Eight eager, young riders arrived bright and early at the Melbourne Parkview Hotel as MV’s Elite Rider Training Camp got underway for 2017.
Throughout Day 1 the riders were taught about Nutrition, Drugs in Sport, Fitness/Training techniques and also Injury Prevention by Stephen Mion of Bullen Health & Fitness and FitMoto.
To start the day however, the riders were put through a tough Boot Camp style training session in the underground Hotel carpark due to inclement weather by Stephen, that gave them a little taste of what to expect over the coming days.
Once they had completed a couple of circuits of the exercises laid out by Stephen, he took the riders through the correct way to use acupuncture balls and foam rollers to massage out the kinks and begin recovery from physical activity.
Lochie Amos saying that we “learnt how important prehab/rehab is to riding and learnt exercises that relate to riding.”
Moving on from the training session, Stephen and the riders returned to one of the Parkview Hotel Conference Rooms where the lecture sessions would begin.
Nutrition was something, coming into the MV Elite Rider Training Camp, that most of the riders noted down as something they really wanted to improve their knowledge on while they were here.
Nick Graham saying that we “learnt about simple and complex carbs, carb loading and the types and amount of hydration required for race days.”
Kasey Major added that we “learnt that good proteins can include nuts as well as meat, like steak.”
After a lengthy nutrition lecture everyone moved their attention to Drugs in Sport which prompted some great discussion around what they may or may not be able to have and the drug testing processes as well.
Emilee Lewis saying that we “learnt the importance of checking WADA and/or ASADA constantly.”
The last couple of lectures for the day focused on various fitness/training techniques that are important for motorcycle sport riders and also injury prevention, important for any athlete in any sport.
During Day 2 of MV’s Elite Rider Training Camp the riders will, weather permitting, be sent out to Albert Park Lake for a training session, then they will be lectured through Officials, Coaching Styles and also some information about Psychology.
After the lectures they will have some free time and will be looking forward to a trip to the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) before returning to the Parkview Hotel for dinner.