SUb610 2018 ‘live’

SUb610 2018 is over. SUb610 2019 will feature a none RAAM qualifying distance of about 300 km in addition to the qualifying distance of 610 km.

Official Results SUb610 2018
1 Mikael Henriksson Michigan USA 27 hours 28 minutes 41 seconds
— Anders Andersson Varberg, Sweden DNF

Two riders started from Hotel Scheele in Köping in the Ultra Solo division of SUb 610 2018 in the morning of 4 August.

1 Mikael Henriksson, Michigan USA
2 Anders Andersson, Varberg SWEDEN

Mikael was first out at 08:00 and Anders started a minute later at 08:01. Unexpectedly it was raining and about 20 degrees Celcius. Some thunder could be heard in the distance out over lake Mälaren.

The rain was quickly replaced by sunshine and the temperature rose a couple of degrees to about 22 – 25, and remain there for all of  Saturday.

Mikael had a front wheel blowout puncture in the evening. Luckily he managed to avoid crashing and his crew had soon switched out the front wheel and installed the backup wheel. Anders was beginning to feel sleepy in the run in towards the turn around point at Selma Spa, Sunne, Värmland, Sweden at 342 km. He and his crew, The Heavenly Ride, decided to take a sleep break at the turn around point. When Anders got going again after about an hours sleep, he was initially able to find a good pace but after awhile he started experiencing fatigue in his legs. Anders and his crew tried a couple of shorter recovery stops to try to get the legs turning over properly again. But this was not his day and at Time Station 9 Lesjöfors the decision was made to abandon the race.

Meanwhile Mikael was extending his lead through the night and into the early morning. Mikael did not feel the need to sleep. After having negotiated the last major hill before Time Station 11 Lindesberg, Mikael finished by riding strongly in the much appreciated tailwind towards the finish and victory in Köping, Sweden.

The planned and unplanned detours of SUb610 2018 means that the distance this year was longer than previous editions, probably close to 625 km.

The organisers would like to thank the riders and crew members for making SUb610 2018 memorable.

Start Köping
08:00 1 Mikael Henriksson
08:01 2 Anders Andersson

TS1 Färna 41 km
09:30 Mikael Henriksson 27.3 km/h
09:38 Anders Andersson 25.4 km/h

TS2 Söderbärke 84 km
11:27 Mikael Henriksson 24.3 km/h
11:51 Anders Andersson 21.9 km/h

The riders had to do a detour before Fagersta because of an unreported road work. They even had to contend with some 5 km of gravel riding. The crews handled the navigational challenge as seasoned pros.
The rain stopped and the sun is now shining. The unplanned gravel road was dry.

Smedjebacken 12:37 Mikael and his crew took a short stop at the gas station to fill up on water. Mikael was looking strong. At 12:55 Anders rode on while his crew took a stop at the same gas station.

TS3 Malingsbo 135 km
13:33 Mikael Henriksson 24.3 km/h
14:10 Anders Andersson 22.0 km/h

TS4 Bredsjö 196 km
15:58 Mikael Henriksson 24.6 km/h
17:17 Anders Andersson 21.2 km/h

Mikael has been riding strong in the false flats towards Kopparberg and TS4 at Bredsjö. Varied weather in Dalarna, 20-25 degrees Celcius and mostly sunny but some drizzle also and bike riding friendly winds.

TS5 Filipstad 243 km
18:05 Mikael Henriksson 24.1 km/h
19:18 Anders Andersson 21.5 km/h

Mikael had a quick visit in his old hometown Filipstad.

TS6 Molkom 277 km
19:31 Mikael Henriksson 24.1 km/h
20:47 Anders Andersson 21.7 km/h

TS7 Sunne 342 km
22:05 Mikael Henriksson 24.3 km/h
23:55 Anders Andersson 21.5 km/h

Mikael reached the turnaround point at Selma Spa in Sunne, Värmland Sweden with a lead of 1 hour 50 minutes over Anders. Anders decided to sleep for about an hour after he reached Sunne. Mikael was thus able to extend his lead thanks to Anders’ sleeping stop. Mikael has not yet felt the need to sleep.

TS8 Sunnemo 385 km
00:30 Mikael Henriksson 23.3 km/h
03:14 Anders Andersson 20.0 km/h

Anders managed to get going with a good pace after having slept in Sunne, Värmland.

TS9 Lesjöfors 445 km
03:21 Mikael Henriksson 23.0 km/h
07:20 Anders Andersson 19.1 km/h DNF

12 degrees Celcius in the middle of the night at Lesjöfors, which is usually the coldest point of the SUb610 ride.

Anders Andersson abondons after TS9. He did not have the legs this time.

TS10 Hjulsjö 500 km
05:40 Mikael Henriksson 23.1 km/h

TS11 Lindesberg 541 km
07:58 Mikael Henriksson 22.6 km/h

Note that the speed calculation is incorrect from Lindesberg due to a preplanned alternative route this year in towards TS11 in Lindesberg. The road with the 10% slope at Siggebohyttan is closed due to road works and the alternative route is some 5 km longer.

TS12 Medåker 595 km
10:54 Mikael Henriksson 22.1 km/h

Finish Köping 610 km
11:28 Mikael Henriksson 22.2 km/h


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