This is my world of cycling and just a fun way for me to share my experiences, thoughts and joy I have for cycling. Thanks for visiting Cycle Jabber and good luck in your training! Dirk Friel

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Back from Spain

Last week I was at the Predictor-Lotto, soon to be Silence-Lotto, team training camp in Benicasim, Spain (near Valencia).

Team members had medical and performance tests conducted as well as group training and lots of meetings.

The above file is from Dominque Cornu and conducted on December 13. The ride was 4.5hrs and had a CP5 value of 413w, and a CP30 of 300w.

Click here to view more details of the Dominique's file.

For more tales from the training camp please see the main TrainingPeaks Blog at
and see the team microsite for 2007 race data and interviews at:

By the way I suffered a ton each day on the training rides. I never took a pull and was happy to only have to hold onto the car on one climb. My maximum CP5 for the week was 445w and I'm sure I won't hit that mark again until about March or April in a race.

I'd highly recommend the region north around Valencia Spain for training. The Lotto team stays at the Hotel Bonaire which is just two blocks from a beautiful 10km long sandy beach. See the hotel web site at
If you are a cyclist be sure to ask for Jon. He is the resident tour guide and can help you rent a top of the line Ridley bike at a very good price. No need to travel with your bike to this hotel. Just rent a top of the line road or Ridley MTB and have fun.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Silence Lotto Training Camp This Week,
Valencia, Spain
TrainingPeaks Continues to Support Silence Lotto Team

Snow and more snow! It has finally turned into winter in Boulder, the same day I fly to Spain for the Silence Lotto team training camp.

Even though it is snowing here and ski conditions are ideal my thoughts are on riding in warm weather this week in Valencia, Spain. This is the second year in a row TrainingPeaks will be supporting and working with the Belgian ProTour cycling team. See training and racing files and pictures from the 2007 season at

Cadel Evans had an amazing 2007 season and won the overall ProTour Title. Of course Cadel also placed second in the Tour de France and 4th in the Vuelta! Great job Cadel and to all of the 2007 Predictor-Lotto team members. It was an honor for TrainingPeaks to be along for the ride and help the team manage their training and race data.

The team's name is changing to Silence Lotto for 2008. Silence, Predictor and Davitamon (the 2006 sponsor) are all owned by the same corporation and they are just simply migrating the team marketing efforts between their three product lines.

I'm excited to head to Spain and start working with new riders such as Yaroslav Popovych and continue supporting the riders who used TrainingPeaks on a daily basis in 2007. For those riders who have either retired or moved on to other teams, their data has migrated along with them and TrainingPeaks will continue to be their data management system if they choose to.

Look for a lot more data, interviews and insider images as the 2008 season develops. I should be able to deliver some pictures and training camp stories later this week. Stay tuned at Cycle Jabber and also on the TrainingPeaks blog at:


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