Cycling Camp – Climbing 101 in Colorado Springs


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.

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.


Day Schedule
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
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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A non-refundable $350 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.


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We recommend you arrive by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 2:00-5:00 PM Wednesday, May 17, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Saturday, May 13, 2017.

If you wish to ship your bike, please make sure it arrives 1-2 days before camp begins.  We will gladly assemble it and have it waiting for you.

Our address is:

Carmichael Training Systems
6365 Corporate Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


Comfort Inn North (walking distance to CTS)
6450 Corporate Drive

Colorado Springs Marriott (1.5 miles from CTS)
5880 Tech Center Drive
1-816- 925-7881
CTS Discount with online booking code: Y0D

Quality Inn and Suites (2 miles from CTS) 555 W. Garden of the Gods Road 1-800-828-4347 Call directly and mention Carmichael Training Systems to get discount rate
Staybridge Suites Colorado Springs Air Force Academy 7130 Commerce Center Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919 719-590-7829 Call direct and mention Carmichael Training Systems to receive discount or follow the hyperlink below.  


The Colorado Springs Airport is a 25-minute drive from our office.

Denver International Airport is approximately 90 minutes from Colorado Springs. If you choose to fly in to Denver we suggest you rent a car or take the Colorado Springs Shuttle.

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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