• Dawn Barnable

The BikingWomen Of Corsica: Ophélie David

The last edition of BikingMan Corsica, a 700km/13,000m self supported ultra cycling race took place in April 2019. Due to the current global pandemic, the 2020 edition, which was supposed to be underway at the time of publishing, has been postponed. To relive the magic of the 2019 edition, we’re taking a look back at the 8 women who competed, and successfully completed, this painfully beautiful race. This is Ophélie's story.



The Facts:

  • Name: Ophélie David

  • Nationality: French

  • BikingMan Corsica as a pair

  • Found on IG as @OphélieDavid


Background:

If you follow freestyle, skiing, you probably know the name Ophélie David. With a world championship and four consecutive Winter X Games under her belt, Ophélie is no stranger to pushing her physical limits. Looking for a new challenge, Ophélie David and her partner signed up to the race with just a couple of months to spare. This is her story, in her own words:


Why BikingMan Corsica?

Well, my boyfriend and I were in Brazil, chilling on the beach and we felt we needed a challenge; to move our bodies after what was 6 months of travel. Thibault, my boyfriend saw BikingMan Corsica on the internet, and we registered just like that to challenge ourselves; it was 2 months before the race!


Tell us about your training for the race.

The first part of our training was in Brazil and Colombia where we did some running. Back in France, we wanted to be biking a lot, but we spent a lot of time with our friends and family, so we did not train as much as we wanted, covering around 450km altogether. But we really believed in what Axel, the founder of BikingMan said: “Its 30% the body; 70%, the mind ...” and it worked!


Thoughts on the start line?

There was a little bit of fear because we did not know what will happen to us during the race.


What was your race strategy? Did you follow it?

We planned to ride until CP1 and more if we could... and we did just that! Each day, we discovered our possibilities and we tried to push further.


What was the most challenging aspect of the race for you?

Staying so long on the saddle! My bottom was so painful!


What was the most enjoyable aspect of the race?

The moments when you know you are doing something really cool; you push your limits but you are not hurting your body; it’s a game you play with yourself and all in an amazing landscape.


What advice would you give someone thinking about doing an ultra-cycling race?

If you want to try an ultra-race, even if it’s a small desire, don’t hesitate! Go for it! Because it’s an amazing experience to discover landscape, people and yourself!



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