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Martin Kohler: "It is important to get in these sorts of kilometers in December, so we asked all the Swiss guys if they wanted to join us." Photo: Tim De Waele
Martin Kohler: "It is important to get in these sorts of kilometers in December, so we asked all the Swiss guys if they wanted to join us." Photo: Tim De Waele

Getting a Leg-Up on the Season: mini camp in Mallorca

15. december 2008

Mallorca

With the main BMC training camp in early January fast approaching, the team members are already taking their preparation very seriously.

For the Swiss contingency, the weather has begun to have a significant impact on their daily routines.  Even on days that are dry enough to ride, the sun is setting so early that getting a proper ride in becomes more and more difficult.  Consequently, several members of the BMC racing team have initiated a mini training camp with each other in Mallorca, the Spanish wintertime haven for geriatrics and cyclists.  

We lucky few

With the racing season about to begin, and the mercury plunging, returning BMC team member, Martin Kohler was very pleased to be joining his new Swiss team mates for the Mallorca camp.  "Yeah phew, I need a warmer climate. Last Sunday I was outside and it was only 1°C!!! That's definitely too cold for me" Kohler exclaimed.  Joining Martin for the mini camp are the four new Swiss members of BMC, Thomas Frei, Markus Zberg, Florian Stalder, and Mathias Frank.  "I know each of the new Swiss members very well," Kohler explained.  "Frei and I were team mates on the elite cycling team Bürgi. While I was already riding with Frank on the National team, so I know them both very well."  Kohler continued, "I have known Zberg for about a year since we worked a lot together, and I raced with Stalder once on the National Team - he was the leader and I was the youngest domestic."  The small world of Swiss cycling means that very little obvious team-building activities need to be employed.  "It was Thomas and my idea to get together for some warmer weather training since we have the same coach and already do a lot of training together," Kohler revealed.  "It is important to get in these sorts of kilometers in December, so we asked all the Swiss guys if they wanted to join us."  

Training base with a Spanish accent  


"The first three days of the camp went very well with warm, sunny weather," Kohler said.  "But today (Sunday) was rainy and the forecast for the next couple days looks like it might be a little rainy and cool."  Nevertheless, the guys have been getting in a lot of hours on the bike in relative comfort.  "A normal day of training will be between 4 and 6 hours," Martin explained, "Thomas and I have very similar training schedules, so we spend most of the rides together.  We normally all start out together and will ride together for the first 3 or 4 hours, then depending on what schedule we are on, some will go do power training, or some will start to head back; it all depends on which program we are riding."  The guys are able to stick to a fairly normal routine, eating a normal well-balanced breakfast before the ride, then taking in a recovery protein drink after the training session before they sit down to dinner at around 7pm.  "We are able to stick to a normal diet and have a good routine going, so we are all very much enjoying ourselves," Kohler confirmed.  They are also getting a chance to try out a bit of the new equipment for the coming season.  "I was already riding the BMC racemaster frame last year, so it is not a new bike to me, but I think Markus is riding one too and really likes it," Kohler revealed.  "Everyone seems pretty happy with the equipment.  The team is still training with the Campagnolo 10 speed, though we will have the 11 speed to race.  I think we'll get a look at it during our official BMC training camp."  Everyone is looking forward to the first official BMC camp of the 2009 season since it will be the first time the new group will be all together.  Not only that, but it will also mean that the first race in Qatar is just around the corner.  "All these preparations prove that the new season is just around the corner, and I am very excited for it!" Kohler said.