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Singletrack.com recently tracked down Geoff Kabush (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain) in Australia, where the Canadian XC rider – off a World Cup and two consecutive Pro XCT victories – is prepping for the Sept. 5 World Championships in Canberra with the essentials: a road bike and coffee-making gear.
ST: Wins at the Bromont World Cup, Mt. Snow Pro XCT and then the Yankee Clipper at Windham – obviously the form has been great. What do you do keep that momentum going into the Worlds in Australia on Sept. 5?
GK: The biggest thing I can do now is stay healthy and not over-train. Our downhillers were all sick on the East Coast swing so I was little worried out there. I had to quarantine myself in my bedroom a bit but I managed to escape without picking anything up. I have also managed to survive the travel down to Australia well and that can always be a big hurdle. I feel like my Team, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, along with the Canadian National Team have provided me with all the support I need so it is just up to me to follow through on race day.
ST: What, if any, racing have you done between Windham and now to keep that form?
GK: After Windham I just had a short week back in Albuquerque, New Mexico where my wife and I have a place. It was a brief visit and I only had a little time to hang out with my wife and animals, eat some good food and make sure I had everything packed for the journey Down Under. I just made sure I recovered well from Windham and then did a few solid rides before jumping on the plane again. I traveled down to Australia with my road bike so I can continue to do some solid training leading up to Worlds.
ST: Australia is a long flight; those time zones can play havoc on the body. How early will you arrive before the race?
GK: I arrived in Australia on Aug. 26; a good 10 or 11 days before my XC race. I am also doing the Team Relay on Sept. 1 so it is nice to get down here in plenty of time to be rested for that. I don’t mind traveling west because it is a lot easier to adjust a bit by staying up late and sleeping in a bit before heading off. I also got lucky and got a full side row on the plane, which helped me sleep a little…
ST: How do you maintain a routine – be it nutritional or training – when on the road? That said, are you heading to Europe after Canberra for any of the World Cup races?
GK: I try to bring all the tools I have at home to make life on the road as normal as possible. When I need to train for long periods I really like to have my road bike along; I also make sure I can keep up my strength work, and all other aspects of my normal training. For the kitchen I always bring my own coffee, hand-burr grinder and little French press so I can start the day off right.
Luckily in Australia the availability of good food is awesome. There are lots of great markets when you can get wonderful produce, meat, bread and whatever specialty items you like. Whenever we can we stay in apartments or houses where we can cook our our meals.
Worlds is just the start of a long month so it is important I take good care of myself. After Worlds I am off to Europe for the last couple World Cups in Champery (Switzerland) and Schladming (Austria); then it is straight to Vegas for CrossVegas and Interbike for the week, and then straight to Wisconsin for the first USGP CX weekend; then I can take a little breather.
ST: Do you have any familiarity with the Canberra course?
GK: I know the Canberra course quite well from the World Cup last year where I placed third. It is a fantastic course for myself and it is really a lot of fun to ride. It really was good last year when we all came down from the Olympics a little blown out; we were all a little tired but the course made the week a lot more enjoyable. If I have good legs there is no reason I can’t be at the front of the race.
Q: How many bikes do you travel with considering that you may or may not know the course – i.e. hardtail or full suspension?
GK: For a remote trip like Australia, where I know the course, I will often decide beforehand which mountain bike I will race. For Canberra I will be racing my Rocky Mountain Vertex Team hardtail. I already know which tires and pressure as well from last year’s World Cup. Like I said above I also have my road bike with me for training and warming up on. In North America and in Europe we have a permanent vehicle so I will have all my bikes to choose from at each event; Vertex Team hardtail, Element full-suspension and Team RSL road bike for training.
ST: Other than yourself, of course!, who do you think has the form to podium on Sept. 5?
GK: It is too bad Ralf Naf got hurt a couple weeks ago because he was definitely a top-three favorite. There is a cast of characters that could win the race as well but I think, besides all the Swiss guys, Absalon and Hermida will be the ones to watch.