I meant the top finishers either are, or are used to very little sleep and lots of riding. Seems superhuman for most average cyclists.
Could be just me but most would fall asleep after 8-10hrs on a bike. Can't imagine riding double that for a week straight
Yes, stimulants like Ritalin, Ephedrine etc must be commonsight there. This is no fun for me. Going for 10+ days on so little sleep
U think it's not possible with regular vitamins/food/caffeine from coffee and all regular food? And for this kind of efforts they must use some doping additives?
For me sound impossible for the time the winners have (9-10 days, and really cant understund how they do without sleep). But if someone do this in 20-25 days, it's not that impossible, and still respectfull.
When i was younger, i had some long distance riding for 10-15 days, with a lot of luggage. But it was MTB riding (30% on road, 70% off road riding), and we was riding like average 100 km per day, and we were sleeping in the tends. I have few times this kind of riding (but also i was 15 years younger then now
This days, after hard effort riding, the most important thing for me is to eat some proteins in the first 10-15 minutes after i finish the ride, and also to eat properly during the ride (im trying to get some food on every 2100 cal burned). If i do that, i feel very ok, and i can ride next day (and also need to sleep 7-8 hours). If i skip the food in that 15-30 minutes window period (after finishing the ride), i feel totaly screw up after, and need more time to recover...Also help me if i eat a lot of pasta before the ride
And another thing that make me big difference.. If i dont ride in my Max Heart Rate Zone, i can ride a lot.. But if i have some minutes above 170 BPM, then im fu*ed up, and need time for recovery.. Based on my age and formula 220-age, my max heart rate should be 179. But that's very average formula, since i noticed this season that my max in riding was 188 BPM (when the ride is more then 100 km, im trying to keep my Heart rate up to 170 bpm, or very short time above this).
Maybe all this is just in my head, but all this work for me