The Physical Performance Show: Adam Hansen, Professional Cyclist (29 Grand Tours)
In episode 259 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Adam Hansen, Professional Cyclist (29 Grand Tours) on this Featured Performer episode.
Adam Hansen has just retired from the professional world cycling peloton after a two decade long career and what makes Adams career so special is that he started 29 grand tours, including the Tour de France tour of Italy tour of Spain, and he completed 26 of those grand tours.
By completing the 2018 Giro d’Italia, Adam extended his own record becoming the only rider to have completed 20 consecutive grand tours between 2011 and 2018. Adam secured stage wins in two stages across his career in 2013, in the 7th stage of the Giro d’Italia and then again in stage 19 of the 2014 Vuelta a España and off the back of what has been a billion kilometre’s or there abouts in Adams legs on the bike, he is returning to the world of triathlon where he started as a recreational athlete before turning pro as a cyclist to take on the Ironman Triathlon space.
Adam shares around his highs, lows and learnings, you’d be hard pressed to doubt Adams foray into Ironman Triathlon racing. Adam is renowned for what has been described by Velo News as his restless curiosity, and many of you may already follow Adam on his terrific YouTube channel and know of Adam’s incessant tinkering with technology and his desire to improve things. Hence, Adam produces his own cycling shoes. He’s building his own Ironman triathlon bike, and also his own indoor swimming pool.
On this episode, you’ll hear Adam share around the importance of being consistent in your training, the concept of training pure and why Adam suggests not cross pollinating the purpose of our training sessions. Adam references fueling and metabolism outlines key mantras and challenges us with a great physical challenge for the week.
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Listen in as we delve into the following:
- Adam’s next chapter after cycling
- Why Adam started in cycling
- Mentors during Adam’s career
- Strength training
- Having a mental rest day
- Building a bicycle
- Building an endless pool
- Performance Round
- Physical Challenge
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“I really enjoyed it and it was something that I wanted to do.”
“Be as fresh as possible going into a race.”
“Be mentally prepared that it is going to be hard.”
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To follow Adam Hansen:
4:33 Adam’s next chapter after cycling
7:10 Why Adam started in cycling
8:00 Mentors during Adam’s career
12:30 Strength training
19:20 Having a mental rest day
26:00 Building a bicycle
32:40 Building an endless pool
44:45 Performance Round
55:00 Physical Challenge
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