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In Reply to: RE: Indian Pacific Wheel Race posted by pictureguy on March 19, 2017 at 17:27:39
The front riders are onto the Nullabor Plain now - At the worst spot there is just one water source about 200km into a 450km stretch!
It's pancake flat though, so they will load up!
Best Bet would be to TIME the race start so this section was done IN THE DARK.
Cooler temps and NO broiling sun. Careful you don't run over that TaiPan in the middle of the road!
200km is over 120 miles which at 'race pace' of maybe 16mph is about 8 hours.
Add another 250km = 150+ miles or another 10 hours or so.
Sorry, I think it would be Humane to place a water tank at the 375km mark, or midway between the 200km water source and the 'end' of that segment. And a BF umbrella, too, while your at it.
I rode the Tour De North County here in San Diego for several years. Part of the 50 mile route was up a 7 mile grade. Water was at a fire station well before that and again right at the TOP. One year it was 100f on grade without a Farts worth of Wind. The demand was so extreme that the water station on the TOP of the grade simply ran out and I and many others waited for water to arrive.
My jersey was CRUNCHY with Salt Encrustation by the end of the ride. I rinsed it out using the garden hose PRIOR to laundry.
Too much is never enough
It's autumn now here and the temps down there have been friendly - mid 20s.
You couldn't do it there in summer. It would be deadly! And salt depletion can hospitalise you despite being hydrated. Nasty stuff. On big rides I always mix sugar/salt powders in my bottles - every other bottle.
They seem to be going OK - timing their night rides to rack up a hundred or two kms and hit a roadhouse at dawn for breakfast.
The race strategy is pure evil. Whoever has the ironest constitution to avoid sleeping and just ride at the front puts so much pressure on everybody to behind to get even less sleep to stay in touch. You can't make up 100km by riding faster - only by sleeping less .............
Agreed. One VERY successful RAAM rider was a 'pro' who had ridden in the Tour De France.
He treated it as one LONG stage.
The name Jonathan Boyer comes to mind, but don't quote me.
The guy would take meals while riding. Change to a clean Jersey, too.
I'm guessing that 'when 'ya gotta go', you must STOP.
Making up time is a bear. The further you have to go, the less you need make up per 10km or whatever.
If you are 30 minutes behind with 100 miles to go? That's a LOT of time per mile. The only person I know of who did such a feat was Greg LeMond in the Tour De France when he was in 2nd place with ONE stage remaining. It was 'the race of truth' for all time.
Too much is never enough
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