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To Face A Route Of 855 Km By Bicycle-From Nice (France) To Geneva (Switzerland)-With Peaks Of More Than 2,700 Meters And Temperatures Below Zero, Executive Has Been Preparing For 8 Months

Leandro Hernandez, Vice President for Latin America at F-Secure-a Finnish digital security company-who has been living in Brazil for more than 10 years, is already ready to participate in the Haute Route Alps 2015, a cycling event that will cross the Alps French, from Nice, on the Mediterranean coast, ending in Geneva (Switzerland), on the lake shore of the Jardin Anglais. The event, which runs from August 23 to 29, includes some of the sport’s most iconic and demanding climbs, such as the Col de la Bonette and its 2,715 meters high.

Leandro Hernandez says he has been preparing for about eight months, with weekly training, in addition to a proper diet, but now he enters a rest period to save his muscles.Last year, the executive participated in the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps, which has a similar route (Venice/Italy to Geneva/Switzerland) and gave him the necessary experience to face these new challenges of altitude, climate and topography. “Last year, I faced all kinds of water bottles on newvilleoutdoor.com and climate: ruthless climbs, crowded motorways, rain, sun and very cold. In some parts of the course we got to face 25 degrees and -5 degrees on the same day,” he recalls.

For him, the most difficult moments of this type of test are those in which the cyclists have to face a very cold climate and with rain. “On the fourth day of the race last year it was zero degree and it started to rain, which makes it worse, because when you are wet you can not recover the heat, you have to decide to stop shaking to be able to hold the bike. A lot of people gave up. “Some runners even had hypothermia and had to be seen in the ambulances that were all the way,” he shared.

To prevent against low temperatures, Leandro is equipping himself with adequate, thermal and waterproof clothing, and a greater amount of gloves and blouses. “We can not carry a backpack with dry clothes on our backs because it disrupts the race, we can only use the pockets of the clothes to store some pieces, so we have to choose the right clothes and put them in layers,” he says.

In his opinion, one of the best lessons this type of evidence provides is to have confidence, not lose focus and not let circumstances divert you from your goal. “We’ve learned that we’ve got to go ahead and get the result. I’ve met a lot of auto industry executives, banks, lawyers, and many like me who are not professional cyclists but who have great responsibilities and goals and like to feel Challenged, “he reflects.

Leandro has been cycling for more than ten years, including his daily transportation to work-he lives and works in São Paulo. According to the executive, cycling is a way to relax and manage day-to-day stress: “As I pedal, I can think freely.”

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