Hill climb specialist Ed Laverack is the proud new owner of one of the most competitive Strava segments in the world — Sa Calobra.
The 9.4km climb is an iconic bucket list challenge for cyclists from across the world, and a regular winter testing ground for the WorldTour pros.
A quick peek at the Strava leaderboard will tell you as much. Four of the top ten were riding for Team Sky (now Ineos Grenadiers) when they set their best times, while 2018 Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates has the fifth-fastest time.
Laverack, who previously rode for several British continental teams, but now concentrates on hill climbing, and documents his training on YouTube, conquered Sa Calobra's 7 per cent average slopes in 24:36, at a mind-boggling average speed of 23km/h... 18 seconds quicker than Astana Qazaqstan pro Sebastián Henao.
I’m a broken man but I set out to attempt something and by throwing caution to the wind today it payed off🙏🏼
6.3wkg for 24 odd minutes was “enough”☠️
Believe. Achieve. EDMODE. pic.twitter.com/a3KoSOZZ2o
— Ed Laverack (@edlaverack) April 28, 2022
His power meter data shows Laverack averaged 378w, with an average heart rate of 175bpm as he shredded the climb's famous twists and turns.
The segment has been attempted more than 180,000 times by 96,011 people (at the time of writing) and is one of the most popular climbs in Mallorca/ Spain/ Europe/ the world...
Sharing the KOM-breaking effort, Ed wrote: "Waw. I can't believe it all came together. That was worth the early alarm. No traffic, swirling wind but a headwind for the final bend to the top.
"Started to lose focus in the final 2km. This ride today was the most nervous I'd been in a long time, and I was just trying to calm myself down for the first half.
"Thank you to those that have followed along for this, those that backed me and the people on the road today that asked how I’d done as they were heading out to tackle their own rides. Set and smash your goals guys, but have some fun along the way."
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.