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Saturday’s ride through the coastal city of Half Moon Bay and down Highway 1 was a scenic one for the BMC Racing Team. (Photos courtesy: Rich Sangalli)
Saturday’s ride through the coastal city of Half Moon Bay and down Highway 1 was a scenic one for the BMC Racing Team. (Photos courtesy: Rich Sangalli)

Training Camp Diary: Finally Some Sun

24. gennaio 2010

Santa Cruz

Just in time for a special day of training camp, the BMC Racing Team enjoyed some much-awaited sun and much more agreeable riding conditions Saturday.

The ride from the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco down the Northern California coast to Santa Cruz marked the first time the team has left the Sonoma County/Napa Valley area in nearly a week. It was also the day BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz and several supporters of the USA Cycling Development Foundation rode along to get a taste of training at the professional level. Fortunately, the weather cooperated in the way of gentle breezes, sunshine and temperatures in the mid-50s Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius).

A Productive Day
For BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Mike Sayers, the six hours the team spent on its BMC pro machine SLC01s and racemaster SLX01s was a productive one. The ride matched the route of Stage 3 of this year’s Amgen Tour of California, which the team will compete in later this spring. “There was no rain and it was a long, full day of riding with lots of climbing,” Sayers said. “We had lost a little bit of training time because of the rain earlier this week, but today we had good weather and good parcours (route).”

What’s Ahead
Sunday’s training is expected to be another long day in the saddle. The BMC Racing Team will continue its trip south along the coastline, pedaling from Big Sur along Highway 1 to Morro Bay. “There won’t be as many big climbs, but it will be deceptively hard,” Sayers said. “A little tailwind wouldn’t hurt, either. All things said and done it should be another solid day.”