With 6 victories in the Race Across America and a world record in 24h indoor track cycling (941 km), Christoph Strasser was already considered the world’s best ultra cyclist.
Recently, he set a new 24h world record. He’s now the first person to ride more than 1000 km (620 mi) in 24 hours. One of his secrets?
INSCYD coach Markus Kinzlbauer about the new world record
With 2 Olympic medals in handcycling (Tokyo) and many records in long-distance races, coach Kinzlbauer had a great season in 2021.
When asked about the 24h world record he says:
“Such a performance is highly dependent on the energy demand and intake. We experimented with nutrition intake. We tried a lot with sugar mixtures. During the race, we fed 116g/h in the first 12h and a total of almost 105g/h in the 24h.”
That equals about 4 bananas per hour.
In total Strasser consumed about 13.450 kcal during the 24h race. That’s about 5 times the recommended kcal intake for men, during a normal day. As you can imagine, that put’s a lot of stress on the digestive system. Especially during exercise.
To find the balance between consuming too much (digestive distress) and consuming not enough (running out of energy), coach Kinzlbauer used INSCYD:
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The data of a 24 hour cycling world record
Despite a rainy day and a flat tire, Christoph Strasser was able to ride 1026 km (636 mi) in 24 hours, resulting in an average speed of 42,75 kph (26,5 mph).
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Human Movement Scientist at INSCYD