Author Topic: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.  (Read 35185 times)

Karla

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #175 on: March 29, 2017, 10:30:50 am »
Mike had better start practicing his bike throws ...



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citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #176 on: March 29, 2017, 10:32:46 am »
This is what they've got coming up in around 100km from where they are now...

https://www.strava.com/segments/3616763
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #177 on: March 29, 2017, 10:53:19 am »
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Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #178 on: March 29, 2017, 10:56:26 am »
Relatively flat for next 100km, before next biggish hill. Only 10km in it, who will stop first and for how long?




citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #179 on: March 29, 2017, 11:45:47 am »
Last confirmed check has them 1km apart.

It's almost 10pm there now - Kristof must be getting glimpses of Mike's lights on the road ahead.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #180 on: March 29, 2017, 12:10:04 pm »
Interesting to switch between predicted and tracker modes. Latter one shows Mike a few km ahead whilst the predictive mode shows K-Machine pulling ahead!

citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #181 on: March 29, 2017, 12:16:17 pm »
Interesting to switch between predicted and tracker modes. Latter one shows Mike a few km ahead whilst the predictive mode shows K-Machine pulling ahead!

The reliability of both is further complicated by the fact that their trackers aren't in sync - Mike's last timecheck was at 9.57pm, while Kristof's was at 10.11pm.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #182 on: March 29, 2017, 12:19:32 pm »
Looks like Kristof's about 5km in front again. But will he stay there?
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citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #183 on: March 29, 2017, 12:36:17 pm »
Last official checks were:

Mike - 10.27pm - 4715km
Kristof - 10.30pm - 4716km

The three minutes difference is slightly more than the time it takes them to cover 1km at current speed, so they're mere metres apart at the moment. Probably having a good old chat. Or giving each other steely stares. Who knows!
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Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #184 on: March 29, 2017, 12:47:47 pm »
Both showing 4721km and with tracker times within a minute of each other.   They've surely got to be riding within sight of each other. What a race to the finish and putting more distance between them and Sarah. Only 600km to go, he he.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #185 on: March 29, 2017, 12:51:03 pm »
a big climb coming up around midnight their time - will they rest before it or climb in near freezing temperatures in the dark? super exciting to follow!

and - go Frank!!

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #186 on: March 29, 2017, 01:02:40 pm »
Go Shell too.  Still in 12th place with a long way to 11th and two riders only 50k behind him.

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #187 on: March 29, 2017, 01:34:49 pm »
Mike at 28km/h and Kristoff at 29km/h.  A battle to the end.

citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #188 on: March 29, 2017, 02:05:11 pm »
Kristof definitely edging ahead again - 6km lead at last timecheck (2 mins after Mike's last timecheck), with a little over 20km to the start of the big climb.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #189 on: March 29, 2017, 03:07:47 pm »
Mike has tweeted that he thinks he needs glasses because he can't keep his eyes open at night. Might be lack of sleep . . .
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #190 on: March 29, 2017, 03:20:09 pm »
Mike has stopped

citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #191 on: March 29, 2017, 05:18:00 pm »
Oh no! Tracker is showing Mike as being off course!

Seems to have missed a left turn. Hope he realises his mistake soon.

Meanwhile, Kristof is nearing the top of the climb.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #192 on: March 29, 2017, 05:24:01 pm »
Either that or he's found a good bivvy spot. Or decided to rest once he realised he'd gone wrong.

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Karla

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #193 on: March 29, 2017, 05:24:19 pm »
It's shown Mike as being in the middle of that field for the past couple of hours.  I'm guessing he stopped to sleep?

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #194 on: March 29, 2017, 06:40:24 pm »
Kristof now 60km ahead and just cresting the top of the last big big climb. Mike continues to sleep. I'm guessing ahead of a final push (without sleep) for the finish.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #195 on: March 29, 2017, 07:54:04 pm »
It shows Mike as being stopped still, so he must have found a bivvy spot. Meanwhile, Sarah Hammond is now 300km behind Allegaert.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #196 on: March 29, 2017, 08:13:33 pm »
30 seconds with google maps and streetview shows Mike has stopped at a picnic area (blue sign with a bench next to a tree) and two hundred yards or so from a small petrol station and shop (probably not open at this time but you never know).

Kristof has a 100km of riding until he's back down below 1000m altitude properly (it'll be cold up there at night) and the town of Cooma. Then they're still up at 500-700m elevation all the way until they drop down towards the coast at Wollongong and then there's only ~170km to go.

600-700km to go so they're definitely on the home stretch.
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Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #197 on: March 29, 2017, 08:22:03 pm »
It shows Mike as being stopped still, so he must have found a bivvy spot. Meanwhile, Sarah Hammond is now 300km behind Allegaert.

Yes Sarah is falling back as Kristof and Mike have put sustained efforts in. Kristof now 92km ahead of Mike.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #198 on: March 29, 2017, 08:51:10 pm »
It shows Mike as being stopped still, so he must have found a bivvy spot. Meanwhile, Sarah Hammond is now 300km behind Allegaert.

Yes Sarah is falling back as Kristof and Mike have put sustained efforts in. Kristof now 92km ahead of Mike.

The only way that Mike will can win now , is if he rides non-stop till the end when he wakes up .... (Kristoff will most probably have some sleep soon ), but then may power on till the end when he wakes .... he is now approx 100km ahead of Mike and has done all the big climbs (that will be close to 4.5 hours ahead of Mike as Mike still has a heavy mountain to climb as soon as he wakes up) ...

so 4.5 hours of sleep for Kristoff and he will start 'fresh' and power on till the end

it's going to be tough for Mike when he wakes up if he goes flat out and wants to win, but I hope that he does

nail gripping stuff :)
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citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #199 on: March 29, 2017, 09:20:57 pm »
Kristoff will most probably have some sleep soon

I'm not sure. He had a long stop last night and as LWaB said earlier, that could have been part of a strategy to push through to the end. Today has been exciting with the two riders neck and neck for much of the day, but that's all been with the knowledge that Kristof had the benefit of a good rest last night.

Either way, he now has a cushion that will allow him the luxury of another decent break if he feels the need. It's definitely his race to lose now.
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