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Commuterist

Member since Jun 2018 • Last active Jul 2020
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    I think it's a bit different. With a bicycle you can cycle "ultra-distances" without being much of an athlete - let alone an ultra-athlete. Its inspiring and good recipe for an adventure.

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    Apparently Karl Speed was also knocked off the road purposely by a car driver :/

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    Well done skinny! A phenomenal ride!

    This inverview of Jakub is quite cool too:
    https://bikepacking.com/plog/jakub-sliac­an-srmr-interview/

    • Would just like to run, but is often injured and can't, hence cycling
    • Thought of racing TCR too, but don't like to ride on the road
    • Would go and win Tour de France if was a brilliant cyclist, but is not, and is stuck doing SRMR which has lots of variables to being competitive that has nothing to do with cycling
    • Won't cycle at night. Tried it on the last night, but won't do it again.
    • Convinced he's dad to buy a Wahoo Roam himself so could borrow it to the SRMR.
    • Has a PhD in mathematics.
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    Reminds me of this quote:

    "Go out and hurt yourself before your body looses it's ability to heal itself"

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    Is it also that even if they provide you a fixed route you don't really have to follow that? Just visit the mandatory "gates". Their concept seems a bit vague to me and I haven't been too impressed with the routes they have provided. Last time it went thru Finland they just make it go most of time on the main road to the north which is pretty horrible to cycle on mostly.

    The event itself seems to be established nicely and since they keep changing the route every year they can keep improving.

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    I made my comment a bit tongue in cheek - naturally the clothing and sleeping gear is highly personal. I guess most helpful is to see what kind of bike maintenance stuff the more experienced rides choose to take. Cannot prepare for everything as for example Mikko had his rear hub (powertap) busted and had to buy a new wheel to finish the race.

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    Mikko posts his kit list before every tcr. Having participated and finished every edition so far he might have sorted it out.

    https://www.randonneurs.fi/transcontinen­tal-race-2019-complete-kit-list/

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    Meanwhile Mikko is approaching the cp4 parcours from an interesting route...

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    She had to throw up again on the way up the cp2 parcours so the stomach bug wasn't over yet. Such pity as she looked quite determined to keep riding.

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    Björn also shared some further details on this little-known rider from Germany:

    “We rode a 675km brevet together at the end of June. It had 8,000m altitude and our average was 30.3 kmh. Even towards the end she was faster than me on the hills."

    Well that's impressive for sure and implicates she'll be even stronger in the Alps

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