Fall Mileage Camp


Camp Description

This camp is your chance to establish a base of endurance miles for your 2015 season with large volume rides under the watchful eye of CTS coaches.  Nestled in a valley between the Santa Ynez mountains outside Santa Barbara and mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, this camp includes sessions of cycling skill refinement and a CTS Field Test.  And while we’ll teach you key techniques for proper climbing and descending, the main focus will be long endurance rides that incorporate group riding skills and pacelines.  This camp includes the use of a PowerTap power meter and daily review of power meter data with the coaching staff to help you refine your correct training ranges for the upcoming season.

On the last day of camp we will ride the challenging and beautiful Santa Barbara Century with 9600 ft of climbing (62 mile and 34 mile routes are also available).

Our three day Fall Mileage Camp welcomes 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.

 The weather during this time of year can vary from 50-90 degrees (ave high 81, ave low 53).   Be sure to come prepared for all weather conditions.

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.


Day Schedule
Wednesday This arrival and check in day and CTS Santa Ynez.  After dropping of your bike and a brief check-in process, you’ll join the CTS coaching staff and follow riders for dinner and a preview of the week to come.  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.
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’s endurance ride continues the focus on climbing and descending technique with a 3.5 to 5.5 hr spin through the canyons of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Lots of climbing and descending await as we ride through the vineyards, ranchland and mountains of California’s Central Coast.  After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data, we’ll discuss nutrition and pacing strategies for tomorrow’s Santa Barbara Century.  We end the day with a group dinner in Santa Ynez.
Saturday We’ll start the day with a short drive to the city of Santa Barbara for the start of the century at Leadbetter Beach.  The route starts off easy but after 20 miles starts to climb through the foothills of Carpinteria and Montecito.  At mile 40 the infamous Gibraltar Road climb begins, followed by 20 miles challenging miles along the ridge road Camino Cielo.  The view to the inland valleys and out to the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands are worth the long climbs!   The final miles of the century are flat and lunch at the beach awaits.   Camp concludes with data recall with the coaches after the short trip back to Santa Ynez.  


  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Certified Professional Mechanics
  • Use of a PowerTap power meter
  • Daily power analysis with CTS Coaches
  • Complete Ride Support, including Nutrition and Hydration products
  • Training Presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
  • Entry into the Santa Barbara Century
  • Two dinners and three lunches
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Location: Santa Ynez, CA

Date: October 15-18, 2014

Price: $1149


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Improve your skills under the supervision of our top coaches, and ride some big miles in great fall weather. Finish camp with the challenging and beautiful Santa Barbara Century ride.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

Camp Details

Registration &
Arrival &
to Bring


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 Wednesday, October 15, 2014 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00 PM Wednesday, October 15, 2014 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

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

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


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

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

Hotel Corque
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
Mention CTS for a corporate discount

Santa Ynez Inn
3627 Sagunto Street
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Across the street from CTS
Call for a CTS discount


The Santa Barbara airport is approximately 35 minutes from Santa Ynez
LAX in Los Angeles is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Santa Ynez (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 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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