Today was the perfect ending to an amazing camp. It was the final and longest day - 150km of sweet West Marin cycling, taking in some of the best Marin has to offer in a single day. The day dawned clear and stayed that way. With warm descents and shady climbs, it was perfect for cycling.
The early starters left with a one hour advantage, and the main group caught them at the perfect time - just before a planned stop for some nice baked goods in Pt Reyes Station. We then rolled down Hwy 1 to the biggest climb of the day of Bolinas-Fairfax rd, where the group split and did their best efforts on the steep climb - a repeat of the first half of Day 3's climb. That was followed by the descent to Alpine Dam and then the return ride home via Fairfax.
Marin camp 2010 was a special one. The routes, support staff and weather all were at their best. More importantly, however, the group were cohesive and supportive of each other like none I have seen in previous years. We did a lot of work on mental training as well as goal setting and getting the best out of each rider each day. Several personal records were broken and riders discovered inner strength they didn't know they had.
Thanks to Jeb Stewart, StudioVelo, Cyfac, Quarq Technology, LifeCycle Adventures, and Training f/x for helping to make this camp the best ever. Most of all, thank you to all who came and rode - your passion for our sport and dedication to improving your performance inspires us to give you the best of our knowledge, experience, and focus. I hope you all come back in the years to come.
Here are a few photos from the day. More to come soon.
Climbing in West Marin:
Riding along Tomales Bay:
Our bikes at the Bovine Bakery:
Climbing away from Bolinas: