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PCC February Camp a Success

February 13, 2018

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Pacific Cycling centre held its annual February training camp last weekend (February 8 – 11).  Over the course of the four days PCC athletes covered over 540 km, spending close to 20 hours on the bike. The rainy trend of 2018 took a break for the riders allowing them to ride longer distances in dry conditions. The objective of this camp was for the riders to gain fitness through some zone 2 riding at a mild intensity while maximizing their technical ability. (Zone 2 intensity training is used to boost endurance capacity).

Usually on the first day of camp there are two time trials, one around Land’s End, and one up Willis Point. But, head coach Houshang Amiri decided to change things up by having the athlete’s complete one time trial. This time trial was significantly longer than what the riders are used to, so they could understand the amount of effort it takes to compete at an elite level, and to help them realize what it takes for them to reach their maximum. All riders exceeded expectations and showed signs of improvement since the previous camp. The elevation gain was ~965 metres.

The second day of the camp was a ride to Jordan River. The first part of the ride was into Sooke, via the Galloping Goose trail, which is on gravel, making it much more energy consuming as compared to riding on the road. Once the riders reached Sooke they continued riding towards Jordan River while implementing a rolling paceline. This is where each rider takes a 45-60 second turn at the front of the group, and then pulls off allowing for another rider to take a turn while they rest. They did this for 30km to the Cold Shoulder Café in Jordan River where they stopped for a deserved coffee before returning home in the same fashion. “It was a long, hard day out on the bike,” said Alex Amiri. “I worked hard today and felt good doing the hard ride.”  The elevation gain was ~1,512 metres.

Day three was a good volume day, with the temperature a bit cooler than the previous days with a high of six degrees Celsius. Riders completed four repeats of the locally famous climb up to the observatory. During these repeats head coach Amiri had them complete some high cadence work under the load. Heading towards Land’s End, the athletes did two loops of the Land’s End TT course while working on pace line and peloton skills. They followed this up with a relaxed ride through Sidney, and around the waterfront into the inner harbour of Victoria to complete their training for the day. “The goal today was to keep things more relaxed, as tomorrow they have a big ride ahead of them,” said Amiri. “I want to make sure they have enough left in the tank to complete the final day of camp strong.”  The elevation gain was ~1,476 metres.

The last day of the camp was a long ride up island into Duncan, BC. The beginning portion of the ride led them past Durrance Lake, and through Finlayson Arm Road before they traversed over the Malahat into Mill Bay. Two hours in, the riders left Mill Bay towards Duncan, riding through Cowichan Bay and the Cowichan Valley. “It was a nice change,” said PCC athlete, Erik Diertens. “Riding new roads keeps things interesting, and the rides go by much more quickly.” Once into Duncan, the riders were allowed a quick rest stop at the Garage, a local café known for its healthy food choices and class coffee. The plan from here was to ride to the end of Shawnigan Lake Road where it meets the highway, and have the riders get in the van so they don’t have to deal with descending the Malahat. The ride from Duncan to Shawnigan Lake was done at a higher pace, which the riders handled well. Once into Shawnigan Lake, the riders took their time getting to the end of the lake and the base of the climb heading towards the highway and Goldstream Heights. “I had the athletes do this last climb in or above their zone 3 level. This was near their threshold to boost aerobic capacity. Testing yourself at the end of a solid training load like this can really help the riders learn a lot about how their bodies function at a high intensity,” said Amiri. “They all showed major improvements in their ability to perform under stress. This is a good sign of things to come.”  The elevation gain on the final day was ~1,995 metres.

These PCC riders will now go on to compete next week at the Western Track Challenge from February 16th to February 18th in Burnaby.

 


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