Chris had a great season in 2010. We started working together in 2009 prior to a ridiculous “race” that he and two friends were preparing for called the Everest Challenge. The race was actually worse than it’s name implies. Breathless Agony, Mohican 100, Heartbreak 100…..all in Chris’ sights and so you can imagine the type of rider he is.
While most just hope to finish these hyper hard races Chris came into this season looking to do some damage. He began with the Mulholland Challenge, a 115 mile race with 15,000, yes – 15,000, feet of climbing. Chris finished in a personal best 7 hours 11 minutes and 8th overall of the 459 starters! The top 3 weren’t too far ahead so I’d say a good possibility that Chris will visit the podium some time soon. This is in Chris’s words: “I felt like I was totally dancing the whole time and kept enough in reserve to hammer the last 5 miles. Felt great both mentally and physically afterwards.”
Next up was Breathless Agony. Ouch. So Chris shows up with the flu and you can imagine how that went….5:23 and 18th place overall! Michael Jordan would be proud.
The TransAlp is a world all its own and was the culmination of 8 months of very dedicated training. With eight stages from July 16 – 23, a full on pro and amateur field, 600km through the Alps and 19,500 meters (65,000 ft!) of climbing this was a large undertaking. The home page starts with the words “no sissies”. Outside of a month in the Georgia Hills, Chris trained on flatlands in and around the Toronto area so not the best for what was to come. To complicate things Chris and his teammate started in Zurich and rode to the start in Germany. Finishing is an amazing feat and they finished well! Knowing Chris that was the tasting of the Alps and main course is coming up in 2011 or 2012.
How do you top that? If you’re Chris Bryce you sign up for the Mongolian Bike Challenge; a 10-stage mountain bike race over a 1200 km’s featuring desert crossings and – of course – giant mountain passes. Should be fun.
We are proud to boast Chris as a Training Bible athlete.