Entrevista a Rodolfo Dias, Campeão Europeu de Resistência em BTT

Atleta de Almeirim bateu a concorrência no Campeonato Europeu de Resistência em BTT.
Foram 24 horas a pedalar…

Só começou a fazer BTT há cerca de 10 anos e só em 2008 começou a competir. Com 40 anos Rodolfo Dias, gestor de clientes numa multinacional de transportes, casado e residente em Raposa, no concelho de Almeirim, conquistou o título europeu de resistência no escalão de veteranos, um título que é o ponto alto de uma “carreira” dedicada a provas de 24 horas.
Em Solo, Inglaterra, foi o que mais pedalou ao longo de 21h58m, a uma velocidade média de 14,3 km/h. Consumiu 14 mil calorias!
Quando é que se iniciou no BTT?
Há cerca de 10 anos. Mas só em 2008 comecei a competir.
E como é que se passa de um simples praticante de BTT para um campeão europeu de resistência em provas de 24h?

Comecei por praticar apenas ao domingo, por influencia do meu amigo “Mulas”, mas dai a andar todos os dias, foi um salto, até que tentei a competição nas chamadas Maratonas. Mas depois um dia havia uma prova de 24 horas em Coruche, perto da minha casa, e resolvi participar a solo. Fiquei em 2º lugar, sendo que o vencedor foi o Ricardo Melo, que era a referencia da altura em provas de 24h. Nessa prova tive alguns problemas de alimentação e mecânicos. No ano seguinte participei novamente e ganhei e desde então que ficou em 1º ou 2º em todas as provas em que entro.

Quantas horas treina por semana?
Cerca de 16 horas
Como se prepara um campeonato deste género?
Fisicamente os treinos estão a cargo do meu treinador Francisco Casaca. Depois faço o meu trabalho de casa, analiso o percurso, os adversários, as condições climatéricas, etc…
Quantos quilómetros fez na corrida?
Fiz 300 kms, mas foi das que fiz menos, porque o percurso era extremamente duro. Ganhei com uma volta de avanço.
É uma prova incerta, porque qualquer avaria na bicicleta pode deixar fora um avanço de vários minutos…
Sim, é verdade. Os problemas mecânicos normalmente acontecem, mas neste tipo de prova temos tempo para recuperar, pois são 24 horas…
E acaba por ser solitária. Como se gere esse tempo todo?
No meu caso, atravesso diversas etapas: as primeiras seis horas, depois as 12 horas e a partir daqui começa a contagem decrescente…
Foi uma prova com muita chuva e lama. O grau de dureza aumentou bastante…
Sem duvida. Depois de ter chovido torrencialmente, pelo menos cinco partes do percurso eram feitos com a bicicleta à mão e isso quebra o ritmo, tornando a prova mais difícil.


Como se desenrola uma prova deste género?
As de 24 horas começam normalmente às 12 h de sábado e terminam as 12 h de domingo, ganhando o atleta que der mais voltas ao percurso, normalmente com 10 quilómetros de extensão. Como qualquer competição do género começa num ritmo muito forte, até que cada um dos atletas impõe o seu ritmo e vai gerindo a sua prova. As paragens são feitas na maioria das vezes no mínimo tempo possível, na maioria das vezes nem saio de cima da bicicleta. Nos abastecimentos normalmente como barras, gel energético, pão com presunto, com mel, canja, fruto secos, arroz doce, etc…

Que tipo de apoio tem?
O melhor do mundo… É feito pelo meu irmão, o Rui Pedro, e pela minha mulher, a Sofia Rocha. Eu só pedalo, eles fazem tudo o resto. 

Quantas provas deste género já ganhou?
Segue o meu palmarés…

     2009
          – 2º Classificado 24h Coruche

     2010
          – 1º Classificado 24h Coruche

     2011
          – 1º Classificado 24h Altimetria (Faro)
          – 1º Classificado 24h Coruche (Duplas Mistas)
          – 1º Classificado 12hCastro Marim
          – 1º Classificado 12h Sernancelhe
          – 1º Classificado 12h Figeira da Foz
          – Vencedor do Trofeu Nacional de 12h

     2012
          – Vice-Campeão Europeu 24h Solo (Escócia)

          – 2º Classificado 24h Madrid (Moralzarzal)
          – 1º Classificado 24h Altimetria (Faro)


     2013

          – Campeão Europeu 24h Solo  (Inglaterra)

Este Europeu é o ponto alto?
Sim, sem dúvida.

Ainda costuma participar nas tradicionais maratonas de BTT?
Sim. De 2008 a 2012 fiz a Taça de Portugal, sendo o meu melhor resultado um 3º Lugar no Campeonato Nacional de 2008.
Que bicicleta usa no momento?
Neste momento tenho uma KTM 29er e uma Focus 27,5”
E outro tipo de gadgets?
Polar s725x
Uso um Garmin Edge 800, e um Polar s725x e tenho várias da Exposure, marca que patrocina o Campeonato Europeu.
Já investiu muito no BTT?
Muito em tempo e em dinheiro. Prefiro nem fazer contas.
Tem alguns apoios de marcas ou patrocinadores?
Este ano conto com o total apoio da YAKIMA, é a marca líder de mercado nos EUA de soluções de transporte, que é distribuída na Península Ibérica pela HAST.

Que retorno espera obter desta vitória?
Espero muito, mas sei que vou conseguir pouco… Os apoios neste momento funcionam com conhecimentos e não com resultados.

Considera participar em provas por etapas, TransPortugal ou Titan, por exemplo?
Neste momento não me passa pela cabeça. Penso que não recupero bem de uma etapa para a outra. Prefiro fazer tudo de uma só vez…
LEIA OUTRAS ENTREVISTAS A ATLETAS DE TOPO
 
    

    

    
   


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