JI: You're known for attending lots of ultra races each year, but 2020 has seen a huge reduction in the calendar. How have you been filling your time since lockdown ended?
FB: I think because I did 9 races in 12 months, all over the world, Covid seemed like a cool down for a bit. In mid-May I went self employed.
JI: Tell us about the trip to Corsica. You cycled the length of the island a few months back, how was that trip?
FB: As a youngster we visited the island several times by car and with our MTB's. When I heard the record was definitely happening I was IN for sure! It was hectic, I was working until the day before I flew to Corsica. After landing at 5pm we had to wait an hour until another guy arrived, so we built and checked our bikes, and waited. Then a phone call just before 6pm said that the flight had been delayed... cool, so we basically lost an hour. Arriving at the square a small plate of pasta was already waiting, so we ate, talked to the press, got dressed and got ourselves ready to start at 8pm.
We started pedalling towards Cape Corse while dusk accompanied us. The goal was to ride the GT20 route in under 30 hours. In numbers there was 600km of riding with over 12000 metres of climbing. BMC provided us with the new Teammachine SLR01 at the last minute. After 140km, in the middle of the night, the rear derailleur (SRAM Red AXS) stopped working. We literally tried everything, from exchanging batteries to resetting it by the app, nothing worked. So, we continued, already behind our schedule. On the flat sections I managed to ride a maximum of 25kmh and spinning my legs like a sewing machine. I covered the remaining 460km with a 2 speed bike, with 48/35 in the front and a 26t cog in the back. Anyways, I enjoyed the ride and crossed the finish line after 35h 32min.