Mammoth Gran Fondo Endurance Camp

  • Mammoth, CA
  • Sep 4 - 9, 2017
  • Cycling Specialty

Is this camp right for me?

Fitness Level:
? Athletes in this group normally ride at least 3 days per week and feel comfortable riding 3-4 hours or up to 50 miles on a normal day (70 miles on a long day).
Moderate fitness recommended
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

Ride the breathtakingly scenic Mammoth Gran Fondo and spend the days before riding the challenging and beautiful roads of the Eastern Sierra.

Join us for a late-summer Mammoth Mountain get-away with this five-day cycling camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This camp focuses on endurance riding, coaching-based rides, and riding with power. And we will finish the week with the challenging and scenic Mammoth Gran Fondo. You will improve your cycling skills and knowledge while riding with our top coaches and learn everything you need to successfully complete the Gran Fondo. All camp participants will receive an entry into Mammoth Gran Fondo route of their choice (102, 70 or 42 miles).

In the week before the Mammoth GF, we will ride some spectacular routes in the Mammoth Lakes area. Rides include Red’s Meadow, Minaret Summit and the June Lake loop as well as Upper Rock Creek road – the highest paved road in the state of California! Previous Mammoth camp athletes have called the riding at this camp some of the best they have done anywhere in the world! Our concluding challenge is the Mammoth Gran Fondo which now has 75 miles of the course closed to traffic and includes KOM/QOM challenges on the course.

The camp is five days of riding and working with CTS Coaches. Every bike will be outfitted with a power meter and the power files will be analyzed daily by your assigned coach. You’ll learn numerous training and riding techniques and get to practice these techniques under the supervision of the coaches. Although the terrain around Mammoth is challenging, we welcome riders of all levels to this camp.

Camp Includes:

  • Daily sessions with CTS Coaches
  • Training presentations from CTS Coaches
  • Use of a PowerTap power meter during the camp and the Mammoth Gran Fondo
  • Professional mechanic support
  • Complete ride support with hydration products and Bonk Breaker nutrition
  • CTS Jersey
  • 4 dinners and 5 lunches
  • Entry into 2017 Mammoth Gran Fondo

You will also have the option to add daily massage to your week in Mammoth

Explore the Beautiful Town of Mammoth

Our camp is based out of the Village Lodge in the heart of Mammoth Village.  When we’re not riding, you’ll want to explore the shops and activities in the Village, or just relax by the pool and hot-tub.  You might also consider a scenic gondola ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain to enjoy 365 degree views from over 11,000 ft.

While a day trip to Yosemite or a hiking trip around the many great trails of the Eastern Sierra won’t fit in during our camp week, you might consider extending your trip a day before or after camp to experience more of this world-renowned destination.

Beautiful roads in the shadows of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range

Mammoth Lakes, CA is located at 7800 ft on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The town is only a short drive from Yosemite National Park and a few miles north of Mount Whitney – the highest peak in the contiguous US!

While Mammoth Lakes is better known as a winter resort town – Mammoth Mountain is home to some of the best skiing in California – it is a summer destination for MTB trails and hidden gem of great road riding.   Mammoth Lakes hosted host the 2015 & 2016 Mountain Bike National Championships and they have hosted the Mammoth Gran Fondo (formerly known as the High Sierra Fall Century) for 22 years!  Join CTS as we spend a week exploring the roads of this cycling destination.  

The weather during this time of year can vary from 45-85 degrees as a daily high temperature and mountain weather can be unpredictable.  Come prepared for all weather conditions!

The Mammoth Gran Fondo was chosen as a “top-ten century” bike ride by Bicycling Magazine for its “jaw-dropping vistas”. Situated to the east and south of Yosemite National Park the Mammoth Gran Fondo takes riders along the east side of the High Sierra with views of the Sierra Nevada Range, Mono Lake and the White Mountains. 75% of the Gran Fondo route closed to through traffic! Other highlights include: all three distances timed, KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo, Signature Pint Glass and Finisher’s Tech T-Shirt, 6 Feed Zones with Full SAG/Tech Support, Free Downloadable Photos, After-Party with Food/Beer/Live Music in the Village at Mammoth!

Learn more about the Mammoth Gran Fondo here: http://www.fallcentury.org/

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Monday

    On Monday athletes will get a chance to meet CTS coaches and relax before the challenging days of riding ahead. Camp registration and bike drop begins at 2pm. We make sure your bike is properly tuned and ready to go for the upcoming training week. At 6:30pm we will have our first camp dinner provided by CTS. The itinerary for the week will be discussed during dinner.

  • Day 2 – Tuesday

    For the first day of riding, athletes will arrive at 8:30 am ready to ride the out the picturesque “Green Church road”. Coaches will spend a few minutes discussing group riding protocol, and we’ll spend some time practicing proper pacelines and the correct techniques for riding in a group. We keep the pace easy on this first day of riding to help ease into the high altitude of Mammoth (around 8,000 ft). Our acclimatization ride will have several different length options so riders can choose how far to ride on this day based on how they are handling the altitude. Longer options will include the Mammoth Scenic Loop and a climb up to Minaret Summit. We will break for a delicious CTS lunch, followed by an individual data review of the morning’s ride. We will finish the day with dinner at Gomez’s in the Village.

  • Day 3 – Wednesday

    Today’s route will put your fitness and climbing legs to the test as we tackle the challenging Upper Rock Creek road – the highest paved road in the state of California at over 10,200 ft. The views are amazing, but the air starts getting thin if you make it to the top. CTS coaches will instruct athletes beforehand on proper climbing technique along with how to properly pace on long climbs such as Upper Rock Creek. After the epic day is finally completed, a hard earned lunch will be provided by CTS, along with a data review from the ride. After the data review, CTS coaches will provide a presentation on Sports Nutrition. Tonight’s dinner is on your own at one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the Village.

  • Day 4 – Thursday

    Our route today will take us north from Mammoth Village and on a scenic loop around June Lake and Grant Lake. We will have multiple routes available today for a variety of riding options, and while we won’t ride any massive climbs like Upper Rock Creek Road, we will do a series of small climbs and accumulate 3500-5000 ft of elevation gain and 45-65 miles high altitude mountain riding. The coaches will spend time focusing on group riding skills and conserving energy while riding in a group. Athletes will be provided with lunch accompanied by power data review and a presentation on training with power. Dinner is on your own at a local restaurant.

  • Day 5 – Friday

    Today is set aside as an easier ride in advance of the Gran Fondo. We will do a scenic and comfortably paced pedal around Lake Mary, and athletes looking for a few more miles and can do the climb to the Minaret Summit overlook. After the morning ride, enjoy the afternoon and the beautiful surrounding scenery. At 6:30 pm the group will meet for the Gran Fondo dinner at Campo restaurant.

  • Day 6 – Saturday – Mammoth Gran Fondo

    It’s Gran Fondo day! The ride begins at 7:30 am right outside of our host hotel. Enjoy the course, ride hard and smart and we’ll see you at the finish! Following the Gran Fondo we’ll enjoy a post-ride lunch and a review your ride data one last time. We’ll meet at 6:30 for a final group dinner at 53 restaurant in the Village to swap stories from the ride and recap the week.

  • Day 7 – Tuesday

    Airport Transportation to Florence airport for departure

Additional Details & FAQs

REGISTRATION/CANCELLATIONS

A non-refundable $800.00 deposit is due at time of registration. The remaining balance is due on or before August 4, 2017  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 on September 4, 2017. We will not have lodging for you prior to September 4 if you arrive earlier. Registration will be from 3:00-5:00pm. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Airports:
Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) is the closest airport to Mammoth Lakes. It is 10 minutes away and the resort offers a free shuttle service.
The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 320 miles and an approximate 5 hour drive away.
The Reno International Airport (RNO) is 165 miles and an approximate 3 hour drive away.

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.

This camp will be hosted out of the Mammoth Village Lodge.

We’ve secured a special rate at the Village Lodge in Mammoth. All rides, presentations, meals and the Gran Fondo start/finish are in the Mammoth Mountain Village, so we highly recommend you take advantage of these great rates and convenient location:
Please call 800-MAMMOTH (1-800-626-6684) before August 25, 2017 for reservations by referencing the group name, Carmichael Training Systems or Booking ID: 23385.

BIKE TRANSPORT AND ASSEMBLY

If you send your bike to Mammoth Lakes, please use the following address:

The Village Lodge c/o Carmichael Training Systems | 1111 Forest Trail | Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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

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

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

Mammoth Gran Fondo Endurance Camp

Mammoth, CA
September 4-9, 2017
Camp Price: $1999

Join us for a late-summer Mammoth Mountain get-away with this five-day cycling camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This camp focuses on endurance riding, coaching-based rides, and riding with power. And we will finish the week with the challenging and scenic Mammoth Gran Fondo. You will improve your cycling skills and knowledge while riding with our top coaches and learn everything you need to successfully complete the Gran Fondo. All camp participants will receive an entry into Mammoth Gran Fondo route of their choice (102, 70 or 42 miles).

In the week before the Mammoth GF, we will ride some spectacular routes in the Mammoth Lakes area. Rides include Red's Meadow, Minaret Summit and the June Lake loop as well as Upper Rock Creek road - the highest paved road in the state of California! Previous Mammoth camp athletes have called the riding at this camp some of the best they have done anywhere in the world! Our concluding challenge is the Mammoth Gran Fondo which now has 75 miles of the course closed to traffic and includes KOM/QOM challenges on the course.

The camp is five days of riding and working with CTS Coaches. Every bike will be outfitted with a power meter and the power files will be analyzed daily by your assigned coach. You’ll learn numerous training and riding techniques and get to practice these techniques under the supervision of the coaches. Although the terrain around Mammoth is challenging, we welcome riders of all levels to this camp.

Camp Includes:

  • Daily sessions with CTS Coaches
  • Training presentations from CTS Coaches
  • Use of a PowerTap power meter during the camp and the Mammoth Gran Fondo
  • Professional mechanic support
  • Complete ride support with hydration products and Bonk Breaker nutrition
  • CTS Jersey
  • 4 dinners and 5 lunches
  • Entry into 2017 Mammoth Gran Fondo
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