Preparations for the 2012 Season
I can remember the days of Greg LeMond showing up in the spring classics a little overweight and he would claim that he would ride into form. Meaning that he would use the early season races as training to shed off the "off season" pounds. Times have certainly changed as nowadays, riders prefer to maintain their form right through the off season. They show up to training camps in shape already, not use training camp to "get into shape." I think training camps now are more "honing their skills" versus improving fitness levels. Take for example the Lampre team as seen here, they are already v02 max testing and preparing for the 2012 season. I can't wait !