Truth be told that what happens at track camp should stay at track camp.
I recently returned from a 10 day USA Cycling Women’s Team Pursuit Track Camp in Carson, California at the VELO Sports Center. Yes, 10 days. I hear that 10 days of repetitive riding on the track is illegal in most countries, however considering that the USA achieved a silver medal(s) in the 2012 Olympics in the women’s team pursuit, we are allowed to have a 10 day track camp. That’s what makes you the best in the world, or at least pretty darn close.
It was an incredible honor to be able to learn the basics of the women’s team pursuit, and of course get humbled by the complex nuances that a wooden 250m track entails. Lauren Tamayo, a teammate of mine, and one of the silver medalists, joined USA Cycling’s coaches, Ben Sharp and Neal Henderson, in our track endeavors. It was 10 days full of hard work, left turns, and aero bars.
21 women participated in the camp from national developmental level to international elite status, and it only exemplified that women’s cycling is growing and thriving in the US. One thing I love about the track is the true scientific nature of the event. Everything can be broken down into speed, cadence, watts, and aerodynamics. It is an equal playing surface and conditions. If you like analysis, Dartfish, and spreadsheets, this is the event for you.
The women’s team pursuit will be in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Finishing time will be taken from the 3rd rider.
We have 3.5 years to go, and USAC has a mission to bring home more medals from this event.
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