It’s Spring in Tucson!
Get off your trainer and come down to the warm sunshine in Tucson, Arizona, to put in your Foundation Training for 2015! This camp focuses on power-based endurance training with experienced coaches by your side.
The camp is five and a half days of riding and presentations. Every bike will be outfitted with a PowerTap 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. Carmichael Training Systems camp rides will all leave from the Carmichael Training Systems Tucson Regional Center and are fully supported. 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||This arrival and check in day at CTS. 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 week ahead. 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 5:00 pm.|
|Tuesday||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, you’ll sit down with a CTS coach to review your Field Test data and discuss power training ranges for the week of riding ahead. The afternoon is free time with the option for a sports massage and we’ll meet again for a group dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Wednesday||Today’s ride will follow a gradual climb to the north side of Tucson and through the town of Oro Valley is in store for today. We’ll skirt the foothills of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains en route to scenic loops through Saddlebrook and Rancho Vistoso communities. Lunch and power data review will follow the ride, and there is the option for a sports massage. Dinner in the evening will be on your own.|
|Thursday||Today’s endurance ride we will head east of Tucson today, past the stunning Saguaro National Park and along the scenic Rincon Mountains as we ride towards Pistol Hill and Colossal Cave. We’ll ride through the tiny town of Vail Arizona en route to the edge of Southern Arizona wine country. Lunch and power data review will follow the ride, and there is the option for a sports massage. Dinner in the evening will be on your own.|
|Friday||Today we’ll ride to the west side of Tucson, through the beautiful Sonoran desert and Saguaro National Park West. A steep and winding climb over Gates Pass will preclude an easy spin through the University of Arizona campus. During lunch the mechanics will be giving a basic bike mechanics class. In the afternoon data recall and optional massage will be available. Dinner will be provided and include a training presentation by one of the coaches.|
|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. This ride caps off a great week of desert riding and our last dinner is a chance to celebrate the camp with new and old cycling friends.|
- Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Complete Ride Support with Sports Nutrition and Hydration products
- Use of a PowerTap power meter for camp
- Professional Mechanics
- Training presentations from CTS Coaches
- CTS cycling jersey
- 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Location: Tuscon, AZ
Date: February 16-21, 2015
Registration:Book your spot
Amount of Instruction:
Through interaction with our top coaches, you will leave this camp with key training tools to take home, as well as a better idea of areas for improvement.