The Maverick Multisport Pro Team recently converged on sunny South Florida for a 5 day camp at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie. The team moved the camp further south this year to allow the athletes the ability to break away from the cold that most of the U.S. is stuck in during February and allow the pros an opportunity to stretch the legs a bit outside. Making the trip this year were members of the Maverick Pro roster, including Lesley Smith (Boulder, CO), Sarah Cameto (San Francisco, CA), Laurel Wassner (Santa Monica, CA), Rebeccah Wassner (New York, NY), Jessica Jones Meyers (Tulsa, OK), Jonathan Shearon (Tuscon, AZ) and Jake Rhyner (Clermont, FL).
It was a relaxed Tuesday afternoon as athletes arrived into West Palm Beach airport for a shuttle to the resort. A tour of the Club Med Academy facilities and their first glance at 2016 team bikes and gear were first on the agenda. Athletes were able to sneak in some late afternoon shake out sessions from travel that day before everyone gathered to indulge at the all-inclusive resort with a meet and greet with Team Director Chris Hutchens and a few industry guests that were joining the team for the camp.
Wednesday started bright and early with a team breakfast waterside. As with any camp, the first full day always provides a long list of goals to be accomplished, needs to be addressed and education to pass along. All of this is to bring athletes up to speed on the new technology and get them prepared for the rigors of the season ahead. The Maverick team enters its 3rd year in a partnership with Cobb Cycling and John Cobb personally joined the team to assist in the bike fitting of all 7 pros. John, with 40 years of history in the industry and countless cycling patents and aerodynamic wind tunnel studies to his name, brought a wealth of knowledge to the team. John met 1 on 1 with all of the athletes to discuss not just the bike but also the ability to run off of the bike. With John Cobb and team mechanic Joe Collins working side by side, all of the athletes fits were dialed to find the sweet spot that allows for maximum comfort on the saddle and power production while also maintaining the most effective aerodynamic position. Read more about John Cobb, ‘Mr. Wind Tunnel’, HERE.
Argon 18 joined the Maverick team 3 years ago as the official bike partner and with all 7 pro athletes aboard the new E119 Tri in 2016, Patrick Desnoyers, athlete coordinator for Argon 18 made the trip from Montreal, Canada to meet with the team. Patrick was able to review all of the design upgrades that make this the fastest, most comfortable and easiest to work on, triathlon specific bike that Argon 18 has ever produced.
In addition to bike fits and bike education on day 1, there was classroom time to talk specifically about the triathlon industry from a professional standpoint, media responsibilities, community outreach and brand representation. A formal dinner with the entire team and guests capped off the full schedule of the day.
Athletes crept out early to sneak in early morning swim and run sessions Thursday before the gentlemen from CeramicSpeed rolled into camp. As a new partner with Maverick Multisport, and being the first triathlon team that CeramicSpeed has ever fully worked with, the joint venture allows the USA branch of CeramicSpeed to have a professional tri team to work with and facilitate the growth of the America’s market. Both Paul Sollenberger and Ben Powell assisted with final installs of wheel bearings and reviewed with team mechanics and the athletes the CeramicSpeed Bottom Brackets, UFO chain, wheel bearings and the new CeramicSpeed OverSized Pulley System that are installed and being run on all Maverick team bikes.
With fits concluded Thursday morning the team was able to break out for team photos and great group riding. The weather proved to be perfect all week with temps hovering in the 80’s throughout. Thursday late-afternoon, the bay at the resort proved to be a welcome early season opportunity for the athletes to take to the open water for a swim session and also work on a content piece while testing out the blueseventy Helix and PZ4TX swimskin.
Friday was a bit more relaxed for the team having bike fits in the rear view mirror. Bollé, now an official Maverick team partner in 2016, has all athletes racing and training in their line of optics and also utilizing the new ‘The One’ aero road helmet. Jim Katz from Bollé stopped in to address the team and discuss the new helmet line being launched. With photographers and videographers on site, the team launched out after lunch on their E119’s for a bit of a spin on a windy afternoon towards the ocean. It gave everyone a chance to again check that the functions of the bike were all working in harmony and reinforced the beautiful handling characteristics of the bikes and the new ENVE Composites SES 7.8 wheelsets that everyone is running. Some light afternoon workouts followed up the rides and the evening was capped off with another team dinner.
With the team rolling out Saturday afternoon and long flights ahead for most, the squad opted to hit a long run prior to breakfast. The Florida heat was a great chance to test out a new Icefil technology fabric from SUGOi that the team just received as well as put a few more miles on their new Altra Running shoes. Altra recently joining as a team partner in 2016 and athletes were able to put in some quality miles over the week in their footwear. After breakfast the team went through a short Q & A on the bike travel disassembly and packaging. Now packed a ready for travel, a last dip in the pool was scored by a few and off to a final lunch meal as a team. With an all inclusive resort hosting, the athletes were able to stay well fueled and no one ever went searching to appease their taste buds. An afternoon trip south to the airport for the 7 athletes meant camp was over, training was about to shift into another gear and race season was fast approaching. The looks forward to a great season, be sure to follow the Maverick team and all of their athletes via:
About Maverick Multisport:
Maverick Multisport was formed in 2013 in the United States of America and enters it’s 4th season as a professional triathlon team. With its office based outside of Louisville Kentucky and athletes located across the US and Canada, the Maverick organization has grown to include 7 professionals, including Lesley Smith, Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner, Jessica Jones Meyers, Jon Shearon and Jake Rhyner in addition to 20 age group athletes. In the last 2 seasons the Maverick Elite squad has accounted for 23 Top 5 finishes with multiple professional wins on both the Ironman and Challenge Family race circuits while also placing athletes at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and Ironman World Championships in Kona. Find out more about the Maverick Multisport team at www.MaverickMultisport.com.
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