10-Jun-2011: Next week Quick-Step Cycling Team will launch the first in a series of initiatives reserved for young riders.
From Tuesday the 14th to Friday the 17th of June, Quick-Step Cycling Team will host the first “Quick-Step Training Camp” in Belgium dedicated to the Under 23 riders. It will be four days of work for some of the most promising Under 23’s coming from Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Norway, Eritrea and Latvia, who’ve accepted the team’s invitation to spend a few days living the Quick-Step reality.
“This meeting is the first step in a wider project we’re building for young riders, which we hope to realize in the near future,” explains Team Manager Patrick Lefevere. “The main objective is to introduce our reality and our work method. In this initial phase the athletes were selected based on the results they’ve achieved in the recent past. We think that direct contact with our squad and staff during the formative experience of a Training Camp can help young athletes better understand what really goes on with a professional team. We’re aware that today’s young guns will be tomorrow’s champions. There was a lot of interest from the Under 23 athletes as well as their teams, even though not all the athletes who were invited will be able to attend the meeting due to competitive duties. We will definitely repeat this project in the future.”
“The meeting will involve four days of work, during which the selected riders will be pedalling beside some of the athletes on our team,” explains the team’s trainer Tom Steels. “We’re also organising evaluation tests, group meetings and individual interviews, as well as a visit to the team’s Service Course in Wevelgem. A mechanic and masseur from the team will also be available to the athletes. It will definitely be an interesting chance to get an inside glimpse of the approach to cycling applied by some of the best Under 23 riders and gather some important feedback from them.”