He’s only 23 years old, but Frederic Funk has really showed us what he’s capable of in 2021. The German athlete has already won two races this year, Challenge St. Pölten and the European Middle Distance Championship at Challenge Walchsee. He has especially made an impression on the bike. Two days after Challenge Walchsee, Funk shared all the interesting data behind his winning race. So how many watts do you need to push to break away in a race like this?
To answer that question straight away: 338 watts NP (311 watts average). Those numbers allowed Funk to clock an average speed of 42.8 km/h, with a max of 80 km/h. That tells us more than his bike split, which was 1:55:09, as the bike leg was 82.13 km in length. The total elevation on the bike was 1,053 meters. Funk’s average heart rate during the bike leg was 164 bpm, reaching a maximum of 179 bpm. Despite those impressive numbers, Funk didn’t have the fastest bike split of the day – that went to former cyclist Ruben Zepuntke (GER), who completed 82 km ride in 1:54:32 hour.
Funk took 1:13:38 to finish the half-marathon. His big lead off the bike was necessary for his win as he had the ninth-fastest half-marathon of the day. The day’s fastest run was clocked by Austria’s Thomas Steger, who ran an impressive 1:08:35 half-marathon.
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