Leadville 100 MTB Recon Camp


Camp Description

Looking to ride your fastest‐ever Leadville 100, or wondering what you got yourself into if it’s your first time? Then what better place to join your friends, and make new ones, than on the Leadville course in the shadow of Mounts Elbert and Massive? Come ride with CTS Coaches and learn the riding skills needed to be confident, powerful, and successful in Leadville come August. Pre‐ride the crucial parts of the course and learn strategies to get you through the race and through unanticipated obstacles.

CTS will also support you during the LT100 Mountain Bike race at the Pipeline and Twin Lakes aid stations. We will have our coaches and professional support staff on course to ensure that you are set up for success out on the course.

This is an intensive race‐specific camp that will challenge your skills and fitness. Expect to spend at least 4 hours per day on the bike. This camp is best suited for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, and anyone planning on competing in the LT100 Mountain Bike Race. We recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 12‐32 or 12‐ 34 rear cassette or appropriate singlespeed gearing (gear ratio or 1.8:1 or less) for this camp.

Leadville, CO

Sitting at 10,200 feet above sea level, Leadville is an old mining town straight out of the Wild West. It’s seen booms and busts from the mining industry, and over the past few decades it’s evolved into a mecca for endurance athletes. The hometown of the Leadville Race Series, which includes the Leadville 100 MTB and Run events as well as their shorter sister events, this is a hardscrabble town that rewards and respects toughness and fortitude. It also boasts spectacular views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains, cool crisp evenings even in the middle of summer, and miles of incredible trails.


Day Schedule
Sunday, July 5 Registration, Meet & Greet with Coaches from 3:00-5:00pm
Monday, July 6 Arrive to the camp at 7:00AM for an intro to the day’s ride, and then we’ll head out for a 4-5 hour ride to show you the first and last 25 miles of the Leadville 100. Today’s ride will include St. Kevin’s, Sugarloaf, and Powerline climbs, as well as the associated descents. These are crucial parts of the race, so we’ll be providing instruction and advice along the way, not just leading a group ride. After the ride and nice lunch, we have a great presentation on the “10 Things You Need to Know to be Successful in the Leadville 100”
Tuesday, July 7 This morning we’ll meet out a Twin Lakes and ride the formidable climb to the Columbine mine. This 3000+ foot climb reaches an altitude of 12,600 – the highest point in the race. Learning about this climb before race day can save you huge chunks of time, because once you make a pacing/nutrition/hydration mistake at 12,000 feet it can be difficult to recover from it. We’ll also have presentations on clothing/equipment needs for Leadville and we’ll end the day with lunch and a Q&A with the coaches.


  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Race-day Aid Station support from CTS Coaches
  • Certified Professional Mechanics
  • Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
  • CTS Jersey
  • 2 lunches, 1 dinner
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Location: Leadville, CO

Date: July 05-07, 2015

Price: $899


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CTS Insight:

If you want to finish Leadville or set a PR, this camp is a must. We'll recon all the critical parts of the course, and on race day CTS will be your support crew. You could race Leadville on your own, but you'll be faster and have a better day doing it with CTS.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

Camp Details

Registration &
Arrival &
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Members' 5% discount on training camps is already included in the listed price. (Airfare, Lodging and Transportation not included.) A non-refundable $300 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 Sunday, July 05, 2015 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00 PM Sunday, July 05, 2015 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Tuesday, July 07, 2015.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Friday, July 03, 2015.

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS by July 3rd.  We will gladly assemble it and have it waiting for you.

Our address is:

Carmichael Training Systems
6365 Corporate Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

If you wish to ship your bike, we recommend using Shipbikes.com.  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.   We will take care of packing your bike before it departs.


877-323-4083 Reservations and Service



Our lodging recommendations for Leadville are:

Rental Properties
Aspen Leaf Property Rentals, Christy or Heather at Re/Max
Contact: Aspenleafpropertyrentals@gmail.com

Hotels in Leadville:
Super 8: (719) 486-3637
Delaware Hotel: (719) 486-1418
Columbine Inn & Suites: (719) 486-5650
Apple Blossom Inn: (719) 486-2141
Silver King Inn: (719) 486-610


Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is about 2.5-3 hours from Leadville.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is an approximately 2-3 hours from Leadville.

You must provide your own transportation to and in Leadville. This includes having transportation out to Twin Lakes to do the Columbine climb. The conclusion of the camp will be July 7th, after the final ride.

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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