Jaguar Land Rover opened their cold climate test chamber to two cycling hopefuls ahead of the Invictus Games.
Usually reserved exclusively for testing cars in sub-zero temperatures, the carmaker turned the chamber into a makeshift cryotherapy space for the two athletes.
The ex-military contenders, Jaco van Gass and Luke Darlington, are aiming to qualify for this year’s inaugural Invictus Games as part of the British Armed Forces’ cycling team.
Exercising in sub-zero temperatures
Following a gruelling 40km training ride on one of the hottest days of the year, the two athletes benefitted from therapy in the chamber at temperatures of -40°C, under the watchful eye of sports therapists.
Used widely in professional sport, cryotherapy is designed to aid muscle repair following exercise and promote speedy recovery from injuries.
Jaguar Land Rover is the official Presenting Partner for the Invictus Games, a sporting event for ex-servicemen and women that intends to use the power of sport to inspire and aid the recovery and rehabilitation of those wounded while serving their country.
“Proud to be enabling the Invictus Games”
Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is immensely proud to be enabling these Invictus Games.
“In addition, we’re exploring with the Royal Foundation and the Ministry of Defence innovative ways of enhancing their employment prospects and those of other service personnel when moving into civilian life, to create a lasting legacy from the Games.”
Both Jaco and Luke are hoping that the unique opportunity provided by Jaguar Land Rover will help to give them the edge in the selection process for the Games.
Former Private Jaco said: “With around 50 days to go until the Games, and even less until the final selection process is taking place, I’m using every spare moment to get some invaluable training under my belt.
“Thanks to this unique training opportunity from Jaguar Land Rover I’m hopeful that my selection chances have been boosted and that I’ve reached my fitness peak.”
The Invictus Games are being organised with the support of the The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.
More than 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will compete in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre later in London from the 10th to 14th September.