We are anxiously waiting to throw ourselves eagerly into the wonderful arms of nature after the pandemic. We are counting the days until we can cover thousands of kilometers amidst the enchanting sceneries in Turkey. There will of course be some very difficult stages along this journey, but it’s in the nature of what we do, right? So, continue to follow us and get the latest updates until we start off in Istanbul on August 15…
Transanatolia 2020 with an unforgettable route during its 10th year is starting from Istanbul, the meeting point of civilizations throughout its history. Prepare for a trip immersed in nature, history and culture along the Transanatolia 2020 route from Abant’s privileged nature to the healing waters Haymana; from Mount Erciyes with its peak reaching the clouds to Mount Yıldız, a stage for legends; from Erzurum, home to the largest library in Turkey to Kars, the emerald crown of Turkey.
Ambition, competition, adventure, adrenaline and struggle on one side… Nature, history and culture on the other. Transanatolia, the event that brings these two sides together will be held between August 15-22. This year, Anatolia. the land that has been home to various civilizations, will be the arena for the adventures that gather different cultures together.
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 7th Stage MAURIZIO GERINI WON THE TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 3 ITALIANS IN THE FIRST THREE PLACES
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 7th Stage MAURIZIO GERINI WON THE TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 3 ITALIANS IN THE FIRST THREE PLACES Sanliurfa – Last year it was Ephesus, with his monuments and columns touching the heart and the eyes of the riders and drivers, with the splendid frame of the Library of Celso to close the eighth edition. This year the Transanatolia Sport Organization has done their best bringing all the rally to Gobeklitepe: where it all began
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 7th Stage TODAY LAST STAGE WITH A FANTASTIC FINISH LINE IN GOBEKLITEPE THE OLDEST TOWN IN THE WORLD
Mardin – The first riders entered around 2 P.M. in Mardin strategically city of Mesopotamia, in the past, and today big town of Anatolia South East. It’s a very hot day, as it has been in these last days, and the thermometer easily exceeds 40 degrees Celsius, which does not affect the performance of the competitors. Yesterday morning they race what will probably be remembered as the fastest special of the entire Transanatolia Rally 2019.
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 5th Stage A SUGGESTIVE END OF THE DAY IN FRONT OF THE COLOSSUS ON THE TOMB OF ANTIOCO ON NEMRUT MOUNTAIN. TOMORROW PENULTIMATE STAGE
Nemrut – The sunset in the middle of the monuments that watched the tomb of Antioco leaves breathless riders who have already arrived very tired at the finish line of the fifth stage. The 1,900-metre-high Nemrut mountain dominates the valley, offering panoramas and emotions that really bring back the mind to the past: 62 years B.C. to be precise. So far go the figures erected on top of the mountain to watch Antiocos’ etenal sleep. And despite the tiredness the riders find the strength to cover a steep climb of over 700 meters to the top to see a sunset that will remain forever printed in their memory.
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 4th Stage THE SE YAYLASI CAMP LEFT TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 OUT OF THE THIS WORLD, IN A REAL CONTACT WITH NATUR, SILENCE AND PEACE
Se Yaylasi – In an altitude of 1500m, in the middle of mountains and valleys, with a dirty road that yesterday afternoon put a huge strain on all the service trucks, even more than those of the rally. The fantastic bivouac of Se Yaylasi – found from Transanatolia Sport Organization for the finish line of the 4. stage of Transanatolia Rally 2019 – is a amazing heaven, and to respect the quiet and the silence of nature, obviously, no contact with the outside world was possible for over 14 hours, from 2 o’clock p.m. to this morning. No phone, no line, even less connection. So much so that the race management was set up in another place and in order to work on rankings and starting order of today had to wait the late night.
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 3rd Stage THE RACE ARRIVE IN CAPPADOCIA AT GOREME WITH ANOTHER TOUGH DAY
Goreme – “Every day the level is higher”. Maurizio Gerini (Husqvarna), winner of the stage today for the motorbike category starts his interview in Goreme with these words. “These places are incredibles and I’m very happy to be here, in Cappadocia, because last year we just pass here without stopped”. The three special stages of this shortest day – 248 kms – really was not so easy. “Today it has been a tough stage with a lot of navigation – said Gerini – and the special stages, day by day, becames more difficult.
GERINI STILL LEADER IN MOTORBIKE CATEGORY MITSUBISHI PAJERO OF BENAN ENGIN AND UĞUR TEPE TAKE THE FIRST POSITION IN CAR CATEGORY
Acigol – Navigation and complicity, sometimes, friendship. These are the key words of this second stage of Transanatolia Rally 2019. If we exclude the leader of the motorbike rankings, Maurizio Gerini (Husqvarna) all the others riders, today, have raced together, sometimes forming pairs, sometimes groups of three or even four or five persons.
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 START WITH A VERY DIFFICULT STAGE
Haymana – It was a very difficult day for the 84 riders and drivers today in the Transanatolia Rally 2019: a long and tough first stage that got all the competitors already really tired. The three special stages today were all very different from each other and also the temperature was not easy to cope with, as they started this morning from the Abant Lake with 16° degrees and finished this afternoon, few kilometers from Haymana, with more than 36°.
TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 IS READY TODAY IN THE AFTERNOON THE START CEREMONY IN BOLU WITH 84 VEHICLES !
Abant Lake – For the first time in a history of nine years, the Transanatolia Rally will start from an altitude of 1300 m. Specifically in Abant Golu, in the northwest of Anatolia in the province of Bolu, in Turkey, where the Transanatolia Sport Organization has established the headquarters of the rally that has opened today with the traditional preliminary scrutineering. Over eighty crews passed the checkpoints set up by the organization and the local Federations. Cars,motorcycles, trucks and ATV, were finally ready to pass through the technical checks, which ended in the early afternoon. At 3 o’clock p.m. the briefing was the first official act for all competitors – 84 at the start this year– to get to know and discover the tracks of this year’s race, which is set up as one of the most difficult organized to date.
Start of the Transanatolia Rally this year will be at the National park of Abant gölü (Abant Lake) near the city of Bolu where we’ll spent the first days for scrutineering, in August, 24th . The day after, August, 25th, rally caravan will start for the first stage 378 kms long, with 3 special stages in this first day’s route. First and second of those special stages follow forest roads among the beautiful forest and mountain views. Last special stage has a different character; we pass through endless grain fields and finally reach to Grannos Termal Hotel to conclude the day
The reconnaissance of the 9th. Edition of the Rally has just ended and again this year was not easy. For several reasons, first of all the presence of snow on the track that slowed, but certainly not stopped, our ‘scouts’. Secondly because this year 80 percent of the race road is new and therefore Orhan Celen has literally checked every single meter of the paths, the tracks, the roads, the woods and the salt lake, to choose the best route.
We have gone beyond the verdant view, rugged terrains, cities smelling like history. We have gone to explore inch by inch the dreamlike route of Transanatolia 2019 which will be held between August 24th-31st! We are as excited as you for this adventure of 2200 kilometers that will spread from Abant to Göbeklitepe!
Gerard Farrés, who competed in the motorcycle category in 2015, will compete in the SSV category this year. Marino Mutti, who also competed in the SSV category last year, will be with us in the truck category this year. This challenge to be held between August 24-31 will bring together all adrenaline enthusiasts with its categories including professional racers and non-professional motor sports enthusiasts.