Well, it certainly has been awhile since I updated. To be honest it is pretty hard for me to write about myself during the racing season but I aim to do better. In any case Topher asked me to restart the blog and I am excited to do it and will try to do a better job.
This summer has been going well. I had an extremely busy spring but am now falling into a good training rhythm and for the past two weeks have been enjoying a great training camp in Europe. The camp started in Ramsau, Austria with some good jumping there and in nearby Bischofshofen. We also did our first visit to Atomic for the year to pick up some new Jumping boards and get squared away with our needs for the coming season. As always Roman and crew were very helpful and suffice it to say I think Atomic will be coming out with some really exciting XC weapons this winter for Vancouver!
After Ramsau we booked it to Courchevel, France and for the past ten days have been jumping with the French skiers and riding in the afternoons. With the tour coming nearby we took the opportunity to bring our bikes on this trip and for several of the days we were able to ride out onto the course and watch the circus go through. Over the past few years we have ridden more and more during the summer and a bit to our surprise discovered that riding seems to complement on the hill training nicely. I think it has to do with the quick recovery and low impact inherent of cycling. With this in mind we have put in some pretty big miles and taken quite a few jumps. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
Johnny approaches the head-wall on Col du MadeleineJohnny, Todd and I near the finish of stage 16
Brett and Dj cheer on The God of Thunder near the summit of Col de Saisies
The Ski Jumps in Courchevel
Everything was going great until Todd got into a bad accident on the descent from Le Saisies…
Todd wins battle againist Renault
In an unreal stroke of luck Todd managed to walk away from this merely banged up and a bit bruised! His bike was a bit less fortunate.
Todd is back home but doing great and will no doubt rejoin us in superior form again soon.
Finally we had our own race yesterday up Alpe d’Huez. When I used to compare climbs from the tour vs climbs in the US it seemed like no big deal. Big Cottonwood is like Galibier, Rabbit ears is Roselend, Little Cottonwood is Alpe d’Huez… at least on paper. But when you square up to these serpentine behemoths and switchback after unrelenting switchback you sit and spin your 26 you realize that these are in fact a different animal! And having ridden Alpe d’Huez at about 175bpm and seemingly pacing it quite well finding out that my 49 min effort was about 12 min slower than Pantani and Lance’s record was a bit disappointing. Oh well, I still have my day job.
Top of Alpe d'Huez