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Peace of mind

Andrea Tiberi for MyCycling

In physics, equilibrium is "the state of quietness of a body". In mechanics it "means the condition of a system in which the sum of all external forces is null and void”.
Strange to say, when you whizz down from a slope and the wheels splash gravel downstream.
A quiet state that is a paradox when each nerve of your body is tensioned toward the next ramp, towards the next jump, fingers stuck on the brake levers. When you are Challenging a speed that does not belong to your body. When all external forces are eliminated at each turn of the wheel. Each time the shock absorbers sink into the pressure of a metal tube.
Then balance, is the state of calm.
Do you know that Andrea Tiberi, now 31 years old, affectionately known as "Tibi" by friends is also the Italian cross country champion in 2015, and has spent 13 years in the Italian MTB national team and participated in 14 European and 12 world championships.
Tiberi who, seven months after the completing the Rio Olympics, discovered that he had a thyroid cancer. External forces then became a pressure.
Yet, he remembers, it was a time when he was in great shape.

As Paul Auster began in the Winter Diary - "You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else".

They had to do everything in a hurry.
After two weeks, Tibi had his thyroid gland removed. But after seven months Andrea was in Rio.
Nineteenth place: it is already in nineteenth place that feels like a podium in itself. The external forces, flat plane, are realigned and the wheel goes back to turning and movement restores balance to Andrea.

He has good eyes, Andrea. The eyes of those who grew up in the mountains, in a village of three thousand inhabitants of the Alta Val di Susa. If agonism is an integral part of his trade, A huge crowd gathers for Tibi, while we go to lunch, they ask him for photos, signed autographs for grandchildren, girls and boys who perhaps have her poster in the room. They are more than fans, they are friends.
A balance, in fact, tested over the years, never precarious. Consolidated in small daily gestures of sincere affection. “I know who Andrea is. I know what he has done. He likes the mountains".  That's enough.

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What does a champion like Schurter have, for example, compared to others?

He's like the ski reviews in magazines. This ski has three stars on the hard snow, this other three stars on powder snow, etc. On certain things you can have three or four stars. He has five on everything. A crazy engine, very powerful at the physical level and a very framed head. It is the strongest, technically strongest that I know.

He beat all his adversaries thanks to the union of these factors.

Have you ever had the doubt of not having the right features?

I had to work on certain aspects. Some years ago, I realised that in some cases I wasn't covering a lot of terrain and lost seconds in the race. Even at the physical level, I moved into a certain mode. I had shortcomings that I had to compensate for in a targeted way.

Is it training, a form of talent? Or what can you learn over time?

For example, in sport climbing, there are athletes who are not particularly equipped at the level of but they manage to make up for it with physical training. Surely the ability to "train" is central.
There are two schools of thought in our area. There are those who always run, and then there are those who, on the other hand, prefer to take periods of time away from the races to do a specific and quality job.
I am a little more agreeable to this philosophy.
I'm sure certain races also serve to train, but not all the preparation is done there. Targeted work is needed and it needs to be thorough. I have studied Motor Sciences and understand the "academic" and scientific factors. And that's why I see it as a central aspect. These are the cases where the difference between the person who manages to express oneself as much as possible in training and those who do not. At the end of March I was in retirement with the lads of the National Team. Many were twenty-five years old. One day I had to repeat a bit of a hard time, from one minute to three. We are put in group to pedal. We start and, after a short while, they all got stuck and wondered how it was possible that I managed to have that continuity.

How does sport condition your life? How much do the sportsman and "The Tibi" live together?

I never wanted to live in the light of the bike. To be fully linked to food and social constraints. I have never wanted to do that because I strongly believe that there is not only that in life. You have to see bike simply as a job. A job that is nice, pleasant, a dream, I would say. But there is not only that and eventually the dream will end.
Warren Barguil, one guy who went in very strong to the Tour and was one of those who studied; he mentioned in an interview that it would be foolish to make the same life that some of his colleagues do. He would have no more sense of what he was doing if he could still not enjoy a beer or a barbeque.
Having said that, cycling always influences your life twenty-four hours a day. Even if you think you live life to the fullest, you need to know that everyone has days where you must be physically present and always keep a part of your mind dedicated to work. When the end of the season arrives and take off, actually it's an illusion. You only really switch off when you close the door of your career.

I have always imagined that at a certain level, sportsmen and women have a fixed thinking that let you overcome difficult moments.

I arrived at a stage of my career, between twenty-six and twenty-seven years old, in which I did a bit of Gran Fondo and some marathons, in addition to the cross country, and in none of these disciplines was I one of the best. Then I decided to make selection. I chose the cross country and my goal was to go to the Olympics. I imposed growth objectives on myself every year. That was the motivation for the work of recent years, the same ones in which I passed by having a generic competitive determination to a more specific focus. Only in this way have I managed to get better prepared. The Olympics were the culmination, with everything in between. Something must always exist in your head, which makes you snap into action and prepare. Otherwise, you end up tackling training sessions like those on a steamroller, feeling much distress along the way.

When the steamroller was a roller, I put myself on there watching a movie, I had a few DVDs at home. I don't know how many times I have seen Pirates of the Caribbean. At one point, you don't even think about what you do any more. In that mode, not anything you do is even useful.
With MyCycling, on the other hand, you can always be following the programs you have set up, always being concentrated and maintaining high voltage. Both physically and mentally. Recovery times are very short and then workouts pass quickly. There is no more boredom; it's like being on the road. Certainly, a straight road, but never boring.

Where do you launch programs? Do you have separate cardio?

The application can be connected to a heart rate monitor. I can then follow my heart rate live via a Bluetooth band that connects with your smartphone. There are preset programs, which are great for regular bursts of performance training thanks to the Technogym Neuromuscular Training method, or there is the possibility for Technogym registered trainers to design the workouts and send them to their athletes.

What advantages does MyCycling have for training?

MYCYCLING allows you to train really well. There are certain things you can train for inside and do even better than outdoors. For example, the repeated strength resistance. I started to set a benchmark with MYCYCLING, because it allows you to maintain constant parameters. And this is regardless of the slope of the road, for example. Some types of work are fundamental on this tool. In winter, especially, when it's cold outside, it's very important to have it with you at home to keep training.

How many times do you use MYCYCLING?

In winter I use it two or three times a week, for shorter sessions, between an hour and an hour and a quarter. The rest of the year, I can use it less.
One thing I noticed is that it really brings on a sweat! This is why summer temperatures force you to use it less.
I use MyCycling also as pre-race training because often the team area is chaos, and it fits nicely in the warm up area to keep your focus. It is good to have a well thought out routine to maintain as warm-up: with MyCycling, you can apply a precise scheme and design.

How important is it to do similar exercises compared, for example, with cycling on trails?

Nothing is spontaneous. You have to do certain types of work, but it always depends on the thing you aim for. If you are a professional it’s ok, but if you are an amateur it depends on your objectives: there are those who do it for the pleasure of being out with less effort and those who do it to do a good race and take some satisfaction.

How do you train in relation to "pleasure" cycling?

My work is always targeted and systematic. However, I’m not even the one that follows the table of the exercises to the letter. I'm a bit of a special case, because I prepare myself alone and I decide on the work and what I have to do. I choose them so that cycling is also a pleasure. I study a tour that fits together with the preparation, but that's also fun to do.

What happened the day after the Olympics? Was there a moment of "well, now what do I do"?

Yes, a big hole was left. I took a long period of vacation. In addition to the need to disconnect mentally, I also needed it physically. After the thyroid operation, I couldn’t recover as I would have done previously. This year I decided to take it more calmly, starting from the winter period. I am even looking to avoid long journeys. I need to regain the competitive charge. Now the long-term-goal is to do another Olympic event to potentially close my career. In 2015 I was at the top of my competitive form, among the best of the specialty. After what’s happened, I am not yet back to those levels. Now I want to show myself that I can go back to where I was before. I have thyroid replacement therapy, which does have certain disadvantages, but I would like to try to go back to my previous level.


I have never tried to run on the road. I would have liked to try all the specialties that concern my sport. I did not do it at the time because I didn't see it as important and then I lost it. Now it’s much too late.

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