Astana rider racks up 11 hours and 368km on Zwift

The pros are still taking their riding very, very seriously

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What’s your longest ride on Zwift?

Earlier this month I managed a 75km tempo ride, around two hours and 30 minutes in the saddle, but to be honest that was a struggle.

Astana’s Laurens de Vreese is clearly made of tougher stuff.

The Belgian pro hopped onto the turbo trainer at 6.30am on Friday morning (March 20) and wouldn’t get off the bike for another 11 hours.

De Vreese racked up 368km on virtual training platform Zwift during his epic indoor adventure, inspired by his compatriot Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale), who rode a 365km day around East Flanders earlier this month.

While spinning around the online recreation of the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships finishing circuit, De Vreese held an average power of 202 watts, burning an enormous 8,000 calories.

He even used the hashtag #OliverNaesenChallenge as he one-upped the Classics specialist by keeping his epic ride indoors.

De Vreese wasn’t the only pro to put up some mind-blowing virtual numbers over the weekend.

Dutch pro Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma) also put in a long shift as he spent seven hours in the saddle on Zwift to put in 250km on Sunday (March 22).

He averaged 252w for the effort, while riding around the Zwift world of Watopia.

Impressively, Gesink rode the entire virtual ride on the Tacx Magnum – effectively a treadmill for the bike, which mean he had to keep focus and avoid falling over for the entire ride.

The pros have been forced to improve their training regimes over the last few weeks, after the UCI cancelled all racing for the foreseeable future.

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With no racing on the schedule some riders have taken a break from training, including Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) while others have keep the legs moving despite not knowing when the next race will be.

Currently, the next WorldTour race still scheduled to run for the men is the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, however with the rapidly changing landscape that could well change.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.