|Year one of the post-lance era: Discovery Channel prepares for the road ahead |
Just before Discovery Channel's recent team training camp in Solvang, California several riders from the team spent time in Los Angeles and San Diego working on their time trial positions on the velodrome and in the wind tunnel. Scott Daubert of team sponsor Trek gave Cyclingnews European editor Tim Maloney a peek into the minds of riders including Hincapie, Ekimov and Danielson. Scott Daubert (R)
For the previous three years, Trek Bicycles has organized aerodynamic testing for first the USPS team and now Discovery Channel prior to the team training camp in Solvang, California in January. This year, there was an addition of velodrome testing for seven key team riders: George Hincapie, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Tom Danielson, Yaroslav Popovych, Janez Branjkovic, Vladimir Gusev and Paolo Savoldelli.
Trek uses the Allied Aerospace Low Speed Wind Tunnel in San Diego for all indoor testing to optimize the rider's aerodynamic position, and testing new Bontrager wheels and handlebars and Trek Equinox TTX time trial bike for aerodynamics. Once the intensive sessions were wrapped up, Cyclingnews spoke with Scott Daubert, Trek's liaison person for the Discovery Channel team about the experience and as always, we were rewarded with Daubert's unique behind-the-scenes insight into what makes this ProTour team tick.
"2006 is the fifth year I have worked with Johan Bruyneel's race program and it's my 13th year traveling with bicycle race teams in general," explained Daubert. www.bike-zone.com/tech.php?id=tech/2006/features/disco_prep