The first Univega Pro Cycling Team Meeting - an arctic adventure
Snow and igloos in Switzerland
The first Team Univega team meeting for the new season took place between December 28th and 29th in the skiing area of Engelberg, Switzerland. The objective of the meeting was defined clearly; to integrate the new team members and to strengthen team spirit.
A meeting was held at the Mountain Hotel Trübsee-Hof, with the Univega manager Thomas Campana. The whole team was there with the exception of the 3 riders. Pascale Schnider is currently in Los Angeles, whilst Emma Rickards is in Australia and Joanne Kiesanowski, New Zealand. Nicole Cooke, the new leader, was present for this, her first time trip to Switzerland. Cooke seemed to enjoy the snow and splendour of the mountain landscape.
Having agreed the 2006 racing program, the team management announced the goals for the new season:
Setting such lofty goals, Thomas Campana was confident "If you have the current TT World Champion, Karin Thürig, the vice road World Champion, Nicole Cooke, and a number of good and experienced riders in the team, the expectations of course are very high for next year."
After the meeting the team walked up to the igloo village. There a tasty Swiss cheese fondue was served. Riders and staff spent the night with "comfortable" 2°C in the polar sleeping-bags in the sleeping igloo. All team members agreed: that they had suceeded in a great challenge whilst having lot of fun! The team is now looking forward to the next meeting - to the training camp in Melbourne, Australia. This begins in the first week of January.
Karin Thurig; World Time Trial Champion Priska Doppmann Sarah Grab Nicole Cooke Sarah Duster Joanne Kiesanowski Emma Rickards Sereina Trachsel Pascal Schnider Franziska Rothlin Christiane Soeder
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