California Training Camp with Richie Rude, Bruce Klein & More

Jan 4, 2020
by PerformX  

Words by Todd Schumlick

For fall 2019, the PerformX MTB Training Camp in Southern California was once again the gathering place of choice. With great weather and riding conditions, access to a world-class training facility, and an ever expanding MTB network, the location is pretty prime.

Day 1 started with training instruction and guidance at The W Training Center in Widomar, also a training hot-spot for top professional motocross and other various action sports athletes. All PerformX athletes had already started their individual training programs the weeks prior to the camp, so the primary focus was placed on exercise technique, group training challenges, and new training exercises/routines to come.

Following instruction, things got ramped up in a hurry! “Ok, everyone... Let’s see what you're made of” I told the athletes. It was time for the ritual PerformX fitness challenge, where strength, power, speed, stamina, and agility are put to the test. Richie Rude and Bruce Klein go in the red zone with box jumps. The sled push challenge was also good for the soul (in addition to quads and calves).

After a quick stop for smoothies and snacks, Day 1 continued with an afternoon ride on local Murrieta trails. This was to be the location of Day 2 timed stage racing, so it was time to practice and get a feel for the trails and terrain. Even after the fitness challenge that morning, everyone was all smiles once the knobbies hit the prime SoCal dirt.

After finishing up season 2 of “The Privateer”, Adam Price came to grind things out with the other PerformX athletes.

bigquotesThere aren’t any privateers or factory stars at this camp, only athletes who must have the will and want to succeed.Todd Schumlick, PerformX

Time to put on those race plates. Day 2 was race day! Conditions couldn’t have turned out better, with everything from hero dirt to wet slick.

Richie approved. Squamish’s Spruce Race Timing provided hardware and data support. As they say, the clock don’t lie!

Paul Serra hooks in to some prime SoCal terra firma.

Richie Rude with Bruce Klein in tow. Who has the advantage - a single crown champ (Richie) or local ninja (Bruce)?

Horns out! A well deserved lunch break and snacks between stages 1-2 and 3-4.

Even a World Cup winner loves a good enduro race. Rising star Seth Sherlock turns one down in the mist.

Day 3 started with Kettlebell training. Addison Bain led the group through warm-up and instruction, focusing on strength, mobility, and MTB biomechanics.

Knees up boys!

Following the morning gym session, it was back on bikes for some on-bike training.

Richie (Rude) leads the on-bike coaching on Day 3. Rip. Push. Repeat.

BC ripper and World Cup competitor Kendall McLean is focused on a strong 2020 season, and from the look of things at camp, it should be a strong year!

Look out for Scotsman Calum Wilson at EWS events this coming. He’s no joke!

Spokane, Washington's big man Alex Anderson enjoys a good triple. Pull hard bro!!!

Sunday Funday! Day 4 was all about sunshine and smiles. What an amazing day to wrap up the camp.

Who went lower, Bruce or Richie?

Pretty much sums it up!

Hit me up if you have any training questions...


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  • 129 51
 I wonder if sharing water bottles is okay?
  • 74 60
 Get over it.
  • 16 0
 Are those two "kettle bros"?
  • 32 13
 Came here to make a water bottle joke. I see you've got it covered. Until next time!
  • 64 0
 Where's Mike Levy to humble them?
  • 46 0
 So much bro.
  • 27 10
 Reach arounds and motivational handjobs abound.
  • 44 9
 Looks like Pros, taking their business seriously...brings out all the PB trolls. ya'll suck.
  • 3 0
 seriously. took a selfie with gwin one time at sea otter with my arm around him (insert "gwelfie" joke) and the dude was built like a brick. i hit the gym but wtf... pros gotta do what pros gotta do. next level skillz plus gym equals moar.
  • 51 24
 Never skip ‘roid day!
  • 27 3
 Good job Adam, cool to see you in the pack Smile
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  • 12 0
 Let’s give these guys some credit- who else does leg routines and then goes riding? I would cramp up in a millisecond
  • 13 0
 Richie's legs vs the others in the "knees up" photo...
  • 15 6
 Where are the women? Every gym rat knows guys lift more when there are women around:

[lbs you'd put on the bar if you were by yourself] x ( [hotness of woman out of ten] / 0.69) x 10 = % increase on what you actually put on the bar
  • 6 0
 I did the math, a little higher than I imagined. 34,200%
  • 1 0
 @henricksen: oh damn. I shouldn't have had the first part of the equation where it is. It should be in the right of the equals.
  • 8 1
 Shame there’s not more photos of the ballet training, never knew that was a good cross training platform for MTB racing ;-)
  • 18 0
 I know I'll get roasted for this, but back in the day I had to do some ballet training for a play I was in. That kicked my butt more than any martial arts or sports training I ever did. I've been around athletes of all types my whole life and the top two toughest as far as enduring punishment I've ever come across are dudes on the rodeo circuit and ballerinas. Go figure.
  • 5 1
 @rrolly: Power to weight wise male ballet guys would destroy these bros. Let’s see one of these dudes get their weight down to 130 and run around with a 100lb ballerina above their heads.
  • 18 0
 @jclnv: you might need to translate that for the knuckle-draggers in this crowd: That's like a Euro-roadie running around with 3 DH sleds above his head.
  • 30 0
 I'm pretty sure the guys in the last picture had the time of their lives and they owe it all to you.
  • 5 0
 Yes I swear, It’s the truth.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: And I owe it all to you...

... ye reet mucky bugger
  • 1 0
 @JohnnyVV: ha! First pinkbike comment where I actually laughed out loud
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: most male ballet dancers are actually quite big dudes.
  • 5 0
 Such a good time! Glad to get to take part! Fun riding and fun taking pictures Smile
  • 5 0
 Pshhh, haven’t they seen Peloton? The future of racing!
  • 2 0
 I want Peloton and Zwift to form their own indoor racing league. Or has that already happened?
  • 5 1
 Hope they drank delicious smoothies
  • 1 0
 The SoCal conditions are mint tight now. Get out and enjoy it summer will be here soon enough. And in the immortal words of Ricky Bobby "I'm about to pass out from the gayness"
  • 4 0
 Squats and oats
  • 1 0
 Hip draaaahve
  • 3 0
 I'd love to do this....looks ace....
  • 2 0
 Don't want to get off track but do Richies dorks look like 36mms or closer to 38mm?
  • 10 1
 You dork
  • 6 0
 37.8+ mm, new standard.
  • 2 0
 Gonna start calling forks dorks just kicks
  • 1 0
 @Yaan: so the seals can 40mm O.D. I like it
  • 1 0
 Good to see that some dudes still have dad bods even when they are pro and pushing their physical limits. Makes me feel a little better
  • 1 0
 Google “Daniel Cormier” and you’ll feel great. Dude is pinnacle dad-bod contender.
  • 2 0
 Nice work, looks like an awesome camp PerformX!
  • 2 2
 Bro-tastic atmosphere. I wonder what's on their playlist? I'm thinking Metallica (Black album and after), Limp Bizkit, and Morrissey. I'm kidding about Morrissey.
  • 1 0
 Was awesome to see all these guys out there one day just ripping the local trails. Yew!!
  • 8 8
 They can set up slolum course around the crap piles ion the sidewalks, and bunny hop whinos, oh yes California dreaming
  • 7 9
 Don't forget the meth heads and heroin addicts . . . Love my state Frown
  • 3 1
 @ATV25: It just comes with living on the west coast. Mild winters means if you're going to be homeless you'll choose to do it out here.
  • 14 33
flag ATV25 (Jan 4, 2020 at 7:53) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: Never had an issue until liberals started running the state. Born and raised here, no problems until about 2009 or so, then it just exploded ! Funny how they say "don't feed the bears" when you go to a national park, they become dependent on it . . . I bet that same thought process would work on humans !
  • 16 2
 @ATV25: There are Fox bro’s, and then there are FOX bro’s. You must be the latter.
  • 7 4
 @ATV25: someone (Rush? Alex?) obviously fed the dumbsh*t that you are enough crap so he‘s dependent on it...
  • 6 14
flag ATV25 (Jan 4, 2020 at 11:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Heidesandnorth: Just personal observations . You obviously don't have a clue about where I live. Unemployment is at an all time low, yet zombies walk the streets with their hands out. We have an open advertisement for laborers and can't get people on the door. And no it is not a poor paying job ( $32K per year plus full benefits to start ) DUMBSH*T
  • 7 0
 @ATV25: i understand how you can make that correlation but even a quick google search shows that late 2000s is when there was a massive spike in crystal meth being shipped into the country. Removing social welfare doesn't make a drug epidemic better it simply forces them to live in even worse squalor and commit more often violent crimes. Maybe you'd like to fire back up the war on drugs? That went well...
  • 4 7
 @friendlyfoe: What's your solution ? Give them everything they need to live, watch them squander it all just to live in squalor anyway and people like myself have to pay for it. I for one call BULLSHIT on that thinking. Why don't we make them accountable for their actions and poor decisions. No one held these people down and forced them to start doing drugs or drinking for that matter. Just frustrating as hell !!!
  • 1 1
 @ATV25: @friendlyfoe Watch Seattle is Dying if you haven't already. 'Splains a lot, and even offers a solution.
  • 1 0
 @herzalot: I will check it out !
  • 7 0
 @ATV25: I believe that most people don't take drugs for fun but because their lives are too painful of a place to be in. That means drug addiction is a mental health issue. I don't spend any of my time involved in coming up with a solution. I do feel that letting those people starve on the street is a larger social burden than the financial cost of a social welfare system. I don't look at them as people taking from me, but people who are suffering.
  • 1 2
 @friendlyfoe: Come on, everyone has problems, me included. I deal with this issue all the time. I had one guy fail a drug test after wrecking a pickup (meth) his reason for using . . . " I can have sex for hours on the stuff. " Had another one last year test dirty (crack). . . "I like to party to much to stop." I can keep going but you get the idea. My employer has had it ! I've worked for him for 37 years and have never seen it so overwhelming ( drugs and booze ) Frown
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: I will agree that letting them "starve" on the street is not the solution.
  • 7 0
 @ATV25: "One of the most fundamental mistakes we make is assuming everyone else is just like us". Not everyone deals with stress in the same way and the way our emotional states affect us is completely different for one person to another. What might make you grumpy for an afternoon might be completely overwhelming to another person.

Granted many people start with drugs out of curiosity and get hooked. I remember hearing from a medical professional that meth actually destroys the dopamine receptors in your brain. This means use it more than a few times and you actually get to the point where the only way you can experience happiness is by doing more meth.

I wouldn't employ someone with a drug problem either, but I choose to look at drug addicts as people who are suffering, not people who are choosing to be lazy. People who feel whole on the inside don't need or for that matter even want drugs.
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe: But, we should do a better job of teaching/parenting these "kids". I was taught, as I assume you were, to know the difference between right and wrong. I have always looked back at my "life lessons" to make decisions. They were taught to me by not only my parents, both passed when I was young ( 8 & 22 years old ), but teachers, friends parents, friends, co-workers and the such. That is where it needs to start.
  • 5 0
 @ATV25: i had great parents who did teach me those things. The obvious problem is the number of adults who don't know them and are raising kids.

Which brings us back to why spending as much money on education as possible is a good thing. That sounds a lot like socialism though and the right doesn't seem to be super keen on that. I bring that up only since you originally blamed the problem on liberal values.
  • 3 3
 @friendlyfoe: That is the impass we are at right now. We have people "raising" children that have no business having them in the first place. Parents need to be responsible for an infant/young child's education, they should be prepared for school when they get there. My wife is a teacher's aide in kindergarten, man those kids are out of control !!! I still believe the liberal way of thinking has made the problem worse. Thanks for the good conversation on this topic. More people need to be open to listening not just "hearing'" opinions !
  • 2 0
 *forks (s**t)
  • 1 0
 Zoe should try out the bars from rowing machine
  • 1 0
 Enduro Bro!!
  • 2 1
 Absolutely sick coach!
  • 5 8
 Dont use rudes water bottle
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