Spring Epic Gravel Grinder Training Camp – Brevard


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 a CTS Bucket List Event 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.  Why? Riding gravel opens up an entirely new world of roads and routes. Your boring lunch time spin is transformed into the hour of power at the Dirt Roubaix. Soaking up knowledge at our camp, you will be able to ride gravel more comfortably, safer, and more confidently. Seize the opportunity and get out the door, new and fresh roads await.

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. There will be times of agony and pain while suffering up long climbs in the sun but then rejoice when we hit smooth and flowing dirt downhills where you can carve the turns with more confidence and skill.  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.: This is an excellent opportunity to travel to the same or similar road to your goal event and test your equipment in a controlled environment. Still trying to decide what gearing to use or the best trade off of traction and fast rolling this is the place to test it. Even if this is your first time riding gravel, the roads of North Carolina is one of the best places to learn.


Brevard, NC

About Brevard 

Brevard is a small town located in Western North Carolina, nestled between the Pisgah National Forest and the DuPont State Forest of the Appalachian Mountains. Known as the “land of waterfalls”, Brevard is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Brevard is not only famous for its abundant outdoor activities, but also plays host to a vibrant downtown scene with art galleries, terrific restaurants, theatre, the Brevard Music Center, and Brevard College.

Brevard, North Carolina is one of the top vacation destinations on the East Coast, and for good reason.  Situated just east of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest, Brevard is the gateway to thousands of acres of outdoor playground. And with a wide variety of restaurants, fine hotels, and cultural and natural sights and events through out the year, Brevard is a great place to come for a weekend, a week, or the rest of your life.

Further, Asheville is just as stone’s throw away… Known for its beautiful mountains, abundant outdoor activities and rich local history Asheville has been named One of the Top Ten Outdoor Towns (Outside Magazine, 2002) and one of the 10 Great Adventure towns in 2004 (National Geographic Adventure).

Temperatures in March can vary from 40-70 degrees at mid-day, and spring rains are likely.  Please come prepared to ride in all weather conditions.


Day Schedule
Day 1 – Wednesday  Wednesday is our check in and arrival day. We will have the doors open and waiting to greet you at 3:00 PM.  At this time you will drop off your bike with our mechanical support staff, get your goodie bag, and get to meet our great team of coaches.  Following check in we will have a group diner, staff and athlete introductions, and a nutrition lecture to set the tone for fueling for the weekend ahead.
Day 2 – Thursday https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16532109 After a mellow 12 mile roll out on pavement, this course features two long gravel climbs or Cathey’s Creek and later FS 475C, each followed by long and rugged descents off Gloucester Gap and Bennett Gap.  A great way to work on technical climbing and descending skills on more rugged terrain.  
Day 3 – Friday https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16532152  Starting up the FS 477 almost immediately, this is a technical and challenging climb.  It is followed by 15 miles of Parkway riding offering temporary reprieve before the final 25 miles that is almost entirely gravel.  The fast and flowy FS 5000 descent leads into the challenging FS 1206 climb which is followed by the never ending Yellow Gap Rd before descending back down FS 477 to the office.
Day 4 – Saturday https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16532260 Beginning with a gentle warm up through the Little River valley, the course turns up with the steep and seemingly endless mixed surface climb to Pinnacle Mountain.  A fast and fun descent is followed by the ever popular Green River gravel road which leads into the back side of Dupont State Forest.  Dupont is famous for its mixed use hiking, biking and equestrian trails which are great for ripping around on a gravel bike.  After exploring these fun trails we will descend down the flowy Cascade Lake Rd gravel and back to town.
Day 5 – Sunday(Optional Add-on Day) Race Blue Mountain Revival Productions Love Valley Roubaix.  CTS will have coaches racing, start/finish support, transport to and from the event from Brevard, and cover your entry into the event.


  • Daily training sessions with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
  • Certified Professional Mechanics
  • Use of PowerTap power meter
  • Daily power analysis with CTS Coaches
  • Complete Ride Support with hydration products and Bonk Breaker nutrition
  • Training Presentations with our Coaches
  • CTS Jersey
  • Two dinners and three lunches (extra day price includes a fourth meal)
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Location: Brevard, NC

Date: March 22-25, 2017

Price: $1200 (Optional Add-On Day $350)


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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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 . Camp registration will be from 3:00-5:00PM Wednesday, March 22, 2017 . You must provide your own transportation. The conclusion of the camp will be Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Bike Transport and Assembly

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS or your hotel by Wednesday, March 08, 2017.

If you are shipping your bike, we will gladly assemble it and have it waiting for you. We will also take care of packing your bike before it departs. If you wish to ship your bike, we recommend using Bike Flights. They provide door to door pick/up and delivery of your bike. You will need to pack your bike, or have it packed for you, and Bike Flights will take care of the rest.

Please ship your bicycle to:

Carmichael Training Systems
11 Mama’s Way
Suite B
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


Hampton Inn Brevard
275 Forest Gate Drive
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Holiday Inn Express
1570 Asheville Highway
Brevard, NC 28712

Red House Inn
266 West Probart Street
Brevard, NC 28712


Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is a short 30 minute drive to our offices.

Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) is an approximate 2.5 hour drive away, and Greenville Regional Airport (GSP) is approximately 90 minutes drive from Brevard.

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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