george Hincapie at Discovery Bike Camp

Bike Camp Photos Here

Bikefest at Ventura promenade

Bike Fest Photos Here

Bob Roll being himself

Bobke Photos
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Karl Bordines wins the country classic

County Classic 2007 Here
Lance at Garrett Lemire
Garrett Lemire
Photos Here

My son, Sam, corners
San Luis Obispo
2008 Photos Here

Bike Racer
VC Stage Race
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Bike Camps

I have been fortunate to have attended several professional bicycling team camps. These are usually not publicized as to the time and location. So detective work is needed to find them.

International Professional Cycling Teams have two training camps a year. They have a get acquainted camp in December and a organizing camp in January/ February. The December camp still have the riders signed with their old teams until the end of December. Therefore they still wear their old jerseys and have their old bikes. On an International Pro Tour Level Team their are 25 to 29 riders from 10-15 countries. They will get their new clothing and home bike at the spring training camp. They will have Team pictures taken. They will be training every day rain or shine. These camps will typically be 7-10 days long. A new scheduling conflict is the Tour Down Under that is held in Australia in late January. The Tour of Qatar is held in that country in January. After the camp they will go back home and continue training.

They will meet back with the team a few days before they are scheduled to race. Many American pro riders have their European base in Girona, Spain. The large teams need enough personnel to be able to field three teams at any one time with racing in up to three different countries. This is a large undertaking with directors, mechanics, soigneurs(take care of cyclists), bus, cars and equipment trucks with spare bikes and parts.

2006 Discovery Camp Ojai, California

I took a chance on a Friday afternoon in January 2006 and drove to Ojai. I found the Discovery Team equipment truck at the Ojai Valley Inn! I found a parking spot and shortly thereafter the team rolled in. . I took pictures. Photos are Here. I heard that they would be riding at 9 am the next day. I emailed several people in the bike club. Kate Faulkner and husband Bill showed up. They got their jerseys signed by Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie. They went on the sponsor ride. Kate said she had the time of her life riding with the Discovery Team and wrote an article for the club newsletter. Photos are Here.

2006 CSC Cycling Camp, Solvang, California

I was driving up to San Francisco for the start of the 2006 Tour of California and stopped in Solvang to see if I could find the CSC Cycling Camp. I drove by the Scandinavian Inn and saw a Uhaul truck unloading a bunch of Cervelo Bikes. I stopped and these were loaner bikes for the sponsor ride. I took some pictures and someone said the team would be coming out the back door of the Hotel.

I went to the back door and the team was assembling for pictures and the ride. A fellow fan said there was the man, Ivan Basso. Ivan has won the overall and six stages in the Giro D'Italia. He was also third overall and won a stage in the Tour De France. I was standing near Basso when he asked a team coordinator that he was expecting a special package. Basso was later linked with the Operation Puerto doping scandal in Spain where blood was withdrawn from racers and re injected before or during races to increase performance. Photos are Here.

2007 Discovery Training Camp, Solvang and Ojai, California

I had heard that Discovery Cycling Team was having a camp in Solvang. I took a chance and drove up there. Page and Photos Here.

2009 Columbia Camp, Solvang, California

In 2009 I would stop by Solvang and find Columbia High Road Cycling Team in Camp. The mechanic was working out of a trailer. There was a team bus with Columbia on the side. I saw sprinter sensation Mark Cavendish bounce up the motel stairs as he was still recovering from jet lag after being at the Tour of Qatar a few days before. Team Manager Stapleton was discussing a team shirt design with his assistants. Photos are Here.

2009 Astana Camp, Santa Rosa

In 2009 I had read on the internet that Astana would be at camp in Santa Rosa at Railroad Square. I left for San Francisco a few days earlier that normal. I drove to Santa Rosa on Monday and found the team at the Marriott. The mechanics were set up in a room at the front of the hotel with the floor covered with plastic. Lance had left a couple of days before. Levi was wandering around and the rest of the riders were out on training ride. I got Levi to sign a couple of Tour of California posters from the Solvang Stage that I had picked up from the Chamber of Commerce in Solvang. I asked someone and they it would be another hour for the team to come back to the hotel. I walked across the street to a shopping area for lunch. There were many bikes and posters for the upcoming stage finishing in Santa Rosa.Back to the hotel, the mechanics were assembling Levi's Time Trial bike for the Tour of California. I took some pictures of the California Bear, Trek had painted on the frame. Chris , the head mechanic, The riders came back from their ride and I got the whole team to sign a Solvang poster. Alberto Contrador was being funny and put a mustache on Lance's photo on the poster. It was a topic of conversation for Johan Bruyneel(Team Manager) and Alain Gallopin(Team Director). The controversial would follow them through the Tour de France. Photos are Here.

Photography

George at Ojai, Kate Faulkner being signed by George, Ivan Basso as CSC rider, George Hincapie as American Road Race Champion, Johan Bruyneel( Director of Astana), Lance Armstrong at start of sponsor ride, Team Columbia van at camp in Solvang and Levi Leipheimer's Tour of California Time Trial Bike

Georgia Hincapie arrives at camp Bob Roll being himself Jens Voigt dave Zabriskie with son

2006 Discovery
Friday
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2006 Discovery
Saturday
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2006 CSC
Saturday
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2007 Discovery
Solvang Camp
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Johan Bruyneel Director of Team Discovery Lance Armstrong at start of sponsor ride in Ojai Clolumbia Team Van

2007 Discovery
Friday
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2007 Discovery
Saturday
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2009 Columbia
Photos Here
2009 Astana
Levi's Time Trial Bike Photos Here