Cycling Climbing Camp – Tucson


Camp Description

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, AZ

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.


Day Schedule
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 a bike fit to your camp, it’s best to arrive before 2 pm on this day.  Registration is from 3 to 5:00 pm at our office in Tucson.  Our address is 7000 E Tanque Verde, Suite 10, Tucson AZ, 85715.
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.  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. 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’s ride continues the focus on climbing and descending with a set of Climbing Repeat intervals on the west side of Tucson.  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, you will sit down individually to review the data from your intervals.  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
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
  • Training Presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
  • Two dinners and three lunches
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Location: Tucson, AZ

Date: April 15-18, 2015

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, April 15, 2015 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00 PM Wednesday, April 15, 2015 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

If you wish to ship your bike, we recommend using  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.   We will take care of packing your bike before it departs.

877-323-4083 Reservations and Service

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives 1-2 days before the camp begins.

Our address is:

Carmichael Training Systems
7000 E Tanque Verde, suite 10
Tucson, AZ 85715


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Tucson International Airport (TUS) is the closest airport to our offices. It is about 20 minutes away.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is 120 miles and approximate 2 hour drive away.

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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