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International exposure for Kia rider

Team KIA Namibia rider Martin Freyer now comes with international experience after enjoying a two-week training camp in Aigle, Switzerland.

Team KIA Namibia rider Martin Freyer now comes with international experience after enjoying a two-week training camp in Aigle, Switzerland.

Team KIA Namibia rider Martin Freyer returned from a two-week training camp at the International World Cycling (UCI) Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. Freyer described the time in Europe as an “experience of a life time”, which helped “broadened my knowledge about basic skills and gave me the experience I need to try and improve the skills of fellow riders in Namibia”.
Freyer’s trip came about after the UCI asked the Namibian Cycle Federation (NCF) if they had a mountain bike cyclist that would like to attend the course, upon which the NCF choose the Windhoek-based athlete to go.
The training camp included three main training types: Classroom sessions, field training and technical training rides. The classroom sessions where set up mostly to analyse footage of the riders themselves and discuss their techniques. They also included teaching them race-day preparation, training plans, goal setting and benchmarking, as well as analysing world class riders.

Field training consisted of setting up a skills courses, practising the pump-track, their race-starts and slow speed skills. Each day also included a training ride. Here the participants applied and discussed methods learnt on the field towards real race situations and technical trails.
On the last weekend, Freyer had the privilege of participating in a “small” regional race. This, being his first European race, gave him loads of experience and insight of how the racing is overseas. Freyer hopes to spend some more time in Europe next year to broaden this experience.
After his final school exam on 7th October, Freyer would like to do a workshop with different levels for children, beginners and advanced riders. He strongly believes that teaching the younger generation of cyclists should be his utmost priority as this is Namibia’s most promising category.

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