All winter long, our riders have been competing in cyclocross, grinding out weekly training rides, and attending clinics to build their cycling skills and handling abilities. The end of winter training was marked by the team’s annual training camp over President’s Day Weekend in February. The camp builds on all the hard work done during winter training with two days of lengthy rides that include challenging climbs, race simulations, and skills drills. During the evening, some of our more seasoned members gave talks on how to race, tactics, and mental toughness. The camp serves as a great place to initiate new members into the SCCA/Starbucks Cycling family and build camaraderie.
To further prepare the team for race season, on February 21st, SCCA/Starbucks put on an Advanced Race Skills Clinic for women, covering such topics as pack movement, energy management, how to follow wheels, sprints as well as a mock race at the new Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. We were joined by several other local teams–Fischer Plumbing Cycling, Reliant Recovery Water p/b Old Town Bicycle, and Hagens Berman-Society Consulting Cycling–for a great day of pretend racing, allowing everybody to get over preseason race jitters and try out different team tactics.
If this weekend you happen to be on the peninsula near Sequim or in the South Sound north of Shelton, stop by to see some top flight racing as cyclists—both men and women—compete at distances between 25 and 75 miles. This year’s SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Team promises to be a strong squad, and there’s little doubt that 2015 will be a year full of excellent results. Go SCCA/Starbucks!
Lindsay Nofziger is a member of the SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Team. Her day job is Senior Research Technician at Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute in Seattle.