No, that’s not Darth Vader. It’s Allen Lim, who rides the scooter and runs the camp.
The white board says it all.
Honing the edge as the London Games loom.
BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — Taylor Phinney walks in with coffees. Nearby, his father, Davis, puts air in Evelyn Stevens’ tires. Christian Vande Velde is changing (“Don’t mind me,” he says) and Dave Zabriskie mills about.
It’s a modern-day cycling Shangri-La on this morning at Boulder’s Skratch Labs, a top-end sports nutrition company, where heralded sports physiologist Allen Lim is hosting a training camp for a few weeks for some of the world’s best cyclists. One expects Greg LeMond to walk in holding hands with Bernard Hinault any moment.
Phinney is here, prepping for his Olympic time trial and road race. Stevens is, too, putting in hard training for the London road race. Vande Velde is the impetus for camp, as he was planning on being in Boulder with Lim to make himself ready for the Tour de France.
Zabriskie is putting in miles before the Tour, and Tim Johnson is laying a painful foundation for cyclocross season, still months away but hugely important this year, as the world championships take place on American soil, in Louisville, Kentucky.
“The camp came together because of Christian, because he’s getting ready to do the Tour,” Phinney says. “Dave just came out one day because he could … and Evie and I are lucky enough to be in Boulder, and lucky enough to be friends with Allen.”
Staring a computer, trying to see which way the smoke from a nearby fire is blowing, Lim explains: “When they were all in, we decided, if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right. We wanted to do it in a big, fun way. Clear objectives, a clear plan.”
These guys (and gal) are here to throw down. Day in and day out, Phinney uploads his training into Strava, showing stratospheric climbing numbers