I saw your finish time already in the “Who has completed a 100 mile ride?” thread. Quite a bit above your target of 9.5 hours. So I was curious to see the write-up to find out what held you back. Well there it is… saddle soreness, and lots of it (and a blown tyre). Perhaps the flatfish saddle it not at its best without handle bars? It seems quite narrow, and it looks quite firm too, and so the local pressure is high. It can’t be lack of buttock experience with long rides, you’ve even done 24 hours. I read about your usual training route being 25 km… did you train any longer rides?
All that aside, even 11:36 is a massive achievement on a standard uni, and possibly still the fastest ever. Kudos to you!. Naughty question at this time: are you going to do it again?
One little thing, in the write-up it says “maximal crank length of 125 mm”. That should read “minimal”.
On a curved saddle- I don’t think I would have lasted half that distance. I did complete the first 80km well within my target time.
The thing which helps most with saddle comfort over long distances is resistance on the pedal, not the handlebar or even the saddle. On the big wheel/short cranks you’re always floating on the seat instead of sitting squarely on your bottom. Try riding a 36"/150mm vs a 36"/100mm cranks. You’ll be amazed how comfortable the short cranks are compared with the long.
I used the same saddle last year on a 36" and had no discomfort problems (and I snapped my handlebar off in a crash with 40km left to go).
Thanks for the picture Pagee
Oh my gosh
Now a 24 looks miniscule!
And a 36 doesn’t look much bigger
Well done on a fun ride, well I’m sure Ken thinks it was fun now…
looks like the pool has already been co=opted for the next unicon