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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #100 on: March 23, 2017, 05:13:45 pm »
ah, sorry i misunderstood.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #101 on: March 23, 2017, 07:13:54 pm »
They have a mobile wifi pod, they've been using that. So the mobile phone network has connections at the road houses if nothing else. When I was in the Atacama desert, Chile 17 years ago there was a mobile signal. Many parts of Africa had mobile signals as well back then. You'd be surprised where you can get a mobile signal. In Alaska on same trip the Internet links were via Satellite with big dishes on the edge of small towns.  It can only have improved since.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #102 on: March 23, 2017, 09:09:17 pm »
weird readings on Kristof's tracker.

If you look at the graph, around about 136hrs. Not totally flat, he does about 4km in 3hrs. Was he walking, or was the tracker giving a false reading and he took a break? Taking a break makes the most sense, but the trackers usually just show a complete halt.

If it wasn't a break, Kristof hasn't had a proper sleep for 45hrs. Mike has had a couple of 1hr stops and a proper sleep 30hrs ago.

Is the K-man starting to crack? Not quite half the race ridden.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #103 on: March 23, 2017, 09:24:24 pm »
Some coverage of Shell still looking good at 11:48 on Durianrider's latest vid

https://youtu.be/glSLCKziDJk
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #104 on: March 23, 2017, 09:33:03 pm »
Some coverage of Shell still looking good at 11:48 on Durianrider's latest vid

https://youtu.be/glSLCKziDJk
And Frank right at the start


Frank video here from a few days ago: https://youtu.be/DrxioScF9Fo?t=1m20s
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #105 on: March 23, 2017, 11:03:29 pm »
weird readings on Kristof's tracker.

If you look at the graph, around about 136hrs. Not totally flat, he does about 4km in 3hrs. Was he walking, or was the tracker giving a false reading and he took a break? Taking a break makes the most sense, but the trackers usually just show a complete halt.

If it wasn't a break, Kristof hasn't had a proper sleep for 45hrs. Mike has had a couple of 1hr stops and a proper sleep 30hrs ago.

Is the K-man starting to crack? Not quite half the race ridden.

I think I read somewhere that the machine-K had been turning his tracker off at rest stops which might account for the 4km in 3 hours.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #106 on: March 24, 2017, 06:41:02 am »
Kristof & Mike now beyond Adelaide  :o  There's a 700m climb on the way out of Adelaide that Mike's just crested, while Kristof is back at sea level

Here's Mike in town: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSAcCS-lz73/

Here's Kristof riding up the hill https://www.instagram.com/p/BSAJcVRAVfA



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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #107 on: March 24, 2017, 08:11:58 am »
Must be a relief for them to clear the city. While getting cheered on would be nice, it would interfere with their 'groove'.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #108 on: March 24, 2017, 09:32:43 am »
The surprise of the night is that despite taking two rest breaks, Mike has substantially closed the gap on Kristof.

Sarah Hammond has opened up a massive gap on the rest of the field and is in touch with the two leaders. Given the distance still to go, she can't be ruled out from being a contender for second or even first if something dramatic happens.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #109 on: March 24, 2017, 09:38:32 am »
Must be a relief for them to clear the city. While getting cheered on would be nice, it would interfere with their 'groove'.
I was thinking that about some of the on-road 'interviews'. I'm sure having someone appear at my elbow in the dark, shouting "Cannondale Super Six Evo! Cannondale Super Six Evo! How's the Cannondale?"* would really piss me off (even if I wasn't trying to race across Australia!).

Yeah, Sarah Hammond seems to be gaining on Mike and Krystof, opening up a huge gap on Kim Raeymaekers – but then there's still a huge way to go!

*I'm not sure who the rider or interviewer were, but this one sticks out for me.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #110 on: March 24, 2017, 11:08:14 am »
That is some movement from the front 3 since I last saw it yesterday. Melbourne next! The route through the national parks look horrific!  ;D In two minds whether I am glad or sad I am not doing this type of riding.

EDIT: Mike Hall is registered as Stop. Does this mean he is sleeping?

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #111 on: March 24, 2017, 02:58:02 pm »
Mike Hall has/had problems with bike bike after a mechanic serviced it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w90-YPS2e3g

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #112 on: March 24, 2017, 03:21:46 pm »
He posted a pic of the side of the road, saying 2 lorries and 3 cars had past him with their wheels on the outside of the same white line, calling it Friday Night driving - Drivers rushing home for the weekend.

I guess he is staying in the hotel.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #113 on: March 24, 2017, 03:35:24 pm »
That's a shame.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #114 on: March 24, 2017, 05:08:59 pm »
Mike Hall has/had problems with bike bike after a mechanic serviced it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w90-YPS2e3g

you can stumble upon a reputable bike shop if you are very lucky, however my experience tells me not to trust anyone near my bike, unless i somehow know they are qualified to do the job..

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #115 on: March 24, 2017, 05:16:58 pm »
Mike Hall has/had problems with bike bike after a mechanic serviced it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w90-YPS2e3g

you can stumble upon a reputable bike shop if you are very lucky, however my experience tells me not to trust anyone near my bike, unless i somehow know they are qualified to do the job..

What's more, I'm slightly surprised that allowing someone else to repair your bike is not in contravention of the rules of the race.

Eugene Christophe will be turning in his grave.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #116 on: March 24, 2017, 05:22:02 pm »
as long as it's not a prearranged visit solely for you, it's within the rules. same as e.g. buying batteries for your lights en route, or asking a friendly local to fill your bidons.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #117 on: March 24, 2017, 07:42:01 pm »
It's within rules, as long as everyone else has access. It would be ok if someone heard of mike's problems, rode out to meet him and fixed his bike. That's unequal access.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #118 on: March 24, 2017, 08:37:56 pm »
There's an article on cyclingtips looking at some of the different bike set ups here: click.


I am continually amazed at how little stuff Kristof is carrying.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #119 on: March 24, 2017, 08:44:00 pm »
Has he spent the last 3,000km froomeing like that? !!!


And I hope he doesn't lose his lucky mascot.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #120 on: March 25, 2017, 10:33:01 am »
Mike has had a *very* long 10hour stop, which caused consternation amongst some followers. Kristof was either on an extreme go slow or his tracker was going weird again - 20something Km in 7hrs.

After his bike break, Mike got on his bike and stormed along, making up the gap and then some, closing in on Kristof. The break definitely paid off.

Sarah is close in touch with both of them, still very much in contention. She may be relatively new to the ultra-racing scene, but she seems to have the pacing nailed.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #121 on: March 25, 2017, 12:03:03 pm »
There's an article on cyclingtips looking at some of the different bike set ups here: click.


I am continually amazed at how little stuff Kristof is carrying.


That looks suspiciously like the cheap Decathlon barbag he used before Apidura began sponsoring him.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #122 on: March 25, 2017, 03:56:03 pm »
IIRC, Kristoff always rode TCR with hotel stops every night, and around 4h sleep? (except the first night) Possibly pre-booked, not sure.

Has he done the same in other races? What's the reason for his different strategy in this race?
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #123 on: March 25, 2017, 04:10:47 pm »
Two guesses: Mike Hall (who doesn't sleep much) and lack of hotels on the first 2500km.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #124 on: March 25, 2017, 06:53:54 pm »
Chris White and a another with an interesting podcast here, well worth a listen.
http://thebikeshow.net/indian-pacific-wheel-race-overlanders/
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