mammoth gran fondo camp

Mammoth Gran Fondo Cycling Camp September 2020

  • California
  • Sep 7 - 12, 2020
  • Cycling
Ride the breathtakingly scenic Mammoth Gran Fondo and spend the days before riding the challenging and beautiful roads of the Eastern Sierra.

Join us for a late-summer Mammoth Mountain get-away with this five-day cycling camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This camp focuses on endurance riding, coaching-based rides, and riding with power. And we will finish the week with the challenging and scenic Mammoth Gran Fondo.

You will improve your cycling skills and knowledge while riding with our top coaches and learn everything you need to successfully complete the Gran Fondo. All camp participants will receive an entry into Mammoth Gran Fondo route of their choice (102, 70 or 42 miles).

In the week before the Mammoth GF, we will ride some spectacular routes in the Mammoth Lakes area. Rides include Red’s Meadow, Minaret Summit and the June Lake loop as well as Upper Rock Creek road – the highest paved road in the state of California! Previous Mammoth camp athletes have called the riding at this camp some of the best they have done anywhere in the world! Our concluding challenge is the Mammoth Gran Fondo which now has 75 miles of the course closed to traffic and includes KOM/QOM challenges on the course.

The camp is five days of riding and working with CTS Coaches. Every bike will be outfitted with a power meter and the power files will be analyzed daily by your assigned coach. You’ll learn numerous training and riding techniques and get to practice these techniques under the supervision of the coaches. Although the terrain around Mammoth is challenging, we welcome riders of all levels to this camp.


Endurance Miles + Gran Fondo


5 Days / 5 Nights


40-80+ Miles


1500-6000 FT


Rolling Hills / Mountainous

The CTS Camp Experience

Personalized Training Advice From Professional Coaches, Unparalleled Support, World-Class Locations, and Lasting Memories
  • Ride With CTS Coaches
  • Professional Mechanics
  • Nutrition & Hydration Products
  • Support Vehicle
  • Daily Use of Power Meter
  • Training Presentations
  • Power File Analysis
  • Q&A With Coaches
  • 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Use of NormaTec Recovery System
  • Mammoth Gran Fondo Entry
  • Iconic Cycling Location
  • Bike Build & Prep For Shipping
  • Daily Bike Tune & Wash
  • CTS Jersey

Recommended Accommodations

The Village Lodge at Mammoth

All rides, presentations, meals and the Gran Fondo start/finish are in the Mammoth Mountain Village, so we highly recommend you take advantage of these great rates and convenient location.

To Book Lodging ONLINE:

Individuals may book ONLINE until the room block cutoff date, August 23, 2020 by accessing our online website provided below:

To Book Lodging and Activities 800-MAMMOTH:

Please call 800-MAMMOTH (1-800-626-6684) before Friday August 23, 2019 for reservations by referencing the group name Carmichael Training Systems or Booking ID: 28334. Reservations are subject to the deposit and cancellation policies quoted online or by the vacation specialist. Please note applicable taxes and fees are subject to change at the time of your stay.

Discounted Group activity rates will be available to guests of Vertical Cure staying at MMSA Lodging for this program.  Individuals may call 800-MAMMOTH (1-800-626-6684) by Friday August 23, 2019 for reservations and are subject to the deposit and cancellation policies quoted by the vacation specialist.  Please advise your attendees to reference Carmichael Training Systems or Booking ID: 28334 when booking their reservation to receive the Group Rates on Activities.  After August 23, 2020 activities may be purchased at the retail rate.

Additional Details


  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation To/From Airport
  • Bike Shipping or Rental


  • Pre/Post Camp Private Coach Ride
  • Daily Massage


  • Recommended Gearing: 11-28 Cassette and Compact

Camp Itinerary


CHECK-IN DAY – September 7, 2020

Where: The Village Lodge at Mammoth

Check-in Time: 2:00-5:00PM

Arrival: On Monday athletes will get a chance to meet CTS coaches and relax before the challenging days of riding ahead. Camp registration and bike drop begins at 2pm. We make sure your bike is properly tuned and ready to go for the upcoming training week. At 6:30pm we will have our first camp dinner provided by CTS. The itinerary for the week will be discussed during dinner.



For the first day of riding, athletes will arrive at 8:30 am ready to ride the out the picturesque “Green Church road”. Coaches will spend a few minutes discussing group riding protocol, and we’ll spend some time practicing proper pacelines and the correct techniques for riding in a group. We keep the pace easy on this first day of riding to help ease into the high altitude of Mammoth (around 8,000 ft). Our acclimatization ride will have several different length options so riders can choose how far to ride on this day based on how they are handling the altitude. Longer options will include the Mammoth Scenic Loop and a climb up to Minaret Summit. We will break for a delicious CTS lunch, followed by an individual data review of the morning’s ride. We will finish the day with dinner at Gomez’s in the Village.



Today’s route will put your fitness and climbing legs to the test as we tackle the challenging Upper Rock Creek road – the highest paved road in the state of California at over 10,200 ft. The views are amazing, but the air starts getting thin if you make it to the top. CTS coaches will instruct athletes beforehand on proper climbing technique along with how to properly pace on long climbs such as Upper Rock Creek. After the epic day is finally completed, a hard earned lunch will be provided by CTS, along with a data review from the ride. After the data review, CTS coaches will provide a presentation on Sports Nutrition. Tonight’s dinner is on your own at one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the Village.



Our route today will take us north from Mammoth Village and on a scenic loop around June Lake and Grant Lake. We will have multiple routes available today for a variety of riding options, and while we won’t ride any massive climbs like Upper Rock Creek Road, we will do a series of small climbs and accumulate 3500-5000 ft of elevation gain and 45-65 miles high altitude mountain riding. The coaches will spend time focusing on group riding skills and conserving energy while riding in a group. Athletes will be provided with lunch accompanied by power data review and a presentation on training with power. Dinner is on your own at a local restaurant.



Today is set aside as an easier ride in advance of the Gran Fondo. We will do a scenic and comfortably paced pedal around Lake Mary, and athletes looking for a few more miles and can do the climb to the Minaret Summit overlook. After the morning ride, enjoy the afternoon and the beautiful surrounding scenery. At 6:30 pm the group will meet for the Gran Fondo dinner at Campo restaurant.



It’s Gran Fondo day! The ride begins at 7:30 am right outside of our host hotel. Enjoy the course, ride hard and smart and we’ll see you at the finish! Following the Gran Fondo we’ll enjoy a post-ride lunch and a review your ride data one last time. We’ll meet at 6:30 for a final group dinner at 53 restaurant in the Village to swap stories from the ride and recap the week.

About Mammoth, California


Mammoth Lakes, CA is located at 7800 ft on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The town is only a short drive from Yosemite National Park and a few miles north of Mount Whitney – the highest peak in the contiguous US! While Mammoth Lakes is better known as a winter resort town – Mammoth Mountain is home to some of the best skiing in California – it is a summer destination for MTB trails and hidden gem of great road riding. Mammoth Lakes hosted host the 2015 & 2016 Mountain Bike National Championships and they have hosted the Mammoth Gran Fondo (formerly known as the High Sierra Fall Century) for 22 years! Join CTS as we spend a week exploring the roads of this cycling destination. The weather during this time of year can vary from 45-85 degrees as a daily high temperature and mountain weather can be unpredictable. Come prepared for all weather conditions!


If you have additional questions, our Athlete Services will be happy to answer them:  //   866.355.0645

We recommend you arrive on September 6, 2020. Registration will be from 3:00-5:00pm. 

Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) is the closest airport to Mammoth Lakes. It is 10 minutes away and the resort offers a free shuttle service.
The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 320 miles and an approximate 5 hour drive away.
The Reno International Airport (RNO) is 165 miles and an approximate 3 hour drive away.

If you send your bike to Mammoth Lakes, please use the following address:

The Village Lodge c/o Carmichael Training Systems | 1111 Forest Trail | Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using

Mammoth Gran Fondo Cycling Camp September 2020
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