the third most successful, while James Hayden had two wins. Besides the title for the champion of the race, the organizers also awarded prizes to excellent female riders.