Geoff Kabush has raced in three earlier
Olympics. In 2000 he placed ninth. In
2004 he “missed qualification due to a
couple of guys who were on EPO.” In 2008
Geoff says he finished “20th after a few
mechanicals.” In 2012 he took 8th.
MBA: What is your normal training regimen?
Kabush: My normal training regimen
varies quite a bit, but my weekly hours are
usually in the range of 15–25 hours in the
off-season. Most of the hours are basic
endurance rides, primarily on the road
bike, with some mountain bike rides mixed
in. As the season gets closer, I start to
add in more specific work, which includes
tempo sessions and intervals that match
the power demands of XC racing. The spe-
cific work is based on and modeled off the
race data from my Stages Power meter. In
addition to the work on the bike, I also put
in a couple hours a week in the gym work-
ing on my core strength and power, as well
as a few exercises from my physio to work
on leg-balance issues.
MBA: What are you doing to prepare for
Kabush: I’m trying to simplify life and
remove distractions so I can focus on the
hard work I need to get done. It is almost
certainly my last chance to qualify and
race at the Olympics, so my motivation is
MBA: Can you tell us what kind of
changes you’re making to your training?
Kabush: Competing at the Olympics
means full commitment, so that has been
my focus this off-season. I’m making sure
I take care of all the little things in the
The Swiss superstar
The three-time Olympian
gym, on the bike and, most important, trying to stay consistent and healthy.
MBA: Are you making any changes to
Kabush: No changes, as I always enjoy
eating healthy—although I do enjoy everything in moderation. As with training, it is
eating well consistently over months that
adds up to a healthy and strong body.
MBA: Are you making any changes to
your bike or riding gear?
Kabush: No big changes, and that is a
nice thing, as I have awesome equipment
from all our Scott-3Rox Racing team sponsors. No changes definitely makes it easy
to relax and focus on the racing that needs
to be done.
MBA: When you raced in the previous
Olympics, what did you learn from the
Kabush: The attention and spotlight of
the Olympics is like no other race in the
world. Knowing what to expect definitely
allows me to tune out the distractions. I
try to treat it like just another race and not
waste too much nervous energy before the
Nino Schurter: Three-time (and current) UCI World Champion Nino
Schurter looks like the current favorite for the Olympic gold medal in
Rio this summer.
Geoff Kabush: The Rocky Mountain star
is a Canadian legend, with numerous
national and international wins to his
Switzerland’s Nino Schurter is the odds-on favorite for
the Olympic gold medal this summer. The Scott-sponsored
rider, who turns 30 this spring, dominated international
racing in 2015, winning his fourth World Cup series title
and his fourth UCI Elite Men’s World Championship as well.
Nino won the Olympic bronze and silver medals in 2008
and 2012, respectively. He’ll be going for the gold in Rio.
MBA: What are you doing to prepare for the Olympics
Schurter: 2015 was already very important for me as
preparation for Rio. With the successful World Cup season
I was able to develop confidence and secure my ticket to
Rio early. I now need to further optimize my equipment,
including my Scott mountain bike, among other things. This
is only about details, but they can be crucial. February and
March are the most intensive months in terms of training.
This is when the foundation is laid for the racing season.
I need to rely on good conditions, such as good weather.
To ensure this, I am again traveling to South Africa, as in
2015. (Editor’s note: Nino previously told us that he likes
South Africa for winter training because it has a warmer
climate than his home of Switzerland and is also in the
same time zone, which makes for a perfect off-season
training spot for him.)