Über Pretzel Debrief + PRL Full Event Announcement

Über Pretzel Debrief + PRL Full Event Announcement

Last Saturday’s Über Pretzel Badge Hunters event exceeded all of my expectations. Here’s my story of the big day out – but before that, a bit of news…

PRL Full Badge Hunters Event – March 13th

As soon as we announced the Über event, folks were requesting a similar London PRL Full event.

The PRL Full is the longest route on Zwift (173 km/107.5 miles), covering eleven laps of the London Loop plus a bit more. It’s a big effort, but a totally different “feel” from the Über Pretzel.

And we’re going to conquer it together on March 13th at 6am Pacific/9am Eastern/2pm GMT. The event hasn’t been posted yet, but save the date!

The Setup

This Über event began as a harebrained idea from Steve Beckett (Chief Marketing Officer at Zwift) and myself, who were chatting after February’s Mega Pretzel fondo about how neither of us had the Über Pretzel route badge (shameful, right?). Steve suggested we knock it out together, then we had the idea of inviting some friends to a Meetup, then we decided to make it Zwift Insider’s first-ever official Zwift event. It’s amazing what can happen in the span of a few WhatsApp messages!

Let’s just say I’ve had better days out on the bike…

So we announced it on the morning of Wednesday, February 10th. 400 Zwifters signed up within a couple of hours and I headed outside in the afternoon for a solo ride up my local volcano, Mount Konocti.

It was a beautiful ride to the top – 3000′ of climbing to full panoramic views of our lake and the surrounding mountains. But on the way down, I cut the inside of a left-hand hairpin (dumb mistake) and met a dirt biker (motorcycle) on his way up the gravel road. I hit the dirt, tumbled over, and met his front wheel on my lower back/ribs. Ouch.

Luckily neither of us was traveling at high speed. It could have been so much worse. But that didn’t make me feel much better the next day when I could barely get out of bed. The road rash was no big deal – I’ve dealt with that before. But the bruised ribs/internals? These were going to be a problem.

I had to laugh at the irony of crashing just a few hours after announcing Zwift Insider’s biggest event ever. But I also set myself a goal: I would do everything I could to finish The Über Pretzel on February 20th.

Anticipation Grows

It was so much fun to watch the number of signups grow every day. 1000 signed up within 24 hours. A week out, over 2000. I sent out an email blast which included the event as a highlight, and on Wednesday, 3 days before the event, we broke 4000. The night before we were over 5000.

Who were these crazy people? How could there possibly be over 5000 people wanting to ride The Über Pretzel?

Back On the Bike

I took 3 days off from riding after the crash, just trying to let my body heal by resting, heat/ice, and taking slow walks. Walking felt like I’d suddenly aged 40 years. Who knew how much your core was used just to move your legs?

On Sunday I took my first ride, free riding through Fuego Flats and even hanging with C. Cadence’s group for a bit. But I had to keep my effort low and stay upright, as stretching the ribs put me in a dark place.

Although I’ve seen and heard stories, this was my first experience using Zwift as a rehab vehicle. For someone who wants to get back on the bike in a very controlled manner, Zwift is perfect – very few variables. You can climb off whenever you want. No cars or potholes.

Each day I rode for about an hour, and each day I felt a bit better on the bike. But I still couldn’t push above zone 2 without causing things to hurt a lot, and getting out of the saddle (which I love to do!) wasn’t working either. Mornings were the worst as things were limbered up yet – but I rode early anyway, because I knew Saturday’s effort would begin at 6am.

The day before the big ride I led my Friday Sprintapalooza event at 5:25am – without sprinting! My average power was the highest it had been all week, and I was able to get out of the saddle a bit more comfortably. I finished that ride confident that I could start The Über Pretzel and at least finish most of it.

And So It Begins

Saturday morning Monica and I woke up at 5am, with the ride beginning at 6am. We set out all the necessities – extra bottles, fresh kit and towels, food. Monica’s plan was to ride for the first hour or so – she’s still dealing with a hip injury and didn’t want to push it. She was downstairs on the iPad, I was upstairs at Zwift Insider World Headquarters.

When the clock hit zero we all barreled out of the start pens. Well, most of us, at least. My screen showed 3905 riders taking part, and that was simply too much for some people’s devices to process. Including my poor wife’s! Monica came upstairs a bit teary-eyed… the Zwift app had simply locked up when the event started, then it shut down.

Trying to rejoin the ride didn’t work. And I had purposely not enabled the Late Join feature for the event, because I didn’t want people to late join, ride to the top of the Alpe, then not get the route badge.

As Monica started her own ride, I chugged along in the group around 1500th place. Zone 2. The ribs were letting me know they were there, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as earlier in the week.

Glorious Discord

We used Zwift Insider’s Discord server for the ride, and there were quite a few folks in the voice channel – around 50. Once I had muted the handful of riders who couldn’t figure out how to enable Push to Talk, we had a wonderful time chatting as we rode. Friends were checking the positions of other friends, we were sharing Zwift tips, telling stories of what we do IRL… it was a grand time.

Seriously, I can’t emphasize this enough: chatting on Discord makes these long rides fly by. As I made my way up the Radio Tower climb my buddy Lewis Dinsdale from the KISS Racing Team messaged me, asking if I could hop onto his Discord channel for a quick interview as he livestreamed the event (my chat with him begins at 46 minutes).

Watch the Live Stream:

After a nice chat with Lewis I pressed on, and eventually found myself at the 2.5-hour mark feeling fresh and chatting away with friends. I was now confident I could make it to the end. Thank goodness for Discord!

To Swap, Or Not To Swap?

After making our way over the Epic KOM and up the Radio Tower climb we descended to a lap of the Jungle. Now came the big question: swap to a mountain bike, or stay on my Tron?

It’s not an entirely easy question to answer in a double-draft event with lots of riders. Because if you’re in a pack of riders it may very well make more sense to stay with your group instead of stopping (and getting dropped), then having to ride ahead of the pack so you can stop and swap back and finish ahead of them (or with them) in the end. This was the case for the riders at the pointy end of today’s ride.

When the Jungle dirt began I had decided to just stay on my road bike. But a few minutes down the road I realized that I wasn’t really in a pack – I was in a continuous line of riders. If I stopped and swapped I wouldn’t by dropped from a pack – I would still be able to draft others.

So I swapped to MTB, and began working my way through the riders ahead. By the time I finished the Jungle Circuit and swapped back onto my Tron bike I had gained around 150 places!

Sitting In + a Refresher

Apart from the Epic KOM + Radio Tower early on, The Über Pretzel actually feels like quite a flat route! The miles flew by once we left the Jungle. Double draft + flat roads made for a splendid time. Soon enough I was at the 3-hour mark, and since we were heading out to the Alpe soon I decided to hop off the bike, take a toilet break, and change to a fresh kit.

Anyone who has done this in the middle of a long Zwift session will tell you: it makes you feel like a new person. It’s the fresh chamois, isn’t it?

The Alpe

As we made our way out to the Alpe, Monica informed me that the first rider had crossed the finish line – Stefan Kirchmair, in 3:25. Wow!

Swapping to my MTB for the short Jungle descent down to the start of the Alpe helped me pass lots of roadies along the way. There were quite a few riders parked at the bottom of the Alpe as well – perhaps taking a bit of a break before tackling the final climb?

I stopped as well – to climb off the heavy MTB and hop onto a good climbing rig. Because I knew I could use all the help I could get!

My Alpe rig

I began the Alpe climb 3:45 into the ride. Going into this I was vaguely hoping to finish around the 5-hour mark, but I had no idea if that would be doable. Now it seemed very possible, since I’ve climbed the Alpe in under 60 minutes many times.

But that’s easy to say, at the bottom of the Alpe.

I tried to hold steady power up the climb, somewhere around 200-210W. And that worked great, for about 30 minutes. Then my legs gave up. In hindsight, I think I didn’t eat enough in the hour leading up to the Alpe – I didn’t have an appetite, so left the Clif bars on the table. Big mistake.

The rest of the climb was a slog. I knew I could do it, my legs just weren’t interested. Even had a nice quad cramp near the end! And although a sub 5-hour Über had seemed possible when the Alpe began, that possibility evaporated away. 5 hours and 5 minutes would be my final time, finishing around 1250th place. Then I enjoyed a well-earned coast to the bottom as I breathed repeated sighs of sweet relief. Done and dusted!

Final Stats

Final numbers for the big event:

  • Signups: 6,973
  • Starting Riders: 3,666
  • Finished: 2,637
  • Total Event Distance Ridden: 277k miles/445k kilometers
  • Elevation: 24M feet/7.33M meters
  • Gender Split: 87% Men 13% Women

Of all these numbers, I’m most impressed that 72% of those who started the ride finished. Amazing work, everyone!

Watch Nathan Guerra finish the ride in 13th place with a time of 3:34 >

Your Comments

Did you ride The Über Pretzel on Saturday? How did it go for you? Share below!

About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Cate Creede
Cate Creede
10 days ago

LOVED this event — however, the app crashed for me at the very beginning (I wasn’t alone) — I was technically riding but my avatar was choppy and then it just dissolved after about 2 km. I exited and then found a bunch of other crashed riders and we rode a parallel event — also finished. So the “DNFs” include a fair number of people for whom zwift connectivity failed in the first 10 minutes of the event. I assume it’s because of the sheer numbers, but wanted to let you know. Very proud of my 5 hours in the… Read more »

Cougie
Cougie
10 days ago
Reply to  Cate Creede

Similar to Cate – app crashed and by the time I got back in there were probably a dozen of us trying to get together for a group ride – didn’t work out that well but it was a good effort.
A long day out solo !
Thanks for setting it up – would definitely try again.

Mick Such
Mick Such
10 days ago

Eric, the Full PRL is 11 laps not 8.

But I will try to be with you. 😊

Richard Braun
Richard Braun
10 days ago

Well done Eric, to fight through to the end! That was a tough ride. I went for the MTB switch as well and was glad that I did. One small point: PRL Full is 11 laps! I’m definitely interested in the group ride for that one.

Rory O'Conor
Rory O'Conor
10 days ago

Well done. Well organised. Its painful climbing the alpe at 50 cadence when i have run out of gears and the legs are shot. Zwift crashed when i had done 100 miles out to fuego, but i got the uber badge. So i will have to come to london and try again for the 100 mile badge.

Keeley
Keeley
10 days ago
Reply to  Rory O'Conor

Ah ha! it crashed at 100 for you too? So frustrating, after putting in that extra effort. Hope it goes better on the PRL full.

Rixter
Rixter
6 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

So change difficulty level at the base of AdZ? Never thought of that

Chris Cowart
Chris Cowart
10 days ago

Thank you for organizing — the ride flew by… is there a place where I can see placing? I had the bug occur where I was constantly in 3890/3905 placed!

rdcyclist (Mark Crane)
rdcyclist (Mark Crane) (@rdcyclist)
10 days ago
Reply to  Chris Cowart

If you’re not signed up on Zwiftpower, just go through the results and match up your overall time on this event log:
https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=1733428

Tanya
Tanya (@tanya-owens)
9 days ago

problem with that is your only placed based on people who are on zwift power.

Cindy Steuart
Cindy Steuart
8 days ago
Reply to  Chris Cowart

So was I….

Christopher B
Christopher B
10 days ago

I had great time tackling my most climbing elevation ride irl or virtual. I did swap to mtb both times going thru the jungle. I did pass many riders on road bikes. I stopped at base of Alp to switch back to 2021 canyon aeroad with enve 3.4 SES wheels. I maintain steady pace 170-180 watts constant 5-6 mph passing many riders was like carrot 🥕 I need to improve my PR time. I took off an 1 hr over my previous attempts due fact I need strength trainihj this off season on getting stronger with my legs. I even… Read more »

Matthew Small
Matthew Small
10 days ago

Thia type of event is perfect. I am endurance training so a weekly long ride is part of my drill. To have a group where there are enough riders such that you can find a sizeable group riding ar your own preferred pace is exactly what I’m looking for. Bring it on PRL!

Tim Perkin
Tim Perkin (@tperkin)
10 days ago

What an event. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to ride with everyone and the group I was in was like an express train. Looking forward to PRL.

Marcelo Perluiz
Marcelo Perluiz
9 days ago
Reply to  Tim Perkin

I think I was in your group, Tim. It really was amazing! I had planned to finish in about 4 and half hours, but the group (and the double draft) helped me finish in 3 hours 45 min.

Although I already have the PRL Full badge, I will definitely sign up for the event!

Isaac
10 days ago

made it to bottom of volcano- then zwift crashed 🙁

Keeley
Keeley
10 days ago

I heard about this event couple of days before from Sarah LaRocque (Everything is Photogenic). I originally thought, “Can’t do that” as I was doing the TdSuf, was tired, and completely untrained. Plus I’m pretty much the slowest rider I know. Plus last time I attempted this badge Zwift crashed just a couple of miles from the end, which totally killed me. But anyway, I jumped in last minute. It took me 8 1/2 hours to get the badge, and then I decided to get to 100 miles and that took me 9 hrs 51 mins. Zwift freaked out at… Read more »

bolanbiker
bolanbiker (@bolanbiker)
10 days ago
Reply to  Keeley

Congrats on the UP, but also for doing Tour of Sufferlandria. That really makes you a badass!

B Barden
B Barden
10 days ago

Had lots of fun riding this event it was my longest ride ever on a bike and the 1st time I had tried climing the alp had a good groupof people at the back I finally crossed the line 8h 30min after the start

Rob Frechette
Rob Frechette
9 days ago
Reply to  B Barden

Wow! Way to go! 8h 30 min is 100% determination!

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
9 days ago
Reply to  B Barden

Great work finishing! Ride on! 🙂

P Sauve
P Sauve
10 days ago

Thanks for organizing this Eric. Very much appreciated in getting us motivated to finally get it done! My spouse and I rode together – interesting challenge. Unlike a IRL century where there’s no problem keeping together and the herd thinning out relatively quickly, with so many in the event we had to pay attention to the placement number to stay close. She had a different glitch when we took a break in Tempus. When we started out again, she was alone. Not a single rider listed or to be seen. It never cleared up, and we didn’t want to fiddle… Read more »

gus krassevich
gus krassevich (@gus-krassevich)
10 days ago

Hello there! Great Ride! My last Badge to get!
i do have a question and maybe someone can help me out, I started the ride position around 3852…and I was riding along, I started passing riders along the way, but my position never changed….
can someone help me figure out my final position
my time was 4:38:47
thank you so much

rdcyclist (Mark Crane)
rdcyclist (Mark Crane) (@rdcyclist)
10 days ago
Reply to  gus krassevich

Gus, 4:38:47 puts you in 623rd place. That is an excellent time! You can see all of the results in the Zwiftpower log: https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=1733428

Dan
Dan
10 days ago

Thanks for organising Eric this was a great ride, I’m not sure I would ever have gotten round to doing this on my own. Very similar to yourself set off at the bottom of the alpe at around 3:40 hoping to get sub 5hrs. Quickly realised this wasn’t going to happen as I just didn’t have the legs. In retrospect I set off too fast (got carried away with the excitement) and didn’t drink anywhere near enough leading up to this point (about 1.5 bidons) – the last 45 mins was sheer hell, my legs felt like concrete. Final time… Read more »

Dan Connelly
10 days ago

Spectacular — 70% finishing rate!!! That’s simply amazing for a trainer ride, where every single pedal stroke you get to answer the question: “Do I want to keep going?”

I understand the start time is carefully optimized to balance the needs of PST – CET. but 6 am — oof! I’d need to ask for permission from my downstairs neighbors. Plenty of PSTers were on ÜberPretzel, though!

Paul Childerhouse
Paul Childerhouse
10 days ago

I did PRL full on Sunday as the final route badge on Zwift. It’s a long and somewhat dull ride. We were a group of two and London was quite sparsely populated as it wasn’t on rotation on Sunday. 6:10 riding time. Glad to have finished!

Wanabanana
Wanabanana
10 days ago

Yeah PRL Full is really dull, Uber Pretzel is a much more interesting ride. I think doing it in a large group should take away some of the tedium though! Definitely one to never do again so will have to pass on the ZI event…

Weiwen
Weiwen
8 days ago

I did the full PRL in a race (!) with much fewer people, and I was solo for much of it. I think that the physiological demands of both courses are similar if you equalize the context (i.e. race, free ride, organized group ride with x2 draft). I think that taking the repetitiveness out of the question, the full PRL is less psychologically demanding. You have a less fearsome climb. You have some guaranteed rest time every lap if you supertuck on the descent. With the Uber Pretzel, you have a hard climb at the start, and then a long… Read more »

rdcyclist (Mark Crane)
rdcyclist (Mark Crane) (@rdcyclist)
10 days ago

Yes, a great event! Thanks for putting it together, Eric. And Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for enabling steering! It made a huge difference keeping me engaged up The Alpe. I’m not sure how much it helped my time but working out how to push the steering buttons on my Kickr Bike was fun. Thank you again!

Unfortunately, my data in Zwiftpower was never processed so I’ll not have accurate power numbers but the time isn’t going to change and that’s what really matters. This time…

Cory Woods
Cory Woods
10 days ago

Thanks for putting this on. Had a great time, suffering that is!

Martin
Martin
10 days ago

Thanks for putting this together! I had to stop after 3hrs for some family time but finished it in the evening to finish almost last. Crushed my 3hr power pr because it was so fun to follow wheels but I too didn’t eat and drink enough.

Turned it into a century and full watopia map ride (I was sorta hoping for a secret badge).

Mark Larson
9 days ago

YES!!! Such a great time (at least I think….I didn’t hate it.). I also switched to an MTB (when I saw you doing so) and I changed at the bottom of the Alpe before climbing and then finished off the century, not letting the descent go to waste. Guess I’ll be doing the PRL next…

Tony Stroud-lewis
Tony Stroud-lewis
9 days ago

I’ve been having trouble with seeing other riders lately, so I thought I’d do this ride whether they were there or not to get the badge, when I got to the pen I was on my own however when the banner dropped the others appeared (yay), it was a tough old ride for and old guy (63) but I managed to complete the course in under 4 3/4 hours, the Alpe at the end was killer, I’ve ridden it 51 times all under and hour, I still haven’t looked at my time for the day, thanks for organising, here’s to… Read more »

Rob
Rob
9 days ago

Mirroring @Cate Creede – This was an awesome event. Huge thanks to Eric and everyone at Zwift. – However, the app crashed for me at 74.9 miles (part way up ADZ). When I reopened the app, it allowed me to continue my ride (which I finished), but I was kicked out of the event and didn’t get route credit. I emailed Zwift support. They reviewed my ride and awarded me the route badge, but couldn’t do anything about the experience points. It’s amazing how invested you get in receiving the badges, points, and bragging rights for completing something like this.… Read more »

Rob Frechette
Rob Frechette
9 days ago

I would like to see one big group epic ride like this per week in Zwift events.

Marc Rosen
Marc Rosen
9 days ago

Loved the event- I was on the chat as people discussed changing to the TT bike at the top of the Radio tower – Zwift crashed me out when I tried to change it.

ended up on the sidelines, I will have to make it up another time

great idea! Thanks Eric

Wayne Summers
Wayne Summers
9 days ago

Much thanks to Eric for organizing what appears to have been a wildly successful event for many. Unfortunately my experience was the only actually disheartening one I have had on Zwift to date. I thought I had prepped well for this ride: skipped intervals the day before to make sure I was well-recovered, got great sleep, had a solid hydration and fuel plan for the ride, cleared my day and was absolutely psyched for the ride. Somehow when I tried to join the event it dropped me by the side of the road in HUGE pack of riders who were… Read more »

Fr. Brady
Fr. Brady (@padrebrady)
9 days ago

I wish to say thank you for the event! Would never have completed this badge otherwise. It was 5:40 h of pain, albeit enjoyable (except the L’Alpe). Told myself “never again” but come Monday I was eagerly waiting for the next event, hoping it would be the PRL Full. Here we go! I will see if I can move the tape a bit further (first century).

Rob Fears
Rob Fears (@allthemfears)
9 days ago

This was a great event! Absolutely loved it! I feel into a great group, we worked together most of the ride, that made it so much fun. I caught some bad cramps up the Alp, suffered through them to the finish, still hurting from that.

Glad to hear about the PRL Full announcement, that should be fun as well. But, I have to ask. When are we doing Uber again? I wouldn’t mind another go at it. 😀

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
9 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

That sounds good! I’ll be waiting for the next chance to finish the Uber Pretzel! 🙂

Patrick
Patrick
9 days ago

First 100km and first 100miles on zwift. Longest nonstop cycle I’ve ever done. Between the double draft and the company on Discord it was more manageable than I expected. Didn’t change to MTB because of the small risk of crashing or accidentally quitting wasn’t worth it. But eating throughout was the real magic trick. Eric and co, thanks so much, the community on this ride was awesome and the chat on Discord was classy and engaging. Bring on PRL full.

Todd Bradbury
Todd Bradbury
9 days ago

Thanks for hosting the ride. I swapped to MTB in Jungle and also gained 150 places. I noticed the Full PRL is on weekend I cannot make. Any chance of doing it on another month? Oh…I also need the Four Horsemen should you choose to organize another ride, I think it would be great for you guys to host like one big ride like this per month or per quarter. Much appreciated

Buzz
Buzz (@jimbo_jim007)
9 days ago
Reply to  Todd Bradbury

L’Equipe are also doing badge rides – Four horsemen on the 28th March actually.

I’ll be joining the PRL ride too, thanks Eric!

Steve
Steve
9 days ago

Like you I swapped bikes for the jungle and also like you made up 150 places (from 510 to 360). It’s a no brainer in an event this size, there’s always going to be another group – unless you’re Stefan Kirchmair. Looking forward to PRL. Four words you never usually see together.

Mike Wood
Mike Wood
9 days ago

Went harder than I wanted to early on and when I stopped and got off at the top of the last hill before ADZ i was about 350. By the time I’d had a cafe stop (coffee and cake) and rolling down onto the gravel I was at over 500 but got back to 320 as I’d promised myself I’d do ADZ under an hour. My legs will never be the same again but it was an awesome day out 🙂

Bobby Mac
Bobby Mac
9 days ago

I’ve done Uber Pretzel 4X now – thanks for organizing this Eric. BUT i’ve only done the PRL Full once. And Once was enough! I fell the PRL Full is tougher then the Uber Pretzel – hands down.

Ben
Ben
9 days ago

Thanks for the great event. And thanks for organizing a PRL next – at this rate a lot of us will get the biggest badges before the middle distance ones! 3 weeks of recovery / ramp up to March 13!

Jonathan Gwynn
Jonathan Gwynn
9 days ago

Had a great time honing in your event and bagging the bigger route. Was glad of the double draft and the blobs! Made the time go much quicker and followed another YouTuber’s advice on nutritional plan. Looking forward to the PRL! Gwynny (RAF Cycling)

Marc
Marc
9 days ago

Thanks for setting it up! Looking forward to future events like this.

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
9 days ago

I loved this. Swapped for the jungle loop and made up 200 spots. Finished in 4:50 – ahead of my stretch goal of 5 hours. Best of all – I did it with one 2 minute stop at the base of the Alpe.

John Moreci
John Moreci
9 days ago

Thanks for setting these up! The only route badges I had left before last weekend were the Uber Pretzel and PRL Full. I was not looking forward to soloing these. Doing a group ride is sooooo much better.. I’ll be there on the 13th👍

Ilari Koivusalo
Ilari Koivusalo (@ilari-koivusalo)
9 days ago

When London PRL full singup will be available? It wasn’t yet.

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
9 days ago

Finishing ratio is impressive! Congrats to all who did it! For me, it had been the third day on the bike after almost four weeks of being sick but I definitely wanted to use the one-off opportunity and give it a try. Considering that, the beginning felt quite OK but on the foot of the volcano I “met the man with the hammer”, lost 300 places before finishing after half of the distance (around 900th place at that time). At this moment, according to the numbers in display, I’ve been only the 7th (!) rider to drop out. Might not… Read more »

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
8 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Agreed 🙂

C Sulley
C Sulley
9 days ago

Great ride, enjoyed it and rode with you for a few minutes on the radio tower climb! Can you do two rides? one for a US time zone and one for Europe? There will be plenty of takers I’m sure. Just that it took me >5hours and did’nt finish til quite late here in England

thorben
thorben
9 days ago

Hey Eric,
thank you for this great “review”. It was an amazing journey.
I didn’t changed to MTB – and it was a terrible decision 🙁

I’m looking forward for the PRL Full on 13.03.2021 🙂 This will be awesome.

Maybe you should also plan a “vEverest” event.. I would be interested 🙂

Best regards,
Thorben

Cosma Shiva
Cosma Shiva
9 days ago

Zwift crashed for me at start and I couldn’t get it back on for nearly 2 hours so I had to soldier on alone the entire way looking at my phone lol. I was determined to finish regardless then Zwift crashed again after base of alpe. At least I finished the badge in under 6 hours, but it was a lonely ride. Hoping PRL will fare better tech-wise. Thx do much for organizing these fun events!

Rhys Evans
Rhys Evans
9 days ago

I loved your casual chat with Lewis during your Epic KOM.

Mark Bemand
Mark Bemand
9 days ago

I hit the bottom of the Alpe about the same time as you and took it steady at first but then at turn 8, I got the opposite of the hunger knock – I’d eaten and drunk too much and felt very ill! Dropped into the smallest gear and treated the rest of the climb like a warm down, although it was anything but that. Was aiming for a sub 5 hour too but in the end did it in 5:15 – felt like a victory at the end though as that last half hour wasn’t pleasant. Great ride though,… Read more »

David English
David English
9 days ago

Well done to all who finished.

Sadly, I was one of the 1,000 who didn’t. Sadly Zwift crashed 45km in halfway up the Volcano for me and I couldn’t rejoin the event. Made up for the lost miles by doing the Four Horsemen the next morning.

Still have to get my Uber badge, so would be great if it was repeated. Will sign-up for PRL and hopefully my tech issue will be sorted by then.

Luca
Luca
8 days ago

My Kickr Climb decided to break (snapped belt) at the top of the Vulcano KOM 🙁 I was too much upset to go to the garage take the wheel and continue… I hope there will be another event on this course (is the only one I’m missing).

Cindy Steuart
Cindy Steuart
8 days ago

Thank you for helping me get through this ride. It was one of the two badges I had left to acquire. I am so happy I will be getting my last badge on March 13th with this super group. My screen showed me at the back of the pack for the entire ride as my position never changed even though I knew I was much further ahead as we crossed banners. After reading your article I knew almost my exact place as I finished in 5:03, although no breaks but made the same bike changes as yourself. Love the ride… Read more »

Rick Hinson
Rick Hinson
8 days ago

If you dont have the half prl route and do the full prl will you get both badges?

Rick Hinson
Rick Hinson
8 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Just to clear I plan to do the full just making sure that the half badge does not pop up at 4 laps and then the the full badge does not pop up at the end of the full thanks

Weiwen
Weiwen
8 days ago
Reply to  Rick Hinson

No, as Eric already said. But there’s a consolation prize: if you don’t have the 100km and 100mi achievement badges, you can get both on the full PRL. I did. It took a little bit of the sting out of my legs.

George
George
8 days ago

What was your fueling strategy during a long event like that? I felt I was behind the curve and paid for it.

D. Qcw/Cadence
8 days ago

So awesome thank you for making this happen! I had just gotten back on the bike this half year after a bit of time and by chance 2 weeks before Pretzel (and HARD up last man climb), then legs were like NO and nice slow Mega Pretzel week before and then boom this huge great event!! I (maybe we all do) have this “am I racing or not?” And I was like NO WAy. Started…hadn’t finished bucking my shoes goes them done and worked a stately 2w/kg or less…hit the mountain and 3600->3300 place only picking up just a little… Read more »

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