Jesse Carlsson

Race to the Rock: Unstoppable Sarah Hammond wins outback odyssey

Sarah Hammond, the sole female rider in the first edition of the 2,310 kilometre Race to the Rock, has won with a buffer of hundreds of kilometres by pushing an unrelenting pace right to the finish of the brutally difficult dash into the Australian outback. The attrition rate at the front of the field was huge, the conditions …

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Jesse Carlsson leads the charge in the inaugural Race to the Rock

At 6am on Saturday morning roughly 20 riders got on their bikes and rode north-east out of Adelaide. In doing so they began the inaugural Race to the Rock, a solo, unsupported race from the South Australian capital all the way to Uluru, that famous sandstone rock in Australia’s Red Centre. In all the journey …

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Trans Am: The race that makes a grand tour look short

There may not be a three-week trial like the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the Women’s WorldTour, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t females out there displaying the incredible endurance and mental toughness required to take on an epic multi-week race. On Saturday nine women lined up among the field of 63 racers in …

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Pushing the limits: why long-distance adventure racing is on the rise

Racing bikes over long distances isn’t new. Early editions of the Tour de France routinely featured stages of 400km+ and randonneuring has been around for well over a century. Indeed, the most famous randonnée (or brevet) of them all, the 1,200km Paris-Brest-Paris, began in 1891 and existed as a race for 60 years before switching …

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Jesse Carlsson races to victory in the Trans Am

Over the past couple weeks Melbourne’s Jesse Carlsson has been racing from west to east across the USA, taking part in the brutally hard Trans Am bike race. Jesse completed the race not long ago, capitalising on a lead of nearly 500km to take a comfortable victory. Well, as comfortable as one can be after …

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Following Jesse Carlsson on the Trans Am: battling illness

Over the past couple weeks we’ve been giving you updates on Jesse Carlsson’s progress as he tackles the Trans Am a 6,800km race from west to east across the USA. Liam Crowley rode with Jesse during the Tour Divide and knows exactly what Jesse is going through. Liam’s been in contact with Jesse and wrote …

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Following Jesse Carlsson on the Trans Am: “Adventure happens when plans go out the window”

Last week we introduced you to the Trans Am bike race and the competitor we’ll be following – Jesse Carlsson. Liam Crowley rode with Jesse during the “Tour Divide” and knows exactly what Jesse is going through. Liam’s been in contact with Jesse and wrote this report on how things are panning out. You can …

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Following Jesse Carlsson and the 2015 Trans Am bike race

We just finished following the Giro d’Italia which, to most cyclists, would appear to be one of the ultimate tests of cycling endurance. The Grand Tours are “made for TV” events, but there are many lesser-known bike races that don’t have helicopters following and race reports promptly published each day. The Trans American bike race …

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