Your average weekend warrior bike racer’s version of winter training typically involves the ugly reality of riding inside — or not training at all. But most pros aren’t subject to the constraints of forced time in cold weather climates. Instead, they often head to warm-weather locales. Tucson, San Diego, Majorca, anyone?
Thus it was with some surprise when a note from the SCOTT-3Rox team showed up in our inbox trumpeting their latest winter training camp — which actually involved winter. The snowy, cold kind.
Indeed, during the first week of January the team convened at SCOTT HQ in Idaho’s (chilly) Wood River Valley for three days of alpine touring and Nordic skiing. This even included hiking to a backcountry yurt for little a taste of winter camping.
“I haven’t seen winter in two years,” said cross-country star Geoff Kabush, the team’s marquee rider. “I tend to travel to California to avoid the cold weather and get some base training in. It was great to meet up with the team discussing goals and doing some team building in a secluded environment… I definitely put some good training in, too.”
The mission of the camp, according to SCOTT marketing boss Adrian Montgomery, was to take the team out of their comfort zone. “Presenting them with challenges that are less familiar than what they confront on the bike sharpens the mind and builds confidence,” explained Montgomery.
During the three days, the team climbed in more than 6000 feet, meaning training certainly remained part of the equation. But by opting for skis versus biking near a beach, it provided a valuable mental break from the bicycle. Plus, as anyone who’s ever climbed up a hill on AT skis knows, the best part is coming back down.
So what alternative training modes do you implement in the winter? Let us know in the comments section below.