Team Meerendal – Road Race Edition
This weekend Team Meerendal will feature at the Tour de Suisse (a UCI World Tour event). Mark Newman will be taking part in the “Tour de Suisse Challenge”, which (much like the Cape Epic) allows aspiring amateurs to test themselves against the elite UCI riders.
We spoke to Mark, ahead of this weekend’s race:
Why did you decide to take part in this event?
“I thoroughly enjoy triathlons, particularly the long distance races, this year I have concentrated on the biking and treated myself to an awesome “BIXS” Swiss brand bike. Entering many races this summer was the main goal as the winter training went extremely well. The Tour de Suisse is huge for any bike fan and having this race on your doorstep was an immediate sign up for me. What an experience to ride the same course, compare times and rub shoulders with the professionals, a fantastic weekend ahead!”
How did you prepare/train for this race?
“Indoor training throughout the winter set me up well, the winter allowed me to prevent injuries at the start of the season and enjoy the hills of Switzerland as we moved toward the seasons of spring and summer. Working 2km from Rotkreuz enabled me to ride the courses many times and become familiar with the elevation and certain corners”
How challenging do you expect this race to be?
“The race itself is not too challenging but fast, a good week of tapering should set up for an exciting few days of speed! I have PB’s on the course to aim for which should keep me motivated and heading towards a decent time, well, decent for me!!”
“I would like to give a huge shout out to the Coertze family for their support in helping me find the actual bike I ride now and covering me from head to toe in the Meerendal merchandise.”
Check out the the route maps and profiles of the 2 stages that Mark will be participating in, below.
Mark’s prologue start time is 10:34 on Saturday, June 13th 2015. So if you are in the area, make sure you head to the course and support him!!
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