Thursday, July 15, 2010

“Massimo Fondo” Training Camp with Levi Leipheimer and Dr. Max Testa

Press release from the Levi Leipheimer King Ridge GranFondo:

Levi Leipheimer partners with BMC Racing Team’s Scott Nydam and cycling physician Dr. Max Testa to host exclusive GranFondo training camp in Sonoma County.

Combining local knowledge, years of professional cycling experience, and the scientific expertise of the sport’s most celebrated training physician, the “Massimo Fondo” training camp will coach twelve riders on Sonoma County’s most famous routes as a benefit for Levi’s GranFondo charities.

SANTA ROSA (July 15, 2010)—Training for an epic event like Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo just got a little bit easier. Team RadioShack’s Leipheimer is teaming up with famed BMC Racing Team’s cycling physician Dr. Max Testa and BMC Racing Team’s Scott Nydam for a 3-day, elite level cycling training camp in Sonoma County. This is a unique opportunity for a few lucky people to experience the home turf of one of the world’s top cyclists riding by his side and under the medical tutelage of his own sports doctor. As an additional incentive, all proceeds from this exclusive training camp will benefit Levi’s GranFondo charities and cycling initiatives.

Convening August 4th, 2010 and finishing August 8th, twelve cyclists will have the opportunity to undertake a true, three-day training block experience as they are guided through reconnaissance rides along the Gran, Medio, and Piccolo routes of Levi’s GranFondo. Riders will be accompanied by Nydam and Leipheimer as they traverse routes known as much for their beauty as their challenge. BMC Racing Team’s mechanic Rich Sangali will be providing bike inspections and tuning throughout the Massimo Fondo camp.

Off the road, riders will have a personalized bike fitting to maximize efficiency and comfort, a lactate threshold test to determine effective training parameters, and a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Testa to discuss individual strengths and improvement areas. All Massimo Fondo riders will leave with a personalized training plan they can continue to improve and refine with the guidance and feedback of Testa and his assistants up until the day of the GranFondo. Massimo Fondo participants can also expect invigorating professional body work by a team of hand-picked massage therapists, led by Brenda Phelps, Team RadioShack’s own soigneur.

In addition to the physiological benefits, participants in this event will be awarded a spot in the Levi’s GranFondo route of their choice, including the long ago sold-out Gran route. Massimo Fondo training camp participants will be given the full VIP treatment at Levi’s GranFondo, including a complimentary ticket to the October 7th Festa de Fondo auction dinner, access to VIP receptions before and after the October 9th main event, and exclusive mementos of their Massimo Fondo training camp experience.

“Learning and training with Levi under Max’s programs have taught me what details I need to pay attention to, how to address them, and why, “ says BMC Racing Team’s Scott Nydam. “It helped me grow fast in a sport in which I got a late start.” The twelve available spaces in the Massimo Fondo training camp and fundraiser will retail for $5,000 each, including lodging. Spaces for this once-in-a-lifetime event are expected to fill quickly. For information and booking, check out or

Photo: from 2009 Levi Leipheimer King Ridge GranFondo

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