After their team presentation in Beijing, Champion System flew to Wuzhishan, Hainan Island for team training camp. And on Day 1, Malaysian spritner Adiq Othman is all smiles.
Current Estonian National Champion Mart Ojavee, who’s compiled 8 pro wins over his career, looking calm, cool, and collected.
Former Lampre rider King San Wu, of Hong Kong, prepares for a misty ride.
Kun Jiang, of China, shows off his Oval Concepts bars.
Malaysian sprinter Anuar Manan picks up some speed through Hainan’s hilly outskirts.
Kiwi Clinton Avery and Australian Aaron Kemps take the lead.
Not a bad spot for a training ride.
Belgian Gorik Gardeyn tells Sport Direct Ed Beamon how much he likes the weather: 62 Farenheit, cloudy, and humid – perfect for riding.
Gorik, with numerous stage wins to his name, will be leading the squad in the team’s first Classics appearance at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in his native Belgium at the end of February.
German Matthias Freidemann looking quite content on his SST.
Matthias and Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu, a 1999 TDF yellow jersey wearer, pedal along with ease.
For Day 2, Ed suited up for the ride.
Clinton and Adiq share a laugh.
Ed, always looking for a good opportunity for a joke, poses with his panda hat, which has Aaron Kemps smiling.
Ed chats with his team before embarking on their 4-hr ride.
Joris Boillat and Gorik Gardeyn have certainly distinguished themselves as the jokesters. Here, Joris kisses Mart for the photo. Mart doesn’t even look surprised!
Bustling around on Day 3.
Kin San Wu chats with Champion System Executive Manager Louis Shih, who can’t help but admire Wu’s bike.
Laura Lepasalu and Jennifer Woodward are the team’s two soigneurs. Laura has a degree in kinesiology, while Jennifer specializes in physical therapist and has been an experienced soigneur in the pro peloton for many years now. The two work incessantly to ensure that that the riders and staff have all they need to perform at their best. Without them, no team could function – let alone succeed.
Kun Jiang talks with Zhe Shi, an invaluable member of the team. She serves as both executive assistant and interpreter for the Chinese riders that are in the process of learning English: the official language of the team.
Dr. Aaron Rowland doles out some advice to his riders before the morning ride.
7-time Asian BMX Champion Steven Wong and Aussie sprinter Aaron Kemps check an app that measures oxygen level.
The team’s tremendous videographer, Bun Siu Mok, films a grinning Clinton Avery – 2007 New Zealand National Mountain Bike Champion – as he exits the hotel lobby.
Team Doctors Dawn Richardson and Aaron Rowland pose with members of the squad.
Gorik donning a bandana and a smile.