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Boasson-Hagen completes 6-hour, 212km ride - on Zwift

Norwegian rider proves he is motivated for 2019 season with incredible indoor ride

Joe Robinson
10 Jan 2019

The other day I did a Zwift ride. After half an hour I was really bored. Another 15 minutes and I had given up and gone to watch Luther on television. I could never be a pro with that kind of attention span or drive to be better.

But do you know who has got that drive and attention span? Edvald Boasson-Hagen. 

The Dimension Data rider proved that it's all for the love of cycling and being the best pro he can be after posting a remarkable 212km indoor rider using training app Zwift.

Riding on 3rd January, 'The Boss' clocked more than six hours in the saddle while riding on the turbo, covering a larger distance than most Grand Tour stages as he climbed 2,369m around the make-believe Watopia map, burning 4,500 calories in the process.

It could be that the Norwegian had a bit of a heavy Christmas and ate more dried mutton ribs (a Christmas tradition in Norway) than his coach wanted, forcing him into this mammoth ride.

Or, it could have been the harshness of Norwegian winters forcing the former Team Sky man into taking his training plan inside.

Either way, this indoor ride verges on the side of insanity and really proves that the 31-year-old is motivated to have a good 2019 season. 

During his career, the punchy sprinter has taken exactly 100 victories riding for HTC-Columbia, Team Sky and Dimension Data in the WorldTour.

The highlights of his career have been three stages of the Tour de France, a win at Gent-Wevelgem and a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2012.

Boasson-Hagen is a long term user of Zwift with his team, Dimension Data, one of the few pro teams to fully embrace the online training app.

The rider has logged in excess of 12,000km over 384 hours of riding on the platform, reaching the heady height of level 36.

Zwift has grown from a humble beta app to a virtual phenomenon in just a few years. Most recently, the company announced its decision to launch a professional e-sports league which kickstarts later this month.