The Cycling House January 11th Camp featured cold temps and high spirits.
15 hearty souls showed up to put in some base miles for their up coming seasons. We had riders from all over the country. Temperatures for the week were colder than average but even with colder riding conditions every ride was completed and we had lots of sunshine. Chef Drew once again worked his magic. The lamb burgers were a big hit, as well as the spaghetti squash lasagna.
Day one was San Manuel. Highlights included a fast and furious descent led by Owen, hot tea at the rest areas, and riders setting the tone that the weather was not going to stop them from getting their miles in.
Day two was Gates Pass. The weather warmed up and we rolled through the Saguaro Cactus forest on the backside of Gates Pass. Racing up the front side and the back side, riders loved the scenery of this iconic Tucson ride.
Day three we traveled to Madera Canyon. The long slow climb huddled riders together in a peleton. Suffering and coffee were had by all. A strong head wind on the descent made for tough sledding back to the rigs.
Day four brought more epic riding. Mount Lemmon was tackled and we saw record lows at the top. The Cycling House vehicles were ready with hot tea and warm gear. Like I mentioned above this was a tough group.
Nights were filled with interesting conversation, ping pong battles, and Bohemian Beer. The staff was Chef Drew, Owen, Heidi, Brendan, and Shaun.
Overall it was a great week. Once again I’m reminded on how special these camps are. Meeting people who are so different from yourself but share a common passion for cycling.