Cycling for the strong in spirit. Personal experience of Matvey Zubov

Matvey Zubov started cycling at the age of 8. He still remembers that it was in winter, February 13th. Together with the guys, he stood at the physical education lesson with skis in his hands, when the coach came in and announced that a set was opening for the cycling group. Even then, Matvey showed interest in high-speed bicycles, although initially he did not set himself serious goals.

Now Matvey Zubov is an international master of sports in cycling and a multiple winner of major Russian and international competitions. He not only races himself, but also trains other people to prepare them for difficult races.

We talked with Matvey about the intricacies of cycling, the importance of preparing for each start and the upcoming final of Gran Fondo Russia in Serpukhov .

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- Matvey, you are from Kamensk-Uralsky, a city in the Sverdlovsk region ... How developed is cycling in your region?

- When I started doing it, there were 3 bike bases in the city. Now, unfortunately, there is only one left. Regional competitions were quite popular, and many athletes from the Sverdlovsk region, even from Kamensk-Uralsky, have grown to a professional level. For example, one of the riders is still part of the Katyusha team. He won the Russian championship last year.

- Where do you like to train on a bike most of all?

- I really love our track in Krylatskoye - this is probably my favorite place to compete. Accordingly, I also like to train there. I was once based in Cyprus and did a lot there. It is very comfortable in terms of weather conditions and traffic. We can say that Cyprus is my second bike home.

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- Track or open air?

- Difficult question, because a track is one emotion, the street is another. They cannot be combined, but without the first, the second will always be missing. I like to train both there and there.

- What is the hardest thing for you in racing?

- In cycling, the longest preparation is the most difficult. It includes not only physical activity, but also psychological. At a certain moment, you need to overpower yourself in order to put the body into a training mode so that it falls into a rut. Then it gets easier. And, of course, an important point is to cope with emotionexcitement before the start. As athletes call it - jitters. We have a big long war with him.

Cycling for the strong in spirit. Personal experience of Matvey Zubov

Matvey Zubov at the start of Gran Fondo

Photo: Gran Fondo Russia

- What's the easiest thing?

In professional sports, in general, there are no simple things. It is important to use your good physical shape when you have it. That is, when you are ready - this is the easiest thing. Because everything starts to take shape by itself. And if you are not ready, it will never be easy in any phase of preparation.

- Tell us about the most important victory in your entire career.

- This was the World Junior Track Championships in 2009.

At that time I got into the Moscow team, moving from the Sverdlovsk region. We were preparing for the team race. That world championship was a big goal that took about three years to prepare. It was such a long training period that, in principle, it was regarded as a small, although it felt not so small, life. And when the goal was achieved, at the moment of victory, there were some indescribable sensations. I didn't realize it for a very long time.

At a more mature age there were victories too. This is not to say that they are unimportant, but they were predictable. And then everything was so unusual, a new world opened up for me. I looked at cycling from a different angle.

- Remember the moment in the distance when you were scared?

- Fear happens when you fall. But you still relegate it to the background, since you need to be as concentrated as possible on overcoming obstacles. If you succumb to fear, then, one might say, you are already doomed to fall.

When you arrive at the finish line apart from the group and must finish, there is also a certain excitement in the struggle for a position. You think: What if it doesn't work out? But these are, so to speak, secondary fears.

- Have you encountered with unsportsmanlike behavior of fellow cyclists?

- Of course. There were quarrels and misunderstandings between the athletes. This is normal. I think such situations exist to this day and will exist, because during the races everyone goes to the limit of their capabilities. At such a moment, not everyone can fully cope with emotions. Yes, there were fights and insults, but after the finish, as a rule, all these misunderstandings were discussed and the athletes came to some kind of decision.

- Which bike will you choose: road bike or cut?

- Depends on the distance, because there are group and individual rides. Accordingly, a dressing bike is suitable for individuals, and a group bike for a group race. It can be used on individual races, but will not be as effective as cutting.

- Where would a beginner start with?

- In the case of beginners, it all depends on the budget. But if you take a person who did not know how to ride a sports bike and wants to continue to take part in races at different distances and in different disciplines, then I recommend him to start the journey on a group bike. All the technical basics are easier and more correct to understand on it.

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- Do you like to ride any other bikes in your free time from training? For example, in the mountain or city.

- Now I am so busy that I have little time. But when there are vacation trips, I take walking bicycles in order to get somewhere in a relaxed mode and enjoy it. And sometimes I can do it on a scooter.

- How did you discover the series of races Gran Fondo Russia?

- I've been to almost every Gran Fondo that takes place in Russia. Absolutely - on the first and at least on the last. Before that, I was already familiar with this series of races, since I had already performed in Europe. I was amazed at the organization and the number of participants - this is a whole sporting event.

From the moment I discovered the Russian part for myself, I was able to trace the entire dynamics of the development of cycling. The organizers approach the issue competently and increase the number of participants as people learn. On arrival in Suzdal it was very cool. Many good teams have emerged that encourage athletes to develop.

- Upcoming is the final different from the previous stages? Is this bike ride going to be more difficult?

- All distances are roughly similar. Since we live in the realities of Moscow and the Moscow region, the reliefs also overlap. So I think the difficulty of this track will be about the same as in the previous races.

- How long have you been preparing for this race?

- I literally Yesterday I came from the World Championship, which I qualified for at the Gran Fondo stage in Volokolamsk. That is, the preparation was built for two competitions at once. It coincided very well: now we are returning, we have a little rest, keeping in shape, and next weekend we will start at the Gran Fondo Russia final.

- What is your preparation?

- I spend a lot of time on my bike, as I teach other people and prepare them for various races, including the Gran Fondo. And in my free time I often use the simulator, because on it I can work out the intervals I need in the necessary pulse and power zones. After such training, I try to do the same outdoors, that is, not only bring everything into functional fitness, but also combineit is technical.

- Bike, as in running , decide the volumes? Do you need to roll a certain distance before starting?

- They are absolutely necessary. Imagine a house. When it is being built, it is important to lay a high-quality, good foundation. Then he will stand for a long time, and everything will be fine with him. Getting fit isn't just about running or cycling. I think this is, in general, a component of any sport. We need a certain base on which preparation is then built. It is variable: there are power, high-speed, blasting operations - all of them are built on this foundation.

But if, for example, a week or two is left before the start, it is pointless to try to roll the maximum volume at breakneck speed. The combination of stress and rest is important here. Recovery is an equally important component.

- What advice or wish would you give to those who want to take part in such races? How important is it to put the correct technique and how best to do it?

- You need to make sure that a person can, at least, start moving, make a stop, take turns, and brake correctly. Of course, technique is a very important component, because there are group arrivals. The slightest wrong movement can harm not only one participant, but also everyone around who has come to have fun.

If a person is not sure that he is doing everything correctly, I advise you to turn to professionals. Now we have many different schools, coaches. Anyone will be happy to help.

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