Monday, April 23, 2012

Camp Evotri 2012 - Day 1

It was a calm Friday morning along the Tennessee River just outside of Chattanooga, TN. There was a quiet excitement in the house. Team Evotri arrived the evening before, keeping a promise to get together and train, trade stories, and take part in some tomfoolery. Morning chatter was brief as JP and Matt, fresh in from the west coast weren't yet used to the three-hour time shift. Others were giddy to see what was in store for the team and the weekend.

Walking out the front door treated the team to quite the sight. Steam rose gently off the water as it wound through the valley floor. The sun was just hitting the tops of the surrounding mountains and cast a warm glow on our gorgeous nook.

Morning along the Tennessee River

To keep things simple, our hosts from HUB Endurance led the team out to the road in front of the house, winding along the river, past farms, homes, and plenty of dogs. It was a great way to get the cobwebs out of the legs and prepare us for the rest of the weekend.

Team Running

Everyone regrouped after the hour-long jaunt and made our way to the home of Quintana Roo & Litespeed. Many thanks to our awesome hosts for the all-access factory tour following the cradle-to-delivery creation of a Litespeed titanium bike. The Team took some time for a photo op, and then saddled up for a ride with a few folks from QR and their Friday Lunch Ride. Though we didn't get to the big hills, the rollers were enough to wet the whistle for the day.

Team Evotri, Ready to Ride

Our next stop was at HUB Endurance for their Friday Happy Hour. We were pleased to see ZIPP and SRAM reps there, showing off the new RED components, raising money for the World Bicycle Relief. We wrapped up Friday night with dinner and drinks in downtown Chattanooga and a little bit of ice cream for the walk home. Plans were made for Saturday's ride and the stage was set for Team Michelle vs. Team Stu.