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.
Tucson is located in Southern Arizona surrounded by Saguaro Cacti and overlooked by our 9000’ peak, Mount Lemmon. With 300 days of annual sunshine per year, Tucson is known as a mecca for cyclists. In April 2006, the League of American Bicyclists promoted the Tucson region to “Gold” status on their certification system of the nation’s most “bicycle friendly” cities, making Tucson one of only seven cities in the U.S. to earn such distinguished status. Furthermore, two of the most popular and highly regarded bicycling publications, Bicycling and VeloNews, continue to rank our city in the top tier of “bicycle friendly” cities nationwide. In fact, Bicycling recently promoted Tucson to the #2 bicycling city nationwide for cities with population ranging from 250,000 to 500,000. Tucson is the winter training home of many professional cyclists and triathletes.
The weather during this time of year can vary from 70-90 degrees as a daily high, but morning temperatures may be in the 50s. Chances of rain are very minimal but come prepared for all weather conditions.
|Wednesday||This is the arrival and check-in day at CTS Tucson. Camp registration and bike drop off is from 2-5 pm. Our address is 7000 E Tanque Verde, Suite 10, Tucson AZ, 85715. At 5pm we will meet as a group at the CTS office for a Camp Overview and Nutrition Presentation. Dinner to follow at a local restaurant.|
|Thursday||Camp will start with some fun skills work to get warmed up, and then we will move on to the CTS Field Test. Coaches will use your power data from this exercise to determine your training ranges and most efficient climbing pace. If you don’t have a power meter on your bike, we’ll put a PowerTap power meter on your bike for you to use throughout the camp. The ride will continue after the field test with an emphasis on working on group riding skills as well as handling momentum changes on rolling hills. Total ride duration will be 3-4 hours. After lunch, CTS coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results. Later in the afternoon, we’ll discuss how to get the most out of riding with a power meter.|
|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||We save the hardest ride for last at Climbing Camp – Mount Lemmon! The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this challenging “hors catégorie” climb. It’s a mountain that is used my many of the local professionals for training. And while this mountain will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy a spectacular ride that takes you from the saguaro cacti of the desert up to cool pine forests, brisk air, and dramatic windblown igneous rock formations. Camp concludes with a final individual data recall with CTS coaches and a final group lunch at the CTS office.|
- Daily training sessions and on-the-bike coaching with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Use of a PowerTap power meter for the duration of the camp (if you don’t have a power meter)
- Training presentations from CTS Coaches
- Fully supported rides with vehicle support, sports nutrition and hydration products from Bonk Breaker and Carb Boom
- High coach-athlete ratio to ensure personal attention
- Professional mechanics
- Bike assembly and packing pre and post camp (shipping cost excluded)
- CTS Jersey
- Two dinners and three lunches
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: April 05-08, 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.