The loneliness of the long-distance rider
June 23, 2010 8:30 AM Subscribe
posted by adamrice (17 comments total)
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News from the world of ultramarathon cycling
: 1. Peter Heal
recently rode the ~15,000-km perimeter of Australia in 48 days, 23 hours, 37 minutes; 2. The 3005-mile Race Across America
recently concluded, with veteran Jure Robic winning the men's solo in 9 days, 1 hour, 1 minute, and Barbara Buatois winning the women's solo in 11 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes.
Peter Heal's accomplishment is impressive just on the numbers alone, averaging about 180 miles a day, every day. The fact that he was doing it without any support crew, and had to cross some of the emptiest country on earth, over rough roads, just to reach the next town during business hours to feed his 12,000-calorie/day diet, makes it almost superhuman. Jure Robic
) has been a perennial RAAM winner. No reports on what forms of madness he encountered on this year's race. Barbara Buatois
won the RAAM in her first attempt, and is also the first woman to finish the RAAM on a recumbent.