Train­ing makeover

Cat-two rider Si­mon Hill gets as­sis­tance from Olympian Jonny Bel­lis

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Highly mo­ti­vated cat-two racer Si­mon Hill has a busy work life as head of sales for a soft­ware com­pany based in Eind­hoven, the Nether­lands.

After he stopped play­ing rugby in 2015, Hill saw his weight creep up to 100kg. Cy­cling has helped get him back in shape. Hill says he likes the way rac­ing is un­for­giv­ing and puts him in a “sink or swim sit­u­a­tion”.

With the help of former world champ and coach Jonny Bel­lis, the 43-year-old wants to use his com­pet­i­tive drive to step things up next sea­son. CW: What do you most want to im­prove in your cy­cling? The abil­ity to suf­fer via time tri­alling and hav­ing the guts to at­tack and keep at­tack­ing in races. I want to see what I am ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of. I feel I am se­ri­ously lack­ing in self-be­lief and am scared of the con­se­quences [of hard ef­fort].

CW: What are your mo­ti­va­tions? To be the best that I can pos­si­bly be. Giv­ing my lit­tle boy Henry my medals makes his day.i’d also like to go be­low 21 min­utes for a 10-mile time trial. I’ll say this very, very qui­etly, but maybe I’ll do a 25-mile TT. I would like to play an ac­tive part in the LVRC Percy Stal­lard se­ries next year, too.

CW: What are the bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing you from train­ing as well as you’d like? My part­ner — she gives me con­stant grief about my ‘ad­dic­tion’. Apart from that, the only bar­rier in terms of qual­ity and quan­tity is me.

CW: Have you had any set­backs? I had a bad Achilles in­jury this sea­son, which meant a month off. Since com­ing back, I’ve strug­gled for mo­ti­va­tion, as I re­dis­cov­ered my love of cake and Guin­ness. How­ever, I did get a sixth place in an LVRC race.

CW: What are your strengths in train­ing? I like train­ing, I love pain. I al­ways do as I am told and don’t cut cor­ners — un­less it means avoid­ing a hill!

CW: And any weak­nesses? I al­ways find an ex­cuse to avoid hills. Of­ten I feel I’m not as good or as strong as other guys, so I don’t push my­self hard enough.

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