Pro cycling team uses Fraser Valley visit for training
January 28, 2009
Winter Park resident Jonas Carney, performance director for Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling Team, recently brought his athletes to experience the Fraser Valley.
“Grand County’s just such an amazing place and I’m just so lucky to be able to live here. It was an easy decision to bring the team here,” he said. “I’m very proud of where I live, and love it so much.”
The Pro Cycling Team, which races on the USA Cycling circuit, cross-trained and bonded Jan. 21-25.
“It was really sort of a way to kick off the season,” Carney said. “We spent a lot of time at Snow Mountain Ranch and we did a couple of team meetings, team dinners and a photo shoot.”
This was the first time the team trained in the mountains.
“Our schedule was pretty flexible,” Carney said. “We did quite a bunch of cross training in the four days the guys were here … It’s just important that everyone gets to know each other and we have some time to bond. It’s just nice to start out on a fun and positive note.
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“I think the guys had a blast. We were very lucky to have a big snow storm hit while we were here.”
Twelve riders and three staff members snowshoed at Sheep Mountain, classic skied, skate skied, and snowboarded at Winter Park Resort and Berthoud Pass.
“I’d just like to thank Snow Mountain Ranch, and the Viking (Lodge) in Winter Park,” he said. “The good people at Snow Mountain Ranch helped make it a success. They were generous enough to help us with equipment and trail passes and things like that.”
The team will have its first warm weather camp Feb. 18 in Texas and its first race in March. The season this year extends from March to October.
“Our schedule is about 90 percent based in the U.S.,” Carney said. “Our team has raced in France and Ireland and Mexico over the last couple of years.”
Carney has lived in Winter Park full-time for more than two years and part-time for the past 14 years. He’s been a property owner since 1993.
The riders live all over the country. The team recruits riders based on previous results. Their ages range from 20-36, Carney said.
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