I didn’t have really any tactic. I will do my best and hopefully it will be enough. I will be slow on the descents to avoid punctures and other accidents. I want to rest as much as I can. My biggest goal is the Salzberg. I want to ride the zigzags. I was not able to do it in 2019, because a lot of people were pushing their bikes and it was way too narrow for passing other riders.
Trophy -1. Day:
I made the bike trophy-ready. Framebag, bottle holders mounted, smallparts are packed etc. I will take my Gopro and Garmin to the journey. I didn’t book any accomodation. I will take my mattress and sleeping bag and I will sleep in the car for free. It will a good car test.
Trophy 0. Day
I could get much sleep because of the storm. It was raining, I could not open the window and somehow the heat stuck in the room. After work I visited a bikeshop and cleaned the flat a little bit. I headed to Bad Goisern. The motor way not really interesting, but the landscape got better after that. I saw eye-catching mountains, and lakes everywhere. I was arrived at 7 pm. I found a nice parking lot close to the event. I was in a hurry. I took my starter kit and my jersey. Too bad that I could find the right of the last year green colored jersey. I had to pay extra 20€ for this year’s yellow jersey. I will test it on the next day. I bought two pairs of socks, just because they were cheap. The bike mess was really cool. I was a couple of interesting things. And the bikes were also nice. S-Works, Epic, fullies everywhere. I took apart on the Pasta Party, because I was not sure, what I want to eat after a long day in the saddle. There were a party after the sunset. I looked around, but I didn’t find any interesting things beside the loosely dressed girls.
Trophy +1. nap
8:00 AM, my muscles have hangover. Every muscle aches in my body. Hands, fingers, chest, legs, soles, waist… I pulled myself together and I went to the local spa for some recharge. I didn’t have much time, because I don’t like driving in the heat.
I made one break on the motor way. I filled my bottles in the gastation up and bought the cheapest coffee. It seamed like the prices of products have got multiplied by 2. Madness. I saw a couple of random idiots on the way to home. Thankfully nothing remarkable has happened. After some sleep I washed out my clothes, and cleaned my equipment. I should wash the bike for a second time in the upcoming days.
I would recommend the B-course with calm heart. It is an ultra race with ultra difficult parts. I think the C-course is a good mixture between pain and pleasure. A-course might be doable, but the equipment should be wisely chosen. I think front derailleur, and spare tire make your race safer, and your bike heavier… I think a tire tubeless with insert could be the best choice against punctures. Rear suspension with flat pedals would be also good, because clipless shoes aren’t really comfortable for longer periods of time. And you should have a really good basic fitness level.
Compared to the marathons held in Hungary, everything is more and bigger. Bigger mountains, longer ascents/descents, more fans and you will get longer lasting goosebumps.