eSC riders take part in an intensive training camp

29 Jul 2022

This week saw a selection of the eSC riders come together for an intensive training camp to prepare for the rigours of competition.  

On Monday, July 25, eSC stars Elise Christie, Javi Espinosa, Jake 100 – aka Jake O’Neil, Luke Hedger, Antonin Bernard and Carlos Espinosa made tracks for Kettering Rugby Club, conveniently close to Heathrow Airport, for two days of intensive physical training.    

Led by performance coaches Martin Poole and Meghan Line, the training focused on both building strength and stamina through HIIT circuits.  

“It was three hours in the morning, three hours in the afternoon. It was quite hard but it was so much fun,” said Javi Espinosa. “Because Martin and Meghan know what we go through in races, we could do specific training for racing scooters.”  

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The riders come from a variety of athletic backgrounds and need to be physically fit, supple and strong to cope with the rigours of racing the S1-X eSkootr. Elise from Scotland is an Olympic short track speed skater, Bristolian Luke Hedger is a two-time British Motostar champion, Londoner Jake 100 is a mountain biker and freestyle bike rider, Frenchman Antonin Bernard is a skier and Spaniards Javi and Carlos ride scooters freestyle and race flat track motorbikes respectively.  

To race at speeds up to 100km/h, riders need core strength for balance, strong legs as well as general upper and lower body strength to manoeuvre the eSkootr around tight corners. “It's very specific to the type of racing that they're doing,” said Martin Poole. “I wanted to use the two days to push them and give them as many ideas as possible to provide a basis for their own training.”  

Martin Poole coaches Carlos Espinosa.

Martin, who spent years coaching F1 drivers, including Lando Norris, George Russell, Lance Stroll and eSC team owner Nico Hulkenberg, put the riders through their paces with a programme to develop balance, coordination, strength and endurance. As well as training muscles in isolation, the Performance Team developed a programme that also builds the riders’ strength through functional movements.    

“I tried to make it fun but also challenging,” added Martin. “I wanted them to train hard because I wanted them to push their limits, reach a level of fatigue and carry on. All in all, it was very productive.”  

And the riders appeared to take everything Martin and Meghan could throw at them in their stride. “They’re quite an impressive group and they all have different areas that they were good at,” continues Martin. “Elise was fantastic. She's a very good athlete, and she’s very strong.  

“The riders from a freestyle background have extremely good upper body strength so they look and behave like gymnasts. Antonin is very lean and lives in the mountains and, aerobically, he’s a machine. The last thing we did over the two days was a 5k run and he was the only one who could keep up.”  

Jake 100 shares a joke during the fun – but intense – training session.

They were joined in training by eSC test rider Joe Akroyd, who is responsible for ensuring the racetracks are suitable for competition and pose a challenge to the riders’ skills within a safe environment. After the two-day training camp, Joe spent Wednesday putting the riders through their paces at a nearby racetrack.  

“That’s designed to help for the riders who don't come from a motor sport background just so that they can learn skills that perhaps aren't coming as naturally to them as it does to the bike riders,” explained Martin.  

And according to freestyle scooter rider Javi, it certainly helped. “It's my first time racing and my first time on a bike, so it was good”, added Javi. “We worked on focusing on my racing line, how to defend and how to move your body to take the corner.  

“Joe’s a good teacher. I even got my knee down on my first time on a bike.”  

With the riders tuned up, they’ll be ready to race when the inaugural championship resumes.