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BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue briefed the team before every training ride. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue briefed the team before every training ride. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)

BMC Racing Team Training Camp A Success

29. January 2012

Denia, Spain

With nearly two weeks of uninterrupted training accomplished without any injuries or illnesses, the BMC Racing Team deemed its training camp in Spain a success.

Separate Training Groups

The 26 riders on the roster enjoyed mild temperatures and mostly sunny weather for their four- to six-hour training rides on a variety of terrain. "We got in everything we wanted to accomplish from a training standpoint, and from an organizational standpoint we did even more than," General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. "In addition to being a good bonding opportunity, it was also a chance to help educate. One night, we even had Olivier Banuls (Operations and Project Manager of the UCI's Anti-Doping division) come in and talk about anti-doping. So it was a productive two weeks." By splitting the team into separate groups, training programs could be customized to specific groups of riders. "For example, the guys going to the Tour of Qatar and Oman were able to prepare to be racing soon while the stage racing group was doing different intensity workouts," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said.

Morning Yoga, Core Training
Past world road champion Thor Hushovd said the days, which included morning sessions of core training and yoga, were long but productive. "We accomplished a great deal of training and I feel I'm ready for my first race (Tour of Qatar)," Hushovd said. "It was also a good chance to be with all the guys and get to know everyone. We all got along real well."