CAPE EPIC: DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUS AND ENJOY THE LUXURY OF RIDING YOUR BIKE FOR A WEEK
Q: How long have you been racing for?
A: Since I was 8 years old. I am 42 years old man and still love to train and race on my bike as fast as I can.
Q: So this is your 4th Cape Epic, how have you been preparing for it?
A: I follow plans built but today’s plan and I just do the daily workouts prescribed according to my available riding time. I ride with Power and just make sure I hit the values and enjoy the customized sessions.
Q: Which other races have you done, that are over 100KM?
Q: Which bike will you be riding on at the ABSA Cape Epic?
A: The Silverback Sesta with full XTR.
Q: What is your goal for the 2018 ABSA Cape epic?
A: Podium in masters for sure!
Q: Your riding partner, have the two of you raced together before? What were the best results?
A: Yes, we train together and have raced before. We won Tankwa trek (In Cat), Won National Xco at Stellies along with top 3 at Wine2 Whales, Australian 24 hr Champs back in 2002 & 3rd Solo Cape Pioneer.
Q: Share with us your toughest training week schedule leading up to the race?
A: Suppose the last 3 weeks are the hardest as you are the most fatigued and just want it to end. But for me it is a pleasure to ride my bike and race it.
Q: What is your greatest challenge you believe you may have to face during the race and how you plan on overcoming that?
A: Sleeping in a tent and sickness. I’ll make sure I’ll bring my earplugs, I do not want to fall sick so to eat well, and my take probiotic’s.
Q: What is your daily recovery strategy following every stage?
A: A Massage, good nutrition, supplements and being off my feet as much as possible!
Q: Advice for aspiring riders who want to take on the #Untamed?
A: Don’t take it too serious and enjoy the luxury of riding your bike for a week across this rad country!
Q: What is the next goal after #Untamed?
A: Bike packing around SA and Europe by always discovering a new area and tracks.
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