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by Mark Zalewski
January 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild wins scorching Santos Women’s Tour finale, Amanda Spratt keeps firm GC hold; Caleb Ewan scorches to victory as extreme heat shortens Tour Down Under stage 1; La Méditerranéenne cancelled; Laura Kenny likely out for track World Championships; Loes Sels asks Belgian coach to only consider her results for worlds selection; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk; Owain Doull suffers appendicitis at Tour Down Under; Aevolo Cycling announces roster, sponsors; Christoph Strasser sets new world record for cycling across Australia; Guinness World Records verifies longest distance ridden by a woman; Video: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 1 highlights; Crash compilation from Fiuggi World Cup races; Mathieu van der Poel trains in Spain; Bike thief caught in the act on bike camera.
34-year old ultra-cyclist Christoph Strasser set a new World Record for cycling across Australia with his project ‘World Record Down Under powered by oway.’ The Austrian beat the previous record with an official riding time of six days 10 hours and 58 minutes from Perth to Sydney.
Photo: Manuel Hausdorfer/limeART
“This is an incredible success for me,” he said. “The last week threw everything at me, especially the weather was challenging: ranges between 10 and 44 degrees Celcius, from heat to heavy rain and head-to-tailwind, it had everything.
“I was worried about the heat across the Nullabor and didn’t expect the amount of rain at all. Unfortunately I only had one rain outfit with me, so sometimes I had to borrow jackets of my crew.”
Strasser has three victories each at the Race Across America and the Race Around Austria, as well as a World Championship title in the 24-hour individual time trial, the 24-hour Outdoor World Record
The previous record was set in 2007 by Gerhard Gulewicz, also an Austrian, at seven days, 8 hours.