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RADMONIKA RIDES THE VUELTA HOURS BEFORE THE PRO'S

We knew Monika was crazy the first time we met her. Not bad crazy though, just good crazy. First off she's crazy about riding her bike (aren't we all?). Second of all, she comes up with crazy projects, and thirdly she's crazy enough to execute them. Her craziest project so far is to ride the Vuelta a Espana solo. Everyone told her she was crazy to attempt it. She said she was crazy enough to complete it.

"Wow it is over! I am incredibly happy but almost equally sad that it's over. Being the first female in history to ride the Vuelta a Espana just hours before the professionals did not start three weeks ago. It started one year when I was organizing hotels, technical support, communicating with media, getting sponsors and recruiting my road crew. The three weeks of riding was about enjoying everything that I'd done before.

RAD Monika at sunset at the Vuelta

"Altogether it was 3,058km, 129 hours of riding and 49,337m of elevation gain in 21 stages. That's a daily average of 145km, 6 hours of riding and 2,349m of climbing. I loved every single minute of it. The early morning wake up calls at 4:30am , the sunrise a few hours later, the conversations with new friends, crossing the finish line just hours ahead of the pro's, driving to the next hotel, enjoying the local cuisine and breathing in every moment of a rich, intense experience."

"For the majority of the ride I used a Stevens Ventoux road bike spec'd with Ultegra 50-34T on the front and a 30T cassette at the back. The most important thing for me was not to overcharge the legs, so this gearing was perfect to keep spinning all day long.  Di2 was a huge daily pleasure as well."

From the junction box, the signal moves to the front- and rear-chain derailleurs, which each contain a microprocessor and a motor. When the rear derailleur receives a downshift signal, it moves the chain's rear track one gear. As needed, the front derailleur's motor also moves its side of the chain slightly to keep the chain. From the junction box, the signal moves to the front- and rear-chain derailleurs, which each contain a microprocessor and a motor. When the rear derailleur receives a downshift signal, it moves the chain's rear track one gear. As needed, the front derailleur's motor also moves its side of the chain slightly to keep the chain.

Monika at the start of stage 2

"This project wouldn’t have been possible without a dedicated team that volunteered their time for the success of this project. I am eternally grateful for all the sponsors who believed in this project, who put their trust in me and who believed in doing something “crazy” and seemingly impossible!"

Watch a day in the life of Monika's challenge here.

For more from RadMonika catch her at her Instagram.

Monika Rides the Vuelta at Stage 19

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