Sofía Gomez Villafañe is the current XCO and STXC National Champion of Argentina and a rising star in the sport of Cross-Country mountain biking. She’s a relative newcomer to the sport and still maintains a part-time job while training and racing full-time for the Stans-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis.

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Topics covered in this episode

  • Sofia’s ideal dinner for the night before a race
  • How to deal with different sleep environments
  • Morning routines on race day
  • Do pancakes make you faster?
  • Ride or Drive to the venue?
  • Sofia’s warmup routine
  • Should you warmup on the trainer or on the road?
  • When to pre-ride the course
  • How Sofia gets “in the zone”
  • How Cardi B makes Sofia Faster
  • Sofia’s Sea Otter race recap
  • Where is Sofia’s favorite place to ride?
  • What Sofia indulges in when she experiences success
  • What Sofia has worked on the most recently in her racing
  • How to balance racing, work, and school
  • What Sofia wishes she did more of when she began racing

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Ian Meintjes

Ian Meintjes is a pro enduro racer and the producer of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. Ian’s successful track record in cross-country and enduro racing, along with years of experience as a customer support agent have made him an expert on all things training and racing with power.