Duke Agyapong on cycling and his goals Red Bull Timelaps
Duke Agyapong is sort of a versatile talent. The London fixed-gear, critical-race cyclist is renowned for his explosive performance on the velodrome and the circuit, but his skills extend beyond two wheels. Agyapong has been the face of Rapha for a number of years, while his writing and podcast appearances have brought refreshing honesty to a stereotypical world obsessed with watts and aerodynamics.
Here, Agyapong reveals how his love affair with cycling began and his ambitions for this year’s Red Bull Timelaps.
What are your earliest memories of cycling?
âI started cycling as a kid and worked hard on my balance to remove my stabilizers! My mom used to say that I was only allowed to ride until the end of our road, which always left me wondering: Even though I had circled this turn a million times, I didn’t. had never lived on two wheels.
Bikes have the power to transform your world
âFrom the simple shuttle back and forth to school, I now compete in criterium, track and road races, and have even ridden and raced at the Izu velodrome in Japan – which I didn’t. still can’t believe! Bikes have the ability to transform your world. “
What does cycling mean to you?
âUnfortunately, I suffer from anxiety and depression. It has been very, very difficult at times, but every time I go back to the bicycle it tends to be my saving grace.
âNothing beats climbing a mountain, taking in the magnificent views that nature has to offer, and then descending as fast (and as carefully) as possible. Besides keeping me in shape, it gives me something to look forward to. Going faster and Fitter definitely makes the training and a lot of hill climbs worth it. I plan to continue my run so I can hopefully then be able to compete in a national level event.
âThere were a lot of times when I really didn’t feel like riding a bike, but there hasn’t been a single time that I’ve regretted going out on the bike. keep it as fun as possible, whether I ride alone or with friends, and I make stops in cafes or new countries. “
What are your hopes for the Red Bull Timelaps?
âMy goal for Red Bull Timelaps is to push myself as much as possible while having fun, which includes supporting my teammates, eating well and keeping the good vibes coming.
âWinning would be very cool, but breaking my own personal bests would be just as cool! Progress – no matter how small – is progress, because it is one more step towards your goals.â
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