By: Emily Flynn
As you all saw from the awesome photos The Cyclery-4iiii girls had an amazing team camp down in Seneca, South Carolina. The weather was great and the roads were even better. It was wonderful to get to know the new girls and bring them in to the fold that is Cyclery Racing. We also got to get out on our new Scott Foils, which are incredible, and even better when paired with our Serfas bottle cages and lights!
Following team camp, we each went our separate ways; which is quite sad following such a fun and intense week. However, I cannot complain as I headed to the wonderful place that is Covina, California to stay with my California parents, Ken and Suzanne and their adorable corgi, Sadie. They go above and beyond their host housing duties and make what could be a lonely training camp away from home a very welcoming one.
After a couple of easier days on the bike I got to start hitting the mountains and learning to love climbing. I don’t know if my trek to Mount Baldy helped with that, but boy was it a beautiful ride with 2,199m of climbing in 94km!
I have also got to do some fun adventure rides with NextGen girls Meghan Grant and Devaney Collier. Speaking about how the Swanson’s go above and beyond, they chose to spend their Saturday being our sag wagon and providing us food and water while out in the high desert.
This must be one of the most beautiful rides I have even been on. It started with them driving us out to the Antelope Poppy Reserve (google it!). Rolling from there, it was just one stunning canyon climb and descent after another; we even came across a bike race and a rattle snake!
A lot of what we do would not be possible without the astounding generous of host housing, so to Ken and Suzanne for surpassing those expectations again and again, I (and many others who have stayed here) truly thank you.
I also cannot write this post without mentioned that I got to go to DisneyLand! Again, this goes with Ken and Suzanne setting the host house bar real high! Thanks to a family friend we were all able to go spend the day at the ‘happiest place on Earth.’
After all this solid training, I get to put the legs to the test as the San Dimas Stage Race starts tomorrow. Sara and I are here from The Cyclery-4iiii and we have brought on Meghan and Devaney to guest ride as well. It starts off with the uphill time trail on Glendora mountain, a road race in Bonelli Park on Saturday, and a crit in downtown San Dimas on Sunday. Stay tuned for updates!