Going the ultra distance: one man's unaided ride around the Dolomites

Dominic Irvine, who was the first person to ride the Ultracycling Dolomotica unaided, tells us all about this feat of endurance cycling

"I can’t remember the number of times I had to force myself to stay awake. I’d be rolling along the road with my eyes closed. I’d do everything to keep awake, even solving maths problems in my head.

“I’d then hit a pothole and that would make me jump. ‘Stay awake!’ I’d tell myself.”

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.