Over the last month Sidey, who rides for Mad Mac p/b häzz, has not “really trained”. He has only taken part in the races he has committed to for his sponsors.
This, he said, was due to a form of physical depletion he was suffering from for which the cause had not yet been determined.
“I’ve already had three sets of blood tests and [tests for] viruses such as Epstein-Barr and Coxsackie have both come back negative,” Sidey told In the Bunch today.
“We are struggling to determine what the problem is. I did a VO2 Max test (oxygen consumption and muscle efficiency) yesterday and I am 10 to 15 per cent down from what I was, and that wasn’t even when I was going well.
“We still have no definitive answer which is very frustrating,” he said.
Sidey described his state as “over-training syndrome”, his reason for not having trained for a month.
He now wanted to have a “crack” at the Stellenbosch race on Sunday and “see what happens”, Sidey said.
“My goal is still to win – that is always the goal,” he said. “It’s quite a big race and it will be great to get a hat-trick of wins.
“I have no clue how my body will react. I wouldn’t say I am confident at all. Naturally I want to do well but I’m not sure how I will do physically.
“The fitness isn’t great, but I will still try and do my job and do my best.”
Sidey, who hails from Stellenbosch, expects a vastly changed route from previous years.
“It will be new to everyone. It is super short as well, only about 50km. I think the race will be full gas and whoever doesn’t blow will probably win.”
However, he also has his eye on HB Kruger, a friend of his. “I have heaps of respect for him, both as an athlete and a person.
“He could be the one to beat,” Sidey added.