In Episode 020 of Bike Tour Adventures, I have the chance to get to know Chris Bennett, a 60 year-old Canadian who settled in New Zealand to escape the Canadian winters. As an engineer working for the World Bank, he has lived and worked in over 34 countries. After completing an Ironman race on every continent, except Antarctica, he shifted to self-supported ultra-endurance bicycle racing. He was attracted to the ‘purity’ of these races where it is just you and your bike trying to get from point A to B as quickly as possible without outside support. Among his races are the Tour Divide from Canada to Mexico, the Transcontinental across Europe, to Istanbul, and most recently the North Cape – Tarifa from Norway to Spain.
Links to Chris' websites can be found by clicking my Episode 020 link below.
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EPISODE 020: http://biketouradventures.com/episode-020/
~ 50 sec Intro to Episode 20 with Chris Bennett
~ 2 min About Chris' sport history and what got him touring
~ 3m 30s From running to triathlon, triathlon to ironman, ironman to ultra-distance cycling
~ 8 min Training and preparing for ultra-distance cycling events
~ 18 min Why ultra-distance cyclists are usually older, managing work and a racing schedule, and sleeping in cemeteries
~ 23 min How ultra-distance cycling is different from traditional bike racing
~ 27 min What he used to race off-road and on-road ultra-distance events, ultra-distance road bike geometry and Shermer's neck.
~ 33 min Finding the right bike seat, why he uses electronic shifting, and managing component failure during a race
~ 37 min Bike set-up, types of racers, equipment, nutrition
~ 46 min Preparing for the Northcape-Tarifa ultra-distance cycling race and cost for such an event
~ 52 min What gear he packed for this race and keeping motivated during the event
~ 57 min Music, fuelling the body, being vegetarian
~ 1 hr Challenges, mechanical issues, dealing with wild dogs
~ 1h 8m Best part of ultra-endurance cycling events, worst moments
~ 1h 16m What's next for Christ Bennett and where to find him