Cycling Camp – Climbing 101 in Brevard


Camp Description

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.

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate road cyclists who want to get better at riding, learn about training, and those who simply 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.


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Brevard, NC

This climbing camp will be held in our location in Brevard NC. Brevard is a small town located in Western North Carolina, nestled between the Pisgah National Forest and the DuPont State Forest of the Appalachian Mountains. Known as the “land of waterfalls”, Brevard is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Brevard is not only famous for its abundant outdoor activities, but also plays host to a vibrant downtown scene with art galleries, terrific restaurants, theatre, the Brevard Music Center, and Brevard College.

Brevard, North Carolina is one of the top vacation destinations on the East Coast, and for good reason.  Situated just east of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest, Brevard is the gateway to thousands of acres of outdoor playground. And with a wide variety of restaurants, fine hotels, and cultural and natural sights and events through out the year, Brevard is a great place to come for a weekend, a week, or the rest of your life.

Further, Asheville is just as stone’s throw away… Known for its beautiful mountains, abundant outdoor activities and rich local history Asheville has been named One of the Top Ten Outdoor Towns (Outside Magazine, 2002) and one of the 10 Great Adventure towns in 2004 (National Geographic Adventure)..

Temperatures in September can vary from 50-80 degrees at mid-day, and rains are likely.  Please come prepared to ride in all weather conditions.


Day Schedule
Wednesday Wednesday is our check in and arrival day. We will have the doors open and waiting to greet you at 3:30 PM.  At this time you will drop off your bike with our mechanical support staff, get your goodie bag, and get to meet our great team of coaches.  Following check in we will have a group diner, staff and athlete introductions, and a nutrition lecture to set the tone for fueling for the weekend ahead.
Thursday Day 1 of camp will begin with a light breakfast on your own to fuel you for the days efforts of assessment and testing. You will enjoy the pleasure of the CTS Field Test followed by skills assessments by our coaches in our morning ride.  This will allow our coaches to best place you in a group for the following rides as well as to serve as a starting point to talk about how to improve your fitness and reach your goals.  After the ride session we will have a post ride lunch and a short presentation on climbing techniques.  Then it’s back to the bikes for an invigorating climbing and descending skills session. This ride will focus on skills and tactics to make you a better climber and a faster, safer descender.
Friday Day 2 of the camp, we’ll use the training information gained from the test to perform a key cycling workout.   Climbing Repeats are one of the most targeted workouts you can do to improve your climbing fitness.  We’ll also spend time on the skills you need to go downhill quickly, safely, and efficiently.  Total ride duration today will be about 3.5-4 hours.  Lunch will be waiting for you when you get back, and in the afternoon you will sit down individually to review the data from your intervals.  We end the day with a fun group dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
Saturday Day 3 and our final day together in the mountains of Western NC! This will be one last day of good climbing and miles together. We will try to wrap up on skills during this ride along with pacing and nutrition strategies.  Along the way we hope to suffer a bit together and have loads of fun!  Climbs of note may include Jeter Mountain, Green River Preserve, Pinnacle Mountain, Caesar’s Head, or Hwy 178.  After the ride we will have our traditional cookout and spend time as a group answering any remaining questions you might have while sipping a fine iced tea under the shade of a tent.


  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Professional mechanics
  • Training Presentations from CTS Coaches and outside professionals
  • Complete ride support with hydration products and Bonk Breaker nutrition
  • CTS Cycling Jersey
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Lots of climbing
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Location: Brevard, NC

Date: May 17-20, 2017

Price: $799


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CTS Insight:

This is focused on instruction. The mileage isn't very high, and neither is the cumulative elevation gain. If you're looking for big miles and lots of climbing, an Epic Endurance Camp is a better choice. If you want to improve your cycling, climbing, and descending skills this is the right camp for you. It's a supportive and comfortable learning environment for riders of all ability and experience levels. You'll learn more in one weekend than you have in years of cycling on your own.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

Camp Details

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A non-refundable $350 deposit is due at time of registration. Members receive a 5% discount on training camps. (Airfare, Lodging and Transportation not included.) 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.

Acceptable Bikes:
Due to the nature of this camp, and for the safety of all of the athletes and staff, time trial bikes, triathlon bikes and aero bars are not allowed for this camp. Your bike must be equipped with a standard set of road bars and brake levers. If you have questions about your bike setup, please contact the camp manager.


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We recommend you arrive by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 3:30-5:00 PM Saturday, May 20, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

If you are shipping your bike, we will gladly assemble it and have it waiting for you. We will also take care of packing your bike before it departs. If you wish to ship your bike, we recommend using Bike Flights. They provide door to door pick/up and delivery of your bike. You will need to pack your bike, or have it packed for you, and Bike Flights will take care of the rest.

Please ship your bicycle to:

Carmichael Training Systems
11 Mama’s Way
Suite B
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

(Please make sure your bicycle and the shipping case are well labeled with your name)


Hampton Inn Brevard
275 Forest Gate Drive
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Holiday Inn Express
1570 Asheville Highway
Brevard, NC 28712

Red House Inn
266 West Probart Street
Brevard, NC 28712


Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is a short 30 minute drive to our offices.

Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) is an approximate 2.5 hour drive away, and Greenville Regional Airport (GSP) is approximately 90 minutes drive from Brevard.

What to Bring

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

Items to pack for High-Altitude Ultrarunning Camp:

Weather along the Front Range is notorious for changing in an instant. Please keep track of the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing. This camp is fully supported with Bonk Breaker and Carb Boom nutrition products. If you require something different, please bring it! Be prepared to run unsupported for up to 3 hours. The following items are a sample list of what you will need

  • Trail running shoes (duh)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Small day bag or drop bag
  • Hydration system (handheld bottles or hydration pack)
  • GPS or training watch
  • Light rain jacket
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt or arm warmers
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