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On July 7, 2011 a press conference dedicated to the relaunch of the TransGlobal Autostop Race project has been held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Press articles published after said press conference can be found (in Russian) under the “Press About Us” section.

Below is the brief post release by the Organizing Committee:

1. About the project

“Go!” — and two-person “teams” dressed in bright overalls break into run towards the motorway. They have no vehicle of their own, nor may they use public transportation.

Yet in two month, having covered thousands of miles across several continents — thumbing rides, running through woodland with map and compass, traversing mountain passes and crossing water obstacles, they will circumnavigate the Globe.

Competitive hitch-hiking once again revives the live spirit of adventure and discovery in our digital age, when there seems to be no blank spots left on the world map. It makes us take a new, different look on our old friend, the automobile. In this unusual sport drivers of passing cars, often to their own surprise, become directly involved in the race. But what is perhaps the most important, is that competitive hitch-hiking is based upon the foundation of alive communication between human beings..

2. Organizers

The TransGlobal Autostop Race is organized by the adventure travel club St. Petersburg Autostop League (PASL).

During the 33 years of its existence, PASL has transformed hitchhiking, turning it from a spontaneous use of passing-by vehicles for getting to certain destinations into an independent form of adventure travel.

The project is supported by the Russian Association for Tourism Industry. Insurance for all participants of the Race will be provided by “KIT Finans Strakhovanie”.

Currently negotiations with interested business companies, cell phone operators, motor vehicle manufacturers, etc. are in progress, since without the help of such supporters organization of the Race will not be possible.

Key persons:

Alexei Vorov — author of the concept of competitive hitch-hiking in Russia, President of adventure travel club St. Petersburg Autostop League, Captain of the round the world expedition “AutoColumbus” (1992-1993), holder of the world record for cumulative distance hitchhiked  (~1 780 000 km), Head of the TransGlobal Autostop Race project;

Yana Kislyakova — member of the Moscow Competitive Hitchhiking Team, Coordinator of the TransGlobal Autostop Race project.

3. Terms

The TransGlobal Autostop Race project consists of three stages. The First Selection Stage, hosted independently by each participating country, will determine the strongest pairs to form national teams. In the Second Selection Stage these national teams will compete against each other along the common route. Up to ten best pairs will be selected to race around the world in August 2012.

Presumable duration of the Final Stage is 65-70 days.

The First Russian Selection Stage of the Transglobal Autostop Race starts on August 7, 2011 in Moscow. Its route will cover approximately 10-14 thousand kilometers. Number of participants is not limited.

Anyone can apply for participation. Principal requirements are physical and mental health, possession of a bright outfit and first aid kit, and familiarity with the Race’s rules. The Race is a pair competition; finding a partner is participant’s own responsibility.

4. Route

Competitive hitchhiking is based on alive communication between people transgressing political borders, ethnic, linguistic and cultural barriers. Our Race’s motto is “Everyone has the right to see their planet".

The route of the Race will span the territories of Russia, China, Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America, North Africa, and Europe.

While the TransGlobal Autostop Race is an international project and several different countries are going to hold their First Selection Stages, it is first and foremost a Russian undertaking. Therefore the Organizing Committee decided it suitable to place the farthest  checkpoint at the highest point of Honduras, so popular in the modern Russian folklore (Mount Cerro Las Minas, 2,870 m (9,416 ft) above sea level).

5. History

Competitive hitchhiking originated in Leningrad, USSR, as early as in the late 1970-ies. It has turned hitchhiking from a spontaneous use of passing-by vehicles for getting to certain destinations into an independent form of adventure travel, with its own rules, standards, traditions, and ethics. A new complex sport has emerged, which demands from its practitioners good physical endurance, training in sports and adventure travel, and, of course, tactical and technical skills of hitchhiking.

6. FAQ

— Is the Race only for professionals?

The TransGlobal Autostop Race is absolutely democratic in its essence: it is not intended solely for “pros” from competitive hitchhiking clubs but encourages any enthusiasts with basic skills in hitchhiking and adventure travelling. The very structure of the Race (selection stages followed by the Finals) allows participants to improve their skills gradually, so that newbies entering the First Selections Stage became seasoned and experienced veterans by the time they qualify for the Final Stage. Being a totally non-profit initiative, the TransGlobal Race has only one requirement for its participants: if you have passed the Selection Stages successfully, you go around the world. Sports regalia are not necessary.

— What are the costs of participation?

No participation fees are charged. Expenses for the First Selection Stage are mostly concerned with personal equipment: the participants are not going to pay significantly more for meals and communication on their way than what they would have paid for the same period of time staying home. The Second Selection Stage adds visa application fees.  During the Finals, i.e. the TransGlobal Race itself, the costs are going to be covered by sponsors.

— Where are the Selection Stages going to be held?

Selection Stages will be held separately in all countries that agree to participate in the project. All stages are run as pair competitions, i.e. involve teams consisting of two persons, one of whom must be designated as the leader. Winners of national Selection Stages will qualify for the united Second Selection Stage, which will determine (up to) ten strongest teams to go around the world.

During the two month of the Race the contestants will cross Russia, China, Canada, US, Mexico, Central America, North Africa and Europe. Oceans will be crossed by usual passenger flight services.

— What is the main prize?

The only prize for the world’s fastest hitchhikers will be their emotions and impressions along the way. No material awards are planned. This is done deliberately, so that the participants, scattered along large distances and hard to control, would have no temptation to cheat or violate the rules. However, all teams are obliged to maintain a log of their journey, on the basis of which the judges will be able to reconstruct the events. Forging such a document in a convincing way is a very hard task. And a pretty pointless one, for in a competition like this, participation is indeed much more important than victory.

 

More information about the Race, its organization, rules and regulations can be found at : http://transglobal-race.org/.

7. Contacts

For requests for various types of cooperation:

Alexey Vorov, President of Petersburg Autostop League, +7-911-215-9430, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (St. Petersburg).

For offers of media support, partnership and sponsorship:

Yana Kislyakova, Project Coordinator, +7-916-365-0093, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Moscow)

Official website: http://transglobal-race.org/

 

We are eager to provide consulting and technical assistance for organization of similar competitive events in other countries. Feel free to contact us.

Grateful for your attention and professionalism,
TransGlobal Autostop Race Organizing Committee
Russia, 2011