Training Camp Day 2

Saturday we fueled up with a hearty breakfast and waited for Sean (Dugan), Aren, Kevin, and Hyland to arrive to the house so we could head to Oroville. We met up with Bekah at the afterbay, who had just driven up from Davis, and then headed to the trailhead. We started with a mellow roll up the dirt road to the cow trails of Oroville Dam. These trails are super fun- twisty, rolling single-track that gradually meanders up towards the dam. The group was keeping a fast and steady pace with a few stops to re-group after creek crossings. It was super fun to be near the back of such a strong and fun group of riders. I was instantly impressed with Bekah’s steady cadence on her big travel bike and her technical skills. At the top of the cow trails, we crossed over top of the Oroville dam and stopped to fill waters and eat snacks. We then rolled out on the steady double-track trails towards Loafter Creek. The group was pushing hard with everyone in their big rings cruising along like a freight train. We stopped for a brief brake by the lake and Dugan couldn’t help but light a fire despite the fact that it was 70 degrees and sunny- who doesn’t like to play with fire? And Aren took a quick dip in the lake- brrr! We continued on the rest of the ride, keeping a steady pace with lots of banter and heckling. We crossed back over the dam and did a quick look on Potter’s Ravine trail including a fun descent down Dead Cow. We then rolled the rest of the way down the hill and back to the cars. In all, we were out riding for 4 hours and got in 32 miles of trail. After changing at the car, we went to La Esmeralda market in Oroville and had some delicious pastor tacos and other treats. We ended a great day with dinner at Burgers and Brews in downtown Chico and some team bonding at the house. I enjoyed hanging out in the living room and hearing Trevor’s hilarious stories and checking out Bekah’s high tech grading system for the high school she works at. Psyched on my new teammates!- Emma