From February 1-23, the Czech Continental team PSK Whirlpool Hradec Kralove held its first training camp abroad in Greek city of Loutraki. Very satisfied with the roads, weather, and hotel food, assistant team manager David Rajmont said the camp was a complete success.
"The weather was ideal for training, except for one day when all of our riders had to train in the gym," Rajmont said. "We trained on hilly roads, no flat land. Because this year’s winter was really cold and the conditions for practicing were bad, we first had to improve the endurance of our riders."
A total of approximately 3500 kilometres was on the team's cycle computers after the camp, which also included lactate testing and a time trial at the end. "Our leader Rene Andrle won it, second position was taken by Stanislav Kozubek and third by Radek Becka," continued Rajmont. "Fortunately, the riders didn’t have any health problems except Michal Dlouhy, who had a little eye problem, but that only stopped his training for one day."
Now, the season has started for team PSK Whirlpool - on Sunday March 5, the squad lined up in Trieste, Italy, for the Trofeo ZSSDI. After another training camp in Croatia, the riders will head to the Porec Trophy on March 12, and the stage race Jadranska Magistrala beginning March 16.
Further on this month, the team will split into two groups, with one returning to the Czech republic for Brno-Vel. Bites-Brno on March 26 and the second to participate in The Paths of King Nikola in Serbia-Montenegro.
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Photos of the PSK Whirlpool training camp
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Images by Team PSK Whirlpool
- The complete PSK Whirlpool Hradec Kralove team
- Team lader Rene Andrle
- A beautiful day for a training ride