A Day in the Life of Michi Schär
Michi Schär might be famous for being the tallest rider in today’s peloton. What is sometimes over-looked, is that he is also one of the most reliable and strategic riders too, having selflessly supported many a fellow teammate to victory.
This year, the 2013 Swiss National Champion will take part in his fifth Tour de France and has been honored with the role of road captain. No mean feat, in this role he is tasked with keeping Team Captain Tejay Van Garderen out of trouble on the battlefield. Michi will be calling the shots and making decisions on the fly. A couple of weeks before the Tour, we followed him around for a day to get a feel for what a normal day looks like for this BMC Rouleur par excellence.
7.15 a Sporty, Early Start
Michi lives in Sursee, a quiet, idyllic spot near Lucerne, famous for its beautiful lakes and views of the Alps. I always have the latest trampolines, my flatmate is a trampoline salesman About 2 years ago, Michi started to kick-off his days with Yoga and some fun on a trampoline (yes, a trampoline!). According to Michi “I always have the latest trampolines, my flatmate is a trampoline salesman – I love to start my day like this!”
8.00 - 8.30 You are what You Eat...
Michi's favorite way to start his days is with a bowl of muesli, on a stool he built himself out of two old steel bike frames, and catch up with the latest news in the local paper.
9.00 On the Bike
Spoiled for bike choice would be the dream of many an amateur cyclist. Michi’s choice for this first training session of the day was the Teammachine SLR01.
His first port-of-call however, is his father’s bike shop, Radsport Schär, to change his chain-ring before his first training session. His father, Roland, was a professional cyclist too, and is now the proud owner of his own bike shop. Roland has a weakness for fixed gear bikes. It is he who introduced Michi and his older sister Martina, to cycling. Martina works for BMC Switzerland in Internal Sales.
9.30 An ‘Easy’ Training Ride (daily: 2-6,5h)
An easy 2-hour spin is the first session on today’s training program. Those who are going to climb the mountains of the Tour de France, in a few week’s time, apparently have a different interpretation of what an ‘easy’ training session is - the SRM on Michi’s bike rarely reads digits under 220 Watts. Yeouch! Yours truly had a lot of trouble keeping up…
11.30 Time-trial Training
Just when I thought it was over, Michi pops home, picks up his Timemachine TM01 and departs for 1.5 hours of seriously intense time trial training.
2.00 Curry for Lunch
I’m really happy that the BMC Racing Team has its own nutritionist, and cooks that travel with us to racesMichi loves to cook and in no time at all he has conjured up a delicious curry.A healthy and balanced diet is super important as a professional cyclist he tells us. “I’m really happy that the BMC Racing Team has its own nutritionist, and cooks that travel with us to races.”
3.00 Trainingpeaks Data Upload
After lunch, Michi quickly uploads his training data to Trainingpeaks so his coach Dr. Max Testa can analyze it and set up his training program for the following day.
4.00 House Planning
In his spare time, Michi likes to design and create things. Currently, he spends a lot of time planning his new home. Construction begins in September, and by next summer he would like to move into his own house above the Lake of Sempach.
6.00 a Barbeque with Friends
Being estranged from home for about 250 days a year and spending 90 of those in an intense racing environment takes its toll on a home bird. Michi loves nothing better than spending a few days off every year, hanging out with his friends such as on this particular evening, at a barbeque close by.
Before hitting the sack with a book, Michi likes to ‘come down’ with a gentle stretching and relaxation session.
Time to curl up and recharge for the following day.