Nicky ‘Windbreak’ Jovanovic
Your nick name for the challenge and why?
“Windbreak” – hopefully I can use my height to shelter my teammates from the vicious Ventoux wind!
Why are you doing this challenge?
No idea! I thought it was an excuse for a 5 day bender in France – I didn’t realise the guys were all serious about doing it…just kidding! I want to see how far I can push my endurance and mental strength. This challenge is completely out of my comfort zone in terms of bike riding and on paper it is absolutely crackers, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to being a part of and hopefully reaching the end goal of racing to space.
How long have you been cycling?
I’ve been riding bikes in one form or another since I was a kid. I’ve been road cycling since 2007, taking part in sportive events and more recently racing at 3rd cat level.
What are your strengths on the bike?
I would like to think I have a decent level of endurance and power. Being quite tall I will hopefully be able to shelter my team mates from the wind. For my size and weight I like to think I can climb fairly well. Obviously I can’t keep up with the flyweight whippets, but I can keep the pedals turning when the road goes up
What is / are your key achievements in cycling / sport?
Achieving a 3rd cat racing license and being able to compete well at that level of race. I feel like I am always steadily progressing in cycling, whether it’s getting quicker sportive times, increasing average speeds on training rides, or climbing better. In terms of other sports I’m a keen runner, and am really proud of achieving a sub 40 minute 10k time and running the Yorkshire 3 peaks with the Ultra6 boys. Hopefully my running will keep progressing to longer runs and assist me in my quest for bettering my endurance and metal strength.
What fears / challenges do you think you will have to overcome on the mountain to achieve the Race to Space?
The biggest fear I have regarding the challenge is probably the level of mental strength we will have to maintain to achieve our goal. Going up and down a huge mountain over and over again with lack of sleep and tired legs is going to be a huge battle. Telling my self it can be done when things are getting hard is going to be a massive test, but with some hard graft and the help of a great team I’m confident we can conquer Ventoux.