CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo VIP Camp

  • Santa Ynez, CA
  • Nov 6 - 11, 2017
  • Cycling Specialty

Is this camp right for me?

Fitness Level:
? Athletes of all fitness levels welcome. Beginners and slow experienced riders to moderately- and highly-fit athletes. Our professional coaches divide the camp into groups so you will be with riders of similar fitness.
Everyone
Skill Level:
? Road: Comfortable riding side-by-side, drafting, drinking on the go. MTB: Ride blue and some blue/black (intermediate/advance) singletrack.
Comfortable in a Group

SOLD OUT!

Join Us At This Camp Next Year! You Can Still Sign Up for the Fig Fondo.

SIGN UP FOR FIG FONDO

We couldn’t be more excited to show off the Santa Ynez Valley with our inaugural CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo!

Hundreds of cyclists will join us for the first annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, but only a dozen will be our VIP guest athletes for the entire week leading up to the big event. Join Chris Carmichael and top CTS coaches for this week of great riding, exceptional CTS support, delicious meals, and VIP treatment at this all-inclusive cycling camp. You’ll stay at the luxurious Santa Ynez Inn and join our professional coaches for the best rides of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara. Your bike will be cleaned and tuned daily by professional mechanics and you’ll experience daily massage and ride feedback from a personal coach. You’ll also have a reserved spot at our pre-fondo VIP dinner and a front row call-up on the morning of the Gran Fondo. Whether you’ve been a loyal CTS Athlete for years or just want to experience the best of the services we offer, you are invited to join us for the week-long VIP Experience. But hurry as spots are limited!

Camp Includes:

  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Daily use of a PowerTap Wireless Wheel System
  • Professional Mechanics from Shimano
  • Training Presentations from CTS Coaches and outside professionals
  • Complete Ride Support with nutrition and hydration products from Bonk Breaker
  • CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo Jersey
  • Massages from professional soigneurs
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners including the pre-fondo VIP dinner
  • 6 nights lodging at the Santa Ynez Inn
  • Entry in either the Fig Epic or the Fig Loop routes and a front row start at the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo
Your VIP camp experience will start with luxurious lodging at the Santa Ynez Inn – across the street from CTS and the site of the Gran Fondo start, finish and after-party. Fully supported rides, massage, daily bike cleaning and tuning, and individual feedback from our professional coaches will have you feeling like a professional cyclist all week long. You will also receive a limited invite to our pre-Gran Fondo VIP dinner and a front row start on the morning of the big ride.

Explore the Best Routes in Central California!

This week focuses on the best rides in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara. We will take a short trip to climb the famous Gibraltar Road and enjoy the scenery from Camino Cielo road. We’ll ride to Jalama Beach, through Ballard Canyon, and of course experience the entire Gran Fondo course: Figueroa Mountain, Foxen Canyon and all the rest! The Santa Ynez Valley is a destination location for cycling and we’re excited to show you the best routes.

The First Annual CTS Figureroa Mountain Gran Fondo Presented By Fig Mountain Brew

When you sign up for this camp you get an entry into the gran fondo.

Routes Include:
Fig Epic – 96 miles 8800′ Climbing
Fig Loop – 44 Miles 5200′ Climbing
Valley Loop – 31 Miles Rolling Hills

View Gran Fondo Details

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Check-In

    This arrival and check in day at CTS Santa Ynez. After dropping of your bike and a brief check-in process, you’ll join the CTS coaching staff and fellow riders for a gourmet dinner and a preview of the week ahead. If you’d like to add any lab testing or a bike fit to your camp, it’s best to arrive before 2 pm on this day. Registration is from 3 to 5:30 pm at our office in Santa Ynez. If you’re flying into the Santa Barbara airport today, we can arrange a shuttle service to your hotel/CTS in Santa Ynez.

  • Day 2 – Tuesday

    We start camp with a bike handling skills session and the CTS Field Test. Even the best pros spend time working on their skills and there is plenty to learn from the coaches leading and demonstrating the drills. The CTS field test you’ll tackle next will allow you to establish training ranges for the rest of camp. Alumni riders have a Gran Settimana option of extra endurance miles instead of the skills and Field Test. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll sit down with a CTS coach to review your Field Test data and discuss power training ranges for the week of riding ahead. The afternoon is free time and we’ll meet again for a group dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Day 3 – Wednesday

    This ride is a special treat as we shuttle down to Santa Barbara to climb the world-famous Gibraltar Road. This is one of the most challenging climbs in California, but the views are amazing and the pavement is new and smooth! The ride along the top of the ridge – on Camino Cielo – offers impressive ocean and inland valley views. With Figueroa Mountain waiting as part of the Gran Fondo, this is a chance to tackle both of the premier climbs in the region in one week. We’ll enjoy lunch in Santa Barbara before heading back to CTS for data review and massage. Dinner is on your own tonight, a chance to try a local restaurant we don’t visit as part of the camp.

  • Day 4 – Thursday

    Today’s endurance ride focuses on group riding skills as we head towards Jalama Beach. Many consider the ride to Jalama to be the most beautiful in the area, and the views as you crest the final rise to the coast are amazing. This is a technically challenging route with a deceptive amount of climbing, but we know how to customize the day for any ability level. Experienced riders will complete the 85 mile ride, while several shorter options exist for the athletes who need to save their legs for the big day at the end of the week. Lunch and power data review is at CTS, as well as massage. We’ll have a guest presentation in the evening followed by a group dinner.

  • Day 5 – Friday

    Today will be an easier day with the goal of resting the legs ahead of the Gran Fondo. Enjoy an easy cruise through the valley on some of our favorite local roads. After lunch we’ll discuss nutrition and pacing for tomorrow’s big ride. We’ll meet for the Gran Fondo VIP dinner after picking up our registration packets for Saturday.

  • Day 6 – Gran Fondo

    We don’t have far to go for the Gran Fondo as the starting line is literally right out the door. Whether you choose the Fig Epic route, or the shorter Fig Loop, you’ll have a front row start as a VIP Camp Athlete. Enjoy the challenge of the event and fun of the afterparty put on by the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. We’ll conclude the camp and the evening with a group dinner.

Additional Details & FAQs

REGISTRATION/CANCELLATIONS

A non-refundable $800.00 deposit is due at time of registration. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the camp and will be billed automatically. The credit card information used for your deposit will be billed unless otherwise arranged with the CTS accounting department.

Cancellation:

Click to view Cancellation Policy

We recommend you arrive by Monday, Nov 06, 2017. Camp registration will be from 2:00-5:30 PM on Monday, Nov 06, 2017.  The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, Nov 11, 2017.

Airports: Santa Barbara is approximately 35 minutes from Santa Ynez. LAX is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Santa Ynez (allow more time during high traffic periods).

If you’re flying into the Santa Barbara airport on Nov 6th, we can arrange a shuttle service to your hotel/CTS in Santa Ynez.

Items to pack for any of our cycling camps:

  • Bicycle: Clean, tuned and ready to ride
  • Gearing: Your bike should have a 12-27 cassette and/or a compact crankset.
  • Helmet
  • Jerseys: at least 4 (short and or long sleeve)
  • Shorts: at least 4 pair
  • Wind Vest
  • Baselayer : 1 or 2 lightweight
  • Rain Jacket
  • Arm Warmers
  • Socks
  • Cycling gloves: short finger
  • Cycling Shoes/pedals (carry these with you if traveling by plane)
  • Eyewear/sunglasses
  • Chamois cream
  • Small tote or backpack for anything you wish to keep in support vehicles.
  • Heart Rate Monitor and/or Power Meter (Power Tap or SRM or other)
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries for clean up between rides.

Items to add just in case

  • Light jacket
  • Medium weight jacket
  • Long sleeve and/or thermal jersey
  • Long finger gloves
  • Shoe covers/booties
  • Leg or knee warmers or light tights

Other items to consider:

  • 12-27 or 12-25 cassette – If you are not accustomed to climbing, are a beginner cyclists or are attending a climbing camp.
  • Bottles/mix/food – if you will be arriving before a camp begins or remaining afterward, and wish to ride, please bring what food/drink supplies you will need for your riding.

We will have sport drinks, food, spare tubes/tires, etc in our follow vehicles.  Each day we will prepare waterbottles for your bike using Bonk Breaker Nutrition and will provide you with sports nutrition products for use during the camp.

If you have any questions about what to pack or what to look for when purchasing cycling clothing or supplies, please contact us at 866-355-0645 or AthleteServices@trainright.com.

CTS is an equal opportunity service provider
CTS is a permit holder of the Los Padres National Forest

This camp includes lodging at the Santa Ynez Inn from Monday night through Saturday night. If you would like to arrive early or extend your stay, we can arrange additional lodging at the Santa Ynez Inn.

Santa Ynez Inn
3627 Sagunto Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-688-5588
Across the street from CTS
Call for a CTS discount

BIKE TRANSPORT AND ASSEMBLY

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS by Wednesday, March 5, 2017.

The mailing address for CTS Santa Ynez is:
3640 Sagunto Street, Suite 100
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 694-8651

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using BikeFlights.com.

(Please make sure your bike box/case is clearly labeled with your name)

Please check out our preferred rental shop: http://www.drjsbikeshop.com/

10% Discount Code: CTSRENTAL

CTS recommends that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your camp trip investment.

Consider travel protection for:

  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Emergency Medical Expenses
  • Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay and more.

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE & CONCIERGE SERVICES*: With a Travelex Travel Protection Plan, emergency assistance and travel services are just a phone call away from virtually anywhere in the world.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here to enroll online or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0245.

Please Note: Trip Cancellation plans are only available to U.S. Residents and/or Citizens.

*Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided by the designated provider as listed in the Description of Coverage. This is a brief description of benefits. For a summary of plan details on benefits, coverages, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the applicable Description of Coverage. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952. 1308333

CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo VIP Camp

Hundreds of cyclists will join us for the first annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, but only a dozen will be our VIP guest athletes for the entire week leading up to the big event.  Join Chris Carmichael and top CTS coaches for this week of great riding, exceptional CTS support, delicious meals, and VIP treatment at this all-inclusive cycling camp.  You’ll stay at the luxurious Santa Ynez Inn and join our professional coaches for the best rides of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara.  Your bike will be cleaned and tuned daily by professional mechanics and you’ll experience daily massage and ride feedback from a personal coach.  You’ll also have a reserved spot at our pre-fondo VIP dinner and a front row call-up on the morning of the Gran Fondo.  Whether you’ve been a loyal CTS Athlete for years or just want to experience the best of the services we offer, you are invited to join us for the week-long VIP Experience.  But hurry as spots are limited!

Camp Includes:

  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Daily use of a PowerTap Wireless Wheel System
  • Professional Mechanics from Shimano
  • Training Presentations from CTS Coaches and outside professionals
  • Complete Ride Support with nutrition and hydration products from Bonk Breaker
  • CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo Jersey
  • Massages from professional soigneurs
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners including the pre-fondo VIP dinner
  • 6 nights lodging at the Santa Ynez Inn
  • Entry in either the Fig Epic or the Fig Loop routes and a front row start at the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo

We recommend you arrive by Monday, Nov 06, 2017. Camp registration will be from 2:00-5:30 PM on Monday, Nov 06, 2017. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, Nov 11, 2017.

Airports: Santa Barbara is approximately 35 minutes from Santa Ynez. LAX is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Santa Ynez (allow more time during high traffic periods).
If you’re flying into the Santa Barbara airport on Nov 6th, we can arrange a shuttle service to your hotel/CTS in Santa Ynez.

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