Prepared the bike for biking in the dark
Mounted 2 headlights :
- Light & Motion Urban 900
max 900 lumen
with a runtime for 3 h on 450 lumen.
- Lezyne Hecto Drive 440XL
max 400 lumen
with a runtime for 4 h on 75 lumen. ( for backup )
Helmet light :
- Olight Baton SR1
max 500 lumen
with a runtime of 6 h on 80 lumen.
Power banks (2)
Mounted with ducktape on the frame to charge the Urban headlight during the day.
Rear light :
- BBB highlaser
All in all more than enough for the dark
Drenthe 200 2018
Start- and finish : Roden
200 km .
An extreme mtb-marathon over 125 miles in the winter .
Starting in the dark and probably also finishing in the dark.
Start in Roden at 06:10 h in the morning
with lot of lights around me.
The first 40 miles a string of lights flow through the farmlands, a beautifull sight. Just a small front light is necessary, because there's always someone behind you with a big light .
After 40 miles I'm still fresh. The foodpoint are good and with some hot boullion, a cake and a filled bottle the ride we can continue. There are 5 food point.
The weather is fine with 5 degrees, hardly no wind and dry. The trails are also excellent with lots of variety and a outstanding routed.
After 100 miles there are warm pancakes (very nice) and after that, I push up the speed to the finish, and manage to overtake more exhausted riders.
At the long straight ends we ride in a group turn-over-turn with also a fat-biker, the tires grumble. But after my second turn it slowly becomes quiet behind me. The group is not able to keep up with my medium velocity. A sign for me that my shape is good and also a reason to pump up the speed to a higher velocity for the last miles.
A sprint at the finishline (which I loose) with another biker is the icing on the cake.
At exactly 16:00 h after 125 miles I finish , it's still light.
With a time of 09:49 h I am very satisfied and build a new experience !