A Chilly Ride in Beijing

Before heading to Hainan for training camp, the team got an early start in Beijing. Here Kung Jiang takes a pre-ride power-nap.

Matthias Friedemann smiles for the camera, eager to tell Sponsorship Manger Milay about how he is looking forward to returning to Fuji’s home turf for the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. The young sprinter form Germany was 7th in last year’s race.

A grin from Joris Boillat.

One bus for the riders, one bus for their bikes.

Australian sprinter Aaron Kemps poses for a photo with his SST. This is his second year with his favorite Fuji model, as he was member of 2011 Fuji-sponsored V Australia.

Matthias looks surprisingly content despite below freezing temperatures in Beijing.

Kung Jiang and his SST 1.0 ready for the day’s ride.

Gorik Gardeyn and Matthias flash a smile for the camera.

And they’re off!

The 85-km ride featured a pretty remarkable backdrop: the Great Wall.

Lunch break.

Joris Boillat was kind enough to make General Manager Ed Beamon a “crown” with the “left overs” from the lunch.  Ed was more than willing to show it off.

The team poses for a photo outside the restaurant. Gorik Gardeyn, clearly the emerging jokester, pulls Ed Beamon’s hat.

Later that evening, rider Kin San Wu took all the co-sponsors out for dinner at one of the famous night markets on the streets of Beijing. Here, Wu and two Champion System staff members toast their Chinese warm yogurt.

More to come from Hainan!