Climbing Camp


Camp Description

CTS Climbing Camps are one of the most popular camps formats we offer. You’ll learn key techniques that help riders of all sizes and shapes excel when the road tips toward the sky. And since what goes up must come down, we will also help you develop the confidence and skills you need to descend quickly, safely, and efficiently.  Camps include a CTS Field Test and subsequent review of test data with the coaching staff to determine your most efficient climbing pace. Following days will include longer endurance rides focusing on climbing.

Our three and a half day Climbing Camps welcome riders of intermediate and advanced fitness and skill abilities. We highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with compact gearing, or at least a 12-27 cassette for the terrain encountered at this camp.

Brevard, NC

This climbing camp will be held in our new 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 May can vary from 50-70 degrees at mid-day, and spring 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 its 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 camp bring our first long ride.  During this ride we will use some of the skills we reviewed on Thursday on the ups and the downs.  We will further work on perceived effort on the climbs and use of the power ranges that were developed from your individual field tests.  This will be a long day in the saddle so eat well in the morning!  Climbs will include Hwy 276 or Hwy 215 to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Parkway itself and a few others for good measure!  Following our ride we will have a late lunch and individual data recall sessions with the coaches. This is your time to ask questions and learn more about what we see as coaches from the power data recorded during the ride.
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


  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Training Presentations from CTS Coaches and outside professionals
  • Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
  • CTS Cycling Jersey
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 dinner
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Location: Brevard, NC

Date: May 14-17, 2014

Price: $1149


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This is a perfect camp for anyone who wants to go uphill faster. You'll learn more in one weekend than you have in years of cycling on your own. It's a supportive and comfortable learning environment for riders of all ability and experience levels.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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A non-refundable $1149 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 14, 2014 . Camp registration will be from 3:30-5:00 PM Wednesday, May 14, 2014 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

If you wish to ship your bike, we recommend using Luggage Forward..  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 Luggage Forward. will take care of the rest.

If you’d like to send your bike to CTS Brevard, please use the following address for shipping your bike(s):

Carmichael Training Systems
147 East Main St
Suite 101
Brevard, NC 28732


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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