Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Trek Red Truck Training Camp 2012

Trek Red Truck holds an annual training camp down in Santa Rosa California for both the elite team and the masters riders.  Let me just say it was EPIC. I have never spent so much time on a bike, and done so many kilometers in one week, with just that much elevation.  We averaged 100 km a day, and every morning pre ride Matt would say " 100  km, 3 hrs".

I had come into the camp with literally no knowledge of what we were doing (besides riding bikes), where we were staying, or how we would eat.  Needless to say I wasn't disappointed.  We stayed in the gorgeous house up on the hill in Santa Rosa, rode "100 km, 3 hrs" in the mornings, and hung out by the pool post ride (unfortunately wasn't warm enough to swim in).  And the cherry on top of the cake was Marcia who cooked the most amazing food for 20 of us all week.

Santa Rosa is 2 hours north of the San Fransico airport, and located mostly in wine country.  We were able to make it out to the coast a couple of times, and rolled through the rolling Sonoma Valley all of the other times.  Each ride we did was different from the last, and were all so gorgeous.

The first day we hit the coast, and there were some huge ass waves.  It was so cool and I couldn't stop smiling (I've never been on the west coast before)

The trees were sideways.


Duck Ride coffee stop.

So Mark James (owner of Red Truck beer) organizes a ride each year called the duck ride.  Where the masters team rides south, climbs up 12 km, desencdes on this sketcy/AWESOME descent, and then stops in St. Helena for a duck.  After having some delicious duck and lots of wine, theres an even steeper (albeit shorter 8 km) climb back over the mountains back home.  Though it sounds extremly painful (which I'm sure it was), everyone has a great time, and lets be serious it makes for a strange training camp tale.

 Kings Ridge Ride (2, 15 km climbs and Colemans pass (10 km), which is part of this years Tour of California)
 More Coast photos.
 Pine Flats ride was the last day.

All week there was a lot of ping ponging going on in preparation for Janky Cup 2012.  i suck so I was out the first round. The final round was contested by Dustin and Tyle, and Dustin the king came out on top.. not so much of a surprise.

The chef's secret stash of wine.

Bailey McKnight put together a great video of his time at the camp.


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