Team camp on Marc Pro – Strava has become somewhat of a thing. Our first year we headed to Marin and stayed in a nice big house with a view of the city, then we headed to Santa Cruz, and we’ve done Napa. All pretty ideal cycling locals, so instead of repeating territory we headed to Placerville, CA for a training camp through the foothills of the Sierra. The other piece of the story is that we’ve historically had unusually great weather. Now, we’ve all heard that California is in the middle of a drought, and I’m sure we’re all chalking up some bike rides on STRAVA, but as luck would have it we managed to schedule our camp for the one rainy weekend of the month two times in a row. With chances of precip. around 50% we decided to HTFU and just go for it.
Training camp would not be complete without meetings with sponsors. As sponsored athletes, we are ambassadors to the brands we carry and it’s important to know all of the details of the those products. On Friday we met with Justin Swett from Giant bikes. I’ve already been on my TCR and have been loving it, but it was interesting to learn about all the details as to why I like it so much.
This is probably one of my favorite videos he showed us:
Training rides at camp follow a typical formula, start out in formation then attack each KOM on the route. New teammate Max Jenkins and road captain Justin Rossi devised the routes. I have to say I was completely impressed by the quality of training in this area. Good climbs, nice deserted roads. We were joined by Alex Bell of STRAVA and George Thoma of Cliff, who I think were a little surprised by our team’s ‘cruising speed’. As per the forecast, it rained about 50% of the time. You can see the ride here.
As usual Paul McKenzie was out tirelessly taking photos, more to come soon.
Saturday rounded out with a discussion about the Marc Pro with Derick Smith and discussing our racing goals as a team.
Sunday the weather appeared to be slightly better and we headed out on out daily adventure. You can see it on STRAVA. After riding up Prospectors we had a team flat change and headed towards Darling Ridge. Darling reminded me of some of the roads in Santa Cruz, narrow, unmaintained, and you have no idea where the top is. After a cold decent in the rain we huddled up in a general store in Georgetown before riding out of then back into some weather. I don’t know if rain miles count extra over normal miles but they definitely feel like they do. After some thawing out back at the house we all parted ways. I have to say that I’m excited about this year’s race season more than usual. MPS has some seriously strong riders and we’ve really rounded out our talents. Look for us coming to a podium soon!