Meet Chris Hopkinson
February 18, 2014
Chris Hopkinson is an extreme endurance athlete and a self-employed music teacher (also a former self-confessed “chain-smoker”) who has managed to transform himself into one of the world’s most formidable ultra-endurance cyclists.
Chris ‘Hoppo’ Hopkinson is a long-distance cyclist from Yorkshire and has just returned to Britain from the Bike Sebring 24 hour cycling time-trial that took place in the USA on 15th February (where he rode 468.1-miles within a single day to claim victory in his first race of the 2014 season).
He cross-trains on the ElliptiGO to boost his cardiovascular strength & fitness for endurance cycling. He also uses the ElliptiGO to get some fun and rewarding outdoor training time. Find out why a long-distance endurance cyclist still needs “to get some fun and rewarding outdoor training time” in the Q & A section below.
We’ve asked Chris 10 questions in order to gain more insight into how the ElliptiGO works for his training and also to see what generally makes him tick, as an athlete…
How old are you?
46 years old.
What’s your sporting background?
None. I didn’t cycle until I was 31 years old.
What sports do you still do now?
No others, just cycling. I wasn’t a ‘sporty person’. In fact, I smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 15 years and I drank ‘like a fish’ until I started cycling in 1998.
What are your best achievements in each sport you’ve done?
It’s difficult to say – based on the number of races I’ve won and the tough events I’ve completed, sometimes under extreme duress. I suppose key landmarks in my cycling career would be:
- Winning the Audax UK (Long Distance Cycling Association) Championship 3 times,
- Winning the Ultra-marathon Cycling Union 24 Hour Championship in 2012 and 2013,
- Riding the length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2 days 10 hrs and 28 mins,
- Holding the British Record for the Race Across America (RAAM),
- Featuring in one of the most watched cycling documentaries of all time – “Bicycle Dreams”
- Winning some tough 12 hour and 24 hour time trials over the years (including the Sebring 24 hour TT in Feb 2014).
How did you get into ElliptiGO training?
I did a 100-mile ElliptiGO test ride in 2013.
Do you use the ElliptiGO to cross-train for other sports, or just for the fitness benefits it provides? If to cross-train, please expand on that a little bit.
I use it to cross-train and also for extra fitness. It is an excellent way to do extra cardio training – and I also find it really enjoyable.
What’s an ideal training week for you like nowadays?
I don’t ride my road bike outdoors – except in bike races. In peak training I do over 30 hours of weekly cycling training – mostly interval training – on an indoor CompuTrainer. I usually do this very early in the mornings, while everyone’s still in bed. That’s about 500-miles of weekly indoor cycling. I also do my cross-training on the ElliptiGO (outdoors on the road) and with weights (in the gym).
What are your training goals for 2014?
I’d like to become the UMCA World 24hr Cycling Champion for the 3rd year running, overall UMCA Ultra-cycling World Cup Champion, complete RAAM for a 3rd time – and also to win the first Tour of British Columbia, the Race Around Ireland and the World 500-Mile Championship races.
Why do you do what you do?
Because I can, and I believe I am the only person that can!
Do you plan to one day retire from endurance events – and start taking things easy – or will you just keep GOing until you can’t GO any more?
I’ll probably keep going until I feel I am not the best (or when it becomes pretty obvious)! I am 46 and in the best shape of my life, so still moving forward at the moment!