Novo Nordisk riders team-building with former US Navy SEALs (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Novo Nordisk riders team-building with former US Navy SEALs (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Even professional cyclists gets rude wake-up calls and get thrown into team building fit for US Navy Seals! Spartan up, guys!

Off-season team training camps are getting underway, and US-based Professional Continental Cycling Team Novo Nordisk united for a surprise team-building exercise with former US Navy SEALs and special operators located in San Diego, California.

Novo Nordisk training burpees on the beach in San Diego, California (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Novo Nordisk having burpees for breakfast on the beach in San Diego, California (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

NovoNordisk-NavySeals-3

Getting tough, team-building with former US Navy SEALs (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

The 18 cyclists thought they were meeting for a regular team camp but were instead surprised with a 4 a.m. wake-up call Monday to take part in a series of rigorous team-building exercises led by Acumen Performance Group (APG), a program founded by former US Navy SEALs that specializes in enhancing performance in a dynamic, high-stress environment.

APG led Novo Nordisk riders through a 36-hour intensive development program that was designed to promote leadership and team building.

Flipping tyres, keep imagining they are donuts!  (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Flipping tyres, keep imagining they are donuts! (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Carrying sandbags across the beach.  (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Carrying sandbags across the beach. (Brian Hodes / VeloImages)

Novo Nordisk 2016 roster: Andrea Peron (Ita), Ben Dilley (USA), Brian Kamstra (Ned), Charles Planet (Fra), Chris Williams (Aus), Corentin Cherhal (Fra), David Lozano (Esp), Gerd de Keijzer (Ned), James Glasspool (Aus), Javier Megias (Esp), Joonas Henttala (Fin), Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel), Martijn Verschoor (Ned), Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra), Nicolas Lefrançois (Fra), Ruud Cremers (Ned), Scott Ambrose (NZl) and Stephen Clancy (Irl).

Source: Cycling News