How many years have you been participating in the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, or is this your first time?
Whilst I have been a big supporter of the Spinneys Dubai 92
Cycle Challenge since it first started, this will be my first year
actually doing it.
What does your training plan look like over the next few months?
I was into a really good routine up until a couple of months
ago. I was doing the 50km loop at Al Qudra once or twice on the weekends
and cycling up and down Al Qudra Rd most nights. Unfortunately, due to a
house-move and a month in Thailand, I got out of the habit. The first
Build-Up Ride was my first time back on the bike and it hurt a lot. I’m
hoping I can back to where I was with the training over the next few
Have you adopted any special diets to prepare for the challenge?
To start with, I’m vegetarian, so I’m often found stocking up
on Quorn at Spinneys. Again, I was on a great diet until before the
summer but I fell off the wagon. Getting back into it is proving
difficult but I’m going to have to because catching a glimpse of my
reflection in the racing outfit is very disappointing.
Any top tips for first timers?
Don’t give up. Remember what cycling was like as a kid. My
friends and I used to cycle from city to city at a very young age with
no padded shorts and on very poor quality bikes. Get back out there and
What inspired you to take part?
I need to. My daughter, Betsy Pearl, isn’t shy when it comes to commenting on my wobbly belly. I’ve got to sort that out.
How was the first build-up ride?
I made every mistake possible. No training. No bike
maintenance until 4am on the day. Plus it was ridiculously humid, so by
the time my wife, Lorra and I were in the car, we were very angry and
sweaty. However, once we were amongst the hubbub of activity and the
race started, there was a cool breeze and a gorgeous orange sunrise,
which reflected against the Burj Khalifa, itself rising from a carpet of
mist. A couple of laps in it started to hurt and I was forced to slow
down a little but we did it and I was proud we did.
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