This reminds me of one of my favorite stories in "Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)." A bicyclist was competing in something similar, and he began to hallucinate. When a vehicle came to pick him up for his break, he was sure he was being abducted by aliens. (Ah! In fact, I just grabbed the book to re-read the passage, and the bicyclist had been competing in this very race! That must be why it sounded familiar.) The ability to body-hack is a highlight of the article for me, along with the statement "...the risk of mental anguish after giving up far exceeds the risk of permanent physical harm."
Very cool.What was the name of the racer? What happened to him?I'm glad the article had those highlights for you.