Focusing on end results helps cyclist beat competition

2018-10-16 06:01
Justin Chesterton

Justin Chesterton

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“The race was really hard but I was riding in the moment and was focused on the end results which helped me to try even harder,” says Justin Chesterton of Wynberg Boys’ High School.

The 14-year-old rider expressed his joy at winning first place in the 2018 Spur Schools MTB League interschools final held in Magaliesburg on Friday and Saturday.

His regional team was beaten into second place with 12 points by the Gauteng team. They scooped nine podium finishes consisting of two first places, one second and seven third places.

“The achievement is something I’m very proud of, as a lot of hard work and training has gone into it.”

Having been riding since he was eight years old, he says he has always had his eye on winning this title.

Justin says he took on some very difficult rides, sometimes in the mountains, to prepare for the race.

“I race on the road as well as mountains.”

He says to be a good racer at a young age one needs to race and gain experience and it should be something one is prepared to do all the time. But, he says, he rides to clear his head, allowing him to be able to focus on other things, including school.

“I believe that all sports can provide an escape from school or life and that being focused on one thing and forgetting other things for even a brief period can help you to cope better with everything else.”

Justin says he would like to carry on racing at a professional level.

“The race was really hard but I was riding in the moment and was focused on the end results which helped me to try even harder,” says Justin Chesterton of Wynberg Boys’ High School.

The 14-year-old rider expressed his joy at winning first place in the 2018 Spur Schools MTB League interschools final held in Magaliesburg on Friday and Saturday.

His regional team was beaten into second place with 12 points by the Gauteng team. They scooped nine podium finishes consisting of two first places, one second and seven third places.

“The achievement is something I’m very proud of, as a lot of hard work and training has gone into it.”

Having been riding since he was eight years old, he says he has always had his eye on winning this title.

Justin says he took on some very difficult rides, sometimes in the mountains, to prepare for the race.

“I race on the road as well as mountains.”

He says to be a good racer at a young age one needs to race and gain experience and it should be something one is prepared to do all the time. But, he says, he rides to clear his head, allowing him to be able to focus on other things, including school.

“I believe that all sports can provide an escape from school or life and that being focused on one thing and forgetting other things for even a brief period can help you to cope better with everything else.”

Justin says he would like to carry on racing at a professional level.

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