Stevens teams gather for second camp

The Steven’s Racing presented by The Cyclery women’s and men’s teams gathered over the weekend for the second training camp leading into the 2013 season.

The squads gathered for two days of training and team building in and around the National Capital.

Day One for the women started with an early get together over coffee and then a hot yoga class at Moksha Yoga on Preston St.  While some athletes already practiced yoga,  for others it was a chance to try something new.  As Gatineau resident Audrey Bernard observed after the class, “Hot yoga is hot.”

In the afternoon the girls met up with the boys’ team for a hike along the scenic Wolf Trail in Gatineau Park.  An extra element of challenge was added to the hike in the form of a Scavenger Photo Hunt, with the group broken into teams of four and sent off to find pictures of things like: “A pyramid” or “A yoga pose on top of a piece of granite larger than a car.”  The team’s resident forester Jean-Sebastian Perron led the way with his nature knowledge, explaining maple tree growth and finding beaver damns.  Men’s team coach Nick Vipond said this was the first time the two groups have done a training camp together and looked forward to more synergies in the coming season.

After the hike the team returned to director Jenny Trew’s house where chilli was waiting in a crock pot.  The group shared their photos and management voted on a scavenger hunt winner.  Following this was a breakout session on race-tactics and pre race preparation, in which seasoned Euro-pro Karol-Anne Canuel (Vienne Futuroscope) shared her experiences with some of the younger riders.

Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery women's team director Jenny Trew leads the riders in a spinning session on Dec. 2. Photo by Kris Westwood

Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery women’s team director Jenny Trew leads the riders in a spinning session on Dec. 2. Photo by Kris Westwood

The team met up at the Cyclelogik Ride Inside studio on Day Two for a challenging 90-minute workout led by Trew.  Featuring shiny new spin bikes fitted with Power Tap computers, the workout was a welcome break from the torrential rainstorm going on outside.

After lunch it was off for some bike fitting at The Cyclery, which gave new riders a chance to look at the 2013 Stevens Xenon road bikes they will be racing on, as well as the Volt time trial bike.

“The goal of the weekend was to continue the team building that we started at the first camp, while starting to incorporate a return to structured training as the riders start to ramp up their 2013 preparations,” said Trew. “One the whole, I’d say it was a great success, and the hike was also a valuable opportunity to get to know the guys’ program a bit, as hopefully some of these athletes will be teammates together at this summer’s Canada Games.”

Steven’s Racing p/b the Cyclery will have their next camp in late January. A big thanks goes out to Moksha Yoga and Cyclogik Powered by Caffiene for helping to make the weekend possible!