Props to Maria for taking the overall mens/women during the Sebring Century
Maria finished in 4 hours 26 min 59 sec six minutes and change ahead of the second place rider.
Congratulations Maria and Eric!
more of Eric
Congrats to Marie, Eric and Cruzbike!!!
Congratulations to all and to Cruzbike.That is a blazing-fast century!
Eric you look good on the Vendetta, but Maria has you beat in the Best Legs portion of the contest.
Stellar ride Eric!
Eric, imagine how much faster you could have gone with a clean shave!
I was thinking the same thing; I was going with the theory that he was worried about 24 hours of wind noise in his ears.
Congrats! That is super fast!
But don't you guys see, that's why he has no mustache. Aerodynamics!
Well done, sir!
No mustache == good seal for my balaclava plus some added chin insulation. It was freaking cold!
Fortunately the wind died down in the early evening while it was still daylight so it wasn't quite as cold and nowhere near as windy as last year during the night - I don't know how Maria did her 24 hour last year. I think the low temperature this year hit 41F with little to no wind.
I'm very happy with my century time of 5:39:44 and pleased I managed to eke out another 154.3 miles after that but I had problems with nutrition and I kept getting chilled even early in the day. Only about 15 hours riding. Took several long breaks to try and get some food down and a long 3+ hour break around 1a-4a to get my core warmed up - couldn't stop shivering for a bit and the cold seems to have flared up my carpal tunnel pretty bad.
Michigan HPV races in May and the N24HC in June should be quite a bit warmer so hoping for more improvements.
Thanks all for the kind words. And Andrew, Maria has BOTH the better looking legs and the better legs. She is fast!
If only you lived in a cold weather climate and understood you need to dress for the weather. Once you get cold, it's hard to get warm again.
(For example, me, dressed up ready for my 15 degree F commute):
All kidding aside, 250 miles in 24 hours is nothing to sneeze at at all. 250 miles in 15 hours riding time is fantastic. Well done.
Charles, Cycling at 15 deg F ((-9.4 °C)) to work!!! Well, in Africa, Nairobi Kenya where I live, if that were to happen, we would all fall ill and stay at home!
Hi Charles, yep, I was looking pretty much like that too and put my cold weather top on early in the afternoon as seen in the photo above at the first suggestion of feeling chilled. At one point I had 4 layers on. The chilling was likely related to my nutrition problems too.
I've been completely comfortable doing 22+ mile workouts in the low 30s in the same gear in sunlight and overcast days but it felt colder in the night. Absolutely breath taking sunset, sunrise, and full moon during the night portion of the race though!
Nutrition is as important as adequate clothing for races that extend over 24 hours. And one of the difficulties with a combination of cold temperatures and high exertion is sweating which could lead to chills. Practice helps but encasing oneself in cycling jackets that don't breathe (and none do) is the build up of moisture leading to lowered temperatures on the skin. A base layer helps but if you are one of those people who sweats a lot there is almost nothing that really helps if the ambient temperatures drop. Changing clothes will help of course, but getting used to riding cold to start knowing you will warm up quickly may be the best solution.
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I can easily see how poor nutrition could sink somebody. Heck, I have problems sitting in front of a computer for 10 hours/day if I don't eat right. Ken's comment about breathing clothes is right on. On my commute, I go from creaking up big hills at ~ 4-5 mph and zooming down them at 30 mph. That means that I've built up a lot of sweat that stays inside (the yellow jacket in the picture above is horrible in that respect). Dealing with that over very long periods of time would definitely be problematic (and, yes, Ken's suggestion of starting off a bit cold is pretty much necessary).
If I had 250 miles in 24 hours, I'd call that a success. 250 miles with 15 hours of riding time is fantastic for a human (I've previously expressed opinion that certain people who ride certain bikes ridiculous distances in given times are actually (very) friendly visitors from other planets ).
I have little/no experience in ultra-cycling, but I've been hiking nearly everywhere east of the Mississippi and my solution to the sweating/chills problem (and I'm a sweaty athlete) is wool.
It's old school, but wool retains heat even as it gets wet. I've found that using a wool base layer while hiking in truly frigid conditions is much more manageable than synthetic materials. (Cotton of course is an automatic NO.)
Yup, I use Under Armor Winter thingamabobs, they wick sweat away great while retaining significant warmth. Otherwise all of my bike stuff is wicking except for a bright fluorescent yellow/greenish jacket that I typically only wear for shorter riding in cool to cold high winds. Usually peel it after I get started and put it away. First time I've had problem with nutrition so perhaps a one-time fluke or over-exhuberant first 100 miles or the edge of some bug - who knows.
I should probably get some different bike shoes for cold weather. I just use two pairs of wool socks with my Ragster sandals. Hasn't been a problem at these temps before. Or maybe some booties to wear over them or both.
Normally I run hot anyway and very quickly warm up once I start and tend to overheat rather than chill.
Outstanding ride by Maria. Well done!
And a very impressive ride by Eric. My hat is off to you mate! Strong century time to kick off the ride.
Quick question Eric. You look to have a well sorted aero seat bag on your Vendetta. My brain is hurting from trying to figure out an effective, light-weight approach. Looks like you've got it sorted it.
Are you willing to share the details of your design??
Can't imagine how fast you would do it under our nice weather and powered by some Caipirinhas...
In case you decide to give a try, this is our calendar for 2014:
16/03 - Audax 200 Rio das Ostras
13/04 - Audax 200 Niterói x Saquerema
18/04 - Fleche
04/05 - Audax 200 Volta Redonda x Resende
20/07 - Audax 200 Urbano Rio de Janeiro
02/08 - Audax 300 Rio das Ostras
23/08 - Audax 400 Rio das Ostras
26/09- Audax 600 Rio das Ostras
Blair, I duplicated the bottle rack John Tolhurst made for Maria's RAAM bikes. He posted a photo here of how he built the frame so I did the same but instead of wrapping it with yellow lycra I made a custom insert out of blue duct tape and strips of closed cell foam. I can fit two water bottles and my repair kit or a 1.5L water reservoir and the repair kit.
I'll see if I can find the links and add them here.
Jose, I would love to come visit Rio and ride there. I lived there as a child when I was 5 through 7 years old. A return visit as an adult is one of the things I plan to do, perhaps in the next few years.
I did see John's photos. I like your approach.
I need enough room for one water bottle (the other two go on cages under my seat), repair kit, wallet, mobile, a rolled up jacket and a pair of winter gloves (that's the max I ever need to put in a seat bag). From what you say I should be able to just about fit that in.
I'll look up John's photos.
John, if you happen to read this - what's the chance you'd be willing to post your design more fully. Or even better, sell a version of your seat bag (like Bent Up Cycles do with their Aero Bag)??
Blair, here is my Flickr set on what I am calling the wind shadow rack, designed by John Tolhurst. I used rivets instead of the small bolts John used and I lopped the tail riser piece off instead of leaving it as John did.
You can see the custom-fit "bag" insert for the rack I created using lengths of closed cell door seal strips that I cut and taped together using blue duct tape. My intent is to create a custom nylon bag using the same pattern as the foam strips.
Here is the close-up of John's rack:
Congratulations for your great 24 hr race results, even with the 10% extra wind resistance beard !!!
What is the weight of the new insulated headrest rack compared to the brain box?
Were you allowed to use a brain box?
Shhhh, the beard is really a bunch of custom vortex generators to delay airflow separation until past the wind shadow rack I made (based on John Tolhurst's design). Either that or a tribute to Asimov...
I used my brain box last year on the Quest. No problems with using it other than it is quite big and I find myself succumbing to the temptation to overload it and carry more weight and "what if" supplies than I really need to. Also, on the Vendetta, even with the rack frame I made to mount to the headrest, it still feels like it is doing a bit of tail wagging.
I didn't notice the new rack at all even with a full 1.5L water reservoir - very cool.
ah good, no waggle then. important.
Yes indeed. No waggle. I do NOT like waggle.
Roast waggle isn't bad if prepared properly. Just not with hagus, never with hagus
Thanks for the photo Eric. Very useful.
I'm a bit a like you. Currently run a BentUp Cycles aero bag. So much room I end up carrying too much.
Apart from that issue, while the aero bag works nicely on a stick bike ('cos that was what it was designed for), it looks to be a clumsy solution for a Vendetta. This head-rest bag is looking like a great solution.