About 6 weeks ago there was a contest on the Facebook page of Fiets cycling magazine. The winner would get an all in ticket to the Vaude Trans Schwarzwald mountainbike stage race. To win it you just had to tell a story why you would be most suited for the job.
"I think i'm suited for the job, because I like adventures and because of my road racing experience, my endurance would be no problem for a 5 day event. But more importantly, I will write about my adventures every day on my website."
I'm the winner!
Yes! Yesterday I got the news, I'm the winner of the contest. I'll be on the start line on the 10th of august in Offenbrug, Germany.
Couldn't be more excited. This is going to be an epic adventure. Can't wait to tell you guys all the stories.
What did I win exactly?
Well, an entry ticket, but also accommodation, breakfast and diner, it's all included.
What is the VAUDE Trans Schwarzwald?
Basically it's a mountainbike stage race. 5 days, covering 400 kilometers and 10.000 altitude meters.
- Stage 1 -> Offenburg - Sasbachwalden (11:00) 73km / 2.100hm
- Stage 2 -> Sasbachwalden - Bad Rippoldsau (10:00) 66km / 2.400hm
- Stage 3 -> Bad Rippolsau - Donauschingen (10:00) 114km / 2.600hm
- Stage 4 -> Donaueschingen - Murg (10:00) 99km / 1.500hm
- Stage 5 -> Murg -> Feldberg (10:00) 60 km / 2.200hm
Is this my first stage race?
On the mountainbike, yes. On my road bike, i've done stage races before. In 2006 I rode from Perpignan to San Sebastian in 10 days over the Pyrenees.
Am I going to do specific training for this race?
As you all might know, I'm in the middle of a triathlon training build up, but I am going to do specific training for this race. Mostly going to involve longer rides on the mountainbike to get used to the position again and also some hill repeats, Maybe even some long uphill training.
What bike will you be using?
My trusty Lapierre XR729 full carbon full suspension 29er. Like I said, 29 inch wheels for the speed, and full suspension for those descents and uphill rooty sections. 1 by 11 set up. All Shimano XT. Shimano XTR pedals and a Raceface Turbine dropper post. Fox suspension with 100mm travel front and rear. Braking is done by Shimano as well, again XT, with 180mm front and 160mm rear disc. Cockpit is a Truvativ full carbon riser with 20mm rise. Saddle is a Bontrager Affinity elite.
Keep you guys updated
Off course I'll try to write a story every day when i'm there. Hopefully the internet will work with me this time. I'll keep you guys updated on my training and build up towards this exciting trip.
Thanks for reading my blog today and I'll write to you next time. Please feel free to leave a comment below.