My PRO team cycling weekend
I am not one of those lucky people who wins stuff. I don’t win bike races, free lunches or ebay auctions. But a few weeks ago, I won a CycleTo giveaway. Its weekly drawing is usually for socks, a musette or – if you’re lucky – an autographed jersey. But I scored a day riding with Team Vera Bradley Foundation (formerly ValueAct Capital Women’s Pro Cycling Team) at their pre-season camp in sunny San Jose, Calif.
Divine providence? Perhaps. As a rookie freelancer on the cycling news scene, trying to balance my passion and my real job, this is a huge chance for me to rub elbows, write stories, shoot video and take pictures. So even though I started the year with only three days of vacation, I took two. Four-hundred dollars worth of plane tickets, a new bike bag, a really cheap hotel and a bitch of a time renting a car (I’m under 25) later, I have a plan for a really exciting weekend.
Right now, I don’t know too much other than I get to join the team for a tour of Specialized headquarters on Friday, March 5 and ride with them the following day. I get to talk to whoever I want (including 2009 U.S. NRC points champion, Alison Powers), tag along in the team car, ride my bike and generally worm my way around amidst a group of kick-ass cycling women.
But like I said, I’m a rookie. My biggest goal is not to make a fool out of myself, so I am requesting suggestions for how to “hang” with a PRO team. Also, what questions would you like me to ask the team members? (If you are a guy, please don’t ask me if I can forward a marriage proposal.)