Kate is an Australian Mountain Bike racer, married to an Englishman, living in France. She won the UK National Mountain Bike series last year, which pretty much makes her the fastest woman on British soil. Riding for Cotic/Bontrager and heavily supported by TORQ, Kate is again striving to boost her World Cup rankings again this season.
An Aussie Adventure
I spent 2010 recovering from parathyroidism and racing World Cups, so threw myself into a 24hr solo race. Who wouldn't? Fortunately I have raced 24hr solo events in the past so had some idea of what I was in store for, but as always no two 24hr solo events have ever been the same. At least I knew to be over-prepared for every racing eventuality, especially in the weather department....
I had all-weather clothing, all-weather bike components and all-weather thoughts as the forecast was predicting hail at one point (gulp). BUT on the plus side, knowing I didn't have to over-prepare in the fuelling department was a huge relief, because I always keep to the same nutritional strategy that has worked for me come rain or shine, XC or 24hrs on a bike. I drink one bottle of natural orange flavour TORQ energy drink, followed by a bottle of TORQ natural (unflavoured), with my favourite yoghurt flavour gels every 20-30min depending where I am on the course. The strawberry and black cherry are delish and what I look forward to hour after hour on the bike. Then I have a secret weapon to combat nausea which is my curse - TORQ pineapple & ginger energy bar which always saves me from hitting rock bottom (ginger is a great natural remedy for nausea).