CTS Buellton 2008

Photos from Carmichael Training Systems' spring endurance training camp in Buellton, CA (just outside Solvang)  in late February 2008. This was my second year at the camp. As before, the goal of the camp was to provide attendees an experience very similar to a pro spring training camp. Staff included Chris Carmichael, several other CTS coaches, 3 race mechanics from SRAM Neutral Race Support and 4 soingiers, complete sag support including spare bikes, wheels, etc and  daily post ride massages & coaching sessions. Each attendee was provided with a PowerTap power meter and assigned to one of the coaches for daily ride analysis. As last year a Field Test is administered the first day to set riding groups for the balance of the camp.

The final day is a ride known as The Stinger - a 10+ mile climb up Mt. Figueroa at an average 7.5% grade that is rated as a strong Category 1 by the pros; except this year, Chris Carmichael added an additional 28 miles and 1900' of climb compared to last year for those of us in dumb enough to go with him! The full route and elevation profile are included below. Go to www.trainright.com for more info on Carmichael's various camps and programs.

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