Giro Women’s Camp


Camp Description

This CTS women’s camp is designed to provide a setting for female athletes to receive top coaching, ride beautiful roads, and experience some of the latest women’s specific gear from Giro.  You will learn key cycling skills that will help you climb, descent and corner with confidence, as well as ride comfortably in groups.  You’ll also receive a great training stimulus to help boost your current fitness, all while riding on some of the most scenic roads in the country.  With Giro as our partner for this camp, you will have all the best women’s specific ride gear at your fingertips and you will receive a Giro helmet on the camp’s first day.

This camp is open for female cyclist of all fitness and skill abilities.  Our coaches are prepared to help you identify your strengths and work on your weaknesses in a supportive environment.  There will be a climbing challenge at the end of the week, so it is best to have compact gearing 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 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 and challenging climbs, along streams and fields, and through vineyards and horse farms.


Day Schedule
Thursday Travel day – arrive in Santa Ynez and check in with the female CTS coaches, meet your mechanics for the week and chat with Giro reps. Try on some women’s specific Giro products for use during the camp.  The evening concludes with a gourmet dinner and camp introductions at SY Kitchen in Santa Ynez.
Friday Today’s ride will focus on the skills to become more comfortable on your bike and riding in a group. You will have the opportunity to establish your baseline fitness with a CTS Field Test.  Your coach will go over the results with you after the efforts so you can learn how to improve your current fitness. After a healthy lunch we will discuss nutrition practices specific to a female cyclists, and finish the afternoon with a wine tasting trip to a beautiful local winery.
Saturday Saturday morning’s ride will focus on climbing and descending skills. We’ll practice descending fundamentals and learn how to climb comfortably and correctly.  After a nutritious lunch, we’ll discuss ways to manage some of the unpleasant physical realities faced by female cyclists and finish with an invigorating yoga session.  We cap off the evening with a fun ladies dinner at Dos Carlitos in Santa Ynez.
Sunday For the camp’s final day, we will start out with a “get me home” mechanic Q and A. Then we challenge the group with the beautiful climb up Figueroa Mountain. Don’t worry, we will have climbing options that cater to each women’s fitness abilities.  Our female coaches will guide you down the mountain with your new found descending skills and the final miles will twist through beautiful vineyards.


  • Daily training sessions with female Carmichael Training Systems coaches
  • Professional mechanical support
  • Use of a PowerTap power meter
  • Daily power analysis with female CTS coaches
  • Complete ride support, including nutrition and hydration products
  • Training presentations with our female coaches
  • CTS jersey
  • Yoga class and use of a yoga mat and block
  • Two dinners and three lunches
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Location: Santa Ynez, CA

Date: October 09-12, 2014

Price: $949


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A women's only camp in a supportive and comfortable learning environment. Female riders of all abilities and experience levels will be challenged to learn new skills and develop their fitness.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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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 Thursday, October 09, 2014 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00 PM Thursday, October 09, 2014 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Wednesday, October 08, 2014.

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using Use the website or contact Dave Orr: 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

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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