In a previous post we touched on how the monumental mountain-bike challenge that is the ABSA Cape Epic sets up my racing year from a mental perspective. Of course the physical benefits are massive too.
In fact, it is with good reason that cycling in general is arguably the most popular cross-training sport for motorsports pros of all types (four wheels and two).
For me, rally driving puts huge demands on the body. You need to be in peak physical condition (and carry huge endurance stamina) to perform at your best, cycling – and the dedicated and programme-based – training required to finish an Epic dials my body into shape for the year’s pressures. Not only does it build the cardio endurance required to maintain composure and concentration throughout a rally stage, but it helps build the core strength required to deal with the G-forces in the driver’s seat.
That said, I do like to go into a stage-racing event like the Epic slightly under trained and then to get strong as the days go on. I’m more of a diesel engine (in terms of riding) and take a while to warm up each day. In that way Craig Kolesky (my riding partner) and I are well suited. However, I’m a racer at heart and often during this year’s event my racing blinkers kicked in and I just wanted to go full gas at the expense of everything – sorry CK!