What’s it like to race your bike for 12 hours straight? We sat down with Achieve athlete Yann Bertaud who recently raced the 12-hour World Time Trial Championships in Borrego Springs, California, helping to raise money and awareness for World Bicycle Relief.
Yann finished an impressive 2nd place in his category (age 50-59) and 7th overall, competing against riders from Europe, Asia, South America and the United States, many of whom are top 24-hour racers and Race Across America (RAAM) finishers.
“Essentially, the time trial consists of riding your bike around an 18-mile loop followed by a 4.7-mile loop as many times as possible for 12 hours straight, stopping as little as possible to eat and drink,” said Yann.
The plan was to ride 253 miles in 12 hours, which would require an average speed of 22 mph and a stop every third lap to refuel which could last no longer than 2-3 minutes. So how did Yann prepare for the event and how did nutrition influence the day?
Check out Achieve Head Coach Dana Williams’ interview with Yann!
Want more details about thea race? Check out Yann’s race report for World Bicycle Relief.