Extend your cycling season and roll into the Holidays with the best fitness of your life with this five-day camp in the warm Arizona sun. This camp focuses on endurance riding, coaching-based rides and riding with power. The coaches for this camp come to you with years of riding the roads of El Tour and the event itself. You will learn everything about the event in order to prepare you for your best El Tour ever, and all camp participants will receive an entry into El Tour de Tucson.
This edition to our El Tour camp will take the camp participants to each of the three big climbs surrounding Tucson. We’ll climb Madera Canyon, Kitt Peak, and of course Mt. Lemmon. For those wanting to challenge themselves a little more, we’ll offer “time trials” and other events to put a competitive interest into the camp. This camp will end with the famed perimeter event, El Tour de Tucson.
The camp is five days of riding and presentations. Every bike will be outfitted with a power meter and the power files will be analyzed daily by your assigned Carmichael Training Systems coach. You’ll learn training techniques and get to practice these techniques under the supervision of the coaches. We welcome riders of all levels.
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 60-75 degrees as a daily high. Chances of rain are very minimal but come prepared for all weather conditions.
|Monday||On Monday athletes will get a chance to meet CTS coaches and relax before the challenging days of work ahead. Camp registration and bike drop begins at 2pm. We make sure your bike is properly tuned and ready to go for the upcoming training week. At 6pm we will have our first camp dinner provided by CTS at one of the many fine local Tucson eateries. Camp itinerary will be discussed as well during this time.|
|Tuesday||For the first day of riding athletes will arrive at around 8:30 am ready to ride the challenging Madera Canyon. Two different options will be available today; a shorter 40 mile ride or a 70 mile ride. Both rides include the climb up Madera Canyon. This climb stretches 20km reaching an altitude of 5,600 feet. The gradient of the climb slowly increases until the final 3 miles, averaging 9%. You may think you know pain, but you do not until you have hit these final miles! On these last 3 miles coaches will conduct a field test to set your training zones for the week. With these precise power zones you will be able to train smarter and more efficiently than you ever could have imagined. We will break for a delicious CTS lunch after the test, followed by an individual data recall. Any questions you have regarding your power zones your highly experienced CTS coach will answer for you. Finally at 6pm we will get food at another fantastic Tucson restaurant. All the while coaches will have a discussion with athletes about CTS training principles and how to apply them to maximize fitness.|
|Wednesday||This day will truly put your fitness to the test. Athletes arrive at 8:30am ready to head up the famed Mt. Lemmon. Being an H.C. climb, it literally does not get any more challenging than this. After an easy 6 mile spin to the base of the mountain, the fun will begin. CTS coaches will instruct athletes beforehand on proper climbing technique along with how to properly pace on long climbs such as Mt. Lemmon. For those individuals wanting more of a challenge, a section of the climb may be incorporated in which athletes will be timed. After the epic day is finally completed, a hard earned lunch will be provided by CTS, along with data recall. You will even be able to compare your watts/kg afterwards to riders in Le Tour to see how you stack up because Mt. Lemmon is an H.C. After data recall CTS coaches will provide a presentation by on pacing tips for El Tour De Tucson, having ridden in it many times themselves. This night you get to have dinner on your own, choosing from one of our local favorites or deciding on your own.|
|Thursday||Athletes will leave for the ride start today around 9am. The ride begins an hour later, 16 miles out from the base of Kitt Peak. After warming up on easy rolling desert terrain, a 12 mile climb averaging around 6% will begin. The challenging gradient will increase to nearly 10% at its steepest point. Try not to torque yourself out of the pedals! During this 12 mile climb you will have time to perfect your climbing technique along with getting to see the beautiful desert vistas below. Similarly to the other climbs, a section may be timed for those trying to push their limits. Go after it! Once the group reaches the scenic pine trees at the top, coaches will go over descending techniques before heading back down the mountain. This ride will have options of 40 or 60 miles. Athletes will be provided with yet another delightful lunch accompanied by power data recall around 2:30pm. Tonight athletes will get to pick their own mouthwatering Tucson local restaurant.|
|Friday||This day is reserved for recovery and preparation for El Tour. Enjoy the day and appreciate the beautiful surrounding scenery. Athletes arrive at CTS at 8:30 am. The coaches take the athletes out on a recovery ride including a preview of El Tour’s Start/Finish line. Dial in your final preparations! After this easy ride CTS will provide a nice big lunch along with a Basic Bike Mechanics class. You can finally stop taking your bike to the shop for little adjustments you can handle on your own! At 6 pm the group will meet for a delectable CTS dinner and a final training presentation. Athletes can finalize any questions they have from the past week of training or pertaining to El Tour the following day.|
|Saturday||Athletes should arrive bright and early on race day ready to ride! 5:30 am athletes will begin to arrive to get all of the pre-race jitters out. El Tour De Tucson will kick off at 7:00 am. Now is time to truly test your fitness. Still, enjoy the race! Following El Tour there will be a gratifying lunch from CTS along with a final data recall. At this time a round of very-well earned massages will be given to all of the athletes. Finally, time to relax! Around 6 pm coaches and athletes will have the last CTS dinner at a savory local restaurant. The knowledge you take back from this camp regarding training concepts will set you up for the most effective season ever!|
- Daily sessions Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Training presentations from CTS Coaches
- Use of a PowerTap power meter during the camp and El Tour de Tucson
- Professional Mechanics
- Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
- CTS Jersey
- 4 dinners and 5 lunches
- Entry into 2014 El Tour de Tucson
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: November 17-22, 2014
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Cyclists and triathletes can lose 30% of their sustainable power between September 1 and December 31, and that's like giving up everything you worked for! This camp is a great for keeping you motivated through Sept-Oct and provides a big training stimulus - in a beautiful and warm destination - before the Holidays tie your schedule up in knots.