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Garmin-Cervelo: Days three and four at Cayman training camp

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Jonathan Vaughters brought his team to the Caymans

Jonathan Vaughters brought his team to the Caymans
(Image credit: Lucas Gilman)
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Ryder Hesjedal relaxes with some time on the basketball court

Ryder Hesjedal relaxes with some time on the basketball court
(Image credit: Emma Hymas)
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Jonathan Vaughters at the head of affairs

Jonathan Vaughters at the head of affairs
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Approximately 85 people joined the Garmin-Cervelo team for the Ride with the Pros on Grand Cayman

Approximately 85 people joined the Garmin-Cervelo team for the Ride with the Pros on Grand Cayman
(Image credit: Emma Hymas)
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Matt White and world champion Thor Hushovd await the start of the ride

Matt White and world champion Thor Hushovd await the start of the ride
(Image credit: Peter Hymas)
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Roger Hammond gets a last minute adjustment

Roger Hammond gets a last minute adjustment
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Is that Christian Vande Velde or Ryder Hesjedal?

Is that Christian Vande Velde or Ryder Hesjedal?
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Jonathan Vaughters and Matt White share a word

Jonathan Vaughters and Matt White share a word
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Heinrich Haussler and Dave Zabriskie enjoying themselves at Abacus

Heinrich Haussler and Dave Zabriskie enjoying themselves at Abacus
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Christian Vande Velde and Johan Van Summeren

Christian Vande Velde and Johan Van Summeren
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Brett Lancaster chats with some fans

Brett Lancaster chats with some fans
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An Evening with the Pros at Grand Cayman's Abacus

An Evening with the Pros at Grand Cayman's Abacus
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The public ride makes its way through a circuit on the eastern end of Grand Cayman

The public ride makes its way through a circuit on the eastern end of Grand Cayman
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Ryder Hesjedal soaks up some sun in the Caymans.

Ryder Hesjedal soaks up some sun in the Caymans.
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School children came out to greet Thor Hushovd and company as they passed by

School children came out to greet Thor Hushovd and company as they passed by
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Tyler Farrar speaks with some fans after the Ride with the Pros

Tyler Farrar speaks with some fans after the Ride with the Pros
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Head mechanic Geoff Brown has been kept busy with the team's new Cervelos

Head mechanic Geoff Brown has been kept busy with the team's new Cervelos
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One of many riders to pose for a photo with world champion Thor Hushovd

One of many riders to pose for a photo with world champion Thor Hushovd
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A Norwegian television crew came to the Cayman Islands to film Thor Hushovd

A Norwegian television crew came to the Cayman Islands to film Thor Hushovd
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Thor Hushovd resplendent in his world champion kit

Thor Hushovd resplendent in his world champion kit
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Johan Van Summeren is keeping his arms free of tan lines

Johan Van Summeren is keeping his arms free of tan lines
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The lead group swelled after the Garmin-Cervelo pros eased off the throttle

The lead group swelled after the Garmin-Cervelo pros eased off the throttle
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Garmin-Cervelo riders upped the pace along the coastline

Garmin-Cervelo riders upped the pace along the coastline
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After ramping up the pace, only Garmin-Cervelo pros remain at the front

After ramping up the pace, only Garmin-Cervelo pros remain at the front
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Tom Danielson makes his move

Tom Danielson makes his move
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Australian champion Travis Meyer

Australian champion Travis Meyer
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Abacus at Camana Bay hosted the evening's party and charity auction

Abacus at Camana Bay hosted the evening's party and charity auction
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Jonathan Vaughters and Andreas Klier

Jonathan Vaughters and Andreas Klier
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David Millar and Thor Hushovd sign a jersey

David Millar and Thor Hushovd sign a jersey
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Andreas Klier (l) and Johan Van Summeren arrive at the evening's festivities

Andreas Klier (l) and Johan Van Summeren arrive at the evening's festivities
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Dave Zabriskie arrives at the evening's party and charity auction

Dave Zabriskie arrives at the evening's party and charity auction
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Australia's Matthew Wilson after the Ride with Pros

Australia's Matthew Wilson after the Ride with Pros
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A fleet of shiny Cervelos awaits the Garmin-Cervelo team for the Ride with the Pros event

A fleet of shiny Cervelos awaits the Garmin-Cervelo team for the Ride with the Pros event
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The Garmin-Cervelo riders squeeze in a ride

The Garmin-Cervelo riders squeeze in a ride
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Perfect beaches greeted the riders on day three of the camp

Perfect beaches greeted the riders on day three of the camp
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The Garmin-Cervelo team before their helicopter ride

The Garmin-Cervelo team before their helicopter ride
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Thor Hushovd enjoys a helicopter ride

Thor Hushovd enjoys a helicopter ride
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Thor Hushovd enjoys a helicopter ride

Thor Hushovd enjoys a helicopter ride
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Thor Hushovd enjoys a helicopter ride

Thor Hushovd enjoys a helicopter ride
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Center of attention: Thor Hushovd mixes with Tyler Farrar

Center of attention: Thor Hushovd mixes with Tyler Farrar
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Vande Velde and Farrar in the water

Vande Velde and Farrar in the water
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Zabriskie jumps on Matt White's shoulders. He's not a fan of stingrays

Zabriskie jumps on Matt White's shoulders. He's not a fan of stingrays
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Millar gets up close and friendly with a stringray

Millar gets up close and friendly with a stringray
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World Champion Thor Hushovd gets a ride

World Champion Thor Hushovd gets a ride
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Johan Van Summeren gives his teammate some welcome support

Johan Van Summeren gives his teammate some welcome support
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Dave Zabriskie in the Batmobile

Dave Zabriskie in the Batmobile
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The team take another trip out along the seafront

The team take another trip out along the seafront
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The team were joined by a number of locals and sponsors

The team were joined by a number of locals and sponsors
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David Zabriskie in awe of the original Batmobile at the Cayman Motor Museum.

David Zabriskie in awe of the original Batmobile at the Cayman Motor Museum.
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Tom Danielson stretches his legs

Tom Danielson stretches his legs
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I know I left my shirt around here: Tyler Farrar on the beach

I know I left my shirt around here: Tyler Farrar on the beach
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Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo)

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo)
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Johan Van Summeren

Johan Van Summeren
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You jump in. No you jump in. Farrar and Hushovd

You jump in. No you jump in. Farrar and Hushovd
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The beach is that way: Thor Hushovd and Tyler Farrar

The beach is that way: Thor Hushovd and Tyler Farrar
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David Millar prepares for a date with a stingray

David Millar prepares for a date with a stingray
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Grand Cayman continued to roll out the red carpet for the Garmin-Cervelo squad's first gathering of its 2011 roster. On Wednesday the team enjoyed time swimming with stingrays, exploring the island of Grand Cayman via a treasure hunt plus an exhilarating helicopter view of the Caribbean island with a former military pilot putting the aircraft through its paces.

Another venue visited by the team was the Cayman Motor Museum, chock full of exotic, rare, and classic cars and motorcycles from the personal collection of Norwegian shipping magnate Andreas Ugland, who's called Grand Cayman home for 20+ years. While
David Zabriskie was spellbound by the original Batmobile from the late 1960s Batman television show, world champion Thor Hushovd received a warm welcome from Ugland, a compatriot who happens to share the same hometown of Grimstad in Norway.

On Thursday morning the team took part in the 'Ride with the Pros' event in which approximately 85 riders, comprised of sponsors and local cycling fans, rode for approximately two hours on quiet Grand Cayman roads. While the pace was predominantly leisurely, the team dropped the hammer in the latter portion of the return journey to their host hotel to give those along for the ride a lesson in speed and the art of riding in wide open terrain buffeted by strong crosswinds. The planned acceleration was public knowledge from the offset for those along on the ride but as one would expect the Garmin-Cervelo squad soon shed their companions and rode alone along the coast before dialling back the throttle and allowing many to catch back on for the final kilometres.

"There's a lot of people on this island who hosted us and supported bringing the team here and part of our thank you was to do a bike ride with them," Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews. "I have a big payroll these days and I can't just take 80 people off to the Cayman Islands. We've worked with Grand Cayman's Tom McCallum to drum up the support and he's done an incredible job of getting government support and everything else to get this camp off the ground. He gave me the thumbs up of 'yes, we can do it' a couple of months ago and here we are."

Part of the team took advantage of an opportunity to scuba dive in the afternoon hours and the day was capped off by An Evening with the Pros gala at Camana Bay's Abacus restaurant where the team mixed and mingled with VIPs. The event concluded with an auction of Garmin-Transition team bikes and memorabilia to benefit the Cayman Island Cancer Society.