Team Elk Haus is holding its first training camp for the coming season, which it will face with 16 riders. The small Austrian team noted that "It was not easy to maintain our Professional Continental team status, but in the end we were able to."
The team has gathered in Austria for two days of climbing at the Therapeutischen Kletterzentrum Weinburg, which should "strengthen the mutual trust" within the team, according to manager Bernhard Rassinger. The climbing will be followed by yoga. "That is rather unusual, but I want us all to find our peace together," said Rassinger.
The team will have only 16 riders in 2009, instead of the 17 men of this year. "That is too bad, but it wasn't possible to do it otherwise," Rassinger said. "In the last few years we have made a name for ourselves internationally and I cam convinced that we will continue to make our presence known at races both in Austria and throughout Europe."
The Elk Haus roster for 2009 includes Markus Eibegger, Jochen Summer, Wolfgang Murer, Stefan Rucker, Martin Schöffmann, Stefan Denifl, Gerhard Trampusch, Clemens Fankhauser, Harald Totschnig, Harald Starzengruber, Daniel Schorn, Georg Lauscha, Matthias Brändle, Jan Valach, Björn Thurau, Steffen Radochla.