Spring Training Camp – Tucson


Camp Description

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.

Tuscon, 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 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
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Location: Tuscon, AZ

Date: February 16-21, 2015

Price: $1,699


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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.

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A non-refundable $750.00 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, February 16, 2015 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-4:45pm Monday, February 16, 2015 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Monday, February 16, 2015.

If you wish to ship your bike or luggage, we recommend using Luggage Forward. You can make a booking today by calling 866-416-7447 and mentioning affiliate code TRAINRIGHT, or by booking online using this unique link:


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
Suite 26
Tucson, AZ  85715

 (Please make sure your bike box/case is clearly labeled with your name)


Comfort Suites
7007 E Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85715
Across the street from CTS
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Rancho Merlita
1924 N Corte El Rancho Merlita
Tucson, AZ 85715
(888) 218-8418
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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 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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