Hors catégorie is a French term used to designate a climb that is “beyond categorization”, and we’ve used this term to name our most challenging climbing camp to date. In just 5 days of riding we pack 400 miles and with 40,000 feet of vertical gain. This camp is designed for the avid cyclist who is looking to test themselves at the high elevations of the Colorado Rockies.
- Ride to the summits of Mount Evans and Pikes Peak at over 14,000 feet!
- Ride 400 miles through the Rocky Mountains, with 40,000 feet of elevation gain!
- Ride through iconic areas like Phantom Canyon, Golden Gate Canyon, and the Peak to Peak Highway!
- Tackle the unique and spectacular Phantom Canyon Loop!
- All-inclusive camp includes meals and accommodations!
In our 2015 camp we will tackle some of the most challenging and beautiful rides on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and you will have the chance to test yourself on the two-highest paved roads in the country. Both Pikes Peak and Mount Evans top out over 14,000 feet of lung searing elevation. We’ll also cover classic rides through Golden Gate Canyon and Coal Creek Canyon, and the legendary Phantom Canyon.
Although this camp is tailored for the advanced cyclist, our coaching staff will accommodate any rider and help them reach their goals as the road tips skyward. We highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 12-28 cassette, and/or a compact crankset, for this camp.
Rocky Mountains, CO
We will split our time in this camp between Colorado Springs and Golden. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights we will stay in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs sits at 6,250 feet of elevation at the base of Pikes Peak and is home to CTS headquarters. On Thursday we will transfer up to Golden, CO to take on Mount Evans and Golden Gate Canyon rides. On the last day of camp we will ride from Golden to Colorado Springs on one final epic ride. The conclusion of the camp is after the final ride. If you require additional nights in Colorado Springs either before or after the camp we can help you make those arrangements.
The weather during this time of year on the Front Range of Colorado can vary from 65-95 degrees, and temperatures can be down to 30-40 degrees at the high summits. It is also common for daily rain showers. Be sure to come prepared for all weather conditions.
|Monday||2:00-8:00pm – On Monday athletes will get a chance to meet CTS coaches and relax before the challenging days of work ahead. Camp registration and bike drop off begins at 2pm. We will make sure your bike is properly tuned and ready to go for the upcoming training week. At 5pm we will have our first group meeting where we will go over the camp itinerary and a short coaching lecture about Riding at Altitude. Following that we will go together to dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Tuesday||For the first day of riding we will get an early start and meet in the lobby at 7:00 am ready to shuttle to the base of Pikes Peak. From the gateway at 7,400 feet you’ll have 19 miles of scenic climbing until you reach the summit at 14,115 feet. At the summit you cab grab one of the world famous Summit House donuts!After you summit you have the option to descend back to Colorado Springs and ride back to the hotel via Colorado Springs’ Westside and the Garden of the Gods. The entire ride is 54 miles and 8,200 feet of climbing. Lunch will be ready for you once you get back to the hotel. At 4:30 there will be a coach’s presentation on Nutrition for Multi-Day Events. Dinner at a local restaurant to follow at 6pm.|
|Wednesday||This will be a truly epic day of cycling. We will get an early start and meet in the lobby at 7:00 am ready to shuttle to the start of the ride at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. You’ll have 35 miles of rolling terrain along the eastern mountains down to Canon City. From there you’ll turn right up towards the hidden gem of Phantom Canyon Road. It is one of the most scenic and historic roads in Colorado and follows the route of the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad. It was created in Colorado’s gold mining boom of the late 1800s. Phantom Canyon Road climbs for 20 miles from an elevation of 5,500 feet to 9,500 feet along a gravel road that features green-spotted canyon walls, historic bridges, and twisty turns.You’ll pass through the old mining towns of Victor and Cripple Creek before starting the descent down to Woodland Park and then back to Colorado Springs. The entire route is 119 miles with 10,800 feet of climbing* (option to shorten ride). Lunch will be ready for you once you get back to the hotel. Group dinner at 6:00 pm at a local restaurant.|
|Thursday||Today’s ride tackles the highest paved road in the country: Mount Evans. We will get an early start and meet in the lobby at 7:00 am ready to shuttle to the start of the ride in Idaho Springs. The drive takes approximately 2 hours. On the 27-miles to the summit of Mount Evans you’ll pass through 3 climate zones, passing ancient trees, lakes and forest, and land above timberline. You may see a mountain goat or too as well. Mount Evans summit is at 14,240 feet where you can expect chilly temperatures and the chance of rapid weather changes.You’ll descend down Mt Evans road back to Echo Lake and ride down the eastern side of Squaw Pass and see some of the best scenery around Denver. You’ll be able to see as far as Pikes and Longs Peak and then out to Denver International Airport. The ride from Idaho Spring to Bergen Park in Evergreen is 59 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing. Once you arrive in Evergreen you’ll have a chance to grab lunch at one of the local restaurants.At 4:30 there will be a coach’s presentation on Pacing for Long Events. Dinner at a local restaurant to follow at 6pm.|
|Friday||This ride we will start and finish at our hotel in Golden, leaving at 8am. The Golden Gate Canyon to Coal Creek Canyon Loop is a classic ride for Denver cyclists. This ride climbs out of Golden though Golden Gate Canyon to the Peak to Peak Highway, Colorado’s oldest Scenic Byway. You’ll descend down Coal Creek Canyon along Beaver Creek and make your way back to Golden. The entire ride is 67 miles with 5,700 feet of climbing. Lunch will be ready for you once you get back to the hotel.At 4:30 pm there will be a coach’s discussion about Training with Power. Dinner at a local restaurant to follow at 6pm.|
|Saturday||The final day of the camp you will ride from Morrison, CO all the way back to CTS headquarters in Colorado Springs. The ride will start at the scenic Red Rocks Amphitheater. The ride climbs on Bear Creek Road to Evergreen and descends down to Conifer. The beautiful scenery along Foxton Canyon takes you to the Platte River that you’ll follow to Deckers. Out of Deckers you’ll have the last major climb of the camp and once you make it to Woodland Park it’s almost 25 miles of downhill back to Colorado Springs and the CTS office. The entire ride is 97 miles and 8,000 feet of climbing. Lunch will be ready for you once you arrive to CTS headquarters. You will be able to retrieve your luggage there. We’ll pack your bike and prepare for your departure.|
- Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Certified Professional Mechanics
- Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
- CTS Jersey
- Bike assembly / re-packing
- 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
- Lodging provided July 13th-17th
Location: Rocky Mountains, CO
Date: July 13-18, 2015
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A climber's dream! Ride some of the best point-to-point routes and loops in the country, with comprehensive support on and off the bike. Great as a big training block or as a goal event all on its own!