Team Training Camp, DNA Racing Style
For the second year DNA Racing headed to the Oteka D Ranch hidden in the hills of southern Oklahoma for the teams’ pre-season training camp. With the focus placed on team building and intensity the teams’ camaraderie not only benefitted on the bike but also in the post ride team discussions. Temps were mild for January, with the exception of a few showers and early morning fog, it was the perfect time to break in the new Cannondale bikes and settle into the Curve, Inc. chamois.
Mark TeRuki of TeRuki Training, the teams coach, not only planned out routes for each days ride but also team building exercises and drills. There were rides planned for each day ranging from 50 miles to 120 miles with back to back rides on Friday for the Elite team. The Elite riders rolled out early Friday morning for a breakaway simulation ride and then returned in time to refuel and begin their second ride of the day with the Development & Junior Development squads.
Team training camp plays an important role of not only testing each member’s fitness but also providing an atmosphere that allows each teammates true personality to come out. Many miles were logged, team trust and confidence was gained, and team spirits were at an all time high as we left the ranch.
For 2013 the team has high aspirations for the regional racing scene with their focus set on Tulsa Tough, the Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic (which is hosted by DNA Racing), and the Oklahoma & Texas State Championship races.
DNA Racing partnering with SandRidge Energy introduced the Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, a Category A race that paid out over $25,000 in 2012. The Pro-Am will be back for 2013 and looks to be even better. All proceeds from the Pro-Am go to benefit White Fields to help them continue in their effort in giving young boys who have been neglected or abused a new start.
DNA Racing’s Elite Roster is made up of; Aaron Highfill – OK
Andy Chasteen – OK
Chad Hodges – OK
Erin Elliott – OK
Evan Bybee – OK Frank Cusimano – TX Justin Reddell – TX Kyle Barnes – OK Phillip Snodgrass – TX Rob Green – OK
Tony Baca – MX
Along with those mentioned above DNA Racing also includes a Development Team for those entering the ranks from Category 5-3 and for 2013 a Junior Development Team featuring some of Oklahoma’s premier junior riders. Last but not least, the best support possible in Biff Stephens.
DNA Racing Cycling Team