Cape Epic – Pedalling with the lions

Cape Epic – Pedalling with the lions

A few years ago, Kevin Vermaak, South African, was worried: there were not enough mountain bike races in Africa, therefore, he decided to create his own. That is how, in 2004, the Cape Epic race was born. However, how is it possible that in Africa there were not enough bike races in such a big continent? Well, maybe after reading this article you will get a better idea on why. Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike event in the world and gathers, during 8 days, the best and toughest mountain bikers in the world, together with amateur bikers. All the competitors are selected by lot and in 2016 30.000 people applied for a place in the lot, but only 1.200 made it to the final competition. Cape Epic is for partners. Besides being selected, pay the registration fee (1.500 €) and fly to South Africa, you will need to find somebody you can participate with. The elements of this race make necessary to participate with somebody else, but also being able to share such an intense experience with somebody is, indeed, a great opportunity. Ask anybody who has participated in the Cape Epic, they will all agree on one thing: you never know what is going to happen, as you will be surrounded by dangers: Fallings, extreme heat, floodings, wild animals and the accumulated fatigue make essential to go with somebody else.   However, and according to the rules, you cannot be more than 2 minutes away from your partner. In case you get very far away from each other, you will face a one-hour penalty, and...
Bike, 5 important safety tips

Bike, 5 important safety tips

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a pro: when it comes to your bike and training sessions there are certain things that you can never ignore. As it is always good to refresh the memory, let’s go through the 5 most important safety tips for the bike. Use the proper equipment There are some elements that any cyclist must invest some money in, and that are basic for cycling: A helmet: make sure that it is the right size, light and well ventilated, and make sure that you are using it in the appropriate way. Sport sunglasses: not only to protect your eyes from the solar radiation, but also from getting dry and to keep them safe from any impact (insects, sand…) that can cause you an injury. Try to choose a pair of sunglasses whose lenses are exchangeable, so that you can adapt to different light, as using a pair of dark sunglasses at sunset can be really dangerous. Cycling shoes that you can hook to the pedal: also known as cleats. Check that it is correctly adjusted, and that it’s not too soft or hard. Use comfortable clothes: you are going to spend a lot of hours on your bike.   Check your bike before starting Your bike does also need to be checked often, so the beginning of the training session can be a perfect moment for this. These are the most important elements you need to review: The tyres: there is nothing more dangerous than riding with a deteriorated tyre. Tyre’s pressure: check that the pressure is the correct as per the...
Alejandro Valverde – Born to cycle

Alejandro Valverde – Born to cycle

If you are familiar with cycling, or at least if you follow events such as Le Tour de France or La Vuelta de España, it’s very likely that you have heard the name Alejandro Valverde at least a few times. Alejandro Valverde, from “The Unbeaten” to “The Bullet” Valverde took the cycling world by surprise a few years ago. However, the only ones that were not surprised by his successsare his parents. When he was 9 years old, he received his first bicycle from his father, and during his first outing he cycled 100 km (62 miles). It didn’t take long for him to receive his first nickname. When Valverde was 9 years old he won the second race he participated in. From that moment on, his colleagues started referring to him as “The unbeaten” and the parents of his competitors begged him to participate in less races, so that other kids could win sometimes. He debuted as professional cyclist on 2002 with the team Kelme-Costa Blanca after briefly cycling with the team Banesto. From that moment on, it became very frequent to see Valverde in the highest positions of the podium in most of the competitions he participates in. Naming all his achievements (which gave him the nickname of “The Bullet”) can take a long time, and although a lot of people think that he wins easily, Valverde claims that he is under a lot of pressure, both from the fans and also the press. Valverde, however, is still being humble and says that winning is not easy as it not only depends on him, but also on many...
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – The most extreme and coldest triathlon in the world

Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – The most extreme and coldest triathlon in the world

The Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Norway has become the most extreme and demanding triathlon in the world. At the same time it’s one of the most stunning and unique events. Let’s find out why. The spectacular start of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon Have you ever thought about starting a triathlon jumping into the cold water of the Norwegian fiords? Well then stop imagining because at the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is possible. Maybe this is not the most unique element of this event, but let’s get real, seeing dozens of athletes jumping into the freezing Norwegian water at sunrise from a ferry is pretty cool. The weather in Norway, as you may imagine is not ideal for a triathlon, and despite being August swimming at 5 am in the morning in the Hardangerfjord fiord is not a piece of cake. “Awesome”, “stunning” or “amazing” are some of the words used by the triathletes at the Norseman Xtreme to describe the bicycle stage. This second stage will take us through the Norwegian mountains, reaching 1200 meters above sea level. During these 180 kilometres, the contestants will have time to admire the beautiful Norwegian nature, surrounded by wild animals. Once we leave the bicycle behind, it’s time to start the marathon. Out of the 42 kilometres of this stage, 25 are flat. After this, the triathletes will climb the local mountain, Gaustatoppen, arriving at the finish line at 1880 metres above sea level. However, due to the remote location of the finish line, only the first 160 contestants will make the final 4,7 km to the peak. Norseman is much more special...
Marathon and diabetes: Is it possible?

Marathon and diabetes: Is it possible?

Earlier on, we talked about the problems that people with diabetes type 1 may face when competing in a triathlon. However, today we would like to discuss about the different issues that a person with this medical condition may experience when facing a marathon. Is it possible for a person with diabetes to run a marathon? How to prepare a marathon if you have diabetes? Yes, a marathon is a great challenge for any athlete, and not everybody that participates in one would be able to cross the finish line. Preparation and training are very important, but we also must face it with great respect. However, in the case of a person with diabetes, preparation and training are not only very important, but crucial and must be taken in account with special care and attention. If you have decided to participate in a marathon, the first thing we would like to say is: Congratulations! We assume that you have reached a physical level when you feel you can move to the next challenge and participate in something bigger. In this case, before starting your training, you should visit a medical professional. Your endocrine knows you better than anybody and can provide you with the advice that better fits your needs. Moving on, another important aspect to take into consideration is to keep in mind your previous experiences. How did your body reacted while facing different challenges? What are the aspects that you always keep in mind while training? What problems did you face that help you realize you were making a mistake? In the meantime, try different things: a new...
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