Team NetApp Mini Camp: Team Building

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November 12, 2010
Written by Steven Cozza

Team NetApp’s first camp was held at Hotel Chartea Crawhez in Clermont on the border of Belgium and Germany. I flew all the way from Petaluma, California, where I live, for the camp. The first Team Camp is always very important because its where you meet your new teammates, do team photos and get fitted for all the clothing.

The Belgian weather was at its best with freezing wind and rain. The freezing temperatures made it a challenge for our team photos. This was not a photo shoot for runway models. Only true warrior athletes like my teammates could handle a photo shoot such as the one we did at camp.

The Chatew Crawez setting was perfect for our team camp. At least inside that is. It was a very cozy and intimate environment – perfect for us all to get to know each other. Warm soups were served for lunch and gourmet German/Belgian dishes were served at dinner such as deer with knodli. Knodli (my favorite), I later learned is a typical Bavarian dish. After meals, the team all pitched in to get the dishes done. Washing dishes as a team was actually really fun and a good way to work on teamwork. I figure if we can all do the dishes together, racing together will be very easy! Ha ha.

Steven Cozza Team NetApp Mini Training Camp

Other activities we had were meetings, health tests, fitness tests and interviews. The first meeting we had was with the Anti Doping Control. We have all heard this speech every year, but its important for them to continue to educate the riders about the process and how to keep them informed on our whereabouts.

The second meeting was with Hohenbalance, an altitude training system company. Team NetApp is making two of the rooms at the Team house altitude rooms. The speaker explained to us how the system works and when and how to use it to best increase our performance. It was all very interesting and exciting that the team is investing in healthy, natural ways to improve our performance.

Next, each rider had an individual meeting with directors Ralph, Jens and Enrico. This meeting was to discuss with us our job on the team as well as our race schedule for the coming racing season.

The health checks we did were done by our team doctors and it looked like a science project. During the ECG test, I had wires attached all over my chest and back to monitor my heart’s functions.

The most painful part of the camp, even more painful then the photo shoot, was the fitness test. XP sports group is working with the team along with SRM, so they decided to come to camp and torture us with a physio test. We had to ride on the SRM fitness bike for over 20 minutes with the watts increasing every 3 minutes by 40 watts. Congrats to Jan Barta for destroying the test with the greatest power output. I’m glad Jan is my teammate this year! All the guys did extremely well, especially considering it is only November.

With a great November camp completed, I am now headed back to California to train for the winter and be with my family, fiancee and friends. I will be back in Europe for the team presentation in Amsterdam on the 12th and 13th of January. The teams first real training camp will be in Majorca from January 17th to the 30th.

I leave this camp and my teammates with great excitement and motivation for the coming season.

Thanks for reading,

Steven Cozza

Steven’s 2012 Road Race Schedule, Team NetApp

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Steven’s racing motto: “Never Give Up!”

Quote to begn the 2012 Road Race Season – “Judge a man by the distance traveled.” Michael Irvin, Hall of fame football player

January 11-22, 2012 Training Camp in Mallorca, Spain

"I'm an aggressive, enthussiastic rider who is prepared to give everything for success."

Steven’s Race Schedule 2012 Road Race Season

More races will be added as Team NetApp receives acceptance letters.

Team NetApp website:


:-) 5, Trofeo Palma de Mallorca, 1.1, Spain,
:-) 6, Trofeo Cala Millor-Cala, 1.1, Spain,
:-) 25, Omloop Het Nieuwsbald, 1.HC, Belgium,
:-) 26, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, 1. HC, Belgium,
:-) 29, Le Samyn, 1.1, Belgium,


:-) 10, Ronde Van Drenthe, 1.1, Belgium,
:-) 14, Nokere Koerse, 1.1, Belgium,
:-) 16, Handzame Classic, 1.1, Belgium,
:-) 21, Dwars door Vlaanderen, 1.1, Belgium,
:-) 27-29, KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, 2.HC, Belgium,


:-) 4, Scheldeprijs, 1.HC, Belgium,
:-) 8, Paris Roubaix, HIS (Historical Calender),

Steven will compete in either the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey or the Giro d’Italia

:-) 22- 29, Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, 2.HC, Turkey,


:-) 5-27, Giro d,Italia, World Tour, Italy,
:-) 23-27, Bayern Rundfahrt, 2.HC, Germany,

Steven’s Race Schedule 2011 Road Race Season

"Steven determined to help lead his team to victory in 2011." Training Camp Mallorca, Spain

Training Camp is January 15-30, in Mallorca, Spain

Steven says, "We worked hard today. My teammates and I are focused and determined!"

:-) Races Steven knows he’ll be racing up to the Amgen Tour of California, USA
More races will be added as Team NetApp receives acceptance letters.
:-) 6th Trofeo Palma de Mallorca, 1.1, Spain,
:-) 7th Trofeo Cala Millor-Cala, 1.1, Spain,
:-) 8th Trofeo Inca-Inca, 1.1, Spain,
9th Trophee Deia, 1.1 Spain,
:-) 10th, Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova, 1.1, Spain,
:-) 19th-20th, Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var, 2.1, France,
20th, Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol, 2.1, Spain,
:-) 26th, Omloop Het Nieuwsbald, 1.HC, Belgium,
2nd, Le Samyn, 1.1, Belgium, http://www.lesamyn
:-) 4th-6th, Driedaage van West-Vlaanderen, 2.1, Belgium,
16th, Nokere-Koerse, 1.1, Belgium,
18th, Handzame Classic, 1.1, Belgium,
:-) 23rd, Dwars door Vlaanderen, 1.1, Belgium,
:-) 26th, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, 1.HC, Belgium,
:-) 29th-31th, KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, 2.HC, Belgium,
2nd, Hel van het Mergelland, 1.1, Netherlands,
6th, Scheldeprijs, 1.HC, Belgium,
7th, Grand Prix Pino Cerami, 1.1, Belgium,

"One for All and All for One"

;-) Steven Cozza =s the Paris Roubaix ;-)
:-) 10th, Paris Roubaix, HIS (Historical Calender),
13th, De Brabantse Pijl-La Fleche Brabanconne, 1.HC, Belgium,
16th, Tour du Finistere, 1.1, France,
17th, Tro-Bro Leon, 1.1, France,
24th- May 1st, Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, 2.HC, Turkey,
25th, Rund um Koln, 1.1, Germany,
1st, Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt, 1.2U, 1.HC, Germany,
16th-22nd, Amgen Tour of Calfornia, 2.HC, California, USA,
22nd, Skoda Velothon Berlin (Pro Race Berlin), 1.1, Germany,
25th-29, Bayern Rundfahrt, 2.HC, Germany,
6th, Tour de Rije, 1.1, Netherlands,
11th-19th, Tour de Suisse, UPT (Pro Tour), Switzerland,
:-) 15th-19th, Ster Elektrotoer, 1.1, Netherlands,
3rd-10th, Internationale Osterreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria, 2.HC, Austria,
:-) 31, Sparkassen Giro Bochum, 1.1, Deutschland,
Team NetApp Roster 2011 Road Race Season

Michael Baer, SUI, DOB March 2, 1988
Jan Barta, CZE, DOB December 12, 1984
Eric Baumann, GER, DOB March 21, 1980
Cesare Benedetti, ITA, DOB August 3, 1987
Dimitri Claeys, BEL, DOB June 18, 1987
Steven Cozza, USA March 3, 1985
Jesus Del Nero Montes, ESP March 16, 1982
Andreas Dietziker, SUI, DOB October 15, 1982
Alexander Gottfried, SUI, DOB July 5, 1985
David Hesselbarth, GER, DOB June 4, 1988
Bartosz Huzarski, POL, DOB October 27, 1980
Leopold Konig, CZE, DOB November 15, 1987
Robert Retschke, GER, DOB December 17, 1980
Andreas Schillinger, GER, DOB July 13, 1983
Daniel Schorn, AUT, DOB October 21, 1988
Timon Seubert, GER, DOB April 23, 1987
Daryl Impey, S. Africa, DOB December 6, 1984 – joined the team 5/2011
Michael Schwarzmann, Neo classification, GER, DOB January 7, 1991

Steven Cozza: Team NetApp in 2011

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 Friday, October 08, 2010

Being at the race Paris – Bourges last Thursday we took the chance to talk to Steven Cozza who’ll be joining Team NetApp in 2011, when he stepped out of the race, after being in a break with our rider Jan Barta right from the start of the race until the buffet.


What do you know about Team NetApp so far?

From my first races they seem very well organized. And it was cool being in a break with Jan. At least for a little bit until I started cramping. I never had cramps in my life before, so that was pretty depressing but Jan looked strong. I am sure he will continue on well in the race. It’s been a horrible day for me. But I am already looking forward to next year. The Team looks cool and I am exciting to go to the team help them grow.

What are your expectations, are there any races you ‘d prefer?

It would be cool if the team could get some of the classics. Like the spring classics, hopefully the Tour of California that would be great and maybe the Tour of Colerado. I think it will be cool to be racing with an up and coming team because I know everybody is gonna be really motivated and everybody is gonna have a real good attitude. I think that’s important. It is good for me, it ‘s good for the team and it’s good for the sponsor.

Did it matter that Team NetApp has a US company as a sponsor?

It didn’t matter so much but it’s cool that they are from California. It’s good to race for a good sponsor that’s close to home. The Tour of California just announced their stages and the tour passes by the headquarters of NetApp close to San Jose. That’ll be great then if we can get into that race. I’ve done the race three times now. It is a good time of the year, the weather is great and it would be good for the team.

How important is your families’ support to you?

Well, sometimes it can be very overwhelming (laughs). My dad helps me a lot with my race for kids fan club, which is cool because I really believe in that and it is motivating for me.

What do you do for your kids charity?

People can join my fan club by donating. All my fans can donate certain money to different youth charities for disadvantage children around the world so it’s global and there are over 20 charities on there. In return they get like an autographed card and they also get into our internal draw every month to win certain prizes like signed jerseys. Right now I raised over 8,000 USD in just under a year.

Paris – Bourges has been the first race for you racing with Team NetApp. Were you curious and did you check out our riders?

I met some of the guys, like Jan (Barta) and Andreas (Schillinger), but I didn’t get much time because right from the beginning I went in the break with Jan but I’ll get to meet them in November. I met the young guy from Belgium, too, Dimitri Claeys. So he is a funny guy. He seemed cool. He just came over and said hi.

So mid November Team NetApp will have its team meeting. What are your expectations regarding the team meeting?

I was gonna stay in Europe but since I never get to see my parents I just fly home for three weeks and come back for the team meeting. It’s a lot of flying but it’ll be worth it. I think it will be fun to just meet everybody before the season gets on the way. In addition we’ll have a training camp in January on Mallorca. I’ve never been in my live on Mallorca so that will be fun too. I look forward to that.