Cycle Tour

Sport4Good Team Q&A Part 4

2011-02-08 17:06
Cape Town - In the fourth of our Q&A sessions with one of the riders on the Sport4Good Cycling Team, we chat to Bob's for Good's Claire Alexander.

Q: Have you ever done the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour before?

A: Yes I completed the race last year, which I owe to my mate Michelle, who's cheery banter kept me going from Simonstown.

Q: What is your biggest fear for this year’s race?
A: I have the shortest legs in the world so my biggest fear is wearing lycra shorts.

Q: Have you started training yet?
A: Yes, the Bobs for Good team are quite an active bunch and participating in sports events runs deep in our 'lets get out there and do it' philosophy.

Q: If so, what have you been doing and if not, why not?
A: I have started cycling in the gym until I get my new bike and I was running long distance until I bashed two toes in playing football. I also partake in long distance sea swimming (no wetsuits allowed) as it's so much more beneficial to train holistically, not just pedal!

Q: Do you believe in carbo loading?
A: I'm a former full time swimmer and football player and in both sports, my coaches never advised to carbo load, but to rather balance your diet. Protein is so vital whilst training for an endurance event. Everyone has different body types and metabolisms therefore it's not as easy as telling people to carbo load. Some of my swimming friends don't eat carbs after 2pm, some indulge in them, it depends on your body type and training. However, it is a good excuse to visit Primi and include a glass of red or 6 while you are there.

Q: Have you ever sat in a coffee shop with your helmet still on after a training ride?
A: Em no, I have not, nor do I intend to. Helmets are just rude in coffee shops.

Q: Lycra or mountain bike shorts?
A: Mountain bike shorts anyday.

Q: Shaved or unshaved (legs for the race that is)
A: As a lady, I'm very prone to removing hair from my legs and other areas of my frame.

Q: Bobby Skinstad or Robbie Fleck?
A: Bob Skinstad, he's my boss, otherwise I'd say Gavin Hastings.

Q: Back to work on the Monday after the race or pull a sickie?
A: Back to work, cycling the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is like a walk in the park and then lazing with a gin and tonic in the pub after.



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