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WORRALL: SPENDING POUNDS TO SAVE KILOS

Great Britain star Steve Worrall admits he is spending the pounds to save every kilo of weight he can on his bikes.

17 / 03 / 2018, 10:16

Great Britain star Steve Worrall admits he is spending the pounds to save every kilo of weight he can on his bikes.

The Belle Vue and Scunthorpe skipper made a real breakthrough on the world stage last summer, starring for the Lions as they reached the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final in Leszno.

His lightening clutch hand helped him to a creditable six points in the biggest meeting he has ever raced in, and Worrall has his sights set on more top-line action this year.

I look at it and think ‘where can I lose the weight by taking two kilos off the bike?’ That’s where the money comes in. You have to invest the money to get the weight down.

Steve Worrall

As well as training hard in the winter months, he admits he has been investing heavily to upgrade his equipment. And the St Helens-born ace says less is more when it comes to competing at the highest level.

He said: “If you look at most Polish guys, they’re small and light and their bikes weigh nothing. Their bikes are three or four kilos lighter than ours. But that’s just through money. They have the sponsorship.

“When they’re in the Ekstraliga, they get crazy amounts of money which they can invest back into the equipment. I thought I had good bikes last year, but I have spent so much money improving them. 

“When we got to the World Cup, we were all two or three kilos heavier than the Poles on our equipment. I look at it and think ‘where can I lose the weight by taking two kilos off the bike?’ That’s where the money comes in. You have to invest the money to get the weight down.

“That’s one thing I have done this year. I know we’re talking small things, but when you get to that level, it’s the small things that make such a big difference.”

Unlike some British riders, Worrall wasn’t tempted to take a winter job to supplement his income during the off-season and insists all his focus has been on getting ready for the new season.

“I’m trying to put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak,” he said. “I’m trying to be a full-time speedway rider, rather than working throughout the winter to tide me over.

“I’m putting more effort into training and preparing, making sure everything is planned out the way it should be so that the season goes as easily as possible and I’m fit enough to do it.

“I don’t want to look back on it in years to come and say ‘I wish I had done this or that.’ If I try and put everything into it while I’m here now and have the chance, I won’t have any regrets in the future.

“The way sport is evolving, and not only speedway, you have to be fit and you have to be mentally strong. There are so many different factors involved in being the best you can. I’m just trying to tick all the boxes and it takes much more time out of your life.”

Fitness has been crucial to his preparations and Worrall admits GB fitness coach Paul Suggitt has been a big help.

“For the last few years, I have worked with Paul,” he said. “He has set up a specific training plan for me to work on the areas that need working on and also a nutritional plan as well.

“In a way, my life is planned out. From day to day, I know what I am doing and where I am with my food. It makes it a lot easier. He helps me do the right things. If you’re doing the wrong things, you’re wasting your time.”

 

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