By Sara Giovanetti
This week Cycling Canada’s NextGen Women’s Track Endurance (WTE) program is stationed just outside of Los Angeles, California for a training camp on the road. A number of the Cyclery Racing team members are a part of NextGen WTE, including Ariane Bonhomme, Kinley Gibson, and myself (Sara Giovannetti). Cyclery Racing alumni, Ellen Watters and Annie Foreman-Mackey, are joining us for some riding too.
The purpose of the camp is to build endurance for the upcoming track season, in which we will endeavour to hone our speed and improve our team pursuit performance. Ariane and Kinley were a part of the team pursuit squad that won gold at the Pan Am Track Championships in Mexico this October, and they look to carry this momentum into 2017. I am very new to NextGen WTE (and the Cyclery Racing team!), and I’m excited for the opportunity to train under this program and with these talented ladies! Each day I learn something new about cycling – whether it’s technique-related, or as simple as being advised on appropriate cycling socks (no more anklets!). Sara is in some need of #Sako7style – good thing she found us!
We have been doing a lot of climbing in the mountains outside of Los Angeles this week, gaining 1800-2200 metres in elevation per ride. The focus of the camp has been to ride steady, fuel properly, and stay hydrated. We’ve been tracking our hydration status by doing weigh-ins before, during, and after each ride, as well as peeing in a cup each morning. We’re very fortunate to have this time to train in the warm weather prior to heading home to snowy Canada for the holidays!