Austrian cyclist Jacob Zurl the one who cruised across Cuba in a 1,450-kilometer race that covered in a record time of 58 hours and 48 minutes on the island’s first cross-country race is considered the extremist cyclist ever. Zurl left on Wednesday 19 and reached the finish line on Friday, covering the route from Punta de Maisi to Cabo de San Antonio, the two most extreme points of the Cuban geography.
Jacob Zurl likes the challenges to an extreme point and became the rider who completed the fastest crossing on the most dangerous road in the Himalayas. Zurl completed the Himalayan crossing in 40 hours. It took him 40 hours to roll through the special conditions of the highest mountain range in the world, to the point that he had to resort to a special trick to be able to do so.
“The training was very hard and I did not think I was going to break a record.” It was very hard for the altitude, you had to sleep more than 3,500 meters and the first day I could not do it. I had problems with my lungs and being there was very difficult to be able to roll fast in the Himalayas.
The majority of the route is rolled over land that makes it very demanding for your body and your arms. But it’s great, it’s an adventure, to be there, with spectacular scenery, unlike any part of the world. He used a few tricks to be able to take the pain and be in the saddle for so many hours. One key was to listen to music, always the same. It was for the rhythm, because after a while you do not hear it, but you do listen.
By [Jose Manuel Aguilera Rioboo].