words: Aria Kiani images: Mike's Bikes
For the last day of camp, we set out on the Chileno Valley Grasshopper course put together by the Grasshopper Adventure series. Starting from Occidental, 80 miles with 7k of climbing.
The day started with an array of breakfast options prepared by Team Acca. To start, homemade waffles, eggs, oatmeal with an assortment of grains, and the crowd favorite, a mango carbo-loaded smoothie. Chef Matthew Accarino sources his ingredients himself for the finest quality to fuel our riders. We are entirely grateful to have such a talented chef who races himself and knows exactly what cyclists need. He was able to join us for our last epic adventure of this camp.
The run along Highway 1 consisted of sweeping high-speed turns. We were rotating in a double pace line at over 30mph with Chef Acca by our side. Wilson Hill was the next big feature; 5 minutes long at 10% gave a little test to our early season legs. We put in another big effort on Chileno Valley, where coastal winds became unpredictably gusty and where our new Venge ViAS felt most at home.