Marathon runner Abraão Azevedo seeks the top of the podium of one of the biggest international mountain bike competitions.
Alongside Dutchman Bart Brentjens for the second consecutive year, athlete Scott Abraão Azevedo represents Brazil at the Cape Epic, which takes place between 15 and 22 March in South Africa. More than that: the goal for 2015 is one more Reach the top of the podium. Champion in the Master category in the last two years, the ultramarathonist will have to face an eight-day route, 739 km distance and 16 thousand meters of climbs between the University of Cape Town (Cape Town) and Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.
Favoritism? Abraham stares with naturality. “It’s normal for us to be a reference, even for the results achieved in the last two years. But we have to deal with naturalness. I’ve trained a lot and I’m focused on my work.”
At age 45, his main focus is long marathons like this, which require in addition to a physical conditioning equipment that responds to height during the races. This year, Abraham will ride a full-size bike with 27.5″wheels, the Scott Spark 700 RC.
“I pedaled hard tail in 2014, but this year I’m using a Spark. For long events like the Cape Epic it is a big differential, because I can maintain good performance and without compromising so much in relation to tiredness. I’m already 45 years old, so the more comfort I can have while pedaling, the better,”joked the experienced athlete.
Recipe to go well
Prepared and with Bart Brentjens as a pair, Abraão Azevedo considers that the Cape Epic will be fierce in terms of competence of the other teams. For him, regularity is the secret to winning the tri.
“You have to be in tune with the pair and maintain a regularity to get well placed at the end of the eight stages. It does not matter if we end up second or third in a few steps, we have to get ahead in the sum of all the steps during the eight days.”
Scott is considered one of the leading brands of cycling worldwide. With great focus on engineering, technology and innovation, its products are reference when it comes to cycling. In Brazil, the Swiss brand has been distributed for more than 20 years by IGP Sports, always working with premium brands of worldwide prestige.