Each autumn professional teams gather before Christmas to train for the coming season. As the racing season has grown progressively longer the importance of the camps has increased as we are now required to be in race condition by early February, and for those racing in Australia, January. In mid December Team Sky met in Alcudia, Mallorca. Each day we rode for three to six hours at a steady speed with few intervals. To refuel and socialise, we stopped mid ride for a coffee and pastry. The rides usually ended with a heated sprint. Here are some photos from the camp.
Archive for December, 2011
Recently, I did a day long ride in the hills from Girona to the Mediterranean and back. The route took us down to Tossa de Mar and back over Les Gavarres to Els Angels. The ride was only 120 km but 80 of it were on dirt. In total, we accumulated roughly 2500 vertical metres of climbing. It was a great day out. Other than the climbing it was similar to many rides I did as a boy on the dirt roads north of Toronto.
|Recently, several riders have come down from northern Europe to train in Girona. During the last week of November my teammate, Edvald Boasson Hagen, was here to accumulate kilometres to build the foundation for the coming racing season. Irish National Champion, Matt Brammeier from HTC-High Road and Craig Lewis were also here to rebuild. Amazingly, we lose an awful lot of fitness during the short break we all take at the end of the season. Through the autumn, before we all head off to team training camps, we ride for two to six hours at a steady speed with little intensity. As the hours in the saddle pass we slowly become comfortable on our bikes again while regaining our strength and agility. The time away from the races passes quickly. In December we are already at training camps with our teams and in January we need to be ready to race. For now, we can enjoy the countryside while socialising.|