The BMC MTB Racing Team prepares in the French Riviera10. March 2017, St Raphaël, France — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
It has now become a tradition. Every year, the BMC MTB Racing Team gets togehter in the south of France for their first training camp. But what’s special about this camp? Riders put aside their mountain bikes and swing their legs over Teammachines.
It’s no secret that team manager Alex Moos, himself a highly accomplished ex-professional road cyclist, is behind the idea. “Training on the road is great for a few reasons. It offers a stable, controllable platform – so riders can concentrate on areas they might need to improve. One of those, is the riders’ base system; endurance fitness. We do this with long rides. It’s also good for improving power, something MTB riders also struggle with.” Two, three-day blocks were on the menu of the camp as well as a road race strategically placed in the middle of the camp. “It gives the riders a bit of motivation and cuts the camp in two parts”.
More than just a source of motivation, the riders took the race quite seriously and rode tactically. It paid off - Lars Forster took first place and Reto Indergand finished third.
“A road camp is also perfect to create bonds between the riders” adds Moos. “Spending hours in the saddle, riding next to each other in a group, helps them to get to know each other and work better together.” It was the first time that team rookie, Titouan Carod has had a chance to be with the whole team and get to know his new teammates and the team staff. “Its all new to me and I must admit I was a little nervous before coming here. I’m totally relieved now! The atmosphere in the team is very positive and I am really looking forward to spending more time with the guys, and to kick-off the season.”
Talking about kick-offs, two riders will start their season this Sunday: Julien Absalon at the Copa Catalana in Banyoles, Spain and Lars Forster at the second round of the Internazionali d’Italia Series in Milano, Italy. The latter is in excellent shape and is going to Milano “for the win!” His competitors have better watch out.