One of the names that always appears in the top positions of the Titan Desert by Garmin is that of Julen Zubero. The Basque cyclist has become a regular in the event, which focuses his sporting calendar every year. We had the opportunity to talk to him to tell us how he is preparing for the Titan Desert by Garmin 2018 and to give us some advice for those who are thinking of signing up.
You finish fifth last year and second two years ago, have you set up any goals for the Titan Desert by Garmin 2018?
The first goal always is to enjoy and have fun, afterwards the sensations are the ones who commands. Obviously, I want to win at least a stage, and if in the race I’m doing well, I will look for a good overall position. How you feel is what takes you down if you push too hard.
Tell us your best memory from the Titan Desert by Garmin? And the hardest moment you have faced?
Winning my first stage is the best moment without doubt. That feeling of achieving what you have been fighting and training for so long is priceless.
The worst moment was a stage on 2016. The longest stage raced son far on the Titan Desert and I was no feeling good. Some digestive issues got me feeling bad. Finishing the stage was a miracle thanks to the help and support from other bikers. In the Titan Desert the more you suffer, the more you learn, and for sure that day was a great feeling to finish the stage.
How are you preparing the Titan Desert by Garmin 2018? Have you changed something from other years?
No, the truth is that I’m doing the same I did last year. This time of the year in Bilbao is hard to simulate the weather conditions that we´re facing on May at Morocco, so I focus on long rides building endurance base.
The Titan is the most important event for me, so all my planning and focus is to be at top conditions on May. When the race is getting closer I try a few races to get the competitive rhythm.
What would you say to MTB fans who are willing to enroll in the Titan Desert by Garmin 2018?
Stop hesitating and do it now. The Titan Desert is more than a sport event, is an experience that you must live at least once in a lifetime.
Sportwise is great to meet people who shares your passion for bikes, available to suffer and fight for a dream and for a goal.
The human factor in the Titan Desert is way more intense. Living on the bivouac at the middle of desert creates unforgettable moments and strong friendship and team bonds.
Finishing with a more technical question, we have always seen you racing on a hardtail, is this the year you are swapping to a full suspension bike?
Yes, this year I will be trying a full suspension. Normally I´m a hardtail guy, but full suspension bikes have improved a lot and are close to HT weight so I think now is a great moment for that change. The Titan is not a technical race but you ride through a lot of rocky terrain and the comfort that a FS bike give helps to suffer less.