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Cyclist who rode 100 miles out of the saddle to repeat ride on Zwift to prove he wasn't lying

In the latest update to the 100 mile standing up saga, Chad Tavernia has promised to recreate his ride on the virtual cycling app

The cyclist who rode 100 miles while standing up has promised to recreate his epic ride on Zwift later this year to silence any doubters. 

Chad Tavernia impressed the world of Strava and beyond this week when he posted his incredible out of the saddle century ride.

The US rider completed the challenge in New York State and somehow managed to maintain an average speed of 33.2km/h throughout the ride which took in more than 1,400m of climbing. 

> Could you ride 100 miles out the saddle?

Starting just outside the small Franklin County town of Malone, Chad climbed to a maximum elevation of 620m near the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, before finishing back where he started about 10 miles south of the border with Canada.

Chad Tavernia 100-mile out the saddle Strava

However, on Friday some readers accused Chad of photoshopping an image of him on his bike, with one tweeter saying the lack of hole where the seat post would enter the frame is the big giveaway.

> Photoshop accusations as cyclists unconvinced by out the saddle century

Others pointed to Chad's claim he did it all on no food and one bottle as clear evidence he was trolling.

While the photoshop accusation seems to have been pretty conclusively cleared up by reader OnYerBike, who pointed out that it had been covered with red tape which could also be seen on Chad's handlebars, there are still a few out there who questioned how anyone could complete such a mammoth challenge. 

Now,, Chad has revealed he is committed to a December attempt at the challenge.

He said:  "Well I rode solo, not sure about proof other than to say I was interviewed for the Zwift Cast yesterday about it and I have committed to a December attempt at replicating the effort on Zwift, on my rollers.

"As far as the hole. I used red electrical tape to cover the seat post hole in case of a storm so rain would not get in my frame. Its not really proof but my average heart rate was 150 and average cadence was 65. I think that speaks for itself.

"I have always just had the ability to stand as long as I wanted. Just came natural to me. I don’t do any special training I just stand often when I ride. Thought, 'hell I’ll do a century with no saddle. Will be kind of cool.'

"The fatigue is different to a normal century. My lower back really did start to fatigue around the 60/70-mile mark. I did two 55-mile rides that way earlier this year without much issue."

Chad Tavernia 100-mile out the saddle Strava

Posting on Facebook he also hinted at another, even longer challenge in the future.

He said: "I never really thought riding 100 miles with no saddle was such a big deal... Going to have to try 200+ next summer on our annual 'Bridge To Bridge Epic' in July 2022."

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fenix | 2 years ago

But why ?
And why a December repeat ? Surely he could do it next week if he wanted to convince people.

I'm more impressed by the average speed - I'm sure a lot of people could do 100 out of the saddle if they needed to - but it's not going to be anywhere near as fast as he managed.

2old2mould | 2 years ago

If memory serves, our friend Chad is a media darling and loves a bit of attention. I'll call this out as bullsh*t but even if it's true I do agree it's utterly pointless. Without handlebars? That would be interesting...

janusz0 | 2 years ago

How many people care if he's lying or not?

I suppose a few BMXers might be impressed, but this kind of insanity is up there with running marathons in a pre-SCUBA diving suit!  It doesn't even have a fun element like extreme ironing or capsized dinghy racing.

If people do care, then doing it on Zwift is hardly proof that he can do it in the real world.  There are no potholes or idiot motorists on Zwift.

HarrogateSpa | 2 years ago

I get the impression Zwift have a big marketing budget, and are good at shoe-horning themselves into media stories.

I'm not the slightest bit interested in indoor computer cycling, but I know, it's not all about me  3

lexicycle replied to HarrogateSpa | 2 years ago
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I feel the same! Swift is not for real cyclists with headwinds, stunning countryside to look at and warm cafes in winter where you can eat caramel squares. 

Rendel Harris replied to lexicycle | 2 years ago

lexicycle wrote:

I feel the same! Swift is not for real cyclists with headwinds, stunning countryside to look at and warm cafes in winter where you can eat caramel squares. 

Because nobody who uses Zwift (note spelling) for myriad reasons - in my case, to build up hill climb strength for the alps, there being not many 1000m+ 10% mountains in south London - isn't a real cyclist and doesn't also enjoy their cafe rides in the countryside? The snobbishness of othering different groups as "not real like us" is both boring and depressing.

Rapha Nadal replied to lexicycle | 2 years ago

But it IS for those "real cyclists" who don't want to hit black ice over the winter and write off months of riding...

Smit-Tay replied to lexicycle | 2 years ago
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Obviously you don't live anywhere near a 4 month icy winter. Around here only idiots ride in the winter months. Black ice, slush, strong wind, sub-freezing temperatures make outdoor cycling a sport for stupid people.

A good indoor trainer, and zwift, is the solution. Much better than staring at a wall with headphones on.

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