02.20.10 -CCA National Team
Camp a Success
For the first time in at least a decade, the Canadian
Cycling Association (CCA) held a pre-season camp for
members of the national team. The camp, which finishes
Sunday (February 21st) brought together road, mountain
and one para athlete in Tucson, Arizona.
Over 30 athletes attended, from established stars such
as Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel to young riders
still looking towards their first world championships.
National Road (Vincent Jourdain) and Mountain Bike (Dan
Proulx) coaches oversaw the camp, assisted by OCA provincial
coach Denise Kelly and mechanic Scott Kelly (no relation).
Athletes participated in group training sessions, as
well as team building sessions and one-on-one meetings
with coaches to plan their programs for the upcoming
The riding culminated with the locally famous 25 mile
(40 kilometre) climb up Mt Lemmon on Thursday (February
18th), topping out at 8000 feet (2440 metres). All athletes
- both road and mountain prticipated in the Mt Lemmon
The concensus from all participants was that the camp
was a huge success.
"It was a great opportunity to get everyone together,"
said Geoff Kabush. "I remember being at the previous
ones in Victoria early in my career, and it was a great
motivator to be able to ride with some of the top riders.
Now, I have the chance to pass on some of my experience
to the newer riders."
"I hope that we will be able to continue with
these sort of events in the future," commented
Dan Proulx. "It provided an excellent opportunity
to meet with the athletes prior to the start of the
season, see where everyone is, and really help build
some national team spirit."
Look for more camp updates from road, MTB and Para
athletes. You can also follow the team on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CanRoadCycling
Photos credit: Rob Jones http://www.canadiancyclist.com