Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Training Camp.

A ten-day training camp was held in Claremont, Florida, for the racing team that I’m working for. They went for rides everyday, but for me it was 10-plus days of bike building.

But it started out with packing the team trailer and driving from Ohio to Florida.
From spring training

From spring training

Spend enough time driving and you start seeing things...
From spring training

A nice change from the Ohio weather.
From spring training

From spring training

That guy in the yellow shirt raced in the Tour de France NINE TIMES!
From spring training

From one to five times a day I’d take a box of parts and a bare frame…
From spring training

And turn it into a completed bike, ready to race!
From spring training

Activity in the mechanic's area:  Here you can see my friend Paul and myself building bikes and adjusting others.  Two mechanics, five bikes being worked on, one bike on the ground waiting....
From spring training

Evenings were spent with sponsors and team events, but the days were nothing but bike-building. How many total? Around fifty. Racing bikes, training bikes, time-trial bikes… Lunch was reduced to 10 or 15 minutes standing next to the work bench, then back to it.

The team is great this year, all the riders were patient for their bikes, sympathetic to the hours I was working, and enthusiastic for the coming season. It should be a great one for the team, and I hope you are all following Kenda Pro Cycling on Facebook or at the website.

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