The Quick-Step Cycling Team training camp dedicated to Under-23 riders ended today. Ten athletes from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Norway, Eritrea and Latvia had the privilege of living the day-to-day reality of Quick-Step Cycling Team. The project is part of a larger group of initiatives dedicated to young riders that the team has been putting into place for the past few weeks.
“It was a great experience, both from the professional and from the personal point of view,” said sports director Tom Steels, who followed the training camp daily. “The boys trained every day for about four hours, on different routes. We also held meetings on topics such as mental coaching, dietary habits and training. We noticed that the riders were very interested in our working method. This training camp was a positive experience also because of the relationships the young riders were able to build with each other. After an initial ‘getting to know each other’ stage, the boys, guided by our staff, started to interact with each other, thanks to moments we created on purpose in order to enhance the team spirit. It’s really been a great experience, from which our team has managed to learn a lot in terms of the dynamics between young athletes. We believe that every rider returned home enriched by this experience, benefiting from the interaction with people from different countries, too. It’s most definitely a project we should repeat.”
“This camp was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said one of the rider invited “It is impressive to see how a real pro team works. I was very happy to be part of this camp, as the team gave us the possibility to learn things and, last but not least, to meet interesting people.”