The 2013 WEMBO Solo World 24hr Championships are just days away, taking place at Mt Stromlo outside Canberra, Australia. We know the course, we know what some of the riders think of it – but surely people have questions. How many solo races can someone do? What do you eat? How do you keep going?? Some questions were put to riders who will be racing at Stromlo this weekend – can anyone else stomach 48 gels?
Jason English – Merida
I find this varies too much. Sometime the race hurts big time if its muddy, cold and your tired othertimes when there is a sub 10km lap it is just mental battle to go out again and look at the same track.
A baker, a dietitian and a mechanic
I think it is always fun to have some team riders around, but I think to be a fair race it needs to be a mostly solo only track.
Shotz caffiene gels, Shotz electrolytes and an assortment of savour options, soups, pizza and sangers.
Andrew Hall: Cannondale-Sugoi #Pro
1. How many 24hr races have you done, solo, up to this point?
Six solo races done so far … no I idea on the number of km. Feels like a lot though!
2. Does 24hr racing challenge you more physically or mentally?
It is at least 50% mental. The body is an amazing thing, and it can actually be pushed way beyond normal limits. Getting your head into a good thought space, and keeping it there during a 24 can be a real challenge.
3. Who is your ideal pit crew?
My wife Robyn and a good mechanic.
4. Does a standalone 24hr Worlds race make the racing more prominent, or do you miss the atmosphere of a ‘race within a race’?
I always enjoy the solo-only races more then the 24hrs with teams. It means you can focus on your riding without all the slow traffic or the teams wizzing by. Plus, you know everyone on track is in the same position you are – solo and hurting.
5. Food: what gets you through 24hrs?
48 gels. Does Nurofen count as food?
Matt Page: Pivot Cycles – A Cycling
- white bread with crusts off with anything from peanut butter to nutella or jam or vegemite
- brioche – perfect and melt in your mouth
- cheddar cheese rice crackers
- jube style lollies like raspberries, jelly snakes, jelly beans etc…
- some various chocolate yummies
- pumpkin soup
- chicken risotto
- tomato based raviolli
- electrolyte drink from Torq
- Recovery shake from Torq every 3hrs or so
- red bull and / or coke
- fruit salad in juice
- salt and vinegar chips
- …and anything else that I can stomach
This is my first 24 solo.
I’m not sure if it will be more physical mental or nutritional.
My first time pit crew is headed up by my pairs race team mate from last year. He knows racing, is well researched, organised and reliable.
Being the worlds gave me an extra incentive to enter. I am glad there will be no teams rushing around at the same time.
Food is a tricky one. Lots of options will be on the table. Starting with savoury for as long as possible. I have made some home cooked savory energy foods too.