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by Mark Zalewski
January 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leopold König explains his path from Sky domestique to Giro d’Italia contender; Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation; Contador says he is happy to be finished with Oleg Tinkov; Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello; Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction; Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships; USA Cycling names cyclocross World Championships team; Christoph Strasser’s Australian record-breaking adventure starts in Perth today; British All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group seeking cyclists involved in traffic incidents; Stephen Hyde on the lead-up to nationals; Euro-cross recap video; Farmer drops pro triathletes like a boss; Fat Bike caught on electric fence.
Today at 2pm (AWST) the ultracyclist Christoph Strasser will commence his ‘World Record Down Under’ from Perth to Sydney, riding across the Australian continent seeking to break the world record with a bicycle ride in under a week. The start of the non-stop tour will take place today, on 10 January at Cottesloe Beach at the Indiana Beach Hotel in Perth. The distance to the world-famous Sydney Opera House is 3,950 kilometers and includes 16,000 metres of climbing.
Photo: Manuel Hausdorfer/limeART
“Compared to the Race Across America, I have to complete half of the climbing on a similar distance, with the highest elevation being only 700 metres,” he said.
“But the challenge will be the weather. I will start the ride during the Australian summer and it will be constantly hot and dry, especially while crossing the Outback.
“The acclimatisation to the heat went well. Surprising, how quickly the weather changes, though: early on during our stay we had a 43 degree C day under the aggressive Australian heat. It felt way hotter than at the Race Across America. The next day we only had 23 degrees and it was cloudy and windy. I’m hoping for such temperature changes over the next week, because 40 degrees for seven days in a row are going to be very tough. I’m also hoping that the wind will be at my back.”
“Over the last few days we have prepared everything: we’ve tuned the technical fit-out of the cars, the bikes and the equipment. We fine-tuned the set-up, so as to being even better able to fight the heat. Then we had the idea to attach a sprinkler bottle onto the handle bar and to connect it to the water tank that’s integrated in the bike frame. It’s been working very well and will also be a good way to stay awake, I suspect. If I have a tired phase, I’ll just spray water into my face. Overall, I plan to only sleep for about an hour a day, similar to the RAAM event.”