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24 Hour World Championships Race Report 2008

Posted by fenner on July 30, 2008

Well now that the swollen legs have started to recover everything has started to settle down it’s time for the race report.

 Pit lane 2nd lap

Pit lane 2nd lap

The race started in awesome conditions with temps in the mid 20’s. The gun went off and the World 24 Hour Champs started with the classic sprint running start with a 400m loop back to transition to collect the bikes and a starting loop that saw the field drop down into town and back up to the Nordic Centre. As usual the pace was fast from the start and an initial selection was made with Willo, Claxers, English, Toohey and myself amongst Tinker and Kelly. This lead group was moving fast and with my power meter on board I was holding around 340 – 440 watts! I was a little concerned and Willo also commented on how his heart rate was through the roof. I was sure that the guys couldn’t hold this sort of pace and after the first climb it settled a little. Through first halfway feed our group was well clear and we all settled in.

Transition

Transition

I can only say that what happened next has never happened to me before in such a long race and that is that I don’t remember much of it!!!! Yes after 7 hours the rain and storms came, but I didn’t really feel it or take it in. I have never been so focused and totally in the moment before. I continued to focus on my race, internally focusing and not focusing on the riders in front or behind. I sort of remember Simon from Total Rush giving me time checks and positions but the battle was to be won inside my head as much as on the trails. The night was amazing super muddy and very technical on the rooty descents and slogs up the climbs, riders were dropping out left right and center and I managed to complete very consistent laps time after time. As morning came and the light filtered through the trees I first became aware that I was up into 3rd and closing on Jason in 2nd place. I continued to ride my own race and with about 4 hour to go gained 2nd place coming through transition. I then had my only bad spell of the race as Jason came back up to me and attacked opening up a 15 minute advantage in one lap. I again internalised and fought back with a last lap effort that brought me to within 6 minute of Jason. Willo was in a class of his own and rode the most amazing race well done mate you were awesome. I have analysed the time differences and will hatch a plan of attack for  next year. Well done to all the Aussies we dominated the World Champs and showed that the Aussie Enduro scene is the best on the Planet. Katrin you are a super star, Troy you da man, Fellows good on ya bro and Craig your effort and dedication paid off again for the 3rd time in a row.

Mud mud mud

Mud mud mud

Stats for the race. Average power 178 Watts (Normalised 220), 16 laps x 20km with 35,000ft of climbing. 18,000 cals. 2 x bikes changed every lap with new pads and cables in the race. No stops longer than to put on Knee warmers (no toilet stops ;o( (but a very smelly pair of shorts)

I would like to thank my sponsors Total Rush, HIGH5, SKINS, Hid Technologies, Oz Riders. Without your help and support it would not be possible for me to do what I do, special thanks to Simon and Jen from Total Rush. Simon came out to Canada to support me and I thank you for that mate you are a star. Thanks to all the support from my local club South Coast United Mountainbike (SCUM) Your rock. And last but not least thanks to my long suffering wife Sally. I love you babe and with out you I couldn’t have done any of it.

Done

Done

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Aussie Aussie Aussie

 

Cheers all

Fenz

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Fenner 3rd in World Championships

Posted by fenner on July 28, 2008

Just a super quick post as I am a little tired. After an epic race of gargantuan proportions I came in 3rd overal in the elite 24 hour world championships. With 2 laps to go I gained 2nd place and then proceeded into an epic battle with Jason English for the silver medal. Aussies got 1,2,3,4 and smashed the world the three of us finished on 16 laps in pouring rain and massive thunderstorms, climbing over 35,000ft in the process. A full report to come and with many thanks to everyone that helped me make this happen. I would also like to say a super big well done to the new Aussie World Champ James (Willo) Williamson mate you da man.

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The last day of Rest

Posted by fenner on July 25, 2008

Well it’s the last day of rest before the big one. I really could not have had a better build up to the Worlds and everything has gone according to plan. My CTL topped out at 145Tss/day and will be around 130Tss/day by tomorrow after my taper. My TSB will be up at +35 so I am very fresh and fully pumped ready for the massive effort required over the 24 hours of the race.

For those that would like to follow the race live the race organisers Adrenaline have set up a live feed that you can log on to and access up to date data on the race and placings lap to lap you can access this with the link below. The race will go live tomorrow at 12 noon which is 7pm Aussie time.

http://24adrenalinlive.blogspot.com/

Thanks for everyones support and I will get out there and do my very best.

Cheers

 Fenz

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T – 2 days

Posted by fenner on July 24, 2008

Yeah Yeah the big one is looming. As the race approaches myfinal prep is being completed. The taper and recovery has been good and I am feeling really strong. My massage therapist Vanessa gave me the hour of power yesterday and I am about as ready as I could be for the Worlds. I have been asked to Join Tinker and Rebecca Rusch tonight for a meet and greet at a big bike shop in Calgary called Bow Cycles so that should be fun. I met up with Rebecca the other day at the Nordic Center and she looked fit and strong and said she was ready to defend her Worlds Title. She was riding one of the new Era’s (Womans Specific S-Works Epics 2009) and oh boy what a bike. I took it for a little spin and the thing just took off. It is without a doubt the stiffest, lightest full suss MTB out there period. It weighed in at under 22lb with saddle bag!!!!! I am looking forward to getting my hands on one that’s for sure. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for there kind support of the old Fenzmeister. I couldn’t have given all I have to training and prep without your support and help.

Cheers

Fenz

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Judgement day 24 hour worlds T – 4 days

Posted by fenner on July 22, 2008

This week has seen the arrival of most of the Aussie crew that will be racing the 24 hour worlds. It has been fun catching up and doing some laps of the course and getting a feel for how the race will unfold. The course is going to be tough and with around 2100ft of climbing per lap the winner is more than likely going to to climb in excess of 35000ft. I have been doing laps at around race pace and have been averaging around 210 watts, this however doesn’t tell the physiological cost with a high variability the normalised power has been over 260 watts and I just don’t believe that this is a realistic effort to hold. The game will be played out I believe in the usual manner with a fast start and a general was of attrition. It is going to pay to limit the amount of times over threshold and try to hold back on the pinch effort climbs. Unfortunately the organisers have changed the route at the top of the second climb and we will no longer descend Terminator 2 (I am a little gutted as this descent would have favoured the better technical riders) and gaining time on the downhills is all free time as it costs no major physiological effort.

Well it’s off to dinner tonight with the Aussie team and then I go and pick up my spare S-Works Epic from the airport tomorrow morning. It’s all very exciting and judgement day is nearly upon us.

Cheers

Fenz

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The Canmore – Nelson 3 Day Epic

Posted by fenner on July 18, 2008

Well the last major block of training is over and it was one of the best trips/training blocks I have ever done. Brian Cooke, Steve Gaffney and I completed over 370km’s of off-road riding from Canmore to Nelson over the course of 3 days. The longest day completed was a 160km monster from the incredible Mountain Retreat Nipika to Kimberley. The three of us were using powertaps so a full analysis of the ride will be coming up in the next couple of days along with some amazing photos from the trip. Initially I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian and Steve for the ride it was epic guys. I would like to thank the Nipika Resort for putting us up and making us feel so welcome (Nipika Mountain Retreat Rocks and is the perfect getaway for peace and tranquility in the Rockies) and finally thanks to the Shillfamily for feeding us and making us part of the family on the second night after a long day in the saddle (Steve you had better look out cause the old Fenzmeister will take you up on your offer one day).

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The final block of training

Posted by fenner on July 10, 2008

Well time has just flown by since arriving in Canmore, this town and the surrounding mountains have provided the perfect environment to train and prepair for the World 24 Hour Solo Champs. After the Canada Cup race at the weekend I have entered my final volume block before I start my taper for the Worlds. I did 2 great days riding too and from a fantastic and remote mountain resort called Nipika on the road to Radium Hot Springs. That clocked a solid 320 km’sand I managed to average 36km/h for the return journey with2 x solid SST type intervals thrown in for good measure. I was feeling super strong on the way back and with my CTL now approaching 135TSS/Day I am able to manage the load very well indeed;o)

Yesterday while doing a photo shoot for the local paper I spotted the familiar colours of the Flight Centre Team and quickly rode over to chat with Tim and Jo Bennett from Perth. After catching up with the results of the BC bike Race we managed a couple of hours riding the Canada Cup course and a session on the Highline, this was followed by a great swim in the lake and goodbyes as the guys headed back on the long journey to Vancouver. It was great to catch up withsome Aussies and what a great couple, I should add that bothfinished right up there in the BC Bike Race withTim and Adrian Jackson 3rd overall in the elite race and Jo finishing 5th in the mixed category, well done guys super effort.

I start an epic MTBride on Monday with a traverse from Canmore top Nelson in Bc. It should be an epic 3 day ride of around 350 km’s all offroad and withfood stashes being left for us on route. I am compleingthe trip with Big Brian (the konahard man) and bloody good bloke along with Steve Gaffrey. We will have MTB Powertaps with us so it will provide some very interesting data to look at on my return. Oh by the way I forgot to mention that I have a MTB Powertap on its way:o) I am frothing at being able to really quantify te exact demands of MTB riding. Look out for some studies in the not too distant future looking into the ultra endurance world.

Cheers all and I will see some of you very soon

Fenz

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Canmore Canada Cup Race

Posted by fenner on July 6, 2008

Well after a slightly more relaxed week it was all go for the Canada Cup round here in Canmore. It was perfect conditions with a little overnight rain and 20 – 25 degree daytime temps with sunshine:o) Happy days, around 40 elite riders took to the start line to contest 4 laps of a very technical and physically demanding MTB course, with over 300 meters of climbing per lap it was going to be a hard day at the office.

The race as usual went from the gun with a hard pace set on the first climb, I settled into a good pace and bidded my time on the first lap. With things settling down a little I started to push the pace more on the second lap and begun to pass riders one by one. On the climbs I was feeling super strong and it was where I was catching and passing all the places. The techo descents were another matter and It was a white knuckle ride across offcamber tree roots and rocks, trying to hang onto the pace. The S-Works Epic was the tool for the job and never missed a beat getting me out of many wrong line choices. Onto the last lap I gave it everything I had and picked off another couple of riders to come in in 13th place. I felt great and could have done with another couple of laps, so much so that I then rode off to climb the Highline trail and have a little more fun.

All in all a good day of racing on a fantastic MTB course, also considering the large volume I have been doing in training a good result around 10 minutes off the winner. It is all looking good for the 24 Worlds with just one more hard week of training with a couple of guys doing the Trans Rockies and then it’s taper time. I will hopefully have some photos online in the next couple of days to let you all have a look at the trails of the Nordic Center.

See you all soon

Fenz

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Kamloops Canada Cup Weekend

Posted by fenner on July 1, 2008

Well it was a super hot and super tough race at Kamloops. With the temperatures over 40 degrees and desert like conditions it was a no brainer that the racing was going to be a suffer fest. I ended up coming in 11th after a back row start and not being able to see for at least a lap due to the incredible bull dust. I was running off course every few hundred meters, it was a bit of a lottery for the first lap. It then settled down and I gradually picked my way through the field. Very few actually finished due to blowing up in the savage conditions. Quite funny really that coming from Australia this was the hotest race I have ever raced in!!!

I am having an easier week this week after the last couple of epic weeks, I would like to be a little fresher for the Canmore Canada Cup race this weekend as it is a UCI Cat 1 race and there are valuable UCI points on offer ;o)

I am riding the courses tomorrow so will update with news and photos.

Cheers

Fenz

 

 

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