Desert Tri Triathlon Camp – Palm Desert, CA


Camp Description

At this camp you will take the time to focus on the small and crucial details of triathlon, and put the lessons from camp together in an actual race: the Olympic distance Desert Tri.  Open Water Swim techniques and tips, faster transitions, and race specific pacing on the bike and run are just a few of the things we’ll review and practice before the race.  If you have other races coming later in the summer, take this opportunity to learn how to improve the details and how to pace for your event.  No stone left unturned!  This camp promises to be a very unique experience under the watchful eyes of top our professional triathlon coaches.

Athletes and coaches will stay together in a luxury rental house and enjoy freshly prepared and nutritious meals from our onsite chef.  This camp will push your skills, pacing and mindset to the next level while providing a glimpse into the lifestyle of professional athletes.  Camp concludes with the coaches breaking down your Desert Tri race performance and leaving you with strategies and techniques to employ throughout the rest of the 2017 season.

What athletes have said about this camp:

“I wanted to take a minute to say THANKS for an amazing week. I can’t say enough about how great the training, coaching, meals, etc. were. But also, you guys (and gals) did a fabulous job of catering the workouts to many different strengths, capabilities, and even personalities. I can’t imagine wrangling our group was easy, but you truly handled it like the professionals you all are. I could go on and on about how great the food and facilities were. And how you were extremely well organized schedules and workouts. We got cool jerseys and not thinking about bottles at any point in time was spectacular!” – Abby E. (2016 Tri School)

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA is home to the Desert Tri Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and the location for our new Desert Tri Triathlon Camp.  Located in California’s Coachella Valley, next door to Palm Springs, and 120 miles from Los Angeles, the Palm Desert area has long been a getaway destination for Hollywood stars and SoCal vacationers.  It is now most famous for the Coachella Music and Arts festival located here each year.  With average March temps in the 70s, the area has become an attractive spring training destination for endurance athletes.


Day Schedule
Wednesday This arrival and check in day at our team housing.  After dropping off 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.  Registration is from 3 to 5:30 pm followed by a team Introduction Dinner.
Thursday Our AM session starts on the bike with a field test so the coaches can guide you to proper pacing for race day.  After the test we’ll head out on some quality miles leading to a transition run

Our PM session will be in the pool where we’ll video your swim and work technique and open water tips.

The evening lecture will break down your field test results and swim video analysis with the coaches.

Friday The AM Session will be learning the art of transition.  We will be practicing the perfect transition set up and spending the morning teaching you what it takes to quickly adapt from the bike to the run.  Through a series of bike to run efforts, this will be a challenging workout morning with multiple opportunities to perfect and optimize your transition set up.

PM Session will be at the race start!  We’ll swim at the Desert Tri Race location practicing sighting, drafting and open water racing technique. We’ll also practice some tips to staying calm and controlled during race starts.  After our swim we’ll head out on the bike and preview the race course at race pace intensity.

Saturday AM Session – There’s a SPRINT race happening at Desert Tri.  We’ll be either racing the sprint race in warm up for tomorrow or creating relay teams to practice pacing for race day.  Our coaches will be on course to provide feedback and instruction during the legs of the sprint race.

PM Session – Back at the Desert Tri Race start for more open water work.

Sunday DESERT TRI RACE DAY – Team CTS will fully support your day.  We will make sure your bike is tuned and ready, and all fluids and food is prepped and ready for you.  Your coaches will review your race day strategy and be ready to assist with any last minute race day needs.  This is an amazing opportunity to race in a fully supported manner.  Team Lunch is after the race to tell all our race stories, and we’ll review race data before heading home.


  • Four nights of lodging at our team housing in Palm Desert
  • In-house chef preparing all meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • Entry into the Desert Tri Olympic Distance Race and a relay leg in the Desert Tri Spring race
  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Use of a PowerTap power meter
  • Daily training analysis with CTS Coaches
  • Complete Ride Support with Bonk Breaker nutrition and hydration products
  • Training Presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
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Location: Palm Desert, CA

Date: March 01-05, 2017

Price: $1649


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CTS Insight:

Three days of precise training leading up to an Olympic Distance Triathlon, with all the details sweated for you. Back-to-back training days crescendo into the Desert Tri Olympic Distance race, where you can put the lessons from the week together under the guidance of our top coaches. Take the training and education from this camp to the rest of your races this season!

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

Camp Details

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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 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:30 PM Wednesday, March 01, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Sunday, March 05, 2017.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Wednesday, March 01, 2017.

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using

Host Housing Address:

Palm Desert, CA

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


Lodging is included in this camp.


The Palm Springs, CA airport (PSP) is approximately 20 minutes from Palm Desert.
The Ontario, CA airport (ONT) is approximately 80 minutes from Palm Desert.
LAX is approximately 3 hours from Palm Desert (allow more time during high traffic periods).

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

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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