Last week I spent 4 busy and fun filled days in Morgan Hill, CA meeting all my new teammates on the Specialized US Tri Team. When I first signed with Specialized, I was happy and honored to say the least, however, this camp presented an opportunity to meet the people and see the "behind the scenes" work that has taken Specialized to the pinnacle of the cycling and triathlon worlds. It also gave me the opportunity to meet the athletes making up our team. It wasn't until I was there, in the presence of these people, that the reality of the situation finally set in. It was a humbling experience in every sense.
Specialized has built a top notch "Global Triathlon Team" under the guidance of Bobby Behan which includes the likes of Chris McCormack, Rasmus Henning, Javier Gomez, Simon Whitfield, etc... A "top shelf" team no doubt. However, in a move that exhibits the company's commitment to triathlon, they have seen fit to develop a "US Tri Team" with some more "up and coming" athletes. This is not to say that this team doesn't pack its fair share of firepower. What with the likes of Ben Hoffman, Melanie McQuaid, and Desiree Ficker. The week was even kicked off with the aforementioned Ben and Mel taking out the top podium spots at X-Terra Granite Bay.
There wasn't a day at Specialized that I didn't have to fight the urge to simply walk around ogling all the cool stuff. Evidence this piece of machinery. It is just one example of about twenty such "one off" bikes around the complex.
Pretty much each day kicked off with a early morning swim and the opportunity to ride was ever present. Below is the pre "lunch ride" lineup. In case images of a fun little spin in the sun pop into your head, rest assured, with the likes of Ned Overend in the bunch, it was anything but. I almost lost my breakfast.
|Product Manager and WHIZ Mark Cote talks about the development of the Shiv|
To say I am excited to be a part of the Specialized US Tri Team would be a drastic understatement. Its going to be a great year.