Mountain Bike Spring Training – Tucson


Camp Description

It’s Spring in Tucson!

The CTS Mountain Bike Spring Training Camp is 4.5 days of great trail riding, on the bike coaching, and informative presentations.  The days will be filled with riding some of the best trails in the Arizona desert led by CTS coaches.  The coaches are not just there to simply guide you along the trail, but also help with technique and skill to help enhance your enjoyment of riding on the trails.   There will also be presentations and training talks to help your understanding of nutrition, training, and bike handling skills.  We will have mechanics washing up and prepping the bikes for each days ride, and like all of our camps we will provide nutrition and hydration products to keep you topped up with fuel for the day.

Due to the length of the rides and the technical nature of the trails, this camp is best suited to mountain bikers with intermediate or advanced skill.

Tucson, AZ

Tucson is located in Southern Arizona surrounded by Saguaro Cacti and overlooked by our 9000’ peak, Mount Lemmon. With 300 days of annual sunshine per year, Tucson is known as a mecca for athletes and is the winter training home of many professional mountain bikers, road cyclists, and triathletes.   Tucson offers hundreds of miles single-track mountain bike trails with a huge variety of terrain from flowy, desert trails to mountain trails.

The weather during this time of year can vary from 65-80 degrees as a daily high.  Morning lows will be in the 50s.  Chances of rain are very minimal but come prepared for all weather conditions.


Day Schedule
Tuesday On Tuesday 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 2:00 pm at the CTS Office, 7000 E. Tanque Verde, Suite 10.   We will make sure your bike is properly tuned and ready to go for the upcoming training week.  At 5:00 pm we will have our first group meeting where we will go over the camp itinerary and a short coaching lecture about Nutrition for Peak Performance.  Following that we will go together to dinner at a local restaurant.
Wednesday The camp will kick off with a mountain bike skills session at Udall Park.  This session will allow you to kick the dust off the mountain bike or learn some new handling skills to enhance your enjoyment of the week.  From there we will load up and head to the 50 year/Golder Ranch trail found in Oro Valley, just north of Tucson. This is a popular place to ride in Southern Arizona, and for good reason. This is an out and back route with great views of the Catalina State Park. We plan this route to be 3-4 hours.  Lunch will be provided on the way back to the CTS office, and you’ll have the rest of the day to rest and relax.
Thursday This morning, we’ll load up first thing and head out for 4-5 hours on the Kentucky Camp Trail.  Located in Sonoita, AZ (North West of the town of Patagonia) is a local favorite. This route has a classic “desert riding” feel with high grass, sandy terrain and miles of single track.  A late lunch will be provided upon return to the CTS office.
Friday Today we’ll start with a short training presentation about how to utilize training data from power meter to enhance your mountain biking.  Then we load up to head over for 3-4 hours of riding on the Arizona Trail.    The trail sports fantastic views and is full of fast and flowy trails perfect for riders of all abilities.   Lunch will be ready once we get back to the office, and you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax.   In the evening, we’ll assemble for a group dinner at one of our favorite spots.
Saturday On the last day, we will head to the highly versatile Tucson Mountain Park in West Tucson for 4-5 hours of trail riding. The trails bring something for everyone! The Starr Pass area includes highly groomed moderately rocky trails with views of the Tucson Mountain range.  This is a great ride to wrap up a week of training in the Arizona desert.   After the ride we’ll get lunch on the way back to the office.  Camp concludes after this final ride.







  • Daily guided rides and on-the-bike coaching with Carmichael Training Systems coaches
  • Training presentations from CTS Coaches
  • Ride support with sports nutrition and hydration products
  • Transportation to and from the trails
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Daily wash and tune of your bike
  • Bike assembly and packing pre and post camp (shipping cost excluded)
  • CTS Jersey
  • 4 Lunches and 2 dinners
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Location: Tucson, AZ

Date: February 28-04, 2017

Price: $1,499


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This cross-country MTB camp is a great way to get in some early season base miles for those that prefer knobby tires and trail riding to riding on the road. We'll tackle Tucson's best trails in the 4-days of MTB riding and you'll leave with better skills for climbing, descending, and tackling various terrain.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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A non-refundable $350.00 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 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 2:00-4:00 PM Tuesday, February 28, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, March 04, 2017.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS by Tuesday, February 28th.  We will gladly assemble it and have it ready for you for the first camp ride.

If you’d like to send your bike to CTS Tucson, please use the following address for shipping your bike(s):

Carmichael Training Systems
7000 E Tanque Verde
Suite 10
Tucson, AZ  85715

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


Comfort Suites
7007 E Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85715
Across the street from CTS
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Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ, 85750
Less than 6 miles from CTS
Beautiful views


Tucson International Airport (TUS) is the closest airport to our offices. It is about 20 minutes away.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is 120 miles and approximate 2 hour drive away.

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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