The record-setting temperatures last week drove many Austinites indoors, but for Kevin Schwantz, the triple-digit heat was a welcomed training aid as he prepared for his biggest competitive motorcycle race in nearly two decades.
Schwantz, 49, spent about two hours a day working up a sweat riding a mountain bike at Emma Long Metropolitan Park as he readied for the Suzuka 8 Hours. The Japanese motorcycle endurance race, on July 28, is one Schwantz, the 1993 world champion, was never able to win in his prime.
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