Diary Victor Campenaerts part 2


In the run-up to the Hour Record attempt, Lotto Soudal will give twice a week an inside look into the preparation of Victor Campenaerts. On the one hand, Victor will talk about the run-up, on the other hand we will each time highlight a specific topic. 
Part 2: one month to go – Warming up in Tirreno – Adriatico

Victor Campenaerts: “Getting used to riding in the peloton”

“Monday, I arrived in Tirreno – Adriatico, the same day on which the guys who rode Strade Bianche made the trip to the start location, Lido di Camaiore. I rode about an hour just to loosen up the legs and I was very happy to – since a very long time – be at the table with my teammates again. Tirreno-Adriatico is for myself of course the ultimate preparation towards the Hour Record, but for Tim and Tiesj it is an important objective of the season. I want to avoid risks but I will for sure help them when possible. It is my habit to cool down on the time trial bike after every stage, but now I’m holding the specific cadence I want to maintain on my track bike within a few weeks.”

“The team time trial did not fully go like we discussed during the theoretical meeting but such things happen very often in team time trials. Still, it is important that we took another step forward what concerns the approach. The fact that we finished sixth is certainly not a bad performance. In the last part of the race, I tried - together with Tim and Tiesj - to go for the best possible result. Tomasz Marczyński was our fourth rider and had to hold on. Thursday meant the first chance for Tim and Tiesj to improve their standings on the general classification and to maybe go for a stage win. I had to get used to riding in the peloton again because the last time I did so was in the final Vuelta stage on the 16th of September, six months ago…”

The schedule of Victor

Below is an overview of the calendar in the run-up to the Hour Record attempt, with the bronze medal at the TT World Championships in Innsbruck as the starting point.

* 22 September – 26 September: World Championships Innsbruck
* 29 September: 30-minute test on the track in Grenchen, Switzerland
* Winter break: holiday to San Francisco and Ironman Hawaii from 7 till 19 October
* 29 October: restart training
* 13 November – 20 November: Olympian training camp Lanzarote
* 8 December – 18 December: training camp Lotto Soudal on Mallorca; no on-bike training due to knee injury
* 20 December: first training post knee injury
* 2 January: take-off training camp Namibia
* 26 February: announcement UCI Hour Record attempt
* 4 March: return from Namibia training camp
* 11 March – 19 March: Tirreno – Adriatico
* 20 -26 March: final week in Belgium with a focus on recovery, final track test, sleeping in an altitude room, climate training and lactate test
* 27 March: departure to Mexico
* 16 or 17 April: Hour Record attempt
* 19 April: return to Belgium
* 29 April – 5 May: Tour de Romandie
* 8 May : departure to Giro d’Italia