Training and Health Tips for the 2017 Cape Cycle Tour
Back in August 2016, all of the 35 000 avid cyclists planning to ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour had to have their registrations in. Arguably the highlight of the road cycling calendar, this scenic race covers 109-km around the Cape Peninsula and draws cyclists from all over the globe.
Japie Malan is the oldest man to complete the race within the allotted time of 7 hours. He finished on a tandem with his son in five hours, 50 minutes and 40 seconds and was 92 years old at the time. Last year Clare Graaff, 87, proved that you’re never too old to put pedal to the metal.
Before taking to the starting line on Hertzog Boulevard on 12 March 2017, make sure that you are ready:
1. Prepare a plan
Winging it is never a good idea. The key to a successful race is a meticulously planned training programme and dedicated execution of it.
2. Ditch the plan
Yes, sticking to your training programme is important, but realistically, it also needs to be malleable enough to fit your needs as your body responds.
3. Mix it up
Interval training days build strong legs. Go flat out until your eyes are ready to pop one day – then take it super slow the next.
4. Stretch and strengthen your supporting muscles
Strengthen and stretch your core and other stabilizing muscle groups to prevent overuse injuries that can allay even the strongest cyclist.
5. Stick to your guns
Work on constantly improving daily. Whether that means doing the training you like the least, or cycling on your own to get the workout you need most.
While on your path to cycling success, consider the costs involved in the medical expenses should things not go according to plan. Will your medical aid cover be sufficient? GAP coverage works as an insurance policy to pay for any in-hospital shortfall (GAP) that your medical aid may not cover in some cases. It applies to all ages – even Japie Malan and Clare Graaff can apply.
Are you able to cover the difference between what your doctor’s charge and what our medical aid will pay? DON’T STRESS! THE GAP IS COVERED. See the video here:
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