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US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor training camp

Solvang, California, USA, January 20, 2004

USPS delivery

Steve Dascomb gives us a sneak peek into the first day of the USPS presented by Berry Floor training camp, as the riders prepare their bikes for the first true training ride of the season.

The team arrived on Monday, and this morning (Tuesday) was the first group ride together. Today was the first day the riders received their bikes, with the mechanics finishing the assembly over the weekend.

Ryder Hesjedal had flight delays, and did not receive his bags (and cycling shoes), so was forced to sit out the ride. Lance Armstrong was also not inattendance, expected to arrive on Wednesday.

Johan Bruyneel is expected to arrive a little late at the training camp, but he has a good excuse. Johan's wife had a bouncing baby girl named Victoria on Monday in Madrid, so a delay in getting to the camp is OK with us.

Part 2 of the training camp

Images by Steve Dascomb

Dirk Demol
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Eki and Crew
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
A few presents
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
George and Damon
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Mechanic Juan Lujan is getting the bike right
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Hincapie and Dirk Demol,
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
George Hincapie
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All lined up
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
With the fog in the background, the slow walk to the bikes
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
New lineup of USPS-Berry Floor's Trek Madone 5.9 team bikes
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
A closer look at the new Trek Madone 5.9 team rig:
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
While they aren't looking,
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CN diarist Floyd Landis
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Ready to ride,
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Rolling out
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Ryder Hesjedal is left behind,
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
New San Marco Concor
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
One of many USPS eam trucks
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
USPS-Berry Floor mechanics:
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
2003 TDF Maillot Jaune Victor Hugo Pena
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
First ride on the new Trek,
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
USPS-Berry Floor team sponsor
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The team emerges,
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Checking out the new bike
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Close-up of the new Trek Madone 5.9 team bike:
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Cockpit of the new Trek Madone 5.9 team bike:
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb
Santa Barbara bike shop owner (and Lance's 2000 TDF mechanic) Dave Letteri
Photo ©: Steve Dascomb