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Not merely riders, but extraordinary athletes! 

The level of fitness required to tame highly performing vehicles such as today’s Grand Prix motorbikes is unbelievable. Can you imagine the stresses transmitted to the riders by their 300 HP motorbikes when they open the throttle – to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just a little more than one second – or they slow down? Riders, none excluded, have something more than mere talent: athletic training. This is what they actually need to perform at peak levels for about forty minutes during races.

Fitness businesses and a strong communication strategy

This is all quite normal for sector operators: something that almost goes without saying. The audience too are so used to being spectators of breath-taking duels that they tend to forget all that riders have to do to be ready for competitions.

What about fitness businesses? So far, they have not fully taken advantage of this communication strategy, although the video clips I am attaching below will show you that this is not new in the sector.

Some of these clips are not very recent, someone may argue, and this is true to the extent that in the past few years the physical effort required from riders has even increased, as races are often won at the last bend, which makes the physical endurance of the riders as important as the competitiveness of their bikes. What is the point in having a perfect motorbike if the rider has poor physical endurance and looses precious tenths per lap as a consequence of fatigue?

This is why riders take comprehensive and diversified training sessions combining endurance, rapidity, explosiveness and strength. Very frequently, bicycles are used for training (as bikes have no impact on the joints, unlike jogging), and so is functional equipment such as kettlebells, resistance bands and TRX. Another interesting piece of training equipment selected by riders – and, often, by Formula 1 champions too – is the Batak machine. This is a special machine with LED cluster targets that is used specifically for sports people training to improve reaction and peripheral vision.

No rider can, in fact, get to such high levels by chance: they need targeted training, a planned diet, time to rest and recover energy, and a lot of perseverance, in addition to the right equipment.

What is the real secret, then?

Total devotion, combined with something else. Riders are heavy users of fitness machinery, of any type whatsoever. Whether it is a rig you can find in specialized CrossFit gyms, gymnastic rings, rowing machines and watt bikes, each piece of machinery is functional to achieving the desired shape. And, of course, high-performance levels are required nine months a year. To make the scenario even more complex, riders are also exposed to the different jet lags in the different racing locations they travel to. This leaves no doubt that athletic training, focus, and sacrifice with the support of the best athletic trainers are indispensable, although they are not enough.

Why should you miss the chance to let the world know that your best training equipment is helping these champions achieve their highest performances? If your company specializes in the manufacture of fitness machinery and equipmentbicycles and sports apparel, or in the production of food supplements and food in general, and you wish to explore the world of the two wheels, contact us and we will be glad to answer any and all curiosity you may have on this topic. Our contact email is: info@rtrsports.com

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Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo nasce a Gulianova, si laurea in legge all’Università di Bologna e decide di fare altro, dopo un passaggio all’ ISFORP (istituto formazione relazioni pubbliche) di Milano si sposta in Inghilterra. Inizia la sua carriera lavorativa a Londra nelle PR, prima da MSP Communication e poi da Counsel Limited. Successivamente, seguendo la sua insana passione per lo sport, si trasferisce da SDC di Jean Paul Libert ed inizia a lavorare nelle due e nelle 4 ruote, siamo al 1991/1992. Segue un breve passaggio a Monaco, dove affianca il titolare di Pro COM, agenzia di sports marketing fondata da Nelson Piquet. Rientra in Italia e inizia ad operare in prima persona come RTR, prima studio di consulenza e poi società di marketing sportivo. 
Nel lontanissimo 2001 RTR vince il premio ESCA per la realizzazione del miglior progetto di MKTG sportivo in Italia nell’anno 2000. RTR tra l’altro ottiene il maggior punteggio tra tutte le categorie e rappresenta L’Italia nel Contest Europeo Esca. Da quel momento, RTR non parteciperà più ad altri premi nazionali o internazionali. Nel corso degli anni si toglie alcune soddisfazioni e ingoia un sacco di rospi. Ma è ancora qua, scrive in maniera disincantata e semplice, con l’obiettivo di dare consigli pratici (non richiesti) e spunti di riflessione.
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