The director of the Belgium-based Cycling Center, Bernard Moerman, has declared the 2006 season a success for the rider-development facility that's designed to house up to 22 athletes.
"I think that for this year, the biggest reason for the improvement has been the solid training camps that we had in Albuquerque," explained Moerman."The way we could build our team and the training over there was just fabulous for that period in the season."
Moerman's facility (see feature from 2004) is aimed primarily at American cyclists and offers a place for the competitors to stay, train and race during the European season. "The growth most of the guys made this season is so visible - I got so much stronger," explained Arizona competitor Nate Fields. "I cannot wait to be back next season."
Moerman is eagerly anticipating the 2007 season after such a strong year. "All of the visible improvement and the good results are bringing us more applications and more invitations for good races for next season," he added.