DNA testing can make you a better rider

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Philip Buys and Pieter du Toit are two pro mountain bikers, who have benefitted from DNA testing. (Photo: Pyga EuroSteel)
Philip Buys and Pieter du Toit are two pro mountain bikers, who have benefitted from DNA testing. (Photo: Pyga EuroSteel)
  • DNA testing can enable your training - even if you are only an amateur rider
  • Accurate DNA data can prevent you from using the wrong supplements or training volumes 
  • And you don't need to endure a needle, for any DNA test 

South Africa has some of the most committed weekend warriors in mountain biking.

Riders who spend a lot of money on bikes, gear and supplements. They also aren’t afraid of putting in the hours, riding with faithful commitment to exhaustive training programmes.

If you’ve spent a lot of money on those lightweight carbon-fibre wheels and low-friction ceramic bearings, where else can you make a gain? The answer could be in a DNA analysis.

Once the preserve of elite athletes and professional cycling teams, DNA testing and analysis is now a much broader service in sports medicine, than it was two decades ago.

But why should you bother with DNA testing? It has the potential to identify core issues, which could be creating that biological ceiling in your training.

Shaping the individual 

"No two people are the same, and testing your DNA is an insightful way to determine exactly what your body needs to perform at its best on the track, field or bike" said Dr Christa North, genetics specialist at Geneway.

The company is local provider of DNA testing and has worked with mountain bikers. "The genes tested in the GeneSport test help outline your genetic potential, show your body’s preferred fuel and energy source during exercise."

Dr North also detailed a list of additional metrics, that can prove valuable to any amateur riders, wishing to take their training to the next level. "Your response to caffeine, your risk for inflammation and injury, your ability to deal with oxidative stress, your endurance and power potential, your susceptibility to injury as it relates to muscle and bone health, ability to perform at high altitudes and the recovery time required after intense exercise."

The Geneway GeneSport test kit is priced at R3220 and it takes a simple inner check DNA sample, without any needles or invasive procedures.

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