The Whole Athlete Development Team is aiming high - above 8000 ft, that is - shooting for the Mountain Bike XC National Championships, July 15-18 in Granby, Colorado. How do sea level-dwellers perform at their best at such high elevation?
A high-altitude training camp.
On Monday June 28th, while many are just starting their work day, 20 young Whole Athlete Team riders and five coaches head to the mountains for three weeks of training, yoga, optimized nutrition, and high-altitude racing. After ten days in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the junior girls head to the Downieville Classic XC, while the junior/U23 boys team travels to Colorado Springs to compete in the CTS International ProXCT Stage Race. The team will then reconvene in Granby to make its final preparations for the National Championships at the Sol Vista Ski Park.
This training/race camp is a unique opportunity for the young riders to live and train together as a team, following the lifestyle of a true professional athlete and embrace our three-point philosophy of dedication, integrity and fun. This will be the team's second year supporting the riders with an altitude camp culminating with the National Championships in Colorado.
The team will be posting daily reports from the camp with photos and video. Follow our progress here as we aim for the highest peaks!
You can help too...The Whole Athlete Cycling Team is a non-profit program funded by the 501(c)(3) Velo Development Foundation. Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation. Go to http://www.velodevelopment.org and help these young cyclists reach their goals.