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He rode an astonishing 941.873 kilometres at the Velodrome Suisse last weekend

Austrian ultracylist Christoph Strasser has set a new world record for the distance ridden on a velodrome in 24 hours, riding an astonishing 941.873 kilometres at the Velodrome Suisse.

The four-time winner of the Race Across America completed 3,767 laps of the 250 metre track in Grenchen, Switzerland, starting at 1pm last Saturday 14 October. His average speed was 39.42 kilometres an hour.

He had to overcome stomach problems that set in four hours into his ride, which took place at the Specialized-Days Grenchen, with 500 people testing the latest models from the US-based brand.

Those problems, caused by the pressure on his stomach due to his aerodynamic position on his bike, meant that his refuelling strategy needed to be reassessed as he continued to ride, with Strasser stopping just once, after 20 hours and for just three minutes.

Ahead of the ride, Strasser described the record attempt as “the most difficult and boring thing you can do,” on a bike, adding that “the mental effort to fight against boredom plays a major role“

"It was an incredible ride,”  he reflected afterwards. “I’ve ridden across continents, I set the 24-hour outdoor world record in Berlin.

> Christoph Strasser sets new 24-hour cycling record of 556 miles (896km)

“But almost nothing else compares to today,” he added.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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brooksby [2814 posts] 3 months ago
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Wow; I wonder if he's woken up yet...? Nah: probably still asleep.

 

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PRSboy [142 posts] 3 months ago
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Blimey, most of us would struggle to maintain that speed for 1/2 hr, let alone 24 inc a break!

Imagine the mental fortitude to get off after 20 hours, and hop back on thinking "ah, another 4 hours to go..."

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OldRidgeback [2847 posts] 3 months ago
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Jeez, he's a tough cookie. I'm not sure how long I could keep that speed up for.

 

Did he have a crack team of endurance comedians to tell him jokes and keep him entertained during his ride/ Just how do you stave off the boredom?

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beezus fufoon [973 posts] 3 months ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

Jeez, he's a tough cookie. I'm not sure how long I could keep that speed up for.

 

Did he have a crack team of endurance comedians to tell him jokes and keep him entertained during his ride/ Just how do you stave off the boredom?

you have to embrace the boredom - like going into a meditative trance

closest I've got is 9 hours straight - I seemed to lose my peripheral vision, like looking down a tunnel at your front wheel, completely zoned

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BehindTheBikesheds [1154 posts] 3 months ago
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Nice ride, I think he still holds the Ultra record for road miles in 24hours, doing 556 on a pan flat airport circuit 2 years ago.

It does put the efforts of home grown riders BITD like Roy Cromack's (clifton CC) 507miles in 1969 into perspective.

Being fed on the go on the track is an interesting thing if you've never tried it, got the food, oops here comes the bend, a lot more difficult than feeding on the road.

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 3 months ago
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Oh that's just typical cheating Aussie fayre - the bloke on the inside hasn't even got a bike and he's STILL only just pipped him....

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BehindTheBikesheds [1154 posts] 3 months ago
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BarryBianchi wrote:

Oh that's just typical cheating Aussie fayre - the bloke on the inside hasn't even got a bike and he's STILL only just pipped him....

Er, the guy is an AUSTRIAN!

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Dropped [125 posts] 3 months ago
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World road 24 hour record holder is Andy Wilkinson at 541.17 miles. End. Of.

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 3 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
BarryBianchi wrote:

Oh that's just typical cheating Aussie fayre - the bloke on the inside hasn't even got a bike and he's STILL only just pipped him....

Er, the guy is an AUSTRIAN!

Been sleeping in the knife drawer?  Sharp as a beachball...

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BehindTheBikesheds [1154 posts] 3 months ago
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Dropped wrote:

World road 24 hour record holder is Andy Wilkinson at 541.17 miles. End. Of.

556 is still classified as the road record even though done on a closed airport circuit, similarly to the Amanda Croker record.

As I've said numerous times, it's got to the point where people are using as many methods as possible to break the records whilst remaining inside the (new) rules but not the spirit, road should mean on an open road and bicycle should mean upright but the Ultra lot allow various conditions and machines to count.

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crazy-legs [951 posts] 3 months ago
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Interested to know why he's using a geared road (well OK, TT) bike rather than a proper track bike. I'm sure that's not quite in the spirit of things.

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larrydavid [14 posts] 3 months ago
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crazy-legs wrote:

Interested to know why he's using a geared road (well OK, TT) bike rather than a proper track bike. I'm sure that's not quite in the spirit of things.

That's not what it's about these days though (seea also above). It's about finding every tiny advantage and maximising it. 

The old way of doing it - in theory at least - any old punter could give it a go and maybe have a chance. Now, you need enough cash to book out an airfeild or velodrome for an our and have loads of support team. 

It's still impressive I suppose, but not exactly an inspiring story.