This week, the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld Professional and Development Team traveled to Cannondale’s headquarters in Connecticut for their preseason preparation for the long season ahead.

Their week started before I arrived to the scene, with the group getting immersed into the side of the bike industry that racers don’t often see. Everyone from Tim Johnson to Harrison White got to meet with the sales reps, accountants and the other folks who ensure that the business side of the brand is running smoothly. The following days were filled with technique training, riding, team building exercises and dialing in the elements of their cyclocross bike before the season begins.

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Riding through the Paces

Tim Johnson took an active role walking the team through skills and drills. © Andrew Reimann / Cyclocross Magazine

Tim Johnson took an active role walking the team through skills and drills. © Andrew Reimann / Cyclocross Magazine

With Stephen Hyde joining the roster for 2015, one of the biggest questions for the team was how the rest of the team dynamics would play out. In a press release in March, Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld directly cited that “Tim Johnson will be transitioning to a mentoring and leadership role.”

Johnson’s role as a leader was readily apparent throughout the weekend. Not only was he taking an active role examining the techniques and correcting mistakes, but he also devised a full training session that built up the skills for everyone on the course. The big focus for the day was transitioning the base that the riders built up in the offseason and putting everyone’s brains into the cyclocross mindset.

The team also had media training.  © Andrew Reimann / Cyclocross Magazine

The team also had media sensitivity training in the week, laying out some of the best practices for dealing with those pesky journalists and putting on the best form on social media sites. © Andrew Reimann / Cyclocross Magazine

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