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 · 22. July 2018
What is the most important resource you have? It's time, we all have a definite number of years, months and days on this planet. I always wonder if people forget that as most of us got stuck into their daily routine and never followed the dreams they once had. Why is it so difficult to follow your dreams? I think it is fear, fear of going out of your comfort zone, fear of failure and fear of loosing the opportunities we have now. I have done a lot of things were I had no idea if they would work...
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 · 06. July 2018
We all know thesee moments when the legs just feel tired and we are miserable. Reality is that our body still has a lot of energy left and it's all about the mindset. Top athletes learn how to push their boundaries and go o their limits. Here are 10 things that help me racing across continents: 1) Pain is only temporary but great memories stay forever: My favorite phrase that I remember when things are tough. Luckily, our brain will forget the pain and suffering but instead turn them into the...
Panamerica Solo · 29. June 2018
It's painful, miserable, seems never ending and is potentially dangerous. I have for sure never suffered so much and felt so miserable as last year in Siberia. So why am I excited to go through all of this again, this time even a month longer? When things are tough I tell myself: " Pain is temporary but memories of a great adventure stay forever". And that's exactly the case. Already at the finish line I had forgotten all the misery and was dreaming about the next adventure. You won't remember...
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 · 16. June 2018
One of the biggest challenges of an unsupported long distance ride is finding food and getting these 7.000 - 9.000 calories that you need every day. So how do I manage finding the right food in remote and exotic locations? It's very simple, I don't find it and hunting for food is the single most important concern of my daily life on the road. It's not the ultra light bike or the daily massage that puts the supported rider at such a massive advantage but foremost having a constant supply of...
Panamerica Solo · 10. June 2018
Whether you plan your first small adventure or breaking an endurance record, preparation and mindset are crucial. First, I believe that everyone can take on an adventure and do a ride or run that is far longer than most people imagine. The hardest part is actually committing to it and just do it. Through regular sport, your fitness and mindset will improve to the point that you can then take on bigger challenges. However, if you want to break a record or want to participate in ultra racing,...
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...

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