Sufferfest Blog

Advice from the Pros: Getting through the Tour of Sufferlandria

The riders are starting to arrive in Sufferlandria in preparation for the Tour of Sufferlandria. All the big hitters are here: Evans, Cancellara, Sanchez, Sagen, Boonen, Wiggins, Froome, Voeckler, Voigt – hell, who isn’t here? Of course, more important than all that is that you, as part of the Sufferlandrian National Team, are here. And, as part of the National Team, you’ve got exclusive access to our guest coach, Stephen Gallager. Stephen dedicated his life to racing which included time as a pro rider from 2003 with Team Endura Sport. He then went on in subsequent years to ride for

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Tour of Sufferlandria Preview: Day 7 & 8

– Tour of Sufferlandria Preview: Day 7 and 8: The speed merchants arrive. – As we come out of the mountains, you might be surprised to hear that the most difficult days of The Tour are here. You know, in the Tour de France, that last lap on the last day of the Champs Elysees? The lap where it’s totally flat out, high intensity, massive hell-for-leather speed? That’s what these two days are like. For it’s at this point, that anyone who wants any shot at glory must attack. The intensity goes up a level, as the rouleurs and puncheurs

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Nutrition for the Tour of Sufferlandria

Getting through a nine-day event like the Tour of Sufferlandria isn’t going to be easy. Fitness, mental prep, organisation and sheer willpower are going to have to be brought to the fore if you want to get through it faster and stronger than you went into it. Hell, you’ll need those things just to finish! Nutrition is also critical. You’re going to need the right fuel before, during and after each stage to make sure you’re powerful on the day, and recover properly for the next day. The Minions prefer a big heaping bowl of barbed wire right before they

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Tour of Sufferlandria Official Poster & Facebook Timeline Image

We’re pleased and proud to show you the official artwork of the 2013 Tour of Sufferlandria. Australian artist Gregory Baldwin has done an incredible job.  You can buy copies of the poster or get it as a framed print over at Red Bubble.        

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Tour of Sufferlandria Day 6 preview – the hardest day?

Preview: Tour of Sufferlandria Day 6, 31st January: The breaking point?  The Wretched + The Long Scream. 83 minutes. There are days in Grand Tours where there is no place to hide. You are either going well or you aren’t and either way, you’re going to be found out. This is that day. And what, exactly is it that is so hard about it? According to course director Grunter Von Agony, it’s simple: “No rest. You get no rest. The race starts. You race like Sufferlandrian Wildebeast chased by Sufferlandrian Raptor chased by Sufferlandrian Minion with very large stick. With

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A look at Tour of Sufferlandria Day 5: Angels

Tour of Sufferlandria preview – Day 5 – January 30th – Angels Five days into the Tour of Sufferlandria, and it’s certainly been – withe exception of the big climb on Day 2 – a Tour for rouleurs. That all changes now.  Grunter von Agony was a diabolical genius when he designed today’s course. “The stage, it starts easy enough. You can take your donkey to ride along the pack at the start – not too hard. Then – flat and fast. A perfect place for someone like Luis Leon Sanchez to attack. The Sufferlandrian maidens like Sanchez, so we

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The ‘fest: In a Venn Diagram

Updated our Venn D to include The Wretched and There is No Try.

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Tour of Sufferlandria – A look at Day 4: A Very Dark Place

Stage 4: Tuesday, January 29th – A Very Dark Place: 55:00 So far, the first three days of the Tour of Sufferlandria have challenged you to long, sustained efforts. The second part of Day 3, Fight Club, brought a little bit of scrappy intensity into the race as Cancellara and Evans made their initial moves. By this point, depending on how you’ve gone so far, you’ll be feeling a either a little feeble or a little brave. You should, however, be feeling a little worried as you’re about to go somewhere….dark. Leaving the long efforts behind, but certainly not a

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Quadrathon’s advice on getting through the Tour of Sufferlandria

Stuart over at Quadrathon (http://quadrathon.blogspot.com.au/) is one of the most successful bloggers out there. He’s also a training and racing madman. Recently, he did all the ‘fest videos over four consecutive days – a bit like the Tour of Sufferlandria. We asked him to share some tips on how to get through it and he graciously agreed: The Fest: How fit do you need to be to do the Tour? Stuart: Not so fit that you can thrash each ride but comfortable enough to be able to 90 minutes on the trainer. On double days don’t set the expectation that

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Tour of Sufferlandria: A look at Day 3

Tour of Sufferlandria Day 3: Extra Shot and Fight Club – 80:00 minutes. After two hard days on the Tour of Sufferlandria, you might expect to have a little transition stage to give the legs a chance to recover. Hah! Go find another stage race if that’s what you’re looking for creme-puff. If ever there was a day to fear, Day 3 might just be it. Unlike the first two days, each of which starts off with a nice easy warm-up before the peloton gets serious, the rumour is that today is the day that it’s going to be fast

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