The vast majority of cyclists want to ride faster and more comfortably on climbs, and the Carmichael Training Systems Climbing Camp in Tucson, Arizona is the perfect weekend getaway for making the climbing progress you’re looking for. Never thought of Tucson, Arizona as a mountainous paradise? Think again. We’re surrounded by mountains (Mt. Lemmon rises above 9000 feet above our desert floor). Join us and kick off your Spring with some climbing.
The camp is three and a half days of riding and presentations, through which our professional coaching staff will teach you the skills and techniques to become more efficient on the bicycle and give you the tools to become a better climber.
We welcome riders of all abilities. Come ready to absorb, learn, and retain as much as you can. All rides are fully supported.
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. 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. After dropping of your bike and a brief check-in process, you’ll join the CTS coaching staff and fellow riders for a 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 Tucson.|
|Thursday||We start camp with a bike handling 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. After lunch, CTS coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results. The afternoon ride is a skill development ride covering using momentum carry speed up and over hills.|
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 powermeter, we have one for you to use as part of the camp! After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data, we’ll discuss how to get the most out of riding with a power meter. The day’s second ride is an easier session that focuses on bike handling and cornering technique. We end the day with a fun group dinner.
|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 with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Certified Professional Mechanics
- Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
- Training Presentations with our Coaches
- CTS Jersey
- Two dinners and three lunches
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: April 15-18, 2015
Registration:Book your spot
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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.