And up it goes again…I stopped counting how many times I had this thought in my head during the 24 hours of Kelheim, when seeing the ascending road in front of me after every 35 or 40 minutes. When the cheers of the spectators and the live music got quieter, and I knew, that I was on my own for the next 15 to 20 minutes. Finding my own rhythm, trying not to look at all the other rear lights making their way uphill and ignoring the painful knee.
This is how I would describe our adventure „Brevet 600“ of the Audax Suisse, which led us from Schaffhausen in Switzerland to Munich and back. When my belgian cycling buddy Pascal and I had registered for this ride, we expected 620 km with 3.500 m of elevation gain, past cultural and scenic highlights like the Danube valley, the English Garden in Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle and much more.
Classic situation – You get off your bike and say to yourself: I think, I’ll never do this again. And this is what happened last year after I’ve rode my last lap of the 24 hours on the race track of Zolder/Belgium. Yes, a lot can happen in one year and then happened what should happen: Also in 2018 I was standing at the starting line of the 4 km lap and even felt some anticipation with a view to the forthcoming 24 hours.
One grows, of course, through experiences and challenges. So my plan for the cycling season 2018 was to turn away from the classical races and to focus on ultraendurance and long distance cycling events. Together with new bikes for 2018 I am well equipped for my personal hightlights that I will talk about in this blog entry.
On Pentecost, you have to ride in Bimbach. Most of the cyclists here in Germany know this saying and I heard so much (and only positive things) about this two-day cycling event in the Rhön in the heart of Germany. This year Christian and I were also allowed to be part of the myth Bimbach - In company with over 6.000 other cycling enthusiasts.
One of my personal highlight of the year - Perfectly organised, great atmosphere, challenging but beautiful landscapes and last but not least 3 stages of racing incl. a time trial - Save the date for 2018 and join the RiderMan!
Strand kann ja jeder! Unser Sommerurlaub führt uns vom Südwesten Frankreichs in den rauen Pyrenäen, über die sonnige Provence und die majestätischen Gipfel der Rhône-Alpes bis in die Schweizer Alpen. Ein Rundtrip mit jeder Menge neuer Passtraßen, Erlebnissen und Erfahrungen - Hauptsache bergauf mit dem Rad :-)
These were probably the most challenging 24 hours of my life I’ve spent on the legendary Nürburgring. When your body hurts from top to the toes, your mind comes to its very limits and you just continue cycling even though you inner urge wants to quit, then you know that these hours of your life definitely belong to the category “borderline experience”.
I am often asked, how I handle my nutrition during the 24 hour races and how I keep my engine running over the entire time of the race. Therefore I want to use this blog entry to outline my nutrition and energy supply before, during and after such a race.
I've trained long und hard for this day, now it had come: The 24 hours in Kelheim had been on my agenda and I was already really excited and motivated for this event since a few weeks! I was ready to get so much more out of my mind and body.