4 races in 2020 - almost 1100 km and 19000 meters of climbing - a fight against cancer for humans in need - mission accomplished!
THANK YOU - CHF 8'212 raised - further support is more than welcome - the project will continue, also for some events in 2021 - stay tuned. In October I managed to reach my yearly goal of cycling 7000 km - what a year on the road with tones of experience made.
Update November 2020 - Mission completed
The Atos Tour Event from Paris to Eindhoven was finally cancelled due Covid reasons - but, we had a 3 hour online cycling event, with more than 25 participant from Atos - team effort at its best.
Zurich - Zermatt done - hell, yeah! What a race, starting 1.45 am in Zurich, a clear night, fair temperature, hitting the road fast and I only struggled on the climbs, due the limited training possibilities in the mountains (illness and race incident in July). But super happy I reached Zermatt after 12h 31 min moving time, 87 minutes faster than last year! Rank 93 from 220 riders, plus 15 who could not finish.... what an experience, again! Looking forward to the 2021 edition.
Update July 13, 2020 - Race 2 summary - 3 weeks prior the race I fetched a flu, next to the traditional hay fever. Therefore not much of climbing training was possible, however, in the week of the race I felt okay, did some power test and decided going for the race. Giving myself a goal in reaching Andermatt under 10 hours was challenging for the 209 KM and 5500 meter of climbing - I knew if I reach Innertkirichen after 107 km and already 1000 meter of climbing in 4 hours, I'm well on track. The race - my start with number #52 at 4.12 am, hitting the road in Bern, was furious, benefitting but also offering some drafting at the first 30 km - the first climb under heavy rain (till Meiringen) went well, felt extremely good, also along Lake Thuner- and Brienz all fine. Reaching Innertkirchen in about 3 hours 34 was almost unreal to me, yet it felt fantastic and fast. Hitting the Grimsel after a short nutrition and fluid refill felt also good - after 2/3 of the climb I had breathing issues and felt like the energy dropped - I managed to reach the checkpoint at the Grimsel and after a short break I headed into the sun, fog, rain, and crazy windmill towards Ullrichen - there i took on the climb towards Nufenen, more breathing issue, some strange chest pain, never experienced ever before - finally, after 4 breaks on the first 5 km climbing, I had to give up and had sever pain. On Sunday i had to go for a 6 hours health check in the hospital, root cause found quite fast, inflammation between lung and rib's - a followup from my illness from previous weeks, probably caused from the rain and chilly temperatures during the race. Well, I put health before my strong ego of never giving up - and I believe this was the only and right decision made - despite am still disappointed not finishing the race.
Update June 30, 2020 - Race 2 about to start - Friday July 3, I will join the race from Bern to Andermatt over 210 km and 5500 meters of climbing - after two weeks of illness I hope I can manage this race successful - yet, health remains my biggest concern and if I feel I risk something I might do the race another time this year - but lets keep the finger crossed.
Update June 2, 2020 - Race 1 done - I was riding the Dillier Classic 2020 on my own due to the Covid-19 cancellation - unfortunately also the Atos Tour from Paris-Eindhoven is cancelled, but will be done virtually (yet I will find another option to ride a similar distance).
Cycling is not only my hobby, it's much more. It’s the activity which reenergizes me and gives me the strength, air and condition I need. When Igor (work colleague) told me last year about the Atos Tour charity, a fighting cancer initiative, I was immediately interested, yet the date set in 2019 collided with my training plans that year. In early January 2020, I signed in for the Chasing Cancellara races Berne – Andermatt and Zurich – Zermatt, days after I visited the Atos Tour page and signed up – the 3 events fit perfectly one after the other. In March 2020 I figured out that there is another Chasing Cancellara race near my home and signed up for the Dillier Classic, Gippingen.
The inspiration to create this Lead, Ride & Get project came through the Atos Tour, which is a yearly event, the 17th edition in 2020. Atos employees (sometimes customers) cycling from Paris to Eindhoven in two days, with the goal of raising money against cancer. Why do I combine hobby, fun and charity in one? Because I believe it’s a perfect occasion and project, giving back something to humans in need. The Atos Tour is a project from my employer Atos - but I extended the scope with 3 events, which take place before, in order to utilize the potential Lead, Ride & Get to the maximum.
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