Photography by Andy Whitehouse
It is the weekend before Christmas and Rapha Condor JLT riders have come together for their first training camp.
Today is the day the team become the team, it will be the first time they will be given their clothing for the season, set up their team issue shoes and go riding together on their new team bikes.
They will meet the mechanics who will change their wheels during the wet races and the soigneurs who will hand them waterbottles during the sunny races.
It is the first time they will be formally come under the leadership of John Herety and today he delivers his race schedule and his aims for the forthcoming Australian training camp. He is focused. He is there to soak up the rider interaction, the rider personalities and traits. Today he will also deliver his code of conduct.
Extract from the code:
- No ice cream
- When you make a promise, keep it
- No Crustaceans
- No hats at the table
- Remember, some things are not for sale
- Always ride for the brand
- Talk less, say more