Nearly every cyclist we work with wants to improve his or her ability to ride uphill, and this three-and-a-half day camp is just what you need. Nestled in a valley between the coastal mountains outside Santa Barbara and mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, this camp will teach you key techniques that help riders of all sizes and shapes excel when the road tips toward the sky. Our objective on the final day will be to ascend the grades of Mt Figueroa, a 10-mile climb that challenges even the world’s best cyclists. And since what goes up must come down, we’ll also help you develop the confidence and skills you need to descend quickly, safely, and efficiently. Camps include a CTS Field Test and subsequent review of test data with the coaching staff to determine your most efficient climbing pace.
Our three-and-a half day Climbing Camps welcome riders of ALL LEVELS, from beginners to advanced. We highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 12-28 cassette, and/or a compact crankset, for this camp.
Santa Ynez, CA
Santa Ynez is a small town located in Santa Barbara County, near the Los Padres National Forest and just inland from the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Quiet roads, awesome trails, and beautiful scenery await the cyclists and mountain bikers who are ready ride! The area is not only famous for its abundant riding routes, but is well known for great restaurants, galleries, country inns and exceptional wine tasting rooms. Rides carry you through some of the Santa Ynez Valley’s finest roads, described by Chris Carmichael as “spectacular” and “some of the best riding in North America.” You will pass through rolling terrain, along streams, through vineyards and horse farms.
|Wednesday||This is the arrival and check-in day at CTS Santa Ynez. 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 camp. 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 5:30 pm at our office in Santa Ynez.|
|Thursday||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 at a local restaurant, CTS coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results. The afternoon ride is a skill development ride covering climbing and descending technique with the stunning backdrop of Ballard Canyon.|
|Friday||Friday morning’s ride continues the focus on climbing and descending with a set of Climbing Repeat intervals on the lower slopes of Figueroa Mtn. 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 power meter, we have one for you to use as part of the camp! The climb is tough, but the descent is also a challenge, so you’ll continue to practice the descending skills you mastered the day before.After a delicious lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data, we’ll discuss proper nutrition practices to improve performance.The day’s second ride is an easier spin through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with the focus on proper climbing technique, climbing out of the saddle and maintaining momentum through rolling hills. We end the day with a fun group dinner in Santa Ynez.|
|Saturday||We save the hardest ride for last at Climbing Camp – Figueroa Mountain! The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this extremely challenging “hors catégorie” climb. It’s a mountain that has tested some of the world’s best cyclists, but our coaches and support staff will help you conquer it too. In the words of CTS coach Julia Gieschen: “The only people who don’t make it up Figueroa are the ones that don’t really want to.” And while this mountain will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy a spectacular ride through the vineyards, ranchland and mountains of California’s Central Coast.Camp concludes with a review of your power meter data from Figueroa Mtn and a final group lunch in Santa Ynez|
- Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Certified Professional Mechanics
- Use of PowerTap power meter
- Daily power analysis with CTS Coaches
- Complete Ride Support, including Nutrition and Hydration products
- Training Presentations with our Coaches
- CTS Jersey
- Two dinners and three lunches
Location: Santa Ynez, CA
Date: January 28-31, 2015
Registration:Book your spot
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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.