Meet The Coach
Rafeeq Safodien - UCI Level One Certified Coach, associate coach at Bike2max Studio, I have a genuine passion for the sport, and my life revolves around the bicycle. I have spent almost 20 years cycling and have a long history of adapting my fitness to the different cycling disciplines. With a background in road racing, my interest in cycling has shifted to mountain biking. I have a particular interest and expertise in solo self-supported ultra-endurance/distance and adventure racing. However, I don't know all the answers. Through continued learning and research, I understand the science of cycling and endurance as well as I can.
Where it started - After getting lost in the Karoo and calling it quits at 2015 TheMunga, my first ultra, I went back in 2016 to try again, lost 3rd in final 80km and finished 7th. This small victory became a reference point as to what could be possible, a few weeks later I launched RIDEANDRACE.
My motto - All accomplishments start with a decision to try.
What I aim to achieve - I provide a "human" service; the person comes first, not the athlete... I aim to have a positive impact on; your attitude, physical development, lifestyle and confidence.
Who I would like to work with - A person who prioritizes exercise, performance and health in their lives. Who is willing to try and shape their lifestyle and environment to match their realistic aspirations.
My approach - Understanding your individuality and take into account your particular circumstances and plan everything down to the smallest detail or with some flexibility. To ensure that I can help you experience noticeable changes and get the results you are looking for you should be willing to commit to a minimum training period of 3-4 months... real improvements take time, and the training process is not glamorous or always easy. It is simple, requires consistency, and is often dull, boring and somewhat repetitive.
Race experience - 12hr & 24hr solo road and mtb racing, self supported & semi supported ultra-endurance racing, single day and multi-day stage racing. Having competed many cycling events, provincial and national elite level, on and off road, the most memorable race is the 2018 Bikingman Oman, a self-supported ultra endurance sprint race, finishing 8th overall and achieving a personal best by completing a 1000km race in less than 3 days. A close second is a split between TheMunga in 2016 and Cape Epic in 2015.
Other ultra cycling achievements - Podium finisher at DARLING TTU 24 hour in 2018 and 2017. Top 5 finisher at Killarney 12 hour in 2018.
My mountain bike and road training and racing experience extends to - Single day racing, criteriums, time trials, XC, marathon and multi-day stage races such as Tankwa Trek, Cape Pioneer, Wine2Whales, Giro Del Capo,
I'm based in Cape Town, working remotely with athletes from South Africa across Australia, Europe, South America and North America. If you need some guidance in preparing for a road, gravel or mountain bike event, get into the world of ultra distance cycling, want to commit to months of training, go for a ride when visiting Cape Town, use cycling to improve mental health or have any questions then the easiest way to get in touch is by using the contact form or this email address:
I might be out on the bike, and will respond as soon as the helmet and gloves come off.