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Pre-season training camps and getting back into shape

BMC Pro Machine full Campy, Easton parts, Speedplay pedals

It is officially the beginning of the pre-season. Teams are coming together around the globe for training camps. There have been some early training camps, but those are mostly for the sake of the press and sponsors. The camps from here on out are getting a little more serious. Today I had an early evening meeting with Hincapie Sportsware. I will be one of the mentor/coaches of the U-23 Hincapie Development squad and at the end of the week the U-23 guys are coming to Greenville for a mini version of a training camp. We’ll be handing out team products, explaining goals and aspirations of the team and having a good time for the few days that we are together. I am very much looking forward to working with the riders. It’s going to be a great year of racing and riding from a personal standpoint. I’m hoping these young pups will whip me back into shape.

As I was waiting for the meeting, the Hincapie art department was doing a photoshoot with George in the new national champion kit along with his new bike. Over the din of the cranked to maximum spaceheater I think someone said his BMC Team Machine was 15.1 pounds. Soon George will be heading to his training camp in California and other local teams will be having theirs. Team Type 1’s camp is in Georgia next month and I’ll drop by and see the guys. Another pro team that I have a weakness for is the Kenda p/b Geargrinder team. Their founder Chad Thompson is a can-do guy and has put his blood, sweat and tears into making that program work. An example of his Herculean effort is bringing Frankie Andreu onto the staff. Andreu is a stand-up guy and any organization should be proud to have him working for them. Their camp is also next month in Georgia so that gives me another reason to visit. It’s only January and my travel calendar is starting to fill up.

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19 Responses to “Pre-season training camps and getting back into shape”

  1. neilroad January 6, 2010 at 4:21 am #

    Got a pic of @ghincapie ‘s new BMC & talking about training camp w/ Hincapie DEVO team. Big yr ahead http://neilbrowne.com/2010/01/pre-season

  2. ricktillery January 6, 2010 at 4:22 am #

    @neilroad any more pics of that red beauty. Um. without you in them? No offense Neil. :D

  3. emily_baker January 6, 2010 at 4:28 am #

    @neilroad Oh all knowing one, where in Cali will the BMC camp be held?

  4. floydlandis1 January 6, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    @neilroad I’m back!

    • FakeFloydLandis January 6, 2010 at 3:04 am #

      @floydlandis1 Fucking slacker, been gone half the year. Do you think it’s easy holding up the parodic load around here? Shit.

      • floydlandis2 January 6, 2010 at 8:56 am #

        @FakeFloydLandis You fucking moron. “Parodic” isn’t even a fucking word.

        • floydalandis January 6, 2010 at 9:06 am #

          @floydlandis2 Who’s the REAL moron, you fucking moron!?Other than that, no comment on ANYTHING!

          • neilroad January 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

            @floydalandis @floydlandis2 You’re both idiots

          • floydalandis January 6, 2010 at 11:12 am #

            @neilroad Well YOU are certainly qualified to make that judgment, cretin!!

          • floydlandis1 January 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

            @neilroad I’ll head over to church too. Maybe I’ll run into him or God.

          • floydlandis1 January 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

            @neilroad it appears as though @lancearmstrong is heading to church in a Nissan, or the church of Nissan or some such thing.

  5. pommes January 6, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    those seatstays are sick.

  6. Chris Carlson January 6, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Good gracious!, That is a hottttt…t bike! Can’t wait to hear more about BMC and see new kits!

    • neilroad January 6, 2010 at 10:54 am #

      I’ve seen the BMC kits and they look a bit different than last year. They still look very clean and not all jumbled up with a lot of colors and crazy designs. If they let me I’ll try and post some photos.

  7. CliveDS January 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Please share a pic of the kit with me, I have been looking everywhere for it.

  8. CliveDS January 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Please send me any images you have of the new BMC kit, I have been looking everywhere for it.

    New bike is fantastic BTW. Finished 10 week test ride and review on my blog.

    So excited to 2010 BMC

  9. evillalonrn January 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    @neilroad I was looking up wenzel coaching and just found out u moved to S.C. when the hell did u move out there???

  10. Danarchy January 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Neil,
    Wait until you see George’s race wheels, we just finished them today and they are siiiiiick. We may also be making something special for Cadel as well…..

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