The Pho3nix Foundation and MANA Studios today release the fourth episode of the Road to Sub7 and Sub8 mini-documentary series following the four elite athletes set to undertake the Pho3nix Sub7 and Sub8 Project powered by Zwift.
In “The Ring”, Olympic champions Alistair Brownlee and Kristian Blummenfelt encounter each other scouting the course at the Dekra Lausitzring in Germany.
An incredible racing complex and automotive proving grounds used by Europe’s premier vehicle manufacturers, the German Touring Car (DTM) Championship series, and the Superbike World Championship, the Dekra Lausitzring provides the optimum road conditions needed for Brownlee and Blummenfelt to break seven hours for the full distance triathlon, while dual Olympic medallist Nicola Spirig races against European champion Kat Matthews to break eight hours.
To maximise their speed and optimise their fuelling and pacing strategies, the athletes familiarise themselves with the course doing test runs on the smoothly paved flat circuit and its banked turns, as well as the pit stops from where their pacemaker teams will emerge to help break wind resistance so they can go faster.
Brownlee says, “The conditions are going to be important, making sure the wind’s in the right direction, making sure the air is humid, fast and warm, all those things… because you know this is such a challenge and there’s not much time left making sure everything is as perfect as we possibly can make it.”
The chance meeting also gives them a rare glimpse at each other’s preparation and mindset leading into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history.
“To see that they came here as prepared as we were… Alistair is not going to turn up to the race just for show. He’s going there to give his best,” says Blummenfelt. “It’s not just about going as fast as possible, but it’s also a battle in the race and it’s going to be very important to beat Alistair’s team.”See Pho3nix Presents: Road to Sub8 The Ring only on the Pho3nix Foundation YouTube channel /Pho3nixLife.