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