Alessandro Zanardi during a Paralympic Games* in Rio de Janeiro: The countdown is on.

Posted on 28. Jun, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich (DE), 28th Jun 2016. Preparations for Rio de Janeiro (BR) are
in full pitch for Alessandro Zanardi (IT). From 7th to 18th September,
a BMW Brand Ambassador will competition a Paralympic Games* for the
second time. Back in 2012, he won dual bullion medals in a para-cycling
time hearing and highway competition during a London games, a success he aims to
repeat this year in Rio de Janeiro. In an interview, Zanardi speaks
about his preparations, his proceed to his second Paralympic Games
and his expectations for Rio de Janeiro.



Alessandro, how are we surpassing in your preparations for Rio?


Alessandro Zanardi: “I am happy with where we am during a moment. The
devise is to be in a decent figure during this time of a year – and afterwards to
be in a best figure in September. And we am positively speedy by
a formula so distant and a numbers. In May we had a universe crater eventuality in
Belgium, where we achieved dual wins in a highway competition and with my
team-mates in a group send and finished second in a time trial.
This eventuality was utterly important, as it was a usually arise where I
could magnitude myself alongside a rest of a field.”


Are there special areas we concentration on in your preparations?


Zanardi: “A tiny bit of everything. It is not easy, since for
certain we know we can build a same form of earthy condition that we had
in a past, though in comparison to my before appearance in the
Paralympic Games we am reduction flexible. It is harder to redeem when I
overdo it. So we have to compensate some-more courtesy to tiny sum and not
overdo it in my training routine. But on a other hand, we am more
gifted than we used to be behind afterwards and so, even when we have a bad
day, when we don’t feel one hundred per cent, we know that will go and,
after a tiny rest, we will find a same form of condition we had
before. we also know that when we work unequivocally tough we have to wait a
tiny bit before we can take advantage of a advantage of a work
that we have done, since a physique is utterly delayed in reacting. So all
that summed up, we know that we have a very, unequivocally good bottom and a good
starting indicate to rise my earthy condition. On a other hand, I
know that we can't kick a rest of a margin by pristine strength and
resistance. So we have to positively compensate lot of courtesy to nutrition,
and to all a technical aspects in building my handcycle to
hopefully be a decent arms for me for a good result.”


Is there a opposite approach, as they are your second
Paralympic Games and we have 4 some-more years of experience?


Zanardi: “At a finish of a day, a many critical thing is to have
fun. If we try too tough and all we do is usually associated to the
thought of bringing home a best probable result, it is going to be
very, unequivocally tough to perform well. Sure, my setting right now is Rio de
Janeiro, though we am not in a precipitate to get there, since we have fun
doing what we am doing each day, training, holding caring of my
equipment, holding caring of my possess physique when we lay around a list for
dinner, perplexing to take good caring of all probable aspects. And with
regards to a vital aspect on competition day, we would contend that we am a
softened contestant than we used to be. Now we have finished a lot of
para-cycling racing, we am not a visitor anymore, we know my opponents
and so we know accurately who to honour a many and how to try to beat
them. we know that we have finished it many times and we wish that we can do
it once more.”


How most time do we spend per week training and preparing?


Zanardi: “At this time of a year it is 6 days of operative routine
per week, and between dual and 3 hours of examination each time I
train. we will afterwards have to take a break, that does not meant that I
will stop cycling, though it will be some-more a loose practice to maintain
a memory of a transformation in my muscles. But we will have to try to
remove a tiny bit of condition in sequence to afterwards build a softened one for
September. End of July, commencement of Aug will afterwards be a prohibited time
of a year for me. Not usually since it is summertime, though since I
have to work unequivocally hard.”


Who is in your group around we assisting we to prepare?


Zanardi: “I have Francesco, my trainer, who is always following
all we do. We speak on a phone daily and he knows accurately what
we am doing, since each time we sight we download my training sessions
onto a mechanism and he can see accurately how good or badly we have
executed a work he gave me for that day. And afterwards we have a Italian
para-cycling team, of that we am part, with whom we will spend a lot of
time before to a Paralympics and who we will be in training camps
with. And afterwards we know, luckily, we can collect along a way
technical assistance and a technical support from several friends and
partners, from assisting me to serve urge my handcycle and also
support me – a male coming his 50ies and perplexing to contest to the
best of his ability – in a earthy aspect. And we also get some
ideas in conversations with BMW engineers, who are dear friends of
mine. All these things summed adult together can unequivocally make a tiny but
essential difference, since during a finish of a day infrequently we can
win or remove by a second.”


What do we know about a evil of a courses?


Zanardi: “From what we saw on a maps and listened from people who had
been in Brazil, we know that a march we will contest on in both the
highway competition and a time hearing is totally flat, since it goes along
a sea seashore in a South of Rio de Janeiro. So aerodynamics will be
a unequivocally critical aspect and we have finished a lot of work from this point
of view, perplexing opposite positions and so on. The evil of
a march will change a approach a races will go. Not too most for
a time trial, though generally for a highway race. This will be a
journey around, a unequivocally tactical competition and afterwards substantially usually a big
scurry over a final 300 metres.”


You have dual Paralympic Gold medals. Is it your transparent target
to repeat that success or do we cite to wait and see what happens
in Rio?


Zanardi: “I truly trust that technically vocalization it is probable to
win bullion both in a time hearing and in a highway race. But we also know
that each day it is harder, not usually to improve, though to keep the
opening we was means to broach yesterday. Because we am scarcely 50
years aged and we can see that, compared to final year, in some ways it
is a tiny harder to recover. But carrying pronounced that, we know that,
technically speaking, if we do all correctly, we can during least
perform during a same turn as we did final year. And final year performing
during that turn we won bullion both in a time hearing and a highway competition at
a World Championships. So yes, we consider it is possible. Of course, it
is also probable that a immature contestant pushes by his hands an
extraordinary opening in a time trial, that creates him unbeatable. But
we have to trust that if we can repeat something we have already done
in a past and that this might be adequate to again win bullion in both the
time hearing and a highway race.”



Facts and figures.

Facts about Alessandro Zanardi.


Date of birth: 23rd Oct 1966

Place of birth: Bologna (IT)

Marital status: Married to Daniela, one son: Niccolo





Main successes as para-athlete.


2015    Para-Cycling World Championships: 3 bullion medals, Long
stretch triathlon in Hawaii in 9:40:37 hours


2014    Para-Cycling World Championships: 2 bullion medals, Long
stretch triathlon in Hawaii in 9:47:14 hours


2013    Para-Cycling World Championships: 3 bullion medals


2012    Paralympic Games London: 2 bullion medals, 1 china medal



Career in racing.


2015    24h Spa-Francorchamps with Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler in
a BMW Z4 GT3


2014    Blancpain Sprint Series in a BMW Z4 GT3


2005 – 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship WTCC with BMW (four wins)


2004    FIA European Touring Car Championship ETCC with BMW


2003   Comeback as racing motorist with BMW in a FIA European Touring
Car Championship ETCC


2001   CART Championship, serious collision on 15th Sep at
Lausitzring, loses both legs


1999   Formula One


1997 – 1998 CART World Series (2 x champion)


1996   IndyCar World Series


1991 – 1994 Formula One





Material: all constructional tools are made from CO fibre


Weight: approx. 9 kg, depending on a form of wheels (lighter spoke
wheels or heavier front wheels for softened aerodynamics)


Wheels: 3 Campagnolo wheels – one front and dual rear. All three
wheels have a hole of 26 inches.


Number of gears: 20


Top speed: approx. 60 km/h on a prosaic straight


Maximum revs of a cranks: adult to 100 rpm in sprints


Zanardi grown his handcycle himself. He designed a pivotal elements
of a bike and tested and modified, for example, a figure and the
position of a seat, a position of a cranks, as good as the
position of a wheels. Based on this, he worked together with partner
Dallara on optimising a weight and a aerodynamics. The carbon
twine tools are made by Dallara.




BMW is not a unite or partner of a 2016 Paralympic Games during Rio
de Janeiro.


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