23 days to go: biker Thomas training hard for Dakar 2017

Capetonian David Thomas has just returned home from Paris after attending the official launch of the Dakar Rally where he received his race number – #76.

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –  “It is a very special number as this is my birthday year,” Thomas said.

There are 23 days to the race start and Thomas is pushing his body to get used to high altitude and he is waiting to take up residence in a highly specialised flat, where he will be able to sleep in a simulation of high altitude, and train at sea level in the morning.

David Thomas:#76 is "a special number". Picture: Motorpress
David Thomas:#76 is “a special number”. Picture: Motorpress

Thomas just spent seven days in Lesotho. He trained every day for eight hours, between cycling, running the mountains, and riding his bike to increase his red blood cells. Thomas at 3 800 metres high stated, “My lungs are burning! This is tough! – At Dakar I will be in Bolivia for four days, riding in the unknown, at an average of 4200 metres above sea level.”

Back in Cape Town, Thomas is preparing and fine tuning all the logistical loose ends.

You can hear Thomas on 702FM at 2.30pm on Monday December 12 and watch him at 6.30am on SABC’s Espresso Show also on December 12.

Racing the Dakar when you are a privateer is a financial challenge. The David Thomas team created a limited clothing range to help fund his 2017 bid.  Visit: www.journeytodakar.co.za / Shop to see the range

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