Scott-SRAM’s Thomas Frischknecht, or Frischi as he is affectionately known, is the man behind one of the most successful mountain bike outfits in recent years. He’s also claimed a host of silverware himself, including multiple world championships, an Olympic silver medal and an Absa Cape Epic title too, in the mixed category. Naturally, Frischi’s got a wealth of knowledge to impart – especially when it comes to preparing for an Epic stage race. Here are his top 12 secrets.
The number one golden rule for success at a mountain bike stage race is functioning as a team: you’re only as fast as your partner. It’s important to be realistic about your goals and remember it’s all about having as much fun as possible. Respect your partner. Riding a stage race is a lot like a week-long marriage but under very rough circumstances. Sooner or later every team will have some kind of crisis so it’s important to be prepared for this moment.
Look at the route profile before the race. It’s good to have an idea of how much climbing is involved and how long the stages are but always remember that the riders make the race – sometimes an easy stage can feel much harder than the profile suggests because of the pace. Finding the right pace is the secret.