Monday, September 21, 2009

Rider Profile - Johannes Van Zyl


1. What bike do you ride?
Trek Madone 5.2
2. What would be your dream bike?
Ooooo - definitely a Madone 6.9 with a custom paint job and all of the latest bling off the Trek "project one" web site.
3. What's your day job?
I am a Business Analyst at QAL
4. What's your favourite ride?
Don't really have a stand out favourite - all the rides in and around town are pretty good , I like any ride that makes you feel like you have worked hard and the legs are a bit heavy! Some good training rides that do come to mind though are on the roads just outside of Beaudesert - very hilly but nice scenery.
5. Most memorable biking experience?
Well I guess to me a very exiting experience was when I got on a road bike for the first time earlier this year and thought - man this thing flies! Another exciting but scary experience was my first race up in Rocky - good old butterflies in the stomach wondering how long it was going to be before I got dropped, somehow I managed to hang on though and loved every minute of it!
Cunningham classic was a great ride - Mat said that I would enjoy it and I was certainly not disappointed. As the King would say the race was a whole story that unfolds with some very exciting conflicts/rivalries and others working together and looking after each other. It is amazing how much you learn as a rider during a race like that.
6. Least memorable biking experience?
By far the handicap race up in Yeppoon when I clipped a wheel and bought myself a piece of real estate on the bitumen road! No serious injuries in the end but the doctor copped a few nasty words when she decided to start scrubbing gravel out of all the wounds. Learned a lot in the process and gained a whole new level of respect for the sport!
7. Bike rider you admire the most?
Sure all of the pro's are awesome and I love watching them on TV. They make it look so easy and the tactics behind it all is very exciting! I have a whole lot of respect for guys in the pro teams who sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the team leader or sprinter, these guys do the hard yards for someone else to take the glory (that is team racing I guess).
In saying that though I really take my hat off to people who really train hard, morning or night, and still manage to do a full time job and look after the family - I guess the majority of the M1 bunch falls under this category! They have a decent go without all of the luxuries and the pampering that the pro riders get - legends in my mind.
Special mention has to go to Mat ( The King) - he has taught me a lot! He lives, eats , breathes cycling and just seeing someone so passionate about cycling makes me want to learn more and become a better rider!