Cycling Camp – Climbing 101 in Tucson

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Is this camp right for me?

Is this camp right for me?

If you want to improve your cycling, climbing, and descending skills this is the right camp for you.

Climbing 101 camps are perfect for cyclists looking to improve climbing and descending performance, and also looking to learn essential road cycling skills like riding close to other cyclists, basic drafting, eating and drinking on the move, etc. This is a great camp for riders who find climbing, descending, and/or riding in a group intimidating.

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate road cyclists who want to get better at riding, learn about training, and those who simply get in a good 3-day training block. Each day will include 3-4 hours of riding, and we’ll complement the work we do on the bike with coach-led training presentations on sports nutrition, training with power, and other topics. You will also sit down individually with a coach for one-on-one power file data analysis after every ride. All camp rides feature full mechanic and nutrition support and a high coach-athlete ratio.

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Wednesday

    This is the arrival and check-in day at CTS Tucson. Camp registration and bike drop off is from 2-5 pm. Our address is 7000 E Tanque Verde, Suite 10, Tucson AZ, 85715. At 5pm we will meet as a group at the CTS office for a Camp Overview and Nutrition Presentation. Dinner to follow at a local restaurant.

  • Day 1 – Thursday

    Camp will start with some fun skills work to get warmed up, and then we will move on to the CTS Field Test. Coaches will use your power data from this exercise to determine your training ranges and most efficient climbing pace. If you don’t have a power meter on your bike, we’ll put a PowerTap power meter on your bike for you to use throughout the camp. The ride will continue after the field test with an emphasis on working on group riding skills as well as handling momentum changes on rolling hills. Total ride duration will be 3-4 hours. After lunch, CTS coaches will provide individual feedback on your Field Test results. Later in the afternoon, we’ll discuss how to get the most out of riding with a power meter.

  • Day 2 – Friday

    Day 2 of the camp, we’ll use the training information gained from the test to perform a key cycling workout. Climbing Repeats are one of the most targeted workouts you can do to improve your climbing fitness. We’ll also spend time on the skills you need to go downhill quickly, safely, and efficiently. Total ride duration today will be about 3.5-4 hours. Lunch will be waiting for you when you get back, and in the afternoon you will sit down individually to review the data from your intervals. We end the day with a fun group dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

  • Day 3 – 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. Camp concludes with a final individual data recall with CTS coaches and a final group lunch at the CTS office.

Additional Details & FAQs

Cycling Camp – Climbing 101 in Tucson

April 5-8, 2017
Tucson, AZ

Climbing 101 camps are perfect for cyclists looking to improve climbing and descending performance, and also looking to learn essential road cycling skills like riding close to other cyclists, basic drafting, eating and drinking on the move, etc. This is a great camp for riders who find climbing, descending, and/or riding in a group intimidating.

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate road cyclists who want to get better at riding, learn about training, and those who simply get in a good 3-day training block. Each day will include 3-4 hours of riding, and we’ll complement the work we do on the bike with coach-led training presentations on sports nutrition, training with power, and other topics. You will also sit down individually with a coach for one-on-one power file data analysis after every ride. All camp rides feature full mechanic and nutrition support and a high coach-athlete ratio.

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