T&T Q&A with Bobby Sweeting (@SweetingR)

[This article originally appeared on December 8, 2014.]

This is the kickoff of a new Trail & Tarmac feature, the T&T Q&A, our window into the lives of pro riders. The closest many of us will get to being a pro rider is riding the same gear the pros rode, probably a year or so after it made its debut, maybe scooped up on sale. But what else can we learn from those at the top of the sport? Keep reading. 

YyRJv1a-[T&T] Do you have a piece of cycling gear you can’t live without? 

[Bobby Sweeting] We just launched our new wheel brand, Alto Velo, and have been ride testing them over the past couple of weeks. The wheels are incredible, so there’s no way I’ll want to go without them any time soon! But throughout my career, I’d say it has been my beat up/rusty Park Tool multitool. It is in my pocket on every ride I do, training and racing. I have a bad habit of always changing my position, and that multitool is essentially my security blanket! My director over the past few years, Frankie Andreu, loves to joke about what would happen if I dropped it during a race. I’d stop and get it, just so you know.

[T&T] Can you share one tip for amateur riders looking to elevate their game?

[Bobby Sweeting] At Kinetic Potential Coaching, we work with athletes ranging from beginners to professionals, but there is always a common theme that continues to pop up: everyone wants the most out of every second of training time. That’s a great thing, but it results in a training program where you are riding moderately hard all of the time. This creates a fitness plateau, and general grumpiness. To really improve, your hard days have to be extremely hard and your easy days have to be extremely easy. It’s that intensity differentiation that really produces the results.

[T&T] What’s your favorite race of the year?

[Bobby Sweeting] The Tour of Alberta is probably the race most suited to me, so I always enjoy being there. But the Tour of California is still the biggest race in North America, and the atmosphere is absolutely unforgettable.

[T&T] What cycling-related websites do you visit most frequently?

[Bobby Sweeting] For news and results, probably cyclingnews and VeloNews.

[T&T] What’s your post-ride nutrition of choice?

[Bobby Sweeting] Realistically, whatever is within arm’s reach! Before a particularly hard ride I like to get going with a 5-Hour Energy, particularly the Sour Apple. Then afterward, I love cooling off with a recovery smoothie right away (frozen mixed berries, banana, orange juice, almond milk, protein powder, cacao nibs), and then making an actual meal after I’ve had a chance to catch my breath.

Bobby Sweeting, a pro since 2006, is a time trial specialist racing for the 5-Hour Energy Presented by Kenda Pro Cycling Team. He is the proud owner of Kinetic Potential Coaching and the new wheel brand, Alto Velo. Keep up with him on Twitter by following @SweetingR

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