While most of the Northern hemisphere and especially the northern US were recovering from this weekend's winter weather, new US developmental professional team, VMG Racing, was enjoying mild temperatures in Gainesville, FL for it's first complete team gathering. Over the weekend, the new programme hosted its first team training camp in preparation for the 2006 season.
While the three days in Florida were focused on orientation and planning, there were a few other surprises in store for the team. In addition to the run-of-the-mill meetings and team policy outlining, riders were subjected to physiological and psychological testing and their first photo shoot for the VMG programme.
Making use of its newly established partnership with the University of Florida & Shands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, VMG Racing riders were treated to state of the art exercise and physiological testing. Dan Larson, manager/director of the team said, "The institute has the specific testing equipment we need and a staff that has a specific interest in cycling. The riders will be able to take the results of this testing and create a training programme to get the most out of their upcoming preparations."
The most exciting episode of the weekend took place at the outset of the activities. After the staff and riders were cordially introduced and welcomes were offered all around, the riders we quickly led into what was purported to be a brief laboratory tour and a run of the mill bike fitting session. When entering the UF laboratory however, riders were greeted by carbon Fuji bikes, their equipment for 2006.VMG racing secured a sponsorship deal with Fuji to support the development squad, with all riders now equipped for plenty of winter training.