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.
Temperatures in June can vary from 45-75 degrees, with occasional rain in the afternoon. Be sure to come prepared for all weather conditions.
Colorado Springs, CO
This Climbing Camp will be held out of the CTS headquarters location in Colorado. Colorado Springs sits at an elevation of 6,035 feet and is home to Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods.
|Wednesday||This arrival and check in day at CTS Colorado Springs. After dropping of your bike and a brief check-in process, you’ll join the CTS coaching staff and fellow riders for a preview of the camp and brief presentation about proper nutrition practices to improve performance. Following that we’ll have dinner together at once of our favorite restaurants. 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 2:00 to 5:00 pm at our office in Colorado Springs. At 5pm we will assemble at CTS office for a camp overview and nutrition presentation. A group dinner provided by CTS to follow.|
|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. On the way back to the office we’ll spend some time on skill development covering momentum and descending technique with the stunning backdrop of the Garden of the Gods. After lunch at the CTS office, the coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results. In the afternoon there will be a presentation on Training with Power by one of the CTS coaches. Dinner is on your own this night.|
|Friday||Friday morning’s ride continues the focus on climbing and descending with a set of Climbing Repeat intervals. 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! After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data, you will have the afternoon to relax. We end the day with a fun group dinner.|
|Saturday||We save the hardest ride for last at Climbing Camp. This will be a long ride of 3.5-4 hours with as many vertical feet of climbing we can get in to one ride. The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this challenging course. And while this ride will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy a spectacular ride through the Front Range of the Colorado mountains. Camp concludes after lunch and a review of your power meter data with your coach.|
- Daily training sessions and on-the-bike coaching with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Training presentations from CTS Coaches
- Use of PowerTap power meter for the duration of the camp (if you don’t have a power meter)
- Daily individual power analysis with CTS Coach
- Professional mechanic support
- Bike assembly and packing pre and post camp (shipping cost excluded)
- Fully supported rides with mechanic support and sports nutrition and hydration products from Bonk Breaker and Carb Boom
- High coach-athlete ratio to ensure personal attention
- CTS Jersey
- 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Date: May 17-20, 2017
Registration:Book your spot
Amount of Instruction:
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.