2012 Team Training Camp Day 1

Friday was our first full day in beautiful sunny Chico. After a late breakfast downtown and a few last minute bike tweaks, Ethan was off work and it was time to squeeze in an afternoon ride, the debut Chico ride for the out of towner’s Austin, Matt, and myself. Not really knowing what to expect our first day, we set out to lower Bidwell Park. The smooth fast trails leading through the park were very walker and family friendly and made for a great little warm up until we headed in to the rocky upper Bidwell park on a trail I later found out was called North Rim. The burl trailed reputation I had heard all week about Chico held up, the trails here really are rougher than most. Climbing up huge rock slabs and descending through fields of baby-head rocks woke me up immediately, and for the first time in what felt like months I broke a sweat and complained about being hot. Before I knew it we came out on an old roadbed and started climbing what seemed like an endless punishment. After chasing Wittler up the mountain, we all regrouped at the Guardian trailhead for a quick snack and a breather. Once everybody had recovered from our vertical miles we cruised down Guardian trail, weaving our way through the rock slabs and trying our best to stay on the uphill side of the trail. We eventually made it down the rock faces we had climbed hours before, and down to the familiar lower park trails that led us home. Ethan and Emma treated everybody that night to a delicious pasta and salad dinner, and Emma even made me a special bowl of vegetarian pasta. THANKS EMMA!- Trevor (TBone)