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300 kilometers and 5 ports of the Tour de France on a fixie bicycle

300 kilometers and 5 ports of the Tour de France on a fixie bicycle

No brakes. Without marches. With fixed pinion and a contrapedal bicycle. Thus the Swiss Patrick Seabase was launched to the adventure of completing the same route of the first large mountain stage that lived the Tour of France in 1910. The same one that crossed the Pyrenees, climbed the Aubisque, the Aspit and the Tourmalet and ended in Bayona after leaving Luchon. That stage, more than a hundred years ago, was won by the Frenchman Octave Lapize, who left a phrase for the story when asked what the route seemed: "You are murderers." Lapize took 14 hours and 10 minutes to complete the 326 kilometers of the stage, with 6,000 meters of unevenness. [embed] http://youtu.be/hzvn-eadpa0[/embed] On June 3 the Swiss cyclist Patrick Seabase accepted the Red Bull challenge to repeat that stage of 1910 on a fixie type bicycle, without marches or brakes. And with a 47x17 development! To stop it, it had to block the pedals and skid the rear wheel. Finally he completed the deed with a time of 15 hours and 52 minutes. At the end he confessed that "I really do not know how I have achieved it. For the first time in my life I had doubts about whether it was good enough and if I was going to be able to overcome a challenge. But I am very happy with what I have overcome if I have remembered those pioneers of the 1910 tour. "
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