Here at Cycle Retreats, Zoe and I are proud to announce that we will be the support team for ‘Deca’ Dave Clamp, as he participates in this years’ Deca Continuous Ultradistance Triathlon event in Buchs, Switzerland.
The event begins on 15th August, and Dave is aiming to complete it within a record 8 days. It covers the equvalent of 10 triathlons, with participants completing a 24 mile swim, a 1,120 mile bike ride, and a 262 mile run. There will be around 16 athletes competing in the Deca Continuous this year.
It’s a mammoth undertaking, but Dave is no stranger to physical endurance. He is massively experienced and has completed over 200 iron man distance triathlons.
The 59 year old triathlete is the current world record holder for the double Deca distance, which is 20 ironman distance races – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run – a feat which he completed consecutively over 20 days.
Dad-of-two Clamp completed this record task in 252 hours 21 mins 16 secs at the Ultradistance Triathlon Championships in Buchs, Switzerland.
We are supporting Dave during this event as his crew, to make sure he is fuelled correctly, hydrated, motivated, healthy (blisters could ruin his race for example) and ensure if there are any mechanical issues on the bike they are sorted out quickly.
Fuelling & Hydration
Dave will be racing for approximately 17 hrs a day for eight days and likely to be burning in excess of 10,000 calories a day. In doing this, Fuelling is vitally important, to ensure Dave can continue to race at his best.
Due to this, we will be monitoring his fluid intake to ensure he is drinking enough. One of the issues when pushing yourself to these limits is loss of appetite and not drinking enough. The throat can become sore due to the continual eating over prolonged periods.
In addition to the adhoc fuelling, during the event Dave will also stop for a full meal at scheduled intervals before continuing on. These will be carefully planned and executed to ensure everything is there for Dave.
As you can appreciate motivation is fundamental to keep Dave pushing on when his body or mind is telling him to stop.
With our expertise, we will deal with mechanical issues as and when they occur, but we have already got the bike working well and carry spare wheels, etc. so we can repair punctures while he is still riding.
The pool is in a 50 metre Olympic sized swimming pool where Dave intends to swim the 24 mile distance continuously, stopping to eat and drink at the poolside, rather than getting out.
The 1,120 mile bike trial is also segmented into 6 mile laps, passing the athletes village each time, so we can stop for fuel and hydration regularly. Every detail has been thought about down to fitting the lighting onto the bike and not on his head, due to the extra weight and strain on his neck over such a long period. This is again something he has learnt from his vast experience over many years.
The 262 mile Run is also split up into laps, again passing the athletes village so we can monitor Dave’s condition, feed him, encourage him and keep him updated on the race status.
Dave intends to sleep for 75 mins each night before pushing on. This can push the body and mind to its limits hallucinations irrational thoughts, and it’s factors like this which make our input so essential in helping to keep Dave on track and competing.
The Deca Continuous Ultradistance Triathlon is in Buchs, Switzerland, starting from 15th August. You can find out more by going to the official site. https://www.swissultra.ch/english-1/competitions/deca-continuous/