The Gran Canaria Training Camp was my first big outing with my Diablo bike, by Spiegel Bikes. A little bit about the equipment of my beauty:

After years of only using the Shimano electronic (Di2) shifting, I decided to equip this one with mechanical Shimano Dura Ace groupset for a reason of easier repairing in a case of some problems at Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme 2020. Knowing how the climbing is at Gran Canaria I used the Fulcrum clincher wheelset with 11-32 cassette (and 52-36 chainrings). I did add a triathlon add-on bar for the possible headwind sections and I was glad I did!

Zaradi bližine pripravljalnega kampa na Gran Canariji sem se odločil dirkati na krajši 12-urni dirki, s ciljem izboljšati moj lastni rekord trase. Bil sem zelo blizu, a zaradi zelo močnega vetra sem bil žal nekaj kilometrov prekratek.
Kljub temu je za mano odlična dirka in pokazal sem, da sem za začetek sezone zelo dobro pripravljen.
 

Vabljeni na projekcijo filma Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme 2015-2018, v torek ob 18h v Kongresni dvorani Kristalne palače v ljubljanskem BTC Cityju.

Na dirki bo letos prvič nastopil tudi slovenski kolesar Marko Baloh.

Predstavitev bo v torek, 28. januarja z začetkom ob 18. uri v kongresni dvorani v Kristalni palači, Ameriška ulica 8, Ljubljana.

Bodoči udeleženec Marko Baloh, desetkratni udeleženec dirke čez ZDA RAAM, večkratni svetovni rekorder in svetovni prvak v 24-urni vožnji na čas, bo predstavil svoje načrte. 
Spregovoril bo tudi direktor dirke Paul Bruck.


Prosim za potrditev udeležbe na email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

I rode 873,9km with 1.300m of climbing on Zwift in 24 hours. Rest stops 15 minutes, riding time 23h 45min. Average power 184W, average speed for the ride (stops excluded) 36,4km/h.

Statistics:

 

As a preparation for his Red Bull Trans Siberian Extreme 2020, Marko organizes the 15th Indoor Cycling for a Charity! This year the funds raised will be used to buy food for under privileged families through Zveza prijateljev mladine Moste-Polje. Join Marko on Zwift and make a donation through DONATE link on Marko's website or through PayPal to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can find Marko on Wattopia (Tempus Fugit Route) from Friday January 24th at noon until Saturday January 25th 2020 at noon.

Livestream here

Supporters: Vzivo Prenos * jrobic.com * BTC City * Zveza prijateljev mladine * Hervis * 4Endurance

Nice numbers for 2019, probably one of my biggest years in terms of cycling.

Lifetime kilometers were at 787.350km on 31.12.2019.

Top Photo by Michael Conti, RAAM finisher

Like in the last four years the cycling racing season ends with the 24hr World Championships Time Trial in Borrego Springs (California). With my season starting with the VIctory at the Sebring 24h Bike Race (Florida), it was another looong season. My season culminated with my best ever performance (and my crew’s) at Race across America RAAM 2019 with a second place in general standings and a victory with a RAAM record for 50-59 category. I topped that off with a great riding and coming to the Finish of Paris-Brest-Paris Super Brevet in the first group for the first time in my randonneuring career. Even with the ever stronger competition in Borrego WCTT, I wanted to finish off my season with a victory and above all with another 500+ mile finish, it would be my fifth one in that race (to that you can count some eight other, mainly in Europe). My last time of finishing the 24h race bellow 500mile mark was the first WCTT in California, which was held in 2012 in Coachella Valey, not far from Borrego Springs. I came pretty close on that course with 495,4 miles. So, anything less than 500 would be a real letdown for me.

Oglejte si fotogalerijo z ultra granfondo preizkušnje Zurich-Zermatt:

On Sunday August 18th, 2019 I will start my fourth PBP. What is PBP? A legendary cycling event is with 1.200km the longest running cycling event that is still organised periodically, every four years to be exact. 12 years have passed since my first one, but I still remember it like yesterday, A beautiful cycling event in a beautiful country, where people love cycling and treat cyclists accordingly. Everyone of 6.000+cyclists that tackle the legendary event is treated like a hero. The atmosphere at PBP is awesome and indescribable. 

To get to know the feeling, you have to try it yourself. Join us in 2023 first at the qualifying brevets in Slovenia and then in Paris in August! I am enclosing a few photographies from PBP 2011 and 2015.

To je bila Markova deseta udeležba na Race across kot tekmovalca. Do sedaj je dirkal osemkrat kot posameznik in enkrat kot član dvočlanske ekipe s Tomažem Perčičem. Z doseženimi tremi tretjimi in enim drugim mestom, je eden izmed najuspešnejših kolesarjev v zgodovini dirke, cilj letos pa je bil ponovno boriti se za zmago, vsaj tisto v kategoriji nad 50 let in potegovati se za rekord trase v taisti kategoriji.

In a few days another great adventure begins, we call it Race Across America = RAAM. This will be Marko’s 10th participation since his first in 2003 and in the first nine, he has had three 3rd places and one 2nd, so the only thing missing is a victory. We are going for it again next week!

As usually Marko has spent the last days in Borrego Springs, preparing for the heat expected during the race, which is supposed to be from 100-112F for the first couple of days. The photos are from Borrego where a large number of RAAM/RAW competitors gather to acclimatise to the heat.

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