El Tour Endurance Camp


Camp Description

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, 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 60-75 degrees as a daily high. Chances of rain are very minimal but come prepared for all weather conditions.


Day Schedule
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
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Location: Tucson, AZ

Date: November 17-22, 2014

Price: $1999


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CTS Insight:

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.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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Members receive a 5% discount on training camps. (Airfare, Lodging and Transportation not included.) A non-refundable $740 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 Monday, November 17, 2014 . Camp registration will be from 4:00-5:00 PM Monday, November 17, 2014 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Monday, November 17, 2014.

If you wish to ship your bike, we recommend using Sports Express.  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 Sports Express will take care of the rest. Sports Express can be found at www.sportsexpress.com/trainright.

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

Carmichael Training Systems
7000 E Tanque Verde Road
Suite 26
Tucson, AZ 85715


You are responsible for you own lodging at this camp. We have secured a block of rooms at our host hotel – JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. All rides will leave from this hotel. Also all presentations, post ride massage, and coach interaction will occur at the host hotel. We highly suggest you take advantage of the incredible pricing that Marriott has offered our athletes.  You must book by October 17, 2016 in order to take advantage of this special rate.


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 AthleteServices@trainright.com.

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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