Tobais Lestrell: Some tips and tricks from a Forrest Favourite!

 

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He won the Wombat 24, he won the Bright 12 hour, he won every race in the Victorian Enduro Series last year and he's walked away with 3rd place at the Odyssey on the weekend. And we are super excited to welcome back to Forest - Tobias Lestrell in the Forrest 6 Hour  SOLO category! 

We caught up with Tobias for an insight into riding in Forrest and some tips for Enduro racing!

Fave Forrest trail? And why?
Casper Black, I love the scenery there, and the trail offers a lot of variation with some great downhill sections and some nice climbs.

Why do you keep returning to Forrest to ride / race?
Forrest is a great little place with so much to like about the township itself, and then there are all the trails that are world class. The Forrest races are always heaps of fun combined with a great vibe. The nature is also very varied around Forrest, offering very different experiences depending on where you go.

You like riding your bike for a long time (24 hour enduros!)... what do you think about whilst you're out there? And what keeps you heading out for another lap when its 3am and pouring rain?
I don't think of anything special really, I just try to be in the moment and enjoy the trails, sometimes a song will pop into my head and stay there for a while, but mostly it's about the riding and I find that I just go with the flow and have fun. I've only done one 24, and the conditions were not exactly ideal during the night with pouring rain and pretty cool temperatures, but I was just focused on riding for 24 hours so you just deal with it, and quitting was never an option. I have to say it's a pretty cool feeling to ride your MTB for 24hours as pure logic tells you it should not be possible.

What's your favourite thing to eat / drink whilst racing?
I drink Torq energy with vanilla flavor usually, and I also use the Torq gels, but for 6hr races or longer I prefer some solids like bananas, and my wife Esther makes a pretty awesome lasagna that has fueled me at 12 & 24 hour races. Hot 2 minute noodles were a nice addition during the cold and wet night at the Wombat 24.

And finally…. Any tips for riders entering their first Forrest 6 hour event?
Just try to get regular rides in over the months leading up to the event. Don't worry about intensity and stuff, just have fun on your bike and learn what pace that you're comfortable at when riding for a couple of hours. That should give you a good base, then also make sure that your bike is in good shape too, to avoid unnecessary mechanicals. In the race, make sure that you eat and drink properly from early on to avoid hunger flats, but most of all have fun and enjoy the trails and the great atmosphere that this race brings. If you feel that 6 hour solo is too much, then just get a few mates together and form a team. That way you can enjoy the atmosphere in the pits and race village even more.

Thanks Tobias! Look forward to seeing you shredding the Forrest trails on May 2nd.