Words by Gabrielle Lehnert
Today was the first day of the Northwest USA Cycling Talent ID Camp. The camp’s purpose is for junior riders to learn skills to help them improve their riding as well as for USA Cycling to find riders with the potential to race at a high level. They find that out through a couple of power tests and just by spending time with the riders and their getting to know their personalities.
I spent the morning packing and getting ready for camp, then driving to Forest Grove and checking in for camp. We went to an introductory meeting and then got settled in our rooms. The camp takes place at Pacific University so all of us are staying in dorm type rooms. I have one roommate and we get along quite well.
After getting settled in, we went for a short ride to preview the course of the 5min power test that will happen tomorrow. The course is mostly flat at first but a little bit rolling, then it goes uphill for the last few minutes. I like the course and I’m excited to see how I do.
After the ride we went to dinner at the cafeteria. There is a massive dance camp going on right now so the cafeteria was very crowded. There were 400 dancer and 12 of us cyclits. The food was surprisingly good and there were lots of options to eat. When we finished dinner we had a little down time before we met up for a PowerPoint about time trialing, played a cycling trivia game [which Gabrielle won…], and designed a training diary as a group exercise. I learned a lot from the presentations and will definitely learn more in the coming days. Now it’s time for bed to rest up for the time trials tomorrow.