Climbing Camp


Camp Description

Nearly every cyclist we work with wants to improve his or her ability to ride uphill, and this three-and-a-half day camp is just what you need. Nestled in a valley between the coastal mountains outside Santa Barbara and mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, this camp will teach you key techniques that help riders of all sizes and shapes excel when the road tips toward the sky. Our objective on the final day will be to ascend the grades of Mt Figueroa, at 10 mile climb that challenges even the world’s best cyclists.   And since what goes up must come down, we’ll 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.

Our three-and-a half day Climbing Camps welcome riders of ALL LEVELS, from beginners to advanced. We highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 12-28 cassette, and/or a compact crankset, for this camp.

Santa Ynez, CA

Santa Ynez is a small town located in Santa Barbara County, near the Los Padres National Forest and just inland from the coast of the Pacific Ocean.  Quiet roads, awesome trails, and beautiful scenery await the cyclists and mountain bikers who are ready ride!  The area is not only famous for its abundant riding routes, but is well known for great restaurants, galleries, country inns and exceptional wine tasting rooms. Rides carry you through some of the Santa Ynez Valley’s finest roads, described by Chris Carmichael as “spectacular” and “some of the best riding in North America.”  You will pass through rolling terrain, along streams, through vineyards and horse farms.


Day Schedule
Wednesday This is the arrival and check-in day at CTS Santa Ynez. After dropping of your bike and a brief check-in process, you’ll join the CTS coaching staff and fellow riders for a gourmet dinner and a preview of the camp. 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 3 to 5:30 pm at our office in Santa Ynez.
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. Alumni riders have a Gran Settimana option of extra endurance miles instead of the skills and Field Test.After lunch at a local restaurant, CTS coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results. The afternoon ride is a skill development ride covering climbing and descending technique with the stunning backdrop of Ballard Canyon.
Friday Friday morning’s ride continues the focus on climbing and descending with a set of Climbing Repeat intervals on the lower slopes of Figueroa Mtn. 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! The climb is tough, but the descent is also a challenge, so you’ll continue to practice the descending skills you mastered the day before.After a delicious lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data, we’ll discuss proper nutrition practices to improve performance.The day’s second ride is an easier spin through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with the focus on proper climbing technique, climbing out of the saddle and maintaining momentum through rolling hills. We end the day with a fun group dinner in Santa Ynez.
Saturday We save the hardest ride for last at Climbing Camp – Figueroa Mountain!  The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this extremely challenging “hors catégorie” climb. It’s a mountain that has tested some of the world’s best cyclists, but our coaches and support staff will help you conquer it too. In the words of CTS coach Julia Gieschen: “The only people who don’t make it up Figueroa are the ones that don’t really want to.” And while this mountain will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy a spectacular ride through the vineyards, ranchland and mountains of California’s Central Coast.Camp concludes with a review of your power meter data from Figueroa Mtn and a final group lunch in Santa Ynez


  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Certified Professional Mechanics
  • Use of PowerTap power meter
  • Daily power analysis with CTS Coaches
  • Complete Ride Support, including Nutrition and Hydration products
  • Training Presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
  • Two dinners and three lunches
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Location: Santa Ynez, CA

Date: June 11-14, 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 $300 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, June 11, 2014 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00 PM Wednesday, June 11, 2014 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

If you wish to ship your bike or luggage, we recommend using Luggage Forward. You can make a booking today by calling 866-416-7447 and mentioning affiliate code TRAINRIGHT, or by booking online using this unique link:

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

Carmichael Training Systems

3640 Sagunto Street, Suite 100

Santa Ynez, CA 93460


For Friends Inn
1121 Edison Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
2 blocks from CTS; Nice B&B owned by cyclists; Call for a CTS discount

Holiday Inn Express
1455 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
Use the link for 20% discount

Hotel Corque
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
Mention CTS for a corporate discount

Santa Ynez Inn
3627 Sagunto Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Across the street from CTS
Call for a CTS discount


Santa Barbara is approximately 35 minutes from Santa Ynez
LAX is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Santa Ynez (allow more time during high traffic periods)

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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