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Severin Zotter - Endura: Renegade Stories
It’s difficult to comprehend the scale of Severin Zotter’s accomplishment in winning the Race Across America at his first attempt. The numbers - a journey of 3,020 miles, east to west, across 12 states, in eight days, eight hours and 17 minutes - barely do justice to his achievement. Instead, it is the details that emerge in a conversation with a man who, until recently, worked as a support worker to addicts in his home town of Graz, and is now a full-time father to baby Jonathan, that provide real insight. An example? Zotter reveals, with no greater emphasis than one might place on declaring a preference for tea over coffee, that, “for me, a bike race really starts after 24 hours.” Endura could hope for no greater endorsement of its 700-series pad. Zotter wore it in the Pro SL Bibshort for the victory that might come to define his career. It has been retained for the new Pro SL Bibshort II. If it ain't broke... “It was perfect,” Zotter maintains. Honestly? We make like the pad and try to take off the pressure. He’s not obliged to be complementary. “I mean, I had some problems with my ass; like, after riding for two days, I had some points where the skin had opened, but we changed the saddle, and at the end of the race, after more than eight days, I had perfect skin, so the shorts did a really good job. “There are so many things you have to organise before the race, and you have to check what you need to give a good performance, or even just to finish the race. The Endura shorts were an ideal opportunity for me to do a good race. I was really happy that I got them.” Flattery gets you everywhere, but we’re not fishing for complements. While it’s nice to hear that the Pro SL Bibshort performed well (and we’re confident that the Pro SL Bibshort II is better still), the most astonishing parts of Sevi’s Race Across America do not concern clothing. Tales of a three-minute nap, taken after an opening stint of some 745 kilometres, or of plunging his head into a freezing pool of water to shake off the 35-degree heat of the Arizona desert are of greater interest - even to us.