gravel cycling camp

Strada Rossa Gravel Cycling Camp March 2020

  • California
  • Mar 18 - 21, 2020
  • Cycling Gravel
Camp dates are subject to change pending the 2020 Strada Rossa event date release.

Ride Great Gravel, Practice Off-Road Skills, and Finish With the Strada Rossa Gravel Event

If you’ve signed up for a gravel cycling event in 2020, 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 extreme event like the Dirty Kanza 200 or any other gravel grinder, 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 Strada Rossa might just be the most fun multi-surface event you tackle all year, and we’re adding two days of great riding in the foothills of the San Bernardino 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.


Endurance Miles + Event


3 Days / 2 Nights


25-90 Miles


1500-5500 FT


Gravel / Short Climbs

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
  • Training Presentations
  • Power File Analysis
  • Q&A With Coaches
  • 1 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Use of NormaTec Recovery System
  • Entry Into Strada Rossa VI
  • Bike Build & Prep For Shipping
  • Daily Bike Tune & Wash
  • CTS Jersey

Recommended Accommodations

CTS host hotel TBD.

Additional Details


  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation To/From Airport
  • Bike Shipping or Rental
  • 2 Breakfasts / 1 Dinner


  • Pre/Post Camp Private Coach Ride
  • Daily Massage


  • Recommended Gearing: 1-to-1 gear ratio is minimally recommended (example = 34 tooth chainring with 34 or 36 tooth cassette, or a 40-42 up front with 42 cassette)
  • Special items outside normal camp packing list: Tubeless gravel tires, spare gravel tire, extra tire sealant, spare tubes and flat kit for during the event, hydration pack

Camp Itinerary


CHECK-IN DAY – 3/18/2020

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

Arrival: This is 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 group dinner and a preview of the days ahead.

Dinner @ 6:00-8:00PM



Mileage: 50-70
Elevation Gain: 2000-3500 FT
Ride Time: 3.5 – 4.5 Hours

Description: Today’s endurance ride focuses on gravel riding skills as we head towards the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountain Range. 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 host hotel at the conclusion of the ride.

Training Presentation @ 3:30PM

Lunch: @ 3:00-3:30PM



Mileage: 20-50
Elevation Gain: 1500-3500 FT
Ride Time: 3 – 3.5 Hours

Description: The endurance ride today focuses on less miles with more gravel and off-road specific skills. Lots of climbing and descending await. After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data you’ll again have the option for massage, followed by a group dinner.

Training Presentation @ 5:30PM

Lunch @ 2:00-2:30PM
Dinner @ 6:30-7:30PM



Mileage: 90-110 (Route Changes Every Year)
Elevation Gain: 5500+ FT
Ride Time: 6 – 9 Hours

Description: We save the hardest ride for last at Gravel Endurance Camp – The Strada Rossa VI.  The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help you conquer this 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.

Lunch @ 2:00-5:00PM

Camp Conclusion:

he camp concludes at the end of the Strada Rossa event on the afternoon of March 16th.  The ride finishes with a meal and post-ride party for all event participants. CTS will pack your bike for departure after you finish the ride.

About 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 riding through challenging green hills, orchards, ranches and farmlands- both during our camp and during the Rock Cobbler event.
Photo: Nick Chapman


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

The Ontario, CA Airport (ONT) is approximately 25 minutes from Redlands, CA. The John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA is approximately 1 hour from Redlands, CA. LAX is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Redlands (allow more time during high traffic periods).

If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at the Host Hotel (TBD) by March 17th so we can have it built and prepped in time for camp.

If you plan to ship your bike, we recommend using

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

Strada Rossa Gravel Cycling Camp March 2020
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