Oamaru’s Tim Rush won the Whaka100 in 2018 with a course record time of 05:10:56, 11 minutes faster than the previous record held by Edwin Crossling. Tim has been riding for 9 years, and is returning to the Whaka100 for the second time next month.
We caught up with Tim about his goals and tips for Emerson’s Whaka100.
Why have you chosen to return to the Whaka100?
I’m returning to the race mostly because I really enjoyed the trails up there, I don’t get a chance to ride much single track so it’s exciting to head up to Rotorua and race somewhere different.
What are your goals for the Whaka100 this year?
My goals this year are just to enjoy myself during the race as I have found when I’m having fun I ride my best and it becomes easier to endure the suffering that I know it will be. My girlfriend and our wee dog are coming up this year to help, so looking forward to the long weekend up there with them.
How have you prepared for the Whaka100? Have you trained differently this year?
Ideally my preparation for the Whaka100 would involve a decent amount of training on single track with decent long climbs but down here (in Oamaru) we don’t have too much in that way of things. So since April, during the weekdays I have been training indoors, mostly on Zwift and working with Marc Prutton. We have put in a few solid months of work to try and get my power numbers looking better than previous years.
How do you mentally prepare for the Whaka100?
I think my mental preparation comes down to having confidence in my training. At least this year I can remember some of the course from last year so know what kind and how much suffering I’m in for!
What are your top 3 tips to someone taking on the Whaka100 for the first time?