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Ronald Ruymen is one of several BMC Racing Team mechanics who have had to work for hours in the cold and rain. (Photo BMC Racing Team Media Service)
Ronald Ruymen is one of several BMC Racing Team mechanics who have had to work for hours in the cold and rain. (Photo BMC Racing Team Media Service)

Training Camp Diary: Rain, Rain Go Away

22. gennaio 2010

Santa Rosa

The state of California is suffering through one of its wettest winters in years and the riders on the BMC Racing Team are right in the thick of it.

Thursday’s training ride was cut short by steady rain and the chill of 50 degree Fahrenheit (10 degree Celsius) temperatures in the Santa Rosa area. After two hours and a little more than 45 miles (70 km), the 18 riders arrived back at the team hotel thoroughly soaked and wiping road grime from their faces. It is becoming a routine that can’t stop too soon. After changing into fresh clothing, many riders spent another hour riding their BMC bicycles on Elite stationary trainers.

Challenging For Everyone
BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowitz said the adverse weather presents a number of challenges, but the riders and staff are taking it in stride and making the best of the situation. “The riders are finding some diversions for them to occupy some additional time that we haven’t used for training,” Ochowitz said. “The staff is doing a good job of keeping up with the strains of the weather. The cleaning of the bikes and clothing is a daily add onto an already full schedule, but it is par for the job and everyone accepts it and carries on.”

Pitching In To Promote
In between eating, resting and trying to stay dry, three riders helped the Santa Rosa local organizing committee of the Amgen Tour of California. Jeff Louder, Jackson Stewart and Scott Nydam will appear in a special video to promote Stage 2 of this year’s race. The BMC Racing Team, which has been headquartered in Santa Rosa since its inception, is perennially a participant in the race that will be run in May this year.