When Rod presented me with the opportunity to coach a mini-camp in NY, my schedule became instantly clear. Brendan and I both grew up in nearby Ridgefield, CT and rode many miles on these roads during our high school years as preparation for mountain bike racing. This mini-camp turned the clock back 15 years for us, and forged new friendships with some fellow east-coast strongmen.
Thursday evening: Rod, Brendan, and I blasted out of LGA and into NYC to meet with Bobby C, Jonathan, and his son, Cody for a Mexican feast. After some good laughs and the guacamole cart, I felt ready to put the wheels in motion.
We spent the following day dialing in our bikes and solidifying routes. Our rental Explorer nimbly guided us through wrong turns follow by corrective u-turns. (It is mind-blowing how many roads are crammed into a square mile!) But it is these very attributes that make road cycling here reactive and exciting. We made our introductions in Jonathan’s driveway and took off on a...Read More
The East Coast Camp was an opportunity for riders to find new ways to elevate their riding. Within the group, everyone had solid commitment and focus, and the glue that kept everyone together was the idea to really get after it and have fun.
The relentless rolling roads of the east coast made for spectacular sprints, attacks and pace lines that would have you believe you were at an amusement park. With warm days and cool mornings, the fall colors of Bear Mountain were just like the peloton - "full boar." Being one of the coaches and working with such a talented group of guys, it was amazing to see some the tips we gave being used immediately to enhance each rider's performance.
I was loving the terrain that Josh and I grew up riding; it really took me back on "memory lane". Highlights were the great hospitality, going out for a guys' night and reloading on our protein "STEAK!"! Bobby picked a truly awesome spot - thank you Gabriele's Steak House!!
To finish off a weekend of...Read More