Anyone else following the WCR World Cycle Race?

Anonymous
Anonymous Posts: 79,667
edited March 2014 in Road general
Lee Fancourt is going to have covered twice the distance of the next nearest guy pretty soon.
He has gone the long way around the Alps and still looks like he will get to Austria first :shock:

Not sure how this compares to people that have done the race in previous years but it seems impressive and hopefully not foolhardy.

There is a long way to go and anything can happen of course.
Guessing if he can get through the difficult countries/terrain with bike and legs intact then things will get really interesting.

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  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    I'm following it. They're all going fairly slow and won't come close to beating Mike Hall.
    English Cycles V3 | Cervelo P5 | Cervelo T4 | Trek Domane Koppenberg
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    They either all seemed to have stopped or the tracking is not working on the website.

    Do you know roughly where Mike Hall was at this stage?

    Edited to add:

    Just read on Mike Halls twitter that Lee is on course (after day 6) for breaking the record.
    He says that he feels he will slow down etc. but I got the feeling Lee is ahead of where he was after 6 days so do not think Lee is exactly slow.

    If Lee is slow it does not say much for the other two.
  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    Pretty certain that Mike was unsupported. He's right, Lee will definitely slow and it will be interesting to see how long he can keep up the pace.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Guessing Mike slowed towards the end too though, and thats why he said Lee would.
    So if Lee is on course now I see no reason to think he will fail from a stamina point of view.

    I do not think Lee is overdoing it, I think he is just a fast rider.
    I am a little concerned about his choice of equipment though.
  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    He certainly hasn't gone for the most robust setup...
    I'm riding steel and handbuilts w/dynamo for the TCR just because I'd rather be prepared for eventualities...
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Imagine if his bike holds out though and he gets the record :wink:

    I'll be heading to London to witness his return if he does it :P
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    It is all very interesting to follow. It has become a little diluted these days by people making attempts with considerable support (in effect, one's financial status can have considerable impact on your time).

    That is one of the great things about tcr. Will be at the startline to wave you all off (I have several friends riding).
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Anyone know how much support Lee has? I though he was sleeping in ditches.

    Guessing you have to do it on one bike?

    Even with support you still have to do the leg work so seems a genuine enough accomplishment.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Seems like Lee is level pegging it with the current record holder (although he does seem to have been on planes a lot) 22 days in.
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    He also seems to be very talented at falling off bikes!

    He still seems very positive and has had a couple of enormous days.

    Long way yet, but he is looking a serious contender.
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,312
    Some links please fellas?
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  • Moonbiker
    Moonbiker Posts: 1,706
    Why do they fly from istanbul to india isn't that cheating? :o