The best part of joining the team is that I will be able to keep my relationship with my current bike sponsors TREK Bicycles, Bontrager and my nutrition sponsor CLIF Bar! Along with all my other sponsors! It was really the perfect situation for everybody and the excitement on the new team is very welcoming and motivating!
Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospitals was the driving force behind the change in teams. The hospital system is the premier destination for orthopedic care in the Midwest and they even provide sports nutrition and sports psychology to keep you healthy on all spectrums of the playing field. I'm really looking forward to partnering with them to promote cycling at the high school level and all other levels throughout the state of WI and the Midwest!
|Inside collar of new team clothing: Custom - Thanks Guys!|
So my first outing with the new team colors was my favorite week of the year! Junior Mountain Bike Camp at Michigan Tech University & the Keewenaw Chain Drive.
This year we had 17 campers registered. 5 days in the UP on the best trails in the WORLD! Yep, I said the WORLD. Copper Harbor has been doing some amazing things with the unique landscape they have. If you haven't been to the Keewenaw, it needs to be on your summer vacation bucket list. We were able to ride Copper Harbor on Day 2 of camp, as always simply amazing...even in the rain! After the Copper Harbor morning session we had a physiology lecture from Dr. John a professor at the University and then were able to go ride another (new to me) trail system at Swedetown in Calument. The next day we were lucky enough to be able to Demo Trek's new Fuel EX 27.5 and all the other bikes in Trek's lineup. The kids were so pumped and definitely spent most of there time on MTU's new Flow trail. Its impossible not to go down that thing with a huge smile on your face....you can also go pretty big if you want to...here is one of the campers Caleb going really BIG on the Remedy 9.8!
The camp is also based around the Keewenaw Chain Dr. a great chance to get the campers an opportunity to put everything they learned to the test. How to clean and prep a bike for a race. Thanks PRO GOLD! How to properly eat and recovery, Thanks CLIF BAR! It was also a great opportunity for me to represent my new team. I was super excited to land on the top step of the podium for Team Wisconsin! It's always a little extra motivating to win in front of the campers as well. They finish their 16 mile race just before I finish the 30 mile long course, but even more exciting is to finish and hear the war stories and the great results of all the kids.
All in all a great weekend!