Ok it's a hard camp, but the psychological pressure and apparent "tv casting show setting" of candidates not knowing what's next -- sorry, I just can't see how that's a useful selection criterion. People are different, some perform best the hard way, others need a calm and reflective environment to live up to their potential.
I agree. The fact that the author was extremely sick by the end of the ten day period is a great marker of why a camp like that is a terrible idea. Pushing your athletes to that extreme, not only with exertion but food and sleep deprivation as well, is horrible and in some cases can permanently damage a riders body or mental state. Especially young riders.
As wassertreter said, pros are people too and they have many different ways of coping with stress and routines in order to be able to race well. Some are super mellow and go with the flow of everything, others are more controlling of their situations and try to keep to their basic routine as closely as possible. Both types of personalities can crack, but more often than not they are equally effective.