Yesterday was our first proper ride of training camp. We were instructed to take it easy, and use the day to verify that all the equipment was functional. We rode four hours, covered eighty miles, and climbed 4,600 feet. We returned home to an impressive taco bar, and massages from our soigneurs. Here's some details from my ride:
Today should be a much bigger test. At the team meeting last night, I believe Tad's words were something along the lines of: "Hard bike riding tomorrow boys. I want you boys to really push each other, and your equipment, ok?" We are climbing the famed Gibraltar Mountain outside Santa Barbara -- a fantastic ride I did last year as well. You can read Krogg's account of conquering Gibraltar here.