This year’s Giro was the last of Hansen’s remarkable 20-race streak. I didn’t want to stress. Improved he … Triathlete.com: When did the idea of doing Ironman first come up and what was your teammates’ reaction when you first told them? He was the only rider to accomplish that feat in 2012, and the 32nd in cycling history. [12], After Lotto-Soudal opted not to extend Hansen's contract beyond the end of 2020, in October of that year he announced that he would focus on Ironman Triathlons in 2021, having previously competed in Ironman Florida in 2019. Hansen: That’s difficult. I believe I will be more fresh and will have so much more to give.”. Do you feel you could’ve ridden quicker and were you holding back to preserve your running legs? I was super happy with my time there. “I did the whole Grand Tour thing,” he explains. Hansen: The lowest low was watching my run pace from go from 4:20 to 6:30 (per kilometer) over the last 17K. Now, a few days later, I feel the same as I would after a Grand Tour. 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This season, the Australian racing for the Belgian professional team Lotto-Soudal “only” competed in the Giro, which meant his legs were fresh enough to try something he’s always wanted to do: Ironman. I also think the biggest problem is that teams wouldn’t allow it. “I want more and something that’s different. I did not want to create a huge fuss over it. Triathlete.com: What was the lowest low of the day and the highest high? Now, with Hansen missing this year’s Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, the third phase of his career begins. My limiting factor was handling the impact of running. [9][10] The streak ended at 20, as Hansen did not take part in the 2018 Tour de France. My stride length shortened; I was on the brink of cramping. I was OK, but my muscles were pretty shot. Before Guangxi I was in Hong Kong for three days and I did three open water swims. In 2011 he began what was a remarkable run of Grand Tour participations, riding that year’s Vuelta a España and then starting, and finishing, every three week Tour right up until this year’s Giro d’Italia. A guy like Cam Wurf—you can call him an ex cyclist—but he really isn’t. “My future is undecided yet,” he says. Telling my teammates was a bit of a no-no. Part one was his life as Mr Crocodile Trophy. “Some riders don’t even do one Grand Tour and on average you might get one a year. “I had some time off. He swam just over an hour, rode a 4:15:23 bike split and finished the day with a 3:37:03 marathon to cross the line in 9:05:54. But also working for others too as I have always enjoyed that.”. Hansen raced alongside the German for twelve seasons and helped him to land countless sprint successes. Since then, riding Grand Tour after Grand Tour appeared to take a toll on his results. Running uphill uses the same muscles as riding and a more difficult bike course would work in my favor. Maybe I could get it, but I would have a DNF on the run. Hansen was a tough, gritty rider who earned increasingly good results in various other races and made a breakthrough when he secured a T-Mobile contract for the 2007 season. I couldn’t walk for a day. In E. Bacon & L. Birnie (Eds. “As a plant-based eater I have won stages in the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta … Triathlete.com: Obviously your day job is going well, but do you think we might see more pro cyclists try their hand at Ironman—either part-time like you or full-time like Cam Wurf or Andrew Talansky? The performance was one of the best of that year’s race, and underlined just how strong and tactically-astute he was. He’s recorded four wins. “No, and I don’t try to live like that,” he answers. That’s fine: he believes having a lighter programme now will set him up well for this next phase of his career. Career. We caught up with Hansen while he enjoyed a rare week of easy training to let his legs recover. In 2012, Hansen became the second Australian to complete all three Grand Tours – the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España – in a calendar year. I have not done them for so long, and I am excited to go there.”. I actually would like to come back next year even though the course is not ideal for me. Hansen was born in Southport, Queensland, and turned professional in 2007, working with Dr. Lothar Heinrich of the University of Freiburg. I think a lot of cyclists get consumed that they think it’s the only race on a the calendar. He helped Tim Wellens to victory on stage four of the race and himself finished 60th overall. It was after … [13][14], He has been living in Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Czech Republic since 2005. However that service was punctuated by two standout personal performances. “It’s sad to see that time end, but I will see him again. “I watched a few stages, looked at the results to see where my friends finished. “I never realised how time-consuming it all was,” he explains. It’s more weird that I went there for the last seven years. Hansen: I would do things very different next time. “It was really nice, actually,” he says. The Grand Slam. The following year, he was even more impressive in winning a stage of the Vuelta a España. He didn’t cheat on me so we are still on speaking terms,” he adds, light-heartedly. Triathlete.com: In terms of overall effort and exhaustion, how did it compare to the biggest days of a Grand Tour? 30. He will eventually do one. Getting results will be that.”, So, given that he spent so long doing things in one particular way, does he have any regrets about riding those twenty three-week races in a row? [8] By completing the 2018 Giro d'Italia, he extended his own record becoming the only rider to complete 20 consecutive Grand Tours. Share Vegan Athletes Tweet Vegan Athletes. Triathlete.com: A few people on social media remarked that they thought you’d ride faster. Hansen: I always wanted to do an Ironman; it was always on the cards. During a wet, treacherously slippery day at the 2013 Giro d’Italia, Hansen went clear in the day’s break and then soloed in to win his first Grand Tour stage. My TT bars were finished 1 am before my flight to the States, so the position was new. [7] In completing the 2015 Vuelta a España, his thirteenth grand tour in a row, he broke Bernardo Ruiz's 57-year-old record for consecutive grand tours completed. … But the Australia hardman is starting the third major phase of his career, and he’s pretty psyched about it. So I don’t think there will be other guys jumping across. Cycling is a very cultured sport and has a huge history, which is very special, but some people are a bit stuck in their ways too.” Those huge pedal levers are something of a Hansen trademark: “At 100 rpm on 180mm cranks, compared to 100 rpm on 172.5mm cranks, the leg speed is faster on the 180mm cranks. Also hotter and more humid temps would have been ideal as I am from Cairns. I’d answer back, “I am trying to do what you guys do!” Just being there, finishing it and feeling the good vibe! Cycling is a very traditional sport and they don’t like change. An all-access membership to everything Triathlete, How I Qualified for Kona: Like Father, Like Son, Meet the Genius Who’s Raced Every Ironman On the Planet, Last Weekend Now: Ironman New Zealand and Facebook Watch. Late in 2019 he raced IRONMAN Florida somewhat under the radar and when he was a young man triathlon was his passion. [11], As an engineer Hansen has designed his own shoes and ridden with them on numerous occasions. “In one aspect I could have done more [in terms of results] because of the taxing of it all on my body. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Plus, it’s Ironman: it ain’t a walk in the park. Adam Hansen has finished 25 of cycling’s Grand Tours, and during a six-year stretch from 2012-2017, he finished all three Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana) each year. But, in the end, the Lotto-Soudal team headed to Spain without him. “I have done my whole career with him since 2007. In some situations, at these times, that is more important than not saying no. [15], Media related to Adam Hansen at Wikimedia Commons, Grand Tour general classification results timeline. Since then he’s done just five days of racing. Adam is a veteran cyclist who has travelled the world to participate in the top cycling events. I did some running sessions but sprained my ankle badly a month before walking down some steps and almost canceled my trip to Florida. From an energy output point of view, I think I [burned] something like 6,600 kcals, which is way more than a hard day at a Grand Tour. His engine became more and more that of a diesel, with his massive upsurge stamina coming at the cost of some speed. Phase three of his career is now go. So, obvious question: would he have changed anything about the decisions he made in recent years? I built a garage next to my house. “But in my situation, I am glad I did it all. He however lacked the cycling power back then and joined a road team to improve in that category. This season, the Australian racing for the Belgian professional team Lotto-Soudal “only” competed in the Giro, which meant his legs were fresh enough to try something he’s always wanted to do: Ironman. I didn’t want everyone knowing about it and making it a big thing. [6] In stage 19 of the 2014 Vuelta a España, Hansen attacked the peloton with 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) to go and resisted the disorganised chase to win solo. He wasn’t exactly slacking off, but it was a very, very different sort of summer than what he had become accustomed to. [3] In 2012, Hansen became the second Australian to complete all three Grand Tours – the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España – in a calendar year. That was the only reason why I choose Florida. Hansen shed his breakaway companions and won in solo fashion in Pescara in pouring rain, more than a minute in advance of the chasing group. Birnie, L. (2012). But others would only allow it in the off-season. So I was creeping and thinking “come on legs!” After about 25K, which was already my longest run I have ever done, my stride length shortened dramatically. I turned pro on his [T-Mobile] team. SHARES. [5], In 2013, Hansen broke away early in the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia, a stage featuring numerous short and steep climbs. But on the other side I will continue to ride for another four years. Some time to recover from everything I have done,” he explains. I really just wanted to enjoy the atmosphere. Ending his run of three week races is, he hopes, something that will enable him to get back that winning punch. I made it very high just to be on the safe side to be able to run—next time the bars will be lower. I just wanted to finish and the fear of not finishing something is not easy for me. Adam Hansen has finished 25 of cycling’s Grand Tours, and during a six-year stretch from 2012-2017, he finished all three Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana) each year..