We interviewed Adam Bialek, a fascinating ultra-cycling athlete. He shares with us what motivates him to take on the challenges of the toughest races, from race preparation to recovery.

What made you pursue cycling so intensively?

I've found that it's fun to test your own limits and keep going further. The feeling of overcoming myself and taking on new challenges has always driven me further.

How do you deal with the extreme conditions when racing, especially unsupported racing?

During extreme races, it is important to listen to my body and rely on my feelings. I try to know my limits and expand them in a controlled manner. It is crucial to be flexible and to be able to improvise from time to time.

How do you structure your training to prepare for competitions?

My training is not strictly structured. I cycle every day, depending on my mood, mood and weather conditions. I try to ride as much as possible to improve my physical performance.

What insights have you gained from your years of experience in bikepacking and ultra racing?

I learned that flexibility and mental strength are crucial to survive in these extreme conditions. I also discovered what type of racing I enjoy most and how essential it is to trust yourself and listen to your intuition.

How do you plan your racing season, and how do you deal with the stress?

My race planning is variable and depends on various factors, such as the venue, the weather and my personal well-being. I try to allow enough time between races to recover and prepare for the next challenges.

How do you manage to combine work and competitive sport?

It requires good time management and flexibility. I use my vacation quota for races and try to arrange my training times so that they are compatible with my everyday professional life.

Can you tell us about your equipment and your preparation before the races?

My equipment is old school and weight-optimized. I try to carry as little unnecessary weight as possible and concentrate on the essentials. Before races, I often do test rides to check my equipment and adjust to the conditions.

What does your regeneration routine look like after the races?

I frequently don't take enough time for regeneration, but my body can cope with it. I try to recover sufficiently and give my body the rest it needs to regenerate.

What races are on your schedule this year and what goals are you pursuing?

There are some exciting races on my schedule this year, including the Mittelgebirge-Classique, the RACA in Austria and the VIA Hannibalis. My goal is to improve in every race and take on new challenges.

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