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US summer 'cross camp a success

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While the workload was heavy, the campers had fun throughout the week.

While the workload was heavy, the campers had fun throughout the week.
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Each day of the camp starts at 6:30 with an hour of stretching and conditioning

Each day of the camp starts at 6:30 with an hour of stretching and conditioning
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The campers would then work on each technique after the demonstrations

The campers would then work on each technique after the demonstrations
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Riding the run-ups, where possible, was also a fun exercise

Riding the run-ups, where possible, was also a fun exercise
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After a short break and lunch, the campers would head out in the afternoon for a training ride on the roads around Helena, MT.

After a short break and lunch, the campers would head out in the afternoon for a training ride on the roads around Helena, MT.
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One day pro mountain bikers Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) and Andy Schultz (Kenda) joined the campers for the afternoon ride.

One day pro mountain bikers Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) and Andy Schultz (Kenda) joined the campers for the afternoon ride.
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The dirt roads around Helena are some of the most scenic and car-free roads around

The dirt roads around Helena are some of the most scenic and car-free roads around
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The roads offered plenty of opportunity for climbing

The roads offered plenty of opportunity for climbing
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Sam Schultz and coach Scott Herzig leading the group towards Park Lake

Sam Schultz and coach Scott Herzig leading the group towards Park Lake
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After dinner each night there was a two-hour classroom session with Coach Proctor breaking down 'cross races from Europe and pointing out different techniques that were successful

After dinner each night there was a two-hour classroom session with Coach Proctor breaking down 'cross races from Europe and pointing out different techniques that were successful
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Shouldering and run-ups were discussed at length one day with Coach Proctor demonstrating each one

Shouldering and run-ups were discussed at length one day with Coach Proctor demonstrating each one
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This also included bunny hopping, both small and large (40 cm) barriers

This also included bunny hopping, both small and large (40 cm) barriers
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There was barrier work each day where the different techniques were discussed and put into practice

There was barrier work each day where the different techniques were discussed and put into practice
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Resistance training was a fun part of the conditioning

Resistance training was a fun part of the conditioning
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The camp was based at a local college which offered access to the stadium steps

The camp was based at a local college which offered access to the stadium steps
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After conditioning and a quick breakfast the campers jumped on their bikes to head up for specific cyclo-cross training

After conditioning and a quick breakfast the campers jumped on their bikes to head up for specific cyclo-cross training
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Coach Proctor provided instruction on a 'cross course and would break down different sections and the various techniques that would be most effective

Coach Proctor provided instruction on a 'cross course and would break down different sections and the various techniques that would be most effective
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One of the fun activities for the campers were the "start drills"

One of the fun activities for the campers were the "start drills"
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Racing 4 to 5 at a time, trying to hit the hole shot first

Racing 4 to 5 at a time, trying to hit the hole shot first
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There was always plenty of time for Coach Proctor to offer individual advice throughout the camp

There was always plenty of time for Coach Proctor to offer individual advice throughout the camp
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Although the Olympics are less than a year away, US cyclo-cross aficionados will also have one eye on the 2013 Worlds which take place on home soil, in Louisville, Kentucky.

With that in mind, Geoff Proctor – organiser of the US 'cross camp that takes place in Belgium each winter – and USA Cycling teamed up to give 16 aspiring athletes a chance to participate in an inaugural summer training camp in Helena, Montana, last month.

“I found out late that I could do it and USA cycling gave me the green light for something that I’d been advocating for, for years,” Proctor told Cyclingnews.

The camp, spread over four days, mimicked the Belgian 'cross camps that occur during the summer.

“It all came together in my home town in Montana,” added Proctor.

“I know all the training rides, facilities and equipment. There was no guess work and everything was tightly planned and structured. I went down and tried to find results from nationals for guys between 15 and 17 years old, so the guys that will be making the Worlds team in the next couple of years and obviously we want to be doing well in Louisville in 2013.”

Each morning the 16 young hopefuls would have strength conditioning exercises in order to improve their core fitness. They would then undergo specific cyclo-cross training on a race course, practicing dismounts, run-ups and pit practice. In the afternoons they would have typical training rides, while the evenings would be taken up by video analysis of Europe’s top professionals.

Proctor will organise his winter camp in Belgium for the 9th time this year but is hoping to have a summer camp next year and include female athletes as well.

Camp Roster

CX Summer Camp Roster
Helena, Montana
July 25-29, 2011


1994 - Hometown
Drew Dillman - Fairdale, KY
Zane Godby - Louisville, CO
Luke Haley - Louisville, KY
Cypress Gorry - Payson, AZ
Sam O’Keefe - Baltimore, MD
Tyler Coplea - Fountain Hills, AZ
Travis Monroe - Coeur d’Alene, ID