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Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Launch
After a festive and restful few days at home in New Hampshire over the holidays, I found myself in the very familiar situation of once again hitting the road. My days in New England were efficiently stuffed with family, friends, gift wrapping, a small feast or two, Mom's birthday, and as much other home sweet home goodness as one can fit into two weeks. I then packed for a five day trip through the Bay area of Northern California before heading south to the Malibu hills for a personal mini camp followed by a massive Cannondale Pro Cycling team presentation blowout.
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In fact, I'm writing this during a layover in Atlanta en route from California to Argentina, and my fingers are firmly crossed in hope that there isn't an eruption of spandex, , sunglasses, and what seems my entire life in the airplane's undercarriage as I type.
Adding a comedic complication and increasing the pressure on my already heavily taxed suitcase zipper I received not one, not two, but three trash bags full of 2013 team kits. Yet through hard headed perseverance and maybe just a little bit of pixie dust, I've managed to stuff these three garbage bags' worth of stuff into an already beyond capacity suitcase. Voila!
It was a far cry from standing on stage and smiling for the camera, like the standard team presentation. Cannondale stepped up huge with an incredible Hollywood themed event held right on the Paramount Pictures campus. The hourlong presentation was as intricately orchestrated as an NFL half time show. And rumor has it the director of the event is Nike Air Max 95 Og Qs
It's hard not to be excited about the year ahead. The Cannondale Pro Cycling team takes the reigns from a firmly established program over the past near decade. Our five team captains, Basso, Caruso, Moser, Sagan, and Viviani, bring the ability to win every single race we enter. The energy from our presentation will spill over into Argentina. But now it's time for the legs to do the talking.
trucks, and the authentic feel of a city street party. Again: awesome.
Blockbuster video shot from our camp in Tuscany in Black Air Max 95 December accompanied Peter Sagan doing wheelies on stage, an entertaining awards show motif, an interactive introduction to the team members, managers, and Cannondale's top people, all with America's favorite cycling persona, Bob Roll, emceeing the entire show. To ice the cake, an afterparty rolled out onto Paramount's "Streets of New York" lot with a Hollywood star walk of Air Max 93 Citrus
Now I'm off to Tour of San Luis, by way of Atlanta. San Luis is a weeklong, early season stage race under the blisteringly hot Argentine sun a perfect place to take in summer warmth and test the legs before I spearhead my European campaign in late January. Packing for NorCal, SoCal, the searing southern hemisphere, and a thawing European spring is not an easy task. Fitting it into just one suitcase and a roller carry on adds to the challenge.
now off to Hawaii to direct the NFL's Pro Bowl.
Please mind you, I am not airing my grievances! I'm merely offering some of the behind the scenes anecdotes and mundane challenges that you likely wouldn't see in race reports. It's all just part of the adventure. But once in a while, something new happens, something I can only marvel at: I've been to San Luis before, I've trained and raced in California probably more times than I can count off hand, and going back to Europe is old hat by now. But something I've never even heard of before, is a big, bold team presentation like the Cannondale Pro Cycling event that just wrapped up. In a word: awesome.
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