DARK TIMES AND AMAZ­ING HIGHS

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For­mer XC racer Max Sut­tie is now fo­cused on mak­ing an im­pact in the en­durance rac­ing world. The 25-year-old, from New­ton Ab­bot, Devon, is al­ready a twotime Bri­tish 24-hour cham­pion and the 23-29 world champ. He’s look­ing to test him­self against the best by rac­ing in the Elite cat­e­gory at the WEMBO Solo 24 Hour MTB World Cham­pi­onships in Fort Wil­liam later this year.

Just how do you get in shape for an event like this? “I typ­i­cally spend 14 to 25 hours a week on the bike, with added strength and con­di­tion­ing train­ing,” he ex­plains. “I ride six or seven days a week, and some­times twice a day. At the week­ends I do two five- to sev­en­hour rides with bonus in­ter­vals.”

Max doesn’t feel the phys­i­cal as­pect is the hard­est part of en­durance rac­ing though. “The big­gest chal­lenge would prob­a­bly be the men­tal side,” he says. “Ev­ery­one who com­petes in a 24-hour race goes through some dark times, but you just need to recog­nise them and know that they will pass.”

If you’re tempted to give en­durance rac­ing a go, but daunted by the con­cept of rid­ing solo for 24 hours, Max has th­ese words of wis­dom: “Just en­ter one, grab the help of a mate and give it a go! It’s a huge achieve­ment to just get through one de­spite the aches and pains, and you’ll feel amaz­ing after­wards!”

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