There is no doubt my annual trip to South Carolina is mainly to escape the doldrums of March, but this year it was especially pleasant to escape the never-ending polar vortex of 2014. Once again we loaded up at 4:30 AM to head down to a little nook in the South Carolina mountains for 9 days of riding with Ontario's finest young cyclists.
This years camp would have the youngest group down by far, but as we have seen these younger riders are being schooled and have some great support structures that foster them quicker than in the past. The idea of a 14 year going to SC for a training camp 10 years ago was a laughable notion now its accepted and a great tool for exposure to older riders and coaches alike.
It was also my first time taking a Norco Tactic down into the hills of the area, there is probably no better place to push a road bike to its limits and see what it has than in the twisty climbs and descents in the area.
The first four days of the camp were better than expected with beautiful sunny days and high temps. Our weather reports from back home reinforced how lucky we were to be down there.
After a rainy rest day we had clear blue bird days but the temps were a little lower. Still a beautiful way to finish off the camp.
The Tactic Di2 didn't disappoint the feature i noticed most was the confidence inspiring front end stiffness. There was never a doubt it was going to hold a line when needed.
Back onto the trainer for a bit, in preparation for Sea Otter in a few weeks. Hopefully we'll get a few trail days before heading down.