Spring Training Cycling Camp

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Camp Description

Continuing the long tradition of spring camps in the Santa Ynez valley, CTS is excited to offer a Spring Training Camp based out of our regional training center in Santa Ynez, CA. Come join us for a week of riding designed to jump-start your cycling season This camp is open to riders of all levels. 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, and conclude the week with the challenging 10 mile climb up Figueroa Mountain.

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 and beautiful scenery await the cyclist who is ready to get back out on the bike for the 2014 season. 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.

The weather during March can vary from 50-85 degrees with the occasional spring rain shower. Please come prepared to ride in all weather conditions.

Itinerary

Day Schedule
Monday This 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 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 5:30 pm at our office in Santa Ynez.
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 at a local restaurant, 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 endurance ride focuses on group riding skills as we head towards Jalama Beach. Many consider the ride to Jalama to be the most beautiful in the area, and the views as you crest the final rise to the coast are amazing. This is a technically challenging route with a deceptive amount of climbing, but we know how to customize the day for any ability level. Experienced riders will complete the 85 mile ride, while several shorter options exist for the athletes who need to save their legs for the rest of the week. There is lots of riding to come!Lunch and power data review is at CTS, and there is the option for a sports massage. We’ll have a guest presentation in the evening followed by dinner on your own.
Thursday The endurance ride today focuses on long miles with lots of hills. We’ll split into several groups to ride 3.5 to 5.5 hour loops through the canyons of the Santa Ynez Valley. Lots of climbing and descending await as we spin through the vineyards, ranchland and mountains of California’s Central Coast. On several of the sustained climbs we prescribe a threshold level climbing pace to maintain to achieve the desired training effect. After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data you’ll again have the option for massage, followed by dinner on your own.
Friday Today will be an easier day with the goal of resting the legs ahead of the Figueroa Mtn climb. Enjoy an easy cruise through the valley on some of our favorite local roads. We’ll meet for lunch and an optional wine tasting at a beautiful local vineyard. You’ll talk to your coach about your ride data, have the option for a massage and join us for a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Saturday We save the hardest ride for last at Spring Training 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 spectacular scenery and an exhilarating descent. This ride caps off a great week of big spring miles and our last dinner is a chance to celebrate the camp with new and old cycling friends.

 

Includes

  • Included:
    • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
    • Daily use of a PowerTap power meter
    • Training Presentations from CTS Coaches
    • Complete Ride Support with Osmo Nutrition and ProBar products
    • Professional mechanical support and sag vehicles
    • CTS Cycling Jersey
    • Four dinners and five lunches
  • Customize your Camp:
    • 1⁄2 hour massage every day add $300 to the camp price
    • 3D Dynamic Bike Fit add $250
    • Lactate Threshold Test add $150
    • Power Profile Test add $200
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Location: Santa Ynez, CA

Date: March 23-28, 2015

Price: $1,699

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Camp Type:

Mileage:

Long

Amount of Instruction:

Medium

CTS Insight:

In addition to great early season road miles, you will interact with our top coaches and leave this camp with key training tools to take home and an understanding of your areas for improvement.

Current Specials:

Climbing Camp Buddy Deal

Bring a buddy to a 2015 Climbing Camp for Just $299

When you sign up for a 2015 Climbing Camp you can bring a buddy for just $299. You and your buddy must come to the same camp, and this offer can’t be combined with other camp offers. Excludes Hors Categorie Climbing Camp. CTS-coached athletes take an additional 5% off regular Climbing Camp price. View offer rules and restrictions.

View 2015 CTS Climbing Camps

Offer Expires: September 02, 2014
Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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Registration/Cancellations

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.

Cancellation:

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Arrival/Departure

We recommend you arrive by Monday, March 23, 2015 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:30 pm Monday, March 23, 2015 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Monday, March 23, 2015.

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using shipbikes.com. Use the website or contact Dave Orr: aircaddyorders@yahoo.com or 877-323-4083.

If you send your bike to CTS Santa Ynez, please use the following address:

Carmichael Training Systems | 3640 Sagunto Street, Suite 100 | Santa Ynez, CA 93460

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

Lodging

For Friends Inn
1121 Edison Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-693-0303
2 blocks from CTS; Nice B&B owned by cyclists; Call for a CTS discount

Holiday Inn Express
1455 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-2018
Use the link for 20% discount

Hotel Corque
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-8000
Mention CTS for a corporate discount

Santa Ynez Inn
3627 Sagunto Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-688-5588
Across the street from CTS
Call for a 20% CTS discount

Airport

Santa Barbara is approximately 35 minutes from Santa Ynez

LAX is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Santa Ynez (allow more time during high traffic periods)

What to Bring

Items to pack for High-Altitude Ultrarunning Camp: Coming soon.

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 Osmo 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.

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