Peter-John is a CMA CGM Regional Logistics Manager based in Durban, South Africa and has been cycling for 26 years! Read about his training below.
What is your discipline?
Peter-John: Cycling; road and mountain biking.
How long have you been practicing?
Peter-John: 26 years.
What are some of the big events you’ve participated in? What are you currently training for?
Peter-John: I qualified and was training for the UCI Amateur World Championships Perth 2016, but sadly had to withdraw. My next big races are Trans Baviaans (230km mountain bike race), Amashova National Classic (road race) and Tour de Boland 5 day road stage race. I have completed 10 Argus / Cape Town Cycle Tours, the largest timed bike race in the world, as well many other one day road events and mountain bike marathon races.
How often do you train?
Peter-John: Depending on my race schedule, I train 3-5 days a week and anything from 3 to 14 hours in total.
What is the importance of sports in your life?
Peter-John: Sport is important because it keeps me balanced and healthy. It helps relieve the stresses of life, keeping my body and mind in good condition.
How do you manage to train with a busy schedule?
Peter-John: Planning is essential. I plan my training into my week and ensure all the preparations for the next day’s training are complete before I go to sleep. That means bags are packed, meals ready to go and bicycle tires are pumped up. I train mostly in the morning to avoid traffic, and that means getting up at 4 am to train before going to work.
What do sports represent for you?
Peter-John: For me, cycling represents freedom. It started when I was a teenager as my primary transport, allowing me to go wherever I wanted. I get the opportunity to see some amazing places only accessible by mountain bike which most people will never see, and the feeling of travelling 80km/h on a bicycle is indescribable.
Do you have any advice to give to someone who is willing to start training?
Peter-John: Yes, get a professional bike fit done before you start and make sure your clothing fits correctly. These two points are often neglected have a big impact on you overall experience while cycling.
If you had something additional to say, what would it be?
Peter-John: Get out on the road and have some fun! Cycling has the potential to open up a whole new world for you.