Panamerica Solo

Panamerica Solo · 19. August 2018
Today I will set off for the so far biggest adventure of my life. 23.000 km across the Americas, almost halfway around the world. The route is very diverse and so will be the challenges I have to overcome. Time for a short route overview. Leg One - from the Arctic to Mexico Although the beginning will be tough, this is by far the easiest part. The first 830 km will be on a bad gravel road North of the Arctic circle. Here I will be most exposed to changing weather conditions and want to get...
Panamerica Solo · 01. August 2018
My Panamerica World record will be completely unsupported and I will carry everything I need for 100 days of adventure. To be fast I try to keep my weight as low as possible without compromising too much on comfort and durability. Here comes my complete gear list with short explanations for a few items: The bike: Cervélo C5 with Shimano Dura Ace. The bike is an endurance road bike and allows for broader tires and has a more upright geometry than normal road bikes. It is still very fast but...
Panamerica Solo · 16. July 2018
Last week I cycled a day without luggage after bikepacking for two months which reminded me how much faster it is. The supported cyclist is followed by a support car and has a crew that basically does everything apart from pedalling for him or her while the unsupported rider is a wild adventurer that faces many more challenges than pushing the bike. The most recent supported around the world record reportedly cost more than 500.000 Euros, while most unsupported riders survive on 10-15 Euros a...
Panamerica Solo · 23. June 2018
So you are not satisfied with going on great adventures in your vacation and would like to turn your hobby into a profession? I'm very lucky that by now I can live from adventuring and do what I like to do most in life. I absolutely love my job with everything that comes with it but it is probably quiet different from most people's perception. So, here a few thoughts about my learnings: First and most importantly, almost no one gets a lot of sponsorship and media attention during the first...
Panamerica Solo · 30. May 2018
My world record attempt Panamerica Solo has more than 200.000 meters of climbing and goes up to 4.200 meters at the top of Passo da Yama in the Andes. Good reasons for an high altitude training in the Rocky Mountains. Already the past two weeks I had been on average altitude of around 1500 meters in Utah and could adapt myself to the upcoming challenges. I pcypcled into Colorado five days ago and the road went 0 up to a high plateau at 2200 meters. The next day I had the first 3000 meter pass...
Panamerica Solo · 23. May 2018
Three months until the start of Panamerica Solo and it is time to increase the training. Of course the ideal training would be at home but traveling by bicycle is just so much more fun and keeps me motivated, the far most important part of an unsupported long distance world record. Moreover, I now have the time to explore North America, something that comes a bit short when I'm pushing for the record in August. I arrived in Las Vegas in early May to cycle 15.000 km North to Alaska, not the...