By Susan Westemeyer
Team Elk Haus Simplon is dividing its forces while preparing for the upcoming season. The team will hold two training camps, one on Mallorca and one on Gran Canaria, both officially beginning January 13.
Most of the Austrian Professional Continental team will gather on Gran Canaria, with three riders already there. However, four team members will be on Mallorca: Jochen Summer, Jan Valach, Steffen Radochla and Björn Thurau. "This division worked well in 2007. We can fulfil the wish of each rider. That gives us a good atmosphere," said team manager Bernhard Rassinger. "That way everyone is satisfied and also motivated."
In addition, the team has changed its race plans for the start of the season. Because of its successes last year, it received an invitation to the Etoile de Bessèges, which it will now ride instead of the previously scheduled GP Etruschi. It will be followed by the Tour Méditerranéen and the Giro di Sardegna.
"We have made our name internationally and that has given us a super racing calendar," Rassinger noted.