This past weekend, new and returning riders to the 2012 California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized road team came together in a mini-camp in Watsonville, California. The goal was multi-fold as explained by Team Manager and VP of Sales for California Giant, Anthony Gallino.
“To get all the new guys into the SBCU BG fit program and get them fit for their new SL4 Venge and on their Shivs, it’s exciting. Specialized has been incredible to us this year, we’re on the best bikes out there, the time trial bikes are the fastest production TT bikes so now it’s up to us to perform.” Gallino said.
The five new riders, Sam Bassetti, Stephen Leece, Robin and Yannick Eckmann and Rand Miller went through the extensive BG FIT (Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology) to help them ride faster, longer and in greater comfort, while reducing the chance for injury.
For some, it was the first bike fit of their career. “It’s pretty cool, I like how they go through everything and look for where you body is at and then transfer that onto how you ride on the bike. It’s good to go through the whole process to see where you are on the bike.” said Bassetti.
“I set my bike when I was like 15 years old and I’ve just been doing it pretty much the same way, fiddling with it a little bit.” explained Miller. “Apparently, my left leg is a little bit longer than my right which I would not have guessed. He basically adjusted the support in my left foot, he moved me a little further back than I normally ride, it feels good once he did his thing. Let’s hope I get faster not slower.”
“It was great, my first real bike fit for road. It surprised me that if you move the saddle forwards or backwards, it raises you.” laughed Yannick Eckmann.
Though Robin Eckmann had been through previous fits, he enjoyed the experience. “I think this one is a little bit personalized, this one is more about how your body functions with your bike and I felt pretty good.”
Leece agreed, “Coming in and doing the bike fit was good. I’ve had pretty comprehensive fits in the past but they did make a few slight changes that were good.”
Some of the returning riders, such as Evan Huffman, John Bennett, Eamon Lucas and Benny Swedberg, also took advantage of the opportunity to work on their position. “I’m actually going to do a TT bike fit, I want to do it to get a second opinion.” Huffman said.
Clothing sponsor Squadra was also present to provide a glimpse of next year’s team kits. “Dave Thile brought all the samples up so we can get all the fits done before hand. Just to streamline it and make it easier for the guys and when we do the final order then everything is ready.” Gallino said.
And of course the two days offered a chance to new and old to get to know each other. Gallino concluded, “Some of the guys are going to ride a little bit, we’re going to BBQ a little bit later and some of the older guys will be there.”
Huffman commented about the mini-camp. “It symbolizes the start of the year the first time that everyone is getting together.”
The next time they will all see each other will be for the team training camp, tentatively scheduled for mid-February, 2012.