"The Bathurst Cycling Classic is one of NSW's premier cycling events" - Mark Renshaw
GETTING TO KNOW MARK RENSHAW
TOP 3 TRAINING TIPS
1. Work up to riding the distance you want to achieve, pacing yourself on a bike ride is a must!
2. Maintain your bike, you don’t want to be stuck out on the road with mechanical problems on race day. A well maintained bike won’t let you down. Get down to Renshaw’s Pedal Project to have your bike ready for race day!
3. Don't forget to eat and drink on the day, Hunger-flat or ‘’bonking’’ out on a ride really makes life hard. Your legs will start to burn, your eyes start to go blurry and before you know it, you're all out of energy! Make sure to take some quick energy and enough to get you through the day.
FAVOURITE MEAL BEFORE RACING?
White rice with a nice spread of butter on top. I love a piece of fresh salmon pan fried and some veggies on the side the night before doing a big ride.
ULTIMATE BIKE RIDE?
It’s hard to pick one, but it would most likely be around Lake Annecy in France, it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ridden. The Mountains and the Lake make for spectacular views and there is plenty of hills to test your legs and make it a ultimate ride. Its the perfect area for cycling in Europe.
My current bike would be my absolute favourite bike, it’s a CERVELO S5 with a Dura-ace Groupset and wheels with disc brakes, I absolutely love disc brakes now, so much more modulation in braking and the bike is a dream to ride.
BEST POST RIDE SNACK & COFFEE PLACE?
Bathurst has some awesome cafes and great lunch spots. My favourites places to stop while cycling are Al’Dente on Keppel Street, Ristretto on Howick Street and Creama on Kepple Street. I enjoy all types of coffee and love a good protein based snack, mostly eggs but find it hard to knock back a good breakfast cookie.
Mostly motorsport, I love to watch F1 because of the technical side and how on the limit they are while driving. I am lucky to have ridden with motorsport athletes such as Troy Baylis, James Courtney, Mark Webber and Stoffel Vandorne. They have given me some great insight into their sport. They all love cycling and would one day love to come and ride around one of the most iconic motorsport tracks in the world.
Helping my team mate Mark Cavendish win multiple Tour de France stages. We had a few years where we won a lot of the sprint stages we raced in. To be so consistent in cycling is very difficult and I pride myself on being a great team mate and riding on a high level for so long!
FAVOURITE PLACE TO RIDE IN THE WORLD?
It will always be Australia and of course it's Bathurst that wins this award. Riding around the famous Mount Panorama, the rolling hills outside of Bathurst, O’Connell, Duramana and the flat quiet country roads of Perthville and Georges Plains. Give me country NSW any day!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BATHURST AND THE CENTRAL WEST?
Because life is great out here! I know that my family will be safe, that people value our region and what great assets we have in Bathurst. I know I can be anywhere in 15mins, that I can go riding for hours and see a handful or cars on quiet back roads and be safe on the bike. It’s all these reasons that living in the country is easy and makes life enjoyable here in Bathurst.