Rock Cobbler Gravel Endurance Camp – Bakersfield, CA


Camp Description

If you’ve signed up for a gravel cycling event in 2017, you better show up prepared. This training camp is designed to stretch your limits; it’s a three-day road/gravel cycling training block that will push your skills and fitness to a new level.  Whether you’re targeting an CTS Bucket List event like Dirty Kanza 200 or any other gravel event, this camp is your opportunity to put the necessary miles in your legs. And even if you’re not doing a CTS Bucket List Event, this is a great training experience for anyone preparing for a major cycling challenge.  

But enough training talk, this camp is also going to be a blast!  The Rock Cobbler might just be the most fun-yet-grueling event you tackle all year, and we’re adding two days of great riding around the spring-green foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  We’ll be riding mixed surfaces all three days  – pavement, gravel, and even singletrack, and you’ll be grinning ear-to-ear on every ride!    

During and after each ride our professional coaches will provide feedback and instruction to improve your skills, hone your performance, and leave you with tips and advice you can apply to the rest of your season. As always with CTS camps, we’ll provide fully supported rides, professional mechanics and daily ride file analysis to complete the experience.

This three-and-a half day camp welcomes intermediate to advanced riders looking for long, off-road training days and professional instruction.  Due to the demanding nature of the routes and dirt roads, we require riders to bring a Cyclocross or Gravel bike with 35-40c tires, and we highly recommend that your bicycle be equipped with a 11-32 cassette, and/or a compact crankset.  But please ask if you have questions about appropriate gearing or equipment.

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield is located in California’s Central Valley, below the southernmost foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  And while it probably isn’t high on your list of cycling destinations, this is best time of year to ride in this region of California, and we promise you’ll be surprised by the scenic beauty.  And the gravel/off-road riding is amazing, which why we’re headed to this location in the first place!  Bring your gravel tires and off-road gearing and prepare to enjoy the ride through challenging green hills, orchards, ranches and farmlands- both during our camp and during the Rock Cobbler event.


Day Schedule
Thursday This arrival and check in day at the CTS host hotel.  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 days ahead.
Friday Today’s endurance ride focuses on gravel riding skills as we head towards the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  We’ll climb toward scenic Keyesville and ride along the beautiful Kern river.  This is a technically challenging route with plenty of climbing, and we’ll be adding extra miles and extra climbs on dirt roads and trails along the route.   We will exceed 5 hours of total time on the bike today, and there is lots of riding to come! Lunch and ride data review is at the CTS base hotel at the conclusion of the ride.
Saturday The endurance ride today focuses on less miles with more gravel and off-road specific skills.   Lots of climbing and descending await as we spin through the orchards, ranch-land and mountains of California’s Central Valley.  We’ll even hit up some single-track riding today, including the locally famous Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride trail.  After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data you’ll again have the option for massage, followed by a group dinner.
Sunday We save the hardest ride for last at Gravel Endurance Camp – THE ROCK COBBLER!  The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this extremely challenging event.  It’s an event that has tested some of California’s top cyclists, but our coaches and support staff will help you conquer it too. A final data recall with coaches and the event after-party caps off a great block of huge miles which will boost your fitness for any endurance challenge in the year to come.



  • Entry into the 2017 Rock Cobbler
  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Daily ride/power analysis with CTS Coaches
  • Complete ride support, including hydration products and Bonk Breaker nutrition
  • Training presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
  • Two dinners and three lunches
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Location: Bakersfield, CA

Date: February 09-12, 2017

Price: $1200


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Back-to-back training days are key to preparing for epic spring and summer goal events. This camp includes long miles, on road and off-road, to prepare riders for tackling gravel events and will give your fitness a much-needed boost as you head toward your 2017 goals.

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Questions about camps? Call us at 866.355.0645

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A non-refundable $350 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, February 09, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 2:00-5:00 PM Thursday, February 09, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Thursday, February 09, 2017.

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using


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



Coming Soon


The Kern County Airport (BFL) is approximately 10 minutes from our host hotel in Bakersfield, CA.
LAX is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from our host hotel in Bakersfield (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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