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Old 2012-04-30, 09:32 AM   #1
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Cool Düsseldorf Marathon results - new record 1:22:18

Congratulations to Christoph Hartmann for winning the Düsseldorf marathon yesterday with a blistering 1h 22m 18s time.

That means an average speed of 30.62 kph or 19.03 mph. Wow. (Note: Although it is faster, as this is a road race it is in no way comparable to the Hour World Record which must be done on a velodrome-type circuit.)

The top three were Christoph Hartmann, Jan Logemann and Knut Steffens, several minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Also, Roger Davies in seventh place recorded 1:31:44 with no Schlumpf, possibly the fastest ungeared marathon time?

Sadly I missed the event this time, but it sounds like there must have been great conditions! Well done everyone.

Full results: http://ergebnisse.metrogroup-maratho...s=%25&limit=50
Discussion on the German unicycle forum: http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/sho...=90520&page=13

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Old 2012-04-30, 01:39 PM   #2
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After a bit more of a careful look at the results it appears there was some delay at the start, and I was looking at the 'net' times (from individual transponders crossing the start line) rather than the 'gross' (from the gun) times. In a race the authoritative time should be the gross, as it is not a time trial. In practice those starting on the first row of a mass start should have both times within a second or so of each other.

I wonder what happened at the start to cause seemingly all riders to have at least a ~30 sec delay before crossing the start line?? Maybe the clock started before anyone was told to 'Go!'?
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Old 2012-04-30, 03:41 PM   #3
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Es gab keinen Einradfahrer-Start, nur einen für die Handbiker. Danach sagte der Sprecher, wir könnten jetzt auch fahren. Es bestand allgemeine Konfusion, da keiner damit gerechnet hatte. Die Brutto-Zeit ist also die von den Handbikern.
Google translate: "There was no unicyclists start, only one hand for the bikers. Thereafter, the spokesman said, we could now go as well. There was general confusion, because no one had expected. The gross time is thus the hand of the bikers."

It seems there was a confused start behind the hand-bikes' start, unlike in previous years where the unicycles got a formal start of their own. So yes, it seems there was a 30 second delay from the 'gun' time for all unicyclists. In this case the net time is probably the most appropriate.
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Old 2012-04-30, 05:22 PM   #4
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Right. We were all standing back behind the handbiker to watch them start. As they left we started walking up to the line, and once some people got there they just started hoping on and going.

Fine for me because I didn't really feel like breaking too many records that day :P and the net time is all that matters, It took some of the pressure off, but I think we also wont have many cool videos of the start, etc.

So yeah his net time should be what counts since he didn't have a chance to start off the line.

So congrats! And to everyone else who rode, lots of fun!
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Old 2012-04-30, 05:29 PM   #5
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but it sounds like there must have been great conditions! Well done everyone.
Good temp, Overcast skies, No Wind, Lots of motivating spectators

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Old 2012-04-30, 10:25 PM   #6
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As Jeff said, the start was a bit impromptu but after that the conditions were very good--cool, overcast and no wind. Overall it was a very nice race.

I got started fast and the first half went well. I had two UPDs as I got tired and took it easier on the second half. By the end I was tired and my legs were rubbery once I got off. My net time was 1:59:24, which just barely beat my goal of 2 hours, so I was pleased. The kids ( I call them kids because I am old and feeling it today) were astoundingly fast. I cannot imaging how fast they must have been going to clock a 1:22 marathon!

It was a great experience. I would like to thank Roland for lending me a unicycle to make it possible.

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Old 2012-05-01, 04:36 AM   #7
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Pictures!

Here are some pictures for the Duesseldorf Marathon. You are welcome to share them.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1167404...eldorfMarathon

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Old 2012-05-01, 06:52 AM   #8
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Redwelly, you discribe what happened at the start precisely as if you were there - absolutely correct! The only thing to add is that I saw a french guy (Baptiste) who crossed the starting line together with the handbikers. I thought "tough for him, since he made an early start" to find out afterwards that he is the only one who got it right (1s difference between gross and net). However if all ambitious unicyclers would have started with the handbikers it would have ended up in a desaster.

The route had been slightly changed. The first (U-)turn after the start came a bit earlier and after km 4 we had to cycle an additional loop through some streets, which included a hairpin turn in a narrow street (see below). This was particularily challenging for the geared cyclists, since they had to either turn in second gear at extremely low speed or switch gears (or UPD-turn like me ).

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Also, Roger Davies in seventh place recorded 1:31:44 with no Schlumpf, possibly the fastest ungeared marathon time?
Very impressiv! I had the opportunity to cycle for short time after the start behind him. I had to fight vertigo! I already complained in the German forum that we probably witnessed a world record, which even did not get mentioned in the award ceremonie. Despite not having a fixed 36er category, this is an unfortunate omission.

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Sadly I missed the event this time ...
And we missed you! Hope to see you next year!
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The first (U-)turn after the start came a bit earlier and after km 4 we had to cycle an additional loop through some streets, which included a hairpin turn in a narrow street (see below). This was particularily challenging for the geared cyclists, since they had to either turn in second gear at extremely low speed or switch gears (or UPD-turn like me ).
And this hairpin turn looked like this:
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And this hairpin turn looked like this:
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I am surprised that the car still looks ok. Just right to the picure there was also a nicely parked Porsche looking to be waiting for someone to crash right into it. Almost tempting!
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Old 2012-05-01, 04:16 PM   #11
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Jeebers that is fast! Right now it is taking me at least 1:30 to ride 20 miles, and I'm working hard! Granted, I usually have a few small hills to ride, but still, it will be hard to do that time in (basically) an hour.

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Here is my Garmin data for the ride:

http://connect.garmin.com/player/173554804
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Old 2012-05-12, 07:39 PM   #13
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Very impressive to us single speeders!

And here is the video of you!

http://vimeo.com/41591232

What was the set up? Crank length?
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Cato's video is absolutely amazing. Love it. His compossion with both camara along with his heart rate, speed, distance and cadence is fantastic.

I was on 100mm venture cranks, equinox hub, prototype aluminium frame, Nimbus gel saddle and... basically all my light weight bits. Total weight was less than 6kg.

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Very impressive to us single speeders!

And here is the video of you!

http://vimeo.com/41591232

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Old 2012-05-12, 09:11 PM   #15
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Now I know what 17mph looks like on an ungeared unicycle. I can't believe you kept up that cadence the whole race. It looks sped up like Benny Hill.
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