Elin Starup – Vaerlose Flyvestation Record Attempt – Sept 19-20 2020

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Congratulations to Elin Starup for setting the following WUCA world records for: Solo, Female, 18-49 age-group on a standard bike

Distance Event Kilometers Time Avg Sp (Km) Avg Sp (Miles)
100 Kilometer outdoor track 03:06:06.10 32.24 20.03
200 Kilometer outdoor track 06:27:52.93 30.94 19.22
300 Kilometer outdoor track 10:26:50.14 28.72 17.84
500 Kilometer outdoor track 21:00:37.77 23.80 14.79
Distance Event Miles Time Avg Sp (Miles) Avg Sp (Km)
300 Mile outdoor track 19:46:50.97 15.17 24.41
Timed Event Miles Kilometers Avg Sp (Miles) Avg Sp (Km)
6 Hour outdoor track 117.316 188.80 19.55 31.47
24 Hour outdoor track 347.836 559.79 14.49 23.32

Riders summary 

Elin Starup – 19. – 20. September 2020 – 10:00:00 AM 

24 Hours, Outdoor Track, Women 18 – 49, Standard bike 

Vaerlose Flyvestation – Starting point at Arrow 52 

I had really looked forward and were very excited to do this attemp. After a promising 24-hours ride 5  weeks before, I had set a goal to go 700 km and believed in it. 

Everything was tested on the previous 24-hours ride. I was only going to eat fluid meals to optimize time on  the bike and that part worked really well for me. 

No idea that the concussion I got 4,5 weeks before the attempt would be a huge game changer. 

Following the weather reports closely the days before showed that unlike normal on the Flightstation in  Vaerlose, the wind would be very easy. A huge advantage since the place is very open. Unfortunately a  thick fog settled over the track at the same time as darkness fell. This is where the concussion became the  game changer. I got dizzy and had problems coordinating and had to get some rest as it was to dangerous  to proceed. After 30 minutes rest, the fog was gone and I was ok to get back on the bike, but was unable to  push the speed to anything decent. 

It became a long and cold night with only 4 degrees celcius and just before sunset the fog was back and  again I had to rest. In my head, I should have been off the bike less than 30 minutes, but sometimes reality  is different and with almost 2 hours off the bike and the low speed after first brake, the 700 km was far  gone. 

STILL it was an amazing experience and if the weather allowed it, I would do it again as soon as I am fully  recovered from the concussion. Not reaching the goal set prior to the attempt of course is unsatisfying but I  know I did my best under the circumstances and I am happy that I completed 24 hours and 24 seconds.

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