Mad as hell isn’t it
It was the 7 hour mark that struck me. All my biggest rides ended before there and that feeling where I want to stop nags away but you don’t stop because this nightmare you’re in will take even longer to get home so you keep going and hating every drawn out second of it
But for James, well he’s just getting started
Livestream had ended by the time I woke up. Might be wrong, but it looks like the pace was a bit too much - he’d done around 675km in over 14 hours and was over 100km further than the world record holder at that point. Mind boggling. He’s paid the price though, and looks like it all ended around 14hours 14min. Gutted for him, and he’s going to be in a depressive hell for a few days, but it’ll pass
Would love to hear the team’s analysis. Must be loads of what if’s going around. What if we dropped the watts a little, what if we took more regular rest, what if we changed the nutrition, what if trained a little differently etc.
Clearly he can do this, just need to tweak the formula a bit
EDIT: Just found his Twitter, looks like he slid out on some split water during the night. Can see the photos of his track rash here:
Really bad luck but surely some contingency is in place for spilt fluids? Might be hard to have someone get to the exact spot and dry it when the laps are so quick I suppose.