Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - GeneralWhile NorCal was under the weather last week, Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder was holding training camp in Tuscon.
It was the longest camp I've been a part of, I was gone 10 days. In the past, camps were mostly about getting stuff, taking pictures and getting out. This camp was longer and I appreciated the extra time to chat with my new teammates as well as doing some actual riding.
So what did we do for 10 days other than ride? Well, there's getting all the clothing, helmets, and shoes, and making sure they fit. Then there's tweaking and setting up our bikes to make sure they fit. Then there were meetings about what not to do on Twitter and Facebook, as well as meetings with sponsors. All of this takes a lot longer than you'd think with 15+ guys.
Even with the long days, I had a great time at camp. I learned a bunch of things about my new teammates. Like that Roman is trying to avoid eating mammal because it grosses him out.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Kenda/5-hour Energy team, it's been around in some form or other for the last 7 years. It's mainly been a crit team but has had some stage race success with Phil Gaimon and Bobby Sweeting over the last couple of years. This year they've expanded the stage race squad with myself, Nate English and Andy Jacques-Maynes.
As for NorCal, it's not just Roman anymore. With me, Nate, Andy and Jim Stemper added to the mix you may see one of us. If you do, say hi.