Earlier in the month Oscar Onley sat down to pen his thoughts on his year so far and the build-up to his first Grand Tour…
I thought it would be nice to catch up with you all again to tell a bit more about my first season so far in the WorldTour after stepping up from Development Team dsm-firmenich last season.
Recently, I came back from Kühtai, where I had my first altitude camp with the team. We had three really good weeks up there in Austria with the eight of us and there was a really nice atmosphere. We all got on really well and I think we bonded quite a lot over those three weeks. Several guys of altitude will be heading to the Vuelta, and we know each other already quite some time, as we all stepped up from the Development program. Sean and I know each other even better, because we lived near each other in our home country, Scotland. I think we have an exciting team going to the Vuelta.
Obviously, the training is pretty hard, but it was a good experience and I really enjoy these bigger blocks of training, which work quite well for me. I could really feel that it helped during the week after we came back in Tour de Pologne. I felt quite fresh at the end of the stages for the whole week and also after the races I didn’t feel too fatigued. I really liked to be able to fully focus on my training, nutrition, recovery and stuff. We had an amazing chef there who made our lives much easier by serving our breakfast, recovery and dinner, and so we could get the most out of each day of training.
Most days in Kühtai we liked to have a similar program; started with breakfast at 08h00 and we rolled out around 10h00 for a ride between four and six hours. The chef made us lunch when we came back and, in the afternoon, we sat down a bit and watched whatever race was on the tv at the time. Some of us would then also do some nice sauna sessions, which will help us in the upcoming heat during the Vuelta. In the evenings after dinner, we often played card games together, which always was the same one because we couldn’t decide on other ones. We ended up with the same game for three weeks, but by the last week – when we were all a bit tired – that was also the easiest thing to do. All in all, quite simple days but nice to really focus on training.