Eine “Bucket-List” ist eine nach belieben erweiterbare Freizeit-ToDo Liste. Bei ambitionierten Rennradfahrern beinhaltet sie meistens die weltbrühmten Anstiege wie das Stilfser Joch, Alp d’Huez oder den Col du Galibier. Wenn es eine richtige Herausforderung werden soll erweitern der Monte Zoncolan in Italien oder der Alto de Angliru in Spanien, sie zählen zu den härtesten in Europa, die “mindestens einmal im Leben” Ausfahrten. Doch all diese asphaltieren Pässe reichen nur bis zu einer Höhe von maximal 2500 Meter über dem Meer. Zieht man nun auch andere Länder in Betracht in denen es sich hervoragend Fahrrad fahren lässt, liest man von monumentalen Anstiegen die weit über 3000 vertikale Meter zu überwinden haben.

An Taiwans Ostküste, bei der Taiwan KOM Challenge, erwartet die Teilnehmer so ein Megaanstieg. Die Eckdaten um von Meereshöhe auf die Wuling Passhöhe zu gelangen sind:

-84 Kilometer Länge

-3485 Höhenmeter (Passhöhe 3275 Meter)

-Rampen mit 12 – 27% Steigung

-ein 10 km langes Finale mit durchschnittlich 10% Steigung

Diese Werte sind bei erster Betrachtung schwer vorstellbar, nachdem es auf der Insel aber mehr als 250 Erhebungen über 3000 Meter gibt, wird es leicht nachvollziehbar. Der Wuling Pass ist Taiwans höchstgelegene Strasse.

Für eine deratige Beanspruchung kommt nur das leichteste Material in Frage. Alle Möglichkeiten Gewicht am Körper, Bekleidung, Rad und Laufrädern zu reduzieren werden ausgenutzt.

Das Rennen startet um 6 Uhr früh an der Pazifikküste am Stadtrand von Hualien mit einer 18 km langen neutralisierten Phase. Die Temperaturen untertags liegen bei angenehmen 25°C nur geringfügig höher als in der Nacht, somit war es vom Start weg eine “Kurz-Kurz” Angelegenheit. In der zweiten Reihe hinter aktiven und zurückgetretenen Profis wie Laurens Ten Dam und Emma Pooley, ging Felix sehr gut positioniert ins Rennen. Die Sonne ging über dem Horizont langsam auf, es herrschte wenig Nervosität im Peleton.

Bis Kilometer 18 wurde eingrollt und die Stimmung genossen, dann nach der Brücke über den Fluss Shilin fällt der Startschuss. Die Taktik für den ersten Teil des Rennens über die kurzen Rampen und leicht ansteigenden Zwischenstücke hieß: Dranbleiben so lang es geht und Sinn macht. An der Spitze wurde erwatungsgemäß ein hohes, aber unregelmäßiges Tempo angeschlagen. Die stufenförmigen Wellen in die Taroko Schlucht verlangten zeitweise 400 Watt um den Kontakt zur ersten Gruppe halten zu können. Bei km 38 habe ich mich für mein eigenes Tempo entschieden und bin noch einige Zeit mit einer kleineren Gruppe mitgefahren. Die Gruppe mit zwei erfahrenen Locals peilte eine Zeit von 4 Stunden an.

Aus der atemberaubbenden Schlucht mit hundert Meter hohen Felswänden, schlängelt sich die enge Strasse ins offenere, sonnige Gelände und bietet sensationelle Ausblicke über das Tal. Die Wattwerte pendeln zwischen 250 bis 270 Watt und die Temperaturen steigen noch. Die Windungen der Serpentinen schrauben sich unaufhörlich in die Höhe und bald stehen schon 2000 Höhenmeter auf dem Garmin.

Die tropische Vegetation zu Beginn des Rennens weicht zunehmend Nadelbäumen, bis zu dem lang erwarteten Tunnel, der die kurze Abfahrt zur Guanyuan Tankstelle einleitet. Eine mehr als willkommene Abwechslung, denn ab der Labestation beginnt vielen Aussagen nach “das zweite Rennen”. Es sind weitere 15km bis zur Ziellinie und die Steigung nimmt immer weiter zu. Es hat mittlerweile frische 15°C bei kräftigem Sonnenschein und konstantem Wind. Der Schutz der Bäume nimmt ab. Die verbleibenden 10 Kilometer stellen die Teilnehmer vor konstante 10%  bergauf und dort wo die Luft schon richtig dünn wird, wartet eine 800 Meter lange Prüfung mit 27%. Selbst mit einer bergtauglichen Übersetzung von 34-32 fällt die Kadenz stark ab, das Risiko einen Krampf zu erleiden oder sogar sein Rad zu schieben zu müssen ist hoch. Durch das konservative Pacing im mittleren Teil hatte Felix noch Reserven zur Verfügung die bis zu einem kurzen Flachstück knapp vor dem Ziel reichten. Mit der Passhöhe im Blickfeld wird der letzte Kilometer zur fast nie endenwollenden Tortur. Der Wiegetritt schmerzt und die Atmung ist hastig, doch die Euphorie und der Ehrgeiz drehen die Kurbel und Laufräder weiter.

Vom Einbiegen in die Taroko Schlucht bis zur Zielline auf 3275 Meter vergingen 4 Stunden 35 Minuten bei einer Normalized Power von 251 Watt. Im internationalen Vergleich mit einer hohen Leistungsdichte konnte sich Felix auf Rang 109 von 576 Teilnehmern platzieren. Zu den Resultaten geht es hier.

 

 

 

 

Völkermarkt and Diex were this year’s venues for the Austrian Mountain National Championship in road cycling. Nearly 100 starters started at the main square of Völkermarkt on August 18th to determine the fastest climber in the country. After 3.5 laps or approx. 60 kilometres around Völkermarkt the final 9-kilometre climb up to Diex follows. The initial phase of the race was marked by several attacks, but no rider was able to distance himself decisively. Thus, the elite field entered the final climb almost closed. The ascent to Diex has an average gradient of 8%, but mainly includes steeper passages at the beginning and end.

At the foot of the mountain, the pace was immediately picked up at the top and the field broke up into several groups. Chase team rider Manfred managed to stay just behind the leading group and drove a strong race. He completed the climb in about 25′ and was able to catch up another group of drivers shortly before the finish. With the Chase-Up wheels and the Chase seat post he also had optimal material at his disposal to bring his bike as close as possible to the regulated 6.8 kg minimum weight. In the Austrian Championship scoring Manfred just missed the top 10 and finished with a strong 11th place!

Results

As every year, Sankt Georgen in Attergau became the centre of the ultra-long distance cycling scene again this year. The  Race Around Austria will host the first Austrian Championships in this discipline in 2018. Champions are determined both on the extreme distance (2200km – 30000m of elevation gain)in singles, doubles and quad events, as well as on the faster 560km course around Upper Austria, the so called “Challenge“. The Austrian topography with countless altitude meters, high Alpine passes and the unstable weather give the Race Around Austria the title of Europe’s toughest cycle race.

Team Chase started at the RAA Challenge with Felix Schneider and Bernhard Weis, after the participation in the 2016 (2nd) and 2017 (6th) team competition, now for the first time with solo starts on the big stage at the market place of Sankt Georgen. On Wednesday 15.08 they started at 17:05 in the race around Upper Austria. The time predictions were between 19 and 21 hours of racing. The multiple RAAM and RAA winner Christoph Strasser was also at the competition.

Team Chase at the RAA Challenge

The first quarter clockwise along the borders of the province was marked by few climbs, but all the faster country roads and even some tailwind. The time trial specialists were able to set the pace here. With the new Chase Me aero wheel and the Chase AeroPerformanceSystem cockpit, Felix was able to keep an average of 37.5 km/h up to 160 km of the race, just before the Danube bridge near Niederranna, and thus the second place.

The following section through the Mühlviertel held a considerable amount of altitude meters ready and went from hill to hill over crests and valleys. Rollers made up for time here. This strenuous section extends into the night until Freitstadt.

Mental Strength – From Freistadt, a high degree of concentration and resistance to emerging fatigue is required. The route offers hardly any variety, the night is dark and the energy level after 340km with an average of 32 km/h (after 11 hours) has dropped significantly. Here it was also where the support team had to act at short notice. Felix became suddenly tired and could not keep the track despite high speed – a dangerous game. A treatment break of about 8 minutes by the phyiostherapist brought momentum back into the last kilometres of the approach to the Hengstpass.

The race entered its final phase. With 140km to-go the Hengstpass stands in the way of the starters, not an unsolvable task, since the road does not rise above 7%. But exactly here it was the duty to be able to make up for the lost positions by the forced break. Only a few minutes separated the places 3 to 8, the RAA Challenge is an individual time trial, which is always exciting to follow due to the small time intervals. After the first flat kilometres at the base of the Hengstpass, Felix changed to his Rams Cycling road bike with the mountain-suited Chase Up wheels. With 250 watts it went towards the sun, up to the summit. In the meantime, the night regulation, which according to the regulations lasts until 6:30 a.m., was abandoned. In this increase alone, the team was able to drive two places well thanks to the perfect use of the material and mobilisation of the reserves. Starting situation after the Hengstpass: 6th place.

Race Around Austria Challenge – Chase – Foto: Peter Maurer

 

Arrived at the top the descent was tackled with the time bike. The following flat piece by Windischgarsten Felix unwound in the usual aero-position. Unfortunately, a rail crossing at Steinbach am Ziehberg stopped the rapid race to catch up. The collected experience of the last years let the supervisor crew react quickly and they postponed the change to the racing bike by 1 km, got rid of the superfluous nightwear and provided the athlete with necessary food and drink. The loss of time was limited to about 2 minutes. In the same rhythm Felix attacked the upcoming Ziehberg, again followed by a fast descent on the time bike. Now there was only one ascent to Gmunden, short and up to 12% steep. With gels, caffeine and all available reserves Felix fought his way up the ramps towards Attersee. Ranking after the last obstacle with 270W cut: 4th place.

Arrived at the summit the usual scenario: Changing to the time bike to hide deep in the aeroposition. The distance to 5th place had to be kept constant, not to take any risks on the last 30 kilometres past Mondsee, heading for the starting and finishing place Sankt Georgen in Attergau.

The last painful waves were attacked with euphoria and the incessant cheers of the crew from the support vehicle.

 

Race Around Austria Solo Challenge 2018 – Ziel – Foto: Peter Maurer

The town sign marked the finish: At 11:26, after 18 hours 20 minutes with an average of 30.7 km/h Felix finished 4th at the first Austrian Ultra Long Distance Championships. Click  here for the results.

 

On August 11th Kirchschlag in the Buckligen Welt was the venue of the Schlossberg XC. The traditional event was held for the 17th time this year. For Chase team rider Manfred, this race is always something special, as he comes from the town and was already at the start of the very first edition of this event in 2001, at that time still in the student class.

He won each of the last three races and was therefore again the favourite this year. The track was very deep and muddy due to heavy rainfall the night before the race, which made it extremely exhausting for all participants. Nevertheless, Manfred took the lead of the field immediately after the start and set the pace. Only one rider was able to follow him for a fairly long time, but on the ascents it quickly emerged who was the stronger of the two on this day.  After 1 hour and 9 minutes Manfred crossed the finish line as the winner and thus lived up to his role as favourite.

Results

Wheels-Wednesday:Rechtzeitig zum Start der Cyclocross-Saison sind die Laufräder von #chasecx fertig geworden!Die…

Gepostet von Manfred Zöger – Radsport am Donnerstag, 5. Oktober 2017

Our opening ceremony on April 1st 2016 was a great success.

In the evening of April 1st we celebrated the opening of our new, young company in our factory.

Eröffnungsfeier Chase, handcrafted in Austria, Carbon, Felge, Grenzgasse 111 9/6/6, St. Gabriel, Felix Schneider, Peter Fröhlich, Chase

 

Besides to local politicians, like the mayor of Maria Enzersdorf ans DI Johann Zeiner, we also welcomed the technology and innovation representative of Lower Austria, WKO representative ING Roman Langer MSc MAS and businessman Stephan Duursma MBA.

 

Eröffnungsfeier, DI Johann Zeiner, handcrafted in Austria, Carbon, Felge, Grenzgasse 111 9/6/6, St. Gabriel, Felix Schneider, Peter Fröhlich, Chase

Picture: market town Maria Enzersdorf

Additionally, we could also convince notable industry agents and the local press of the great capability of carbon fiber production in a short presentation of our company.

Our guests showed great interest in the manufacturing process and in our previously produced products.

We carried really nice conversations and could even establish new, important contacts.

 

Eröffnungsfeier Chase, DI Johann Zeiner, handcrafted in Austria, Carbon, Felge, Grenzgasse 111 9/6/6, St. Gabriel, Felix Schneider, Peter Fröhlich, Chase

In this beautiful autumn day the conditions were perfect. Head off to a cross-race in Langenzersdorf just next to Vienna: the athletes of Team Chase all showed a very good performance at the ‘King & Queen of Seeschlacht’. Our Chase Mud-rims – available as disk version and as rim-brake version – were perfect to fight in those tough race conditions.

The specific cross-country rims give comfort in the long straight but turbulent passages and at the same time enable the cyclist to pass trough the sharp curves fast. Our athlete Manfred Zöger reached with an excellent performance the second place in the overall standing in the 60′ elite-race behind a cyclist from Hungary. Second cross-race and second position on the podium. After his disease, Felix Ritzinger showed also that he is a powerful cyclist. He showed a good performance and for the next races you can definitely count on a position on the winner’s rostrum. Felix Schneider was one of the strongest bikers in the 40′ race. After catching up from a rear starting position he reached the leading group. He finished with a good performance and finally reached the third row in the overall standings. 

A great day for Team Chase.

Handcrafted Carbon Wheels applied in the tough race conditions.

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On Friday, Oct the 27th, the first competion of the popular training series Bahn-o-Rama in Vienna was held. It’s the second year for the Series on the

 

Auch wenn das letzte Rennen nicht nach Wunsch verlaufen ist, beende ich die Querfeldein-Saison 2017/18 insgesamt dennoch…

Gepostet von Manfred Zöger – Radsport am Mittwoch, 10. Januar 2018