Sunday, April 7, 2013

IScorp Team Training camp 2013

The season began for the IScorp Elite junior team in late March. We all met in Milwaukee and packed up the bikes of everyone who was going to camp into one of the team sprinter vans. At the crack of dawn my dad and I left for our trek across the country. We arrived in Arizona a few days later to a beautiful 80 degrees.

We ascended Mt. Lemmon many times over the course of the camp, one of the days all the way to the top where to the famous cookie cabin. The food at camp was the best I have experienced at any camp, very healthy and delicious. I can't imagine how many tens of thousands of calories the 18 kids went through over the course of camp!
Each morning I led a Yoga and strength routine

We had the fortunate opportunity of having several Pro riders at the camp who did a number of great talks over the course of camp. Greg Brandt rode with us every day, 

Chad Hartley gave us a great talk on (among other things) massaging our legs out post ride,

Brian Matter talked to us about being a free lance pro,

 and Gord Fraiser gave a excellent talk on sprinting and taught us about getting hand ups from the team car.

In addition to the 20+ hours of quality training we got in, we went to a ropes course! We did some great team building exercises like trying to all fit on a tiny wooden platform

and belaying for each other.

One of the biggest things I was impressed with about camp was how well all of us got along despite the wide range of ages and backgrounds.

Big shout out to our sponsors Intelligentsia coffee, Hincapie clothing, Spy glasses, Trek, and of course WCJ Pilgrim, Endavour, and IScorp for making this camp and the team possible. Thanks so much to Billy Jones for personally making this camp happen, all the pros who came and contributed advice and knowledge, and my dad for directing the camp. Being together and bonding as a team while putting in huge hours on the bike with such great roads and temperatures was super fun!

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