It’s Spring in Tucson!
February may mean snow, cold, and trainer rides for most areas of the country, but Tucson in February is a cyclist’s paradise. We’ve put together a five-and-a-half-day camp of riding and presentations to help you kick off your 2017 season. This camp focuses on endurance training with a power meter – longer rides at moderate, steady intensities – all under the guidance of our experienced coaching staff. You’ll learn training techniques and group riding skills under the supervision of the coaches. All camp rides are fully supported with a high coach to athlete ratio, full SAG support, and our mechanics will wash and tune your bike after every ride.
This is an excellent camp for establishing a base of early season fitness.
We put riders in groups based on skill and strength, so whether you’re a beginner or a veteran racer, each day will be appropriately challenging. Daily rides will be in the 3.5-4.5 hour range. Every bike will also be outfitted with a PowerTap power meter, and each day you will sit down with your assigned Carmichael Training Systems coach to analyze your training data (If you have your own power meter, please bring that with you.) Additionally, there are training presentations on the latest information on training with power and sports nutrition for peak performance. So along with a great training camp to give a boost to your fitness, you’ll leave with plenty of information to help you get the most out of your training.
Tucson is a great location for your Spring Camp. The dry, warm weather and over 500 miles of metro bikeways makes Tucson the winter training home for many professional cyclists and triathletes. Tucson is located in Southern Arizona surrounded by Saguaro Cacti and overlooked by our 9000’ peak, Mount Lemmon. In April 2006, the League of American Bicyclists promoted the Tucson region to “Gold” status on their certification system of the nation’s most “bicycle friendly” cities, making Tucson one of only seven cities in the U.S. to earn such distinguished status. Furthermore, two of the most popular and highly regarded bicycling publications, Bicycling and VeloNews, continue to rank our city in the top tier of “bicycle friendly” cities nationwide.
The weather during this time of year can vary from 60-75 degrees as a daily high. Morning lows will be in the high 40s to 50s. Chances of rain are very minimal but come prepared for all weather conditions.
|Monday||This arrival and check in day at CTS. The CTS Tucson Regional Office is located at 7000 E. Tanque Verde, Suite 10. If you’d like to add any lab testing or a bike fit to your camp, it’s best to arrive before noon on this day. Bike Drop off and Registration is from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. At 6:00pm we will meet for dinner at a local restaurant and have our first group meeting and go over the week’s activities.|
|Tuesday||We start camp with a bike handling skills session and the CTS Field Test. Even the best pros spend time working on their skills and there is plenty to learn from the coaches leading and demonstrating the drills. The CTS Field Test will allow you to set a bench mark for the early part of the year, as well as allow the coaches to appropriately set your training ranges for the rest of camp. After we get done with the test, we’ll continue on riding for another couple of hours. The total length of this ride will be 3.5-4 hours. After lunch at the office, you’ll sit down with your assigned CTS coach to analyze your power file and review the field test information. The afternoon is free time, and we’ll meet again for a group dinner at a local restaurant, during which we will have a coach led training presentation on Sport Nutrition for Peak Performance.|
|Wednesday||Today’s endurance ride we will head east of Tucson today, past the stunning Saguaro National Park and along the scenic Rincon Mountains as we ride towards Pistol Hill and Colossal Cave. We’ll ride through the tiny town of Vail Arizona en route to the edge of Southern Arizona wine country. The length of the ride is 3.5-4 hours. Lunch will be ready at the conclusion of the ride, and in the afternoon you’ll again sit down with your assigned coach for power file analysis of the day’s ride. In the afternoon there will be a coaches’ presentation on Nutrition for Peak Performance. That will conclude the day and you’ll be on your own for dinner.|
|Thursday||Today we’ll ride to the west side of Tucson, through the beautiful Sonoran desert and Saguaro National Park West. A steep and winding climb over Gates Pass will preclude an easy spin through the University of Arizona campus. This ride will be 4 to 4.5 hours. Lunch and power file analysis will follow the ride, then we’ll meet again as a group for dinner in the evening.|
|Friday||Today’s ride will follow a gradual climb to the north side of Tucson and through the town of Oro Valley is in store for today. We’ll skirt the foothills of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains en route to scenic loops through Saddlebrook and Rancho Vistoso communities. Today’s ride will be 3-4 hours. Lunch and individual power file analysis will follow the ride. We will have our final group dinner in the evening at a local favorite restaurant.|
|Saturday||We save the hardest ride for last at Climbing Camp – Mount Lemmon! The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this challenging “hors catégorie” climb. It’s a mountain that is used my many of the local professionals for training. And while this mountain will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy a spectacular ride that takes you from the saguaro cacti of the desert up to cool pine forests, brisk air, and dramatic windblown igneous rock formations. This ride caps off a great week of desert riding. Lunch again will be waiting for you back at the office and be followed by a final sit down with your assigned coach to review the week’s training data. This will conclude the camp, and those looking to head out of town early will be done by 3pm.|
- Daily training sessions and on-the-bike coaching with Carmichael Training Systems Coaches
- Training presentations from CTS Coaches
- Use of a PowerTap power meter for the duration of the camp (if you don’t have a power meter)
- Fully supported rides with on the road mechanics, sports nutrition and hydration products, and a high coach to athlete ratio
- Professional Mechanics
- Daily wash and tune of your bike
- Bike assembly and packing pre and post camp (shipping costs excluded)
- CTS cycling jersey
- 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: February 13-18, 2017
Registration:Book your spot
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This is an excellent camp for establishing a base of early season fitness. We put riders in groups based on skill and strength, so whether you're a beginner or a veteran racer, each day will be appropriately challenging. Daily rides will be in the 3.5-4.5 hour range.