November 14th 2015 see’s the 1st World Championship Beach Race over in Holland.
At 11.30am 750 riders will all line up on a very wide start line and head off for 50 fast paced kilometres (31 miles)
The race will have 748 Cyclo cross style beach racer bikes and modified mountain bikes all with around 2.3″ wide slick beach tyres, some of those are semi pro racers, plus Michael Travers and I possibly the only two entrants on full on Fat Bikes as we’ve been invited by the organisers to help promote Fat Bikes for beach riding over there, OK so we have to pay for the ferry, food and fuel but as the event is now full and we are the only two Brits riding the race at least I’ll get to stand on a podium as a high finishing British rider and looking at the bikes that they use over there maybe I’ll stand on the Fat Bike podium as well.
At the time of writing this there is only 33 days left to improve on my summer fitness and Fat Bike elbows out riding skills.
My riding over the last few weeks since I knew that we had been invited to “race” is becoming more focussed to flat riding over the distance on tarmac (as the sand is well packed over there I believe) with higher pressures than normal in the 4.8″ fat tyres. I’m building up my stamina riding originally with a heart rate around 150bpm (my max is around 176) but today I did a 53 mile ride and tried to keep my heart rate between 155 and 160bpm for most of the ride (once I’d warmed up).
I’ve even fitted bar ends on the Jones loop bars to lower me down into a more aerodynamic riding position. For about 5 miles today I rode in the slipstream of 2 roadies who were happy to help which was great to see my speed raise and the heart rate drop at the same time, so I’m hoping to slip stream as many as possible in the race next month.
There is no way that I will ever get near the podium and if I finish in the top half of the table I will be very surprised, especially as they have all ridden this type of event before I we haven’t, so I’d love to see a 4 in front of my finishing place but as long as I’m not last is my main goal to be honest.
Now the only question to answer is what’s “on your left” in Dutch?