First ‘building camp’ in history of Alberto Contador Foundation
Alberto Contador Foundation and its two flagship teams, the juniors directed by Felix Garcia Casas and U23 from Rafa Diaz Justo, celebrated last weekend the first ‘building camp’ of its four-year history. “Unlike other years have done a camp without bikes, with different activities and with the primary aim of building team, to know each other better”, says its manager, Fran Contador.
A total of 26 riders, 13 juniors and 13 U-23 plus 11 staff members, “we have spent the weekend in a hostel of the Madrid Range performing multi-adventure activities with the idea of boosting the team spirit, which is how we understand cycling”, continues the manager of Alberto Contador Foundation. “The first day began with a surprise approach walk of 34 kilometers, of which more than half were made overnight. We left at 15:30 h. and arrived at the hostel at 22:30 pm, where dinner was ready”.
The biggest surprise was that instead of what everyone expected, a good sleep, after dinner came the order to return to put again the boots to keep walking at winter night. “It was a critical moment, in which we could observe the response of each of us in extreme situations and extreme fatigue. “It was just a psychological test, because after a few kilometers we returned to the hostel to sleep”, Contador said.
The second day of work was dedicated to “multi-adventure activities such as archery, orienteering circuits, zip line, viewing a movie, etc. although at the end of the day, again we went for night walk, climbing on foot to the Canencia pass, which became especially hard by the accumulated wear in the previous day says Fran Contador, very satisfied with the outcome of this new experience.
The manager of the Foundation is already thinking about the next call. “Now we begin to work to get everything ready for January, when we will do the first training camp of the year, where the calendar of 2016 will be planned and wiil do the first bike trainings already with the colors of the new main sponsors of Alberto Contador Foundation, RH + / Polartec”.
In his opinion, what will be the fourth season of the junior team and third of the U23, “will be characterized by the involvement and commitment of all our riders in this project. Especially the older ones, the under 23, who know they are in the right place to become professionals and they will fight for it”, concluded Fran Contador.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).