Less than one day after retiring from the XTERRA Triathlon series it would appear Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz is already considering his next challenge.
Stoltz is known to be a powerhouse on the bike with the most XTERRA series wins of any professional as well as ample proof over the years he can hold is own in road triathlon as well having been a two time Olympian and found success in road triathlons up to the 70.3 distance.
Stoltz himself will admit that his greatest weakness on the bike is his size and its negative effect on sustained climbing. However, that same large frame (6’2 and roughly 185lbs) can be a benefit when it comes to sustained power on the track. Just look at the likes of Taylor Phinney and several other prime examples.
In his Twitter exchange Stoltz admits he would need to put some time in on the track to perfect his technique. Yet, considering Stoltz’ prowess on the mountain bike we would guess he can learn the fine art of making left turns pretty quickly.
The current South African Hour Record is held by James Louter at 45.490 km set 13, November, 1999 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The current world record was recently set by Bradley Wiggins on 7 June 2015 at 54.526 km. Wiggins’ record translates to about 440 watts average. However Wiggins is also 6’2 but only 152 lbs. Louter is, yet again, 6’2 (must be a good height for the Hour) but had a racing weight 15-20 lbs. more than Wiggins.
Thus, if we consider Stoltz to be 85kg or 187lbs. He will need to hold roughly 400 watts to beat Louter’s record. Keep in mind that is a rough estimate via cyclingpowerlab.com. There are many factors that go into an Hour attempt, but considering Stoltz’ past performances, some references to his training wattage, and past performances in road triathlons it would seem that the South African Hour Record is very realistic.
Hopefully we will see it happen soon.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments if you think Stoltz could get the South African Hour Record.