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John Lelangue motivating the team on a training ride (foto: Olivia Kaferly)
John Lelangue motivating the team on a training ride (foto: Olivia Kaferly)

John Lelangue is happy with the 2009 Team Camp

24. januari 2009

Santa Rosa

The 2009 BMC training camp worked out really well for everyone.  All the riders showed up prepared and in good shape.  We also fashioned a long camp which gave us all the time to fit in the volume and intensity workouts that we needed. 

The weather was also very helpful since it was warm and sunny nearly every day, with only a little rain on our last day of training.  This gave us the chance to do everything that we had planned for which included reconnoitring Tour of California stages, preparing for long climbs, as well as multiple work outs for the group going to Qatar.  We were able to practice our sprint lead-outs for our four main sprinters - Zberg, Wyss, Kohler and Cruz - and we also had a chance to work on our team time trialling.  The camp made clear that everyone was in good shape and that they had taken their off-season preparation very seriously.  Happily, no one got sick and we didn't have any crashes.  I think everyone will agree that this year's camp was totally different from last year and much better as a result.  Last year nearly everyone - including myself - was new to the team.  We were just learning about each other and there was no way we could ideally focus the training.  This year we have been in constant contact the two months before camp, and so we were really able to focus on our intensity.  That was a huge advantage, and for me personally, I would have to say that this has been one of the best camps I have ever been to in my entire career.