107. TONI LUND Ultra Endurance Cyclist From Finland: How he completed Alaska's Toughest ULTRA Endurance Events
In this episode, you will learn: Meet Toni Lund from Finland. He got into cycling and really fell in love with long endurance racing and completed the toughest Ultra Endurance Race in the World in Alaska Called the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 mile Race.
Adventure Cyclist / Ultra Endurance Athlete / Speaker / Entrepreneur
Currently, he is working as a professional bike mechanic
I'm 45 years old and I've been cycling for as long as I can remember.
For the last decade, I've specialized in winter cycling and winter ultra marathons.
My biggest accomplishments are from Alaska's Iditarod Trail Invitational race, both 350 and 1000 mile distances.
toughest and longest winter ultra marathon in the world.
In 2018 I finished the 1000 mile race (Southern Route) as the first one from Finland, in extremely slow and demanding conditions in a time of 26 days 19 hours, and 18 minutes.
After 300 mile point, I was sick and had diarrhea but I overcame it, in the middle of brutal backcountry. Of the complete 1000 mile distance, I pushed my fatbike, with all gear and food (weight about 34 kgs / 75 lbs) about 600 miles because there was so much snow.
That race was pure survival, from start to finish. In 2020 I was back in the 1000 mile race on the Northern Route, but I broke my elbow in a biking accident just two months before the race!
But again, I overcame it and improved my performance compared to the 2018 race. The race ended at the 700-mile point because a big storm broke plenty of sea ice and a group of racers couldn't cross that sea ice.
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