Arapahoe|Hincapie p/b BMC Trains in Blue Ridge Mountains and Sweeps the Highlands of Northern Georgia

Photography by Brian Hodes/VeloImages

Arapahoe|Hincapie p/b BMC spent the past two weeks in Greenville, South Carolina training on the same routes that retired professional cyclist George Hincapie—who also serves as the team’s general manager—rode while training for the Tour de France.

Greenville is located in Upstate South Carolina, an area known for its spectacular mountain routes that challenge cyclists with their continual rolling routes, as well as technical, winding descents. The team spent their time together at Swamp Rabbit Lodge, a “cycling haven” located right near the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Halfway through training camp, the team traveled to the Highlands of Northern Georgia for the Tour of the Southern Highlands, where they took the top seven GC spots. Ben Wolfe, new to the team this year, took second in Friday’s time trial, while TJ Eisenhart, Brendan Rhim, Andzs Flaksis, and Miguel Bryon all landed in the top 10. The team then took the top nine spots at the evening crit, followed by the top five spots in Saturday’s circuit race. And through the downpour of the last stage’s road race, Tanner Putt still managed to take first.

Says Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven: “Getting the team together and pulling the riders and staff from a training camp situation into a difficult three-day stage race was great for everyone.  We were able to fine-tune the process and figure out where we need work.”

Next up, the bulk of the team heads to Europe to race in the Tour of Normandie, while a few will stay in South Carolina to race in some area fondos and criteriums.

“I feel really good about how the team and staff has come together over the last two weeks,” says Craven. “This time together lays the foundation to the success we want to have this season.  Though we’re a smaller team this year, we’re still just as crazy.”