Cycling Camp – Climbing 101 in Santa Ynez

  • Santa Ynez, CA
  • Jun 21 - 24, 2017
  • Climbing Cycling

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, want to improve skills like group riding, drafting, descending, cornering. MTB: Ride green trails and some blue singletrack.
Beginner/Intermediate

It’s a supportive and comfortable learning environment for riders of all ability and experience levels.

Climbing 101 camps are perfect for cyclists looking to improve climbing and descending performance, and also looking to learn essential road cycling skills like riding close to other cyclists, basic drafting, eating and drinking on the move, etc. This is a great camp for riders who find climbing, descending, and/or riding in a group intimidating.

Nestled in a valley between the coastal mountains outside Santa Barbara and mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, this camp will teach you key techniques that help riders of all sizes and shapes excel when the road tips toward the sky. And since what goes up must come down, we’ll also help you develop the confidence and skills you need to descend quickly, safely, and efficiently.

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate road cyclists who want to get better at riding, learn about training, and those who simply want get in a good 3-day training block. Each day will include 3-4 hours of riding, and we’ll complement the work we do on the bike with coach-led training presentations on sports nutrition, training with power, and other topics. You will also sit down individually with a coach for one-on-one power file data analysis after every ride. All camp rides feature full mechanic and nutrition support and a high coach-athlete ratio. We highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 12-28 cassette, and a compact crankset, for this camp.

Camp Includes:

  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Use of PowerTap power meter
  • Daily power analysis with CTS Coaches
  • Complete Ride Support, including Nutrition and Hydration products
  • Training Presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
  • Two dinners and three lunches

Eat. Sleep. Ride. Repeat.

Three long days on the bike is a big challenge, so we make sure to take great care of you off the bike. Two dinners and three lunches are included with this camp and you’ll be treated to fresh, nutritious ingredients and enjoy dinners from some of the best local restaurants. Since you’ll be riding many more hours than you normally do at home, you will also have access to recovery tools like Normatec compression boots. When you’re not on the bike we encourage you to relax as much as possible and learn about training, nutrition, and recovery during seminars led by our professional coaches.

Explore the Best Routes in Central California!

Santa Ynez is a small town located in Santa Barbara County, near the Los Padres National Forest and just inland from the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Quiet roads and beautiful scenery await the cyclist who is ready to get back out on the bike for the 2017 season. The area is not only famous for its abundant riding routes, but is well known for great restaurants, vineyards, country inns and exceptional wine tasting rooms.

The rides during this camp are a mixture of endurance rides, skills sessions, and structured workouts. This is a training camp, not just a bunch of guided group rides. Our goal is for you to go home tired and more skilled and confident on your bike. Our professional coaches will divide the camp into groups based on riders’ skill and fitness levels so everyone is challenged and no one is overwhelmed. If you’re worried you’re not fit enough for this camp, stop worrying. We have the staff and experience to make sure everyone has a great experience.

The weather during March can vary from 50-80 degrees with the occasional spring rain shower. Please come prepared to ride in all weather conditions.

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Check-In

    This is the 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 camp. 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.

  • Day 2 – Thursday

    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. This morning’s ride is also where we practice climbing and descending technique with the stunning backdrop of Ballard Canyon. After lunch at a local restaurant, CTS coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results.

  • Day 3 – Friday

    Friday morning’s ride continues the focus on climbing and descending with a set of Climbing Repeat intervals on the lower slopes of Figueroa Mtn. You’ll use power ranges established by the field test to climb at an appropriate intensity. Don’t worry, if you don’t already have a power meter, we have one for you to use as part of the camp! The climb is tough, but the descent is also a challenge, so you’ll continue to practice the descending skills you mastered the day before. We will also spend some time discussing proper climbing technique, climbing out of the saddle and maintaining momentum through rolling hills. After a delicious lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data, we’ll discuss proper nutrition practices to improve performance. We end the day with a fun group dinner in Santa Ynez.

  • Day 4 -Saturday

    We save the hardest ride for last at Climbing Camp – Figueroa Mountain! The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this extremely challenging “hors catégorie” climb. It’s a mountain that has tested some of the world’s best cyclists, but our coaches and support staff will help you conquer it too. In the words of CTS coach Julia Gieschen: “The only people who don’t make it up Figueroa are the ones that don’t really want to.” And while this mountain will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy a spectacular ride through the vineyards, ranchland and mountains of California’s Central Coast.Camp concludes with a review of your power meter data from Figueroa Mtn and a final group lunch in Santa Ynez

Additional Details & FAQs

REGISTRATION/CANCELLATIONS

A non-refundable $350.00 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:

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We recommend you arrive by Wednesday, June 21, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00 PM Wednesday, June 21, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, June 24, 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 March 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.

Lodging not included in this camp.

We recommend:

For Friends Inn
1121 Edison Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-693-0303
2 blocks from CTS; Nice B&B owned by cyclists; Call for a CTS discount

Holiday Inn Express
1455 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-2018

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 or your hotel by Wednesday, June 21, 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)

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 is an equal opportunity service provider
  • CTS is a permit holder of the Los Padres National Forest
Cycling Camp – Climbing 101 in Santa Ynez

June 21-24, 2017
Santa Ynez, CA

Climbing 101 camps are perfect for cyclists looking to improve climbing and descending performance, and also looking to learn essential road cycling skills like riding close to other cyclists, basic drafting, eating and drinking on the move, etc. This is a great camp for riders who find climbing, descending, and/or riding in a group intimidating.

Nestled in a valley between the coastal mountains outside Santa Barbara and mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, this camp will teach you key techniques that help riders of all sizes and shapes excel when the road tips toward the sky. And since what goes up must come down, we’ll also help you develop the confidence and skills you need to descend quickly, safely, and efficiently.

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate road cyclists who want to get better at riding, learn about training, and those who simply want get in a good 3-day training block. Each day will include 3-4 hours of riding, and we’ll complement the work we do on the bike with coach-led training presentations on sports nutrition, training with power, and other topics. You will also sit down individually with a coach for one-on-one power file data analysis after every ride. All camp rides feature full mechanic and nutrition support and a high coach-athlete ratio. We highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 12-28 cassette, and a compact crankset, for this camp.

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