Kym Fant can’t officially compete in the Tour de France, but that doesn’t mean she can’t complete it. She and five other women have taken on the rigorous route, riding all 3,479 kms (2,162 miles) of the three-week journey, one day ahead of the men. “I don’t care how much pain I’m in, I’m going to make it,” said Fant, the owner of two bike shops in Northern California.
The group is riding as the Rêve women’s team, pedaling in support of Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to make cycling safer and more accessible for women. The goal is simple: “We’re trying to get more women to be on bikes,” said Fant.
According to Dan McDonogh, TRX Senior Manager of Group Training and Development and the 2012 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, the TRX Suspension Trainer is a complimentary training tool for cyclists like Fant. “TRX Training is incredibly beneficial for increasing mobility and flexibility in hip-flexors, glutes, and hamstrings. Strengthening the core also makes riders more durable and efficient, because they leak less energy during hard efforts, like climbs and sprints,” said McDonogh. “Some of the top teams in the Tour de France, like RadioShack Nissan Trek, are currently using TRX as part of their training regime to build core, strength, flexibility and mobility when on the bike.”
Fant, who’s adrenaline has previously been fueled by adventure racing and mountain biking, had five months to train for her new goal, riding more than 5,000 miles and climbing more than 30,000 ft. Now two-thirds into the Tour, Fant and Co. are going strong, keeping both eyes and minds focused on the pavement ahead. “You’ve just got to push everything else away and say, ‘This is what I’m doing. I’m riding my bike to Paris, I’m taking it one day at a time, and I’m going to make it,’” she said.