Here are a few select images from the team's training camp in Greenville, South Carolina which just ended;
The view of the group from inside the team car- as photographed by team mechanic Katsu Tanda (thanks Katsu).
New team member Tyler Stansfield is from Birmingham, Alabama (my home state) and is going to surprise a lot of folks this year on the US race scene. (Photographed by Katsu Tanda)
A little team building exercise; flag football. You'd never know it was "flag" football judging by the number of tackles in the puddles!
Another late night team meeting- team doctor Jason Brayley goes over all of the team's medical protocols and covers how to follow doping controls and to be aware of post-race tests.
The track bike of team track star Mario Mazza. Mario knows a thing or two about how to go really fast on a fixed gear and how to play the bumping game. On the rainy ride on Saturday, we had a little fun being track guys and threw a few head butts and elbows at each other... good times.
Looking like the professional squad they are- the pinstripes and flames are destined for lots of podium spots this year!
And the folks who really make things happen on a bike team- the doc (Jason Brayley), team mechanics (Tennyson Hulcy and Katsu Tanda) and the team's soigneur extraordinaire (Janis Burns).
The group getting ready to roll out from the hotel and head out for a nice ride before the rains returned.
A slew of very fancy and very sexy customized Spinergy FCC wheels- custom decals by Wheel Tags. Title sponsor Kenda Tires provided the numerous types of tires chosen by the riders.
The bike of team super sprinter and winner of the sprint jersey at the Tour of Ohio the past four years in a row- Marco Aledia. Notice the special "bling enhancements" on the down tube, stem cap and seat collar. This was in the middle of his bike fitting with sponsor Wobblenaught.
The camp, though soggy and with little actual riding, was a success. The team had the chance to spend quality time together getting to know each other better, since there are several new riders to the team this year. All of the meetings were a success and the riders and staff ventured off in separate directions across the country to continue with training and readying themselves for the race season.
Keep your eyes open for the team's riders as they demolish the domestic peloton this year. 2009 is going to be an exciting year!