12.14.2014

Training Camp: What the Hell Do They Do?

Two Quick-Step's Stars at Strade Bianche 2014
More or less we know, and social media dramaticly increased our awarness about the 'recreational' part of it. 
Once I followed in a car Andy's team training so I have got a more dettailed idea. 
Still it's a complex stuff and recently teams stopped training 'naively' but asked training specialists for consulence. Training centers are often sponsors of important teams and teams respond posting more data about their training planns and camps: it's a kind of easy ad.
My mail box is full of press releases and I only post a few of them because I'm more interested in reporting races, so I like the press releases including riders' quotes (very often I just published that part). However this quote from a press release by Quick-Step is interesting, have a look:

Etixx – Quick-Step trainer Koen Pelgrim:
"The quality of the roads is good here [Spain, Valencia area] You can train on the flats, the climbs, and the types of climbs are also diverse. You have rolling climbs and steep climbs. The quality of the weather here is also good. The rest day was our first cloudy day in six days. This makes it a perfect place for training.
We did lactate threshold tests that we also did with the Belgian guys earlier at Bakala Academy. We tested the other guys here at camp. We wanted to see the level of riders to determine the training zones for the rides we did at training camp, and also until we test them again around the time of our second training camp.
It's been proven that doing strength training helps also endurance athletes. That is something we always do in the preparation phase before at home. But we also try to continue it at training camp. That's why we brought it here and we did the program here, so they can continue it without missing anything.
We split the groups into three. We had one group with the guys from Tour Down Under, as they need harder and more specific training to prepare them for earlier racing. Then we have the group that consists of the guys of the Belgian Classics and the sprinters. Then, of course, you have the climbers.
Our longest ride until now was around 150 kilometers. That was yesterday. Two days before we did between 100 and 120 kilometers depending on the group.
Tomorrow a lot of rain is predicted so we will have to freestyle it a bit. We will see what we can do that day if the rain is heavy. The day after there will be some hard training, interval training for Tour Down Under riders. For the Belgian Classics and sprinter group they will do some 200 meter sprints one-by-one. The third group, the climbers, will do some endurance training with strength training after. The last day we will have long rides for the climbers, an endurance ride and also some time on the time trial bike for the Belgian Classics and sprinter group, and the Tour Down Under group will do long training in the mountains. So, as you can see, there is still plenty left to do for our guys and each group will perform efforts specific to their needs."

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