19 Riders from Oregon came together for a four-day Cyclocross Training Camp in Hood River, presented by BEA, PDX Devo and OBRA — and it was a great time!
Our opening evening ride was supposed to be steep but short and fun — but we chose a road on the map that actually did not exist in real life so we ended up doubling our time, distance and climbing which delayed dinner but got everyone stoked to ride. The next day’s big ride up around Lost Lake offered a few options for distances and the fatigue began to set in just in time for lunch, a nap and skills in the afternoon. Day three we set out on another epic route up some fantastic singletrack and down very steep gravel roads to keep everyone on their toes. After a presentation about nutrition featuring insights from Melissa Shays we moved to strength & conditioning stations to improve form, technique and give tips for how to train better off the bike this season. We finished up with a walk downtown and a swim in the Columbia as the sun set over the River and the full moon rose over the Gorge. Our final day featured our traditional Urban Shred with hundreds of stairs, bike-paths, back-road exploring and a stop at the new Velosolutions Pump Track. Once back at Camp we jumped into contests, relays, hot-laps and mini-races to drill in the upper level intensity on top of several days of long rides. It hurt. After lunch we said our goodbyes but we know that #crossiscoming very soon and we’ll be out there with each other in just a few weeks at the early season races preparing for a great season and looking forward to peaking at Nationals in Tacoma this December.