Monday, August 18, 2014

Video: Solo Riders Take on the TORTOUR Challenge

Last week I told you about a grueling cycling event that was just about to get underway in Switzerland. It was called the TORTOUR, and it challenged riders – both solo and team – to take on a 1000 km (620 mile) course, that featured 14,500 meters (47,572 ft) of climbing. If that wasn't difficult enough, they would have to ride the race non-stop, until they finished. In the end, the fastest solo rider was Austrian Severin Zotter, who crossed the line at 36 hours, 32 minutes, and 43 seconds. The video below will give you a bit of a taste of what these riders faced over the past few days, with weather ranging from warm and sunny, to cool and rainy. There was even some snow in the mix, and temperatures falling as low as 2ºC/35ºF. It looks like this event more than lived up to its billing.

TORTOUR 2014 – Nonstop Cycling around Switzerland – Race Solo Category from world of freesports on Vimeo.

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