On Friday August 28th, 2020 I was participating in the Chasing Cancellara Ultrafondo in Switzerland. I was among the 500 entrants racing from Zurich to Zermatt (280 km and 6500 meters of climbing). Here is what has happened:


After all of the races being postponed through the 2020 season, I decided to do bring my loyal sponsors some attention and give them something to write about, by going for the World Record for the Fastest 1.000KM. On the way there were smaller fish to fry (11 shorter records on offer), the most important one being the 24h World Record. I was gunning for the 50+ records, but with an eye for the Overall, too, which is held be the great Christoph Strasser. More than anything I wanted to see how much slower (if any) I am 10 years after my finest hour - becoming the first person to ever cycle over 900km in 24 hours on a standard bike without drafting.

Na jutranjem sestanku pred dirko je bilo soglasno odločeno, da se napad na rekord zaradi vremenskih razmer prestavi za en dan, na soboto popoldne. Pravila WUCA za svetovne rekorde omogočajo prestavitev rekordov zaradi slabih vremenskih razmer. Za noč s petka na soboto so v Prekmurju napovedana neurja, nevihte in velika količina padavin. Da bi dali Marku sploh možnost za dosego rekorda, je bila edina možnost prestavitev starta za en dan. Vsi vemo koliko počasneje je potrebno voziti skozi ovinke po mokri cesti in Marko v takih razmerah sploh ne bi imel možnosti za uspeh. K sreči pravila WUCA omogočajo prestavitev in v dogovoru s sodnicama organizacije, je bila sprejeta omenjena odločitev.

Marku želimo miren petek in suho cesto v soboto ter najpomembnejše, močne noge celih 24+ ur, kolikor bo kolesaril! Planirani start rekordne vožnje je sobota ob 14.00, ki pa se lahko še zamakne do konca padavin. Po različnih vremenskih portalih pričakujemo start med 14.00 in 17.00 uro v soboto.

The season 2020 is unique and bike races/events are not happening. As I am trying to get my loyal sponsors some attention and give them something to write about, I decided to go for the World Ultra-Cycling Association record for the fastest 1.000km. On the way there of course there will be other, shorter records to be broken, on the top of my list is the 24h WR on the road, held by Christoph Strasser (896,2km) and my own 12h WR from 2007 (458,7km).

We started thinking about virtual ultra-racing during the lockdown for Covid 19 Pandemic and it seemed such a lovely idea. Gave us something to work toward and kept us motivated in times we weren’t allowed to ride our bikes outside. Somewhere in mid May the restrictions in Slovenia were lifted so we could start riding our bikes outdoors again. Still with the season 2020 in the air, not knowing if any of the ultracycling races are going to be held at all, this was the event I was looking forward. Fulgaz and RAAM organisers were doing their best to bring a proper ultra race to the virtual platform. There were some glitches for Windows based system, but during the Test week all worked pretty good, with some drop downs here and there. Of course I was a bit worried about those, but never ever thought I would be complaining about the race course, which I love in real life.

The Gran Canaria Training Camp was my first big outing with my Diablo bike, by Spiegel Bikes. A little bit about the equipment of my beauty:

After years of only using the Shimano electronic (Di2) shifting, I decided to equip this one with mechanical Shimano Dura Ace groupset for a reason of easier repairing in a case of some problems at Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme 2020. Knowing how the climbing is at Gran Canaria I used the Fulcrum clincher wheelset with 11-32 cassette (and 52-36 chainrings). I did add a triathlon add-on bar for the possible headwind sections and I was glad I did!

Zaradi bližine pripravljalnega kampa na Gran Canariji sem se odločil dirkati na krajši 12-urni dirki, s ciljem izboljšati moj lastni rekord trase. Bil sem zelo blizu, a zaradi zelo močnega vetra sem bil žal nekaj kilometrov prekratek.
Kljub temu je za mano odlična dirka in pokazal sem, da sem za začetek sezone zelo dobro pripravljen.
 

Vabljeni na projekcijo filma Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme 2015-2018, v torek ob 18h v Kongresni dvorani Kristalne palače v ljubljanskem BTC Cityju.

Na dirki bo letos prvič nastopil tudi slovenski kolesar Marko Baloh.

Predstavitev bo v torek, 28. januarja z začetkom ob 18. uri v kongresni dvorani v Kristalni palači, Ameriška ulica 8, Ljubljana.

Bodoči udeleženec Marko Baloh, desetkratni udeleženec dirke čez ZDA RAAM, večkratni svetovni rekorder in svetovni prvak v 24-urni vožnji na čas, bo predstavil svoje načrte. 
Spregovoril bo tudi direktor dirke Paul Bruck.


Prosim za potrditev udeležbe na email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

I rode 873,9km with 1.300m of climbing on Zwift in 24 hours. Rest stops 15 minutes, riding time 23h 45min. Average power 184W, average speed for the ride (stops excluded) 36,4km/h.

Statistics:

 

As a preparation for his Red Bull Trans Siberian Extreme 2020, Marko organizes the 15th Indoor Cycling for a Charity! This year the funds raised will be used to buy food for under privileged families through Zveza prijateljev mladine Moste-Polje. Join Marko on Zwift and make a donation through DONATE link on Marko's website or through PayPal to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can find Marko on Wattopia (Tempus Fugit Route) from Friday January 24th at noon until Saturday January 25th 2020 at noon.

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