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2013-01-04 8:03 AM

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For all you fellow Sufferfest disciples...got this e-mail this morning.  Sounds brutal:

Need a training challenge? Join the Tour of Sufferlandria 26 Jan - 3 Feb 

 

They say that the Tour of Qatar isn't hard enough. There are murmurs that the Tour Down Under, even though harder than before, still isn't terribly difficult. Rumor has it that the Tour de San Luis in Argentina is little more than a tourist trip and even Europe's early season races have become simple warm-ups for the rest of the season.

 

That's all changing thanks to a new race sponsored by the Sufferlandrian Tourist Bureau. Slotting in nicely to the UCI calender of early season races, the Tour of Sufferlandria was created to bring back the drama, agony and misery that the early season peloton deserves. Starting on January 26th, the 9 day event promises to turn even the softest rider into a true Sufferlandrian by the end, on Feb 3rd.

 

More details to come in the days and weeks ahead, but we wanted to give you a heads-up so you can slot it into your training plans (if you're tough enough, of course). 

 

Full Schedule:

  • Saturday, Jan 26th: Hell Hath No Fury
  • Sunday, Jan 27th: The Hunted
  • Monday, Jan 28th: Extra Shot + Fight Club
  • Tuesday, Jan 29th: A Very Dark Place
  • Wednesday, Jan 30th: Angels
  • Thursday, Jan 31st: The Wretched + The Long Scream
  • Friday, Feb 1st: The Downward Spiral
  • Saturday, Feb 2nd: There is No Try + Revolver
  • Sunday, Feb 3rd: Local Hero

According to Grunter von Agony, race director, "The course is carefully balanced between agony, misery and despair. So, yes, the Tour of Sufferlandria is a worthwhile target for anybody looking for an early season goal. You really ought to have some solid training behind you before you start it, and you'll surely go through a roasting in hell during the race. When you come out the other side? With a solid 9 days of effort behind you, you will be able to take an ox, tie him to your bike, drag him up and over Mt. Sufferlandria while he tries to run the other way, and drink a flagon of ale made from the bikes of all those you crushed on your way to a glorious victory. Or the Minions will eat you for lunch. But, whatever."

 

Mount Sufferlandria <b></b>(From The Wretched<b></b>)    

To Participate:

 

As we said, we'll send you more details in the near future and also post them on our Facebook page here. But, in short, to join the ToS, you must simply commit to following the schedule above and ride yourself into the ground each day. Join the community on our Facebook page for inspiration in those dark moments between stages to hear and share stories of HONOR GLORY AND VICTORY.   

 

Although you can do it on your own, those who complete and register their 9 days with our partner, TrainerRoad.com, will be be eligible for daily prizes and thrown into a pool of prizes from the 'fest, TrainerRoad and others at the end of the event. (A subscription is necessary for TrainerRoad.com, however they have a 30-day no-questions asked refund policy so if you're not happy after doing the Tour of Sufferlandria with them, you can get your money back.

 

Twitter #TourofSufferlandria

 

IWBMATTKYT,

David McQuillen, Founder
Sufferfest Studios
Official training videos of the Continental OCBC-Singapore Cycling Team
http://www.thesufferfest.com   

 

 



2013-01-04 8:11 AM
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I plan on *trying* it but I need to grab a few of the videos I don't have yet.
2013-01-04 8:23 AM
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Saw this email earlier. Would LOVE to do this, but its right in the middle of weeks 3 & 4 of HIM training, and smashing myself on the bike like that for 9 days straight will not be a good way to ramp up early base training . I'd do it this fall in a second, thought (when race season is over).

There is no Try & Revolver same day is insane. And its day 8?!!?  Yikes.
2013-01-04 8:26 AM
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we should be able to submit a race report for this. 
2013-01-04 8:33 AM
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This looks totally nuts ... In a good way.
2013-01-04 8:49 AM
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wolfador - 2013-01-04 9:11 AM I plan on *trying* it but I need to grab a few of the videos I don't have yet.

And that is why this is an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign.  A perfect case study in  "leveraging your existing customers."



2013-01-04 11:13 AM
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I've done a bunch of these rides on Trainer Road, but I don't have any of the videos.  I guess I could do the challenge and just not sign up as I imagine they'd like the participants to be SF customers to be eligible for prizes.
2013-01-04 11:39 AM
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I'm in.
2013-01-04 2:01 PM
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I am going to try and do as many as I can, but I am already signed up for a half-marathon on day 1.
2013-01-04 2:42 PM
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I'd do this, but as I'm training for a HM in Feb, volume is all in my running.
2013-01-04 4:11 PM
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wolfador - 2013-01-04 9:11 AM I plan on *trying* it but I need to grab a few of the videos I don't have yet.

And that is why this is an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign.  A perfect case study in  "leveraging your existing customers."

Yep.  Just saw this on FB:

Thinking of doing the Tour of Sufferlandria but don't have all our videos? Get 10% off our 12-pack using the code THETOUR. Get it at the BOTTOM of http://www.thesufferfest.com/video-sufferfests . Expires Jan 15th.

I just failed yesterday trying to do my second SF workout in 3 days.  I'm not worthy of the tour yet.



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fishwallop - 2013-01-04 8:49 AM

wolfador - 2013-01-04 9:11 AM I plan on *trying* it but I need to grab a few of the videos I don't have yet.

And that is why this is an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign.  A perfect case study in  "leveraging your existing customers."

If you have a trainerroad subscription, couldn't you technically compete in the tour without all the videos?

2013-01-04 6:32 PM
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Yes you could. I actually barely watch the videos once I'm hammering so it's almost no difference for me video or not. You could put my little pony up there and I would barely notice. When I did the Sufferfest without TrainerRoad, I'd go so hard on anything over 8.5+ that I wouldn't even open my eyes and as a result barely remember the video on those parts.
2013-01-09 9:23 PM
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Okay, I'm in. Gulp.

2013-01-14 9:50 AM
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I think that I am going to try it.
2013-01-14 10:18 AM
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I'm irrationally excited for this to begin. Did HHNF yesterday, screaming all sorts of censored stuff, and loved every minute. Well not every minute, but most of it. I can't wait to see how far I get!


2013-01-14 12:12 PM
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I'm in.  I've been going through the vids the past couple weeks.  Just did "The Hunted" today... I'm pretty sure I cried blood at some point during the workout.
2013-01-14 12:29 PM
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I only have 3 of the videos and have no plan on buying the rest since I am going to complete this and win them! HAHAHA (im dead)
2013-01-18 9:05 PM
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I didn't see all the work outs on Trainer Road? I'm tempted to do this, but it'd be in addition to IM training....
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They are all on Trainer Road.  
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