Cadel Evans is an Australian legend who needs no introduction. Winner of multiple cycling accolades, including one of only two non-Europeans to win the Tour de France, it’s no wonder he’s so popular in his home country. Cycling enthusiast and Swisse Managing Director, Oliver Horn, recently caught up with Cadel to take a ride along Victoria’s Beach Road, chat about all things cycling and get the lowdown on the upcoming Swisse People’s Ride in January 2018.
Cadel, it’s been fantastic to ride along Beach Road with you today. One thing that was really striking was how happy people were to see you and the respect you received. How do you feel about having that effect on people?
I feel my role in sport is to encourage people. If cycling is going to improve your quality of life, then I am going to encourage you to ride. Whether it is riding to school, riding to work or riding on the weekend, or maybe it’s a young kid who aspires to win the Tour de France. Whatever it is, if cycling is going to improve your quality of life, I encourage people to take it up.
You’re obviously one of the most talented cyclists Australia has ever produced and arguably in the world. We’d love to hear your view on what you pass on to your son about what have you learnt to perform at your best.
My philosophy on doing sport at a young age is you can lose a race, but the lesson you can learn from that you can apply to life, to not lose in life. That’s the first thing in sport if you play at a low level or a high level or anywhere in between.
I look a lot to my mother’s example. I was never pushed into sport, I was never expected to perform and I was always left to choose my own options. So as a father, I never push my son into any direction.
Talking about quality of life, you were one of the older Tour de France winners at 34. How did you make sure you were at your peak fitness and how did nutrition and wellness play a part in that?
A big part of that has been looking after myself, which I’ve applied to both sport and also to my life in general. Recovery and nutrition are key – recovery is the most important thing after training, and a key component of recovery is nutrition. My mother always encouraged me to eat lots of vegetables, which is very important!
Now let’s talk about the upcoming ride in January, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, which includes the Swisse People’s Ride. Talk us talk us through how that weekend looks.
So, on Thursday 25 January, we have the Towards Zero Race Melbourne, a warmup race for the pros at the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix track in Albert Park.
Saturday morning is the Swisse People’s Ride, which is open to everyone. I will be riding in that myself. We have a 35km ride as a soft introduction to cycling, right up to the 111km ride which we will inevitably be participating in and probably trying to race a few people on that.
On Saturday afternoon, we have the Deakin University’s Elite Women’s Race, and on Sunday it’s the UCI WorldTour Elite Men’s Race.
What tips and advice do you have for “weekend warriors” entering the Swisse People’s Ride?
The more you practice, the easier it gets, so the more training you do beforehand, the easier it will be on the day.
During the race, I’d pay particular attention to protecting yourself from the sun, if it’s going to be a warm day.
Hydration is a key thing in cycling and that’s where you want to think beyond water – that’s where supplements such as magnesium and electrolytes become very important.
Cadel, you have been an absolute super star! Thank you very much and thanks for letting so many people be healthy and happy and inspiring them this morning.
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