Our camp is based at the beautiful Four Seasons Wailea on the island of Maui. Ryder has a home on the island and uses it as a base for off season training. A number of other riders visit him to train as the variety and quality of the roads is incredible. And it’s all very accessible. Windswept flats, rolling hills, and giant mountain climbs can be found at almost every turn!
The routine for the camp is designed to simulate much of what the pros get at their team training camps. We start with a team breakfast, have a meeting in the team room about the days plan, change into our gear, hop into the vans and head to the riding destination for the day.
On the road we have multiple support vehicles, and support riders (in addition to the pros). The van support team will fix flats or other mechanical issues, supply food or drinks, or give you a lift if you need it. When the mechanics assembled our bikes they did not include our seat bags – because we don’t need it. We are fully supported.
While riding the pros and guides mix with the riders as if we are all club members out for a regular club ride. It’s not a situation where they ride and we chase. We are all riding together.
After the ride we turn our bikes over to the mechanics who clean them, adjust anything that needs adjusting and then prep them for the next day.
We then head off to the team lunch. It’s buffet style and held in an area away from the restaurants and other hotel guests. A nice selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta and dessert is provided.
There are four masseuses available to us – and one hour massages are enjoyed from 3pm to 6pm. After that we are on our own for the evening.