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Gallery: BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team trains in Bahamas

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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders dive in the Bahamas

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders dive in the Bahamas
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Tanner Putt and Rich Hincapie on the front

Tanner Putt and Rich Hincapie on the front
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Larry Warbasse and Ty Magner

Larry Warbasse and Ty Magner
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Alder Martz and George Hincapie

Alder Martz and George Hincapie
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Ty Magner climbs in style on one wheel

Ty Magner climbs in style on one wheel
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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team director Darren Fuller

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team director Darren Fuller
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Larry Warbasse and Ty Magner enjoying their time in the Bahamas

Larry Warbasse and Ty Magner enjoying their time in the Bahamas
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The BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team gathered for the first time at their pre-season training camp in the Bahamas

The BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team gathered for the first time at their pre-season training camp in the Bahamas
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(l-r) Hincapie Sportswear president Rich Hincapie, team marketing and communications director Kirk Flinte, BMC Racing Team pro George Hincapie, team sponsor Mark Holowesko and assistant sports director Steve Carpenter

(l-r) Hincapie Sportswear president Rich Hincapie, team marketing and communications director Kirk Flinte, BMC Racing Team pro George Hincapie, team sponsor Mark Holowesko and assistant sports director Steve Carpenter
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Blair Turner drops back to the team car on a training ride in the Bahamas

Blair Turner drops back to the team car on a training ride in the Bahamas
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Alder Martz has a word with the team director during a training ride

Alder Martz has a word with the team director during a training ride
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A reminder to drive on the left while in the Bahamas

A reminder to drive on the left while in the Bahamas
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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders training in the Bahamas

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders training in the Bahamas
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Larry Warbasse suited up for scuba diving

Larry Warbasse suited up for scuba diving
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Scuba diving gets a thumbs up from Mike Stone

Scuba diving gets a thumbs up from Mike Stone
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Rich Hincapie gets ready to scuba dive

Rich Hincapie gets ready to scuba dive
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Blair Turner readies for scuba diving

Blair Turner readies for scuba diving
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The BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team put in the miles at their pre-season Bahamas training camp

The BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team put in the miles at their pre-season Bahamas training camp
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Alder Martz tests his teammates

Alder Martz tests his teammates
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Parker Kyzer scuba diving in the Bahamas during training camp

Parker Kyzer scuba diving in the Bahamas during training camp
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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team commune with nature in the Bahamas

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team commune with nature in the Bahamas
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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders scuba dive in the Bahamas

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders scuba dive in the Bahamas
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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders at a shipwreck used in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders at a shipwreck used in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again
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Matt Lipscomb

Matt Lipscomb
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BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders await the start of a training ride at their Bahamas pre-season camp

BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders await the start of a training ride at their Bahamas pre-season camp
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George Hincapie (left) and BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders in the Bahamas

George Hincapie (left) and BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team riders in the Bahamas
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Michael Stone and Parker Kyzer

Michael Stone and Parker Kyzer
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Team director Thomas Craven and A.J. Meyer

Team director Thomas Craven and A.J. Meyer
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Ty Magner and Hincapie Sportswear president Rich Hincapie

Ty Magner and Hincapie Sportswear president Rich Hincapie
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Alder Martz and Blair Turner

Alder Martz and Blair Turner
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Tanner Putt

Tanner Putt
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Tanner Putt and A.J. Meyer

Tanner Putt and A.J. Meyer
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Larry Warbasse and Tyler Karnes

Larry Warbasse and Tyler Karnes
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Matt Lipscomb and A.J. Meyer

Matt Lipscomb and A.J. Meyer
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George Hincapie on the attack

George Hincapie on the attack
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Time for scuba diving at the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team training camp in the Bahamas

Time for scuba diving at the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team training camp in the Bahamas
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The BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team kicked off their preparation for 2012 with its first pre-season training camp in Nassau, Bahamas, home of team sponsor Mark Holowesko.

The new, US-based UCI Continental team, serving as a development squad for the ProTour BMC Racing Team, gathered for the first time from December 8-11 in a mixture of training rides and team building activities for its roster comprised entirely of U23 riders.

Training camp included a couple of four-hour rides around the island, a boat ride to a nearby island, open-ocean swimming, scuba diving in 35 feet of water plus plenty of time to get to know new teammates and staff.

"It was great to get the team together at a really remarkable place and start the process of becoming a team," said sports director Thomas Craven. "We were able to ride, have some great food, enjoy fantastic weather on the water with Mark [Holowesko] and during our diving adventure we all learned a valuable lesson...don't hold your breath, keep breathing."

Veteran US professional George Hincapie (BMC), a driving force behind the creation of the development team, joined the riders in the Bahamas for their training camp. "The focus of this first camp was all about everyone getting to know each other and to start working as a team through some off-the-bike adventures," said Hincapie. "Most of the riding we did was at a casual conversation pace. However, the boys did turn it up a couple of times the last few days to put me in the red zone.

"I'm super excited about the mix of riders we've put together. They each have unique skills on the bike and personalities. It's going to be fun to watch them work together in bike races and develop into champions as a team."

Team member Larry Warbasse expressed the enthusiasm and high morale fostered at the squad's first gathering of the season. "The camp in The Bahamas was probably the most enjoyable team camp I have ever attended in my years spent as a cyclist (not that there have been that many)," said Warbasse. "I am sure there aren't any other Under 23 teams who get to have an experience like we did this past weekend. There are probably very few ProTeams who do as well. I think I can speak for everyone on the squad when I say I feel very fortunate to be a part of this great organization."

The team will return in late January, 2012 to compete in the Tour of the Bahamas followed by a 10-day training camp at the team's base in Greenville, South Carolina in early February.