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Troy Batchelor Troy began riding around on a 50cc bike at just 3 years old on his grandfather's land. At 5 he started racing walking away with a trophy in his very first contest.

It was apparent in this moment that Troy was born to race!

Practising after school and competing every weekend, it wasn't long before Troy began to make his mark on the racing scene winning event after event including the Australian Championships. These victories lead him to race in Europe at only 17 years old and, ultimately, the life changing step into professional sport.

In this exciting interview with Troy, we find out just what it takes to live the life of a professional speedway rider, and exactly how many broken bones comes with it…

Training Plan

I don't have a set out training plan to follow day per day as I am riding an average of 3 days a week. I train at cross-fit ISC Ipswich who sponsor me and I spend a lot of time with personal trainers specialising in motorsports.

With speedway we try and keep our body weight down as light as we can, so a lot of our training is high intensity high rep light weight. Co-ordination exercises, along with running cycling and fasted cardio.

On Season:

  • English league racing

Off Season:

  • Cross-Fit
  • Circuit
  • HIIT training

On Season:

  • Swedish league racing

Off Season:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Cardio

On Season:

  • Normally free so light cardio 45 mins

Off Season:

  • Cross-Fit
  • Circuit
  • HIIT training

Thursday:

  • English league racing

Off Season:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Cardio

Friday:

  • SGP practice and if I have time hit the gym in the hotel

Off Season:

  • Rest

Saturday:

  • SGP race

Off Season:

  • Cross-Fit
  • Circuit
  • HIIT training

On Season:

  • Polish League racing

Off Season:

  • Rest day

Meal Plan

Troy Batchelor - The Interview

What does a typical day at training look like?

A typical day normally starts very early as our racing takes place all over the world. It's generally in Europe but we can be racing in 5 different countries in 7 days!

It's often a 5am start to head to the airport, my mechanics will be waiting at the other side for me, by then it's around lunch time so we grab something to eat and head over to the race track. Once we finish it's back to the airport hotel by around 11/12 pm for an early flight out the next day. It's pretty hectic sometimes but the end results make it worth it.

How do you prepare for a race?

Troy Batchelor Wins

For a SGP speedway grand prix race we have practice on Friday afternoon and a meeting on Saturday night. I like to get up and have a good breakfast then relax in the hotel. Maybe a swim or I'll have a look around town.

I always keep a skateboard in the motorhome so I can cruise around town, grab a late lunch, and then head over to the stadium for racing. I arrive a few hours before the race for autograph sessions. If I have any spare time I'll spend it in the motorhome listening to music and playing Xbox.

How do you stay motivated?

Some days it's hard to stay motivated, but those are the days you need to remind yourself of your goals and how much work you have put in to get you this far. Watching videos of racing and getting that winning feeling always gives me my motivation back.

How do you like to relax?

I have a lot of hobbies! I've got a Jet Ski, skateboards, BMX bikes and motocross bikes, so it's safe to say I love any form of motorsport even on my time off! I also like to hang out with friends, chill and even have a beer or two.

Have you ever had an injury?

Too many to remember, but here are some.

  • Broken left and right wrist
  • Broken right scaphoid
  • Broken lower right arm
  • Broken upper left arm inside the AC joint
  • Broken right ankle and foot
  • Broken left collarbone x 2
  • Broken back L3 & L4 vertebrae
  • Torn Medial ligament in left knee
  • I've been KO'd a few times as well!

How did you cope with these injuries both physically and mentally?

Injuries plagued my career in the early days. 3 weeks into my European career I broke my left arm and had to have an operation with screws and plates. Being only 17, in a foreign country without my parents and with practically no money was so tough. It definitely makes you question yourself when you're lying in a hospital bed all busted up. But it always came back to the same conclusion, that I love what I do. I was born to race and wouldn't like to live without it. I've learnt from the crashes I've been involved in and always position myself on track in the right places nowadays.

Troy Batchelor sideways

Who is your all time hero?

Tony Rickardson was 6x world speedway champion. So for me he was someone to look up to growing up, he is the ultimate professional and a great character.

Beef Steak and Chicken Skewers

One food you couldn't live without?


Steak


Favourite Muscle Food product?

Chicken skewers

Do you have cheat meals? If so tell us a typical meal.

I'm definitely a foodie and love eating out. Steak and chips is my Achilles heel.

Do you use any supplements? If so which ones.

Yes I use Ryno Power Supplements including protein powder, carbohydrates, electrolytes, recovery tablets, multivitamins and super greens.

What is your most memorable moment on the track?

Probably the Copenhagen SGP where I dominated 6 out of 7 races that day with ease. Unfortunately I lost the final, coming second was a great feeling but I'm determined to be on the top step next time.

What's your ultimate goal?

It's been a fun but tough road leading me to World #9 I've still got some great years left in me and I'm working hard to get to that #1 position. My ultimate goal is to be Speedway World Champion!

Troy Batchelor