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Wondering if anyone else has heard of this? Some friends and I are entering a team.
12 hour team enduro around the crit track at Eastern Creek, in support of the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia. I don't think they are too strict on the rules, you just ride around and see how many total kilometres your team can rack up during the day.
I was just asked by a mate to make up numbers for a team. Sounds pretty brutal, at least one member of the team must be on the track at any time, all day. 12 hours is a long time, apparently our team sponsor is providing food and drink - potentially 300 kms for the day means serious food
I think the biggest challenge is holding back down the straight. It's not a Bgrade race
ive done a stack of 12 and 24hr mtb events and keep on doing more of them as they are super fun, but i have only ever done 1 12hr road "race" (it was around eastern creek maybe 8 or 9 years ago) and i will never do one again, the most boring day in existence plus you spend all day trying not to crash because of someone elses misjudgement or pure lack of ability. Have fun though
Yeah I imagine it will quite engaging, as long as my GPS doesn't fail me I'll be happy, then it doesn't matter if I hug the edges. Just pump 140bpm on the heart for 10 hours plus breaks. Cruisy... shame they didn't let people use TT bikes
Done. 350kms today. A very serious ride, I took out 3rd place overall
strava or it didnt happen
well done mate, super effort
Well I didn't get anywhere near Xplora above, but still bested my previous best by a long way. Managed 231 km for 26th place (of about 100 I think), as one of about 4 people riding steel bikes, and the only one with non-aero brakes. It was a fun day despite the rain, the volunteers did a good job of making it feel festive.
Xplora I reckon you were robbed, I thought you guys were the strongest all day, I don't know where the winners were hiding.
It's really hard to say how the scoring happened. The top strategy was no breaks. We had 340, 336, 310, 250 and 187 kms. I did a lot of kms, and way quicker than my team mates (like incredibly quicker) but I had to take a massage break to continue riding at 2 or 3pm (incredible pain in the bicep tendon) plus 4 nature breaks. I only got 60kms more than our fourth best rider who rode 26-28 vs my 31-33. Given the scoreboard updates were a bit sporadic, i think Electrolux just didn't stop much and we might have lacked visibility of the true score. I know we were 15 laps ahead at 1-2pm, but behind an hour later.
I think we have worked out a much much stronger plan. Your weakest rider needs to be your domestique, and you need to be sure that everyone bar the one domestique can cope with the planned average speed. Stay together, take a lap out for nature and recovery every 2 hours and boom. Big jersey pockets for lunch!
If you want to do this and be competitive next year, you will need a team capable of 11.25 hours for 32kmh. That's 350+. Mont 24 and B2B was on the same weekend - if they are on the track, your team will need over 2000kms to win.
I think I was pulling 33s for a while, average climbed for 270kms before GPS trouble, but he results from tons of people over 200 showed that it was achievable. To go beyond that starts to get nuts, and that will be the challenge next time.
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