Women’s road cycling training camps
March 30 – April 2, 2013 – Warrenton, Virginia
August 2013, date TBD (please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
January 17-20, 2013 – Solana Beach, California
March 7-10, 2013 – Solana Beach, California
2 or 4 days of coached riding for beginner to intermediate riders
$150 per day
What the camp includes:
- Skills clinics: climbing, descending, cornering, improving your riding confidence, techniques to ride safer and faster, nutrition for training and events
- 35 – 60 miles riding per day (short and long route options)
- Full on the road professional level support
- All sports nutrition, gels, bars, on the road snacks and food provided
- One on one coaching with experienced coaches
- Product samples and saddle trials
- Cooking demonstration (Solana Beach) or Yoga Class (Warrenton)
- Discount at HERevolution during the camp (Solana Beach)
- Basic mechanical knowledge class
- A friendly, accommodating and safe environment to improve your bike skills or fitness
- 2 or 4 day options. Includes all coaching, support, on the road food and energy products, skills clinic, maintenance clinic, yoga / cooking demo. Hotel costs & evening dinners not included.
Who is this camp for?
CCSD women’s camps attract a variety of women cyclists, all with a common goal of improving their fitness, bike skills and knowledge about road cycling. Riders are generally aged anywhere between 30 and 70 and usually have some experience riding on the road and in groups, but not always. Riders should be able to complete a ride of 30 miles, which may be a challenging ride for them but with the CCSD support on the road riders usually manage to achieve far more than they usually do when riding along.
Below are a few examples of women who have joined our last few camps to give you an idea if the camp is suitable for you:
Isabelle: Isabelles rides several times a week with friends doing ~30 miles rides but was seeking a training camp where she could improve her bike skills, in particular climbing and descending. Over the course of a four day camp she got stronger and more confidente every day and on the last day completed her longest ride so far at 65 miles.
Gillian: Gillian rides frequently on trails and bike paths and has good fitness but had never ridden on the road before. She rides a hybrid bike with flat pedals and joined the camp for two days in order to learn how to ride in groups on the road in a safe environment. During the training camp she opted for the shorter routes when available but was able to keep up with riders on much lighter road bikes, a testament to her fitness!
Courtney: Courtney had been riding a road bike for 1 1/2 years, rides regularly in groups in New York and has completed a few 100 mile rides. She wanted to escape the cold weather and ride in the sun with a nice group of women. She opted for the longer mileage options and was able to learn new skills and techniques to help her improve her cycling speed and bike handling.
If you’re unsure if the camp is suitable for you please email me or call me to discuss your current riding. Many women are concerned they will be the slowest and not be able to keep up, however we have ride leaders and a support car to make sure you’re never alone and the tone of the camp is to ride steady paced miles in a supportive environment.
What’s a typical camp day?
Each camp day is a little different but below is a rough guide for what a day might look like:
- Meet at 8.30am for briefing
- Skills clinic or educational component (e.g. nutrition, pacing, climbing, descending etc)
- Ride of 30-60 miles (short and long options are usually offered). During the ride there is plenty of one on one coaching and we often regroup to do particular skills demonstrations and practice. A support car is always out on the road to assist you if necessary along with ride leaders and coaches.
- After the ride we usually grab some lunch somewhere and eat it during an afternoon seminar (on e.g. bike mechanics, biking technique, training plans).
- On one afternoon we usually have a massage therapist present to pamper you after the ride. Another afternoon we do cooking demo / yoga.
- Every afternoon there is time to address specific personal goals / issues with coaches (or you may just want to relax and take a nap)
- In the evening we meet for dinner at a local restaurant
Where do we stay?
Riders who travel to the camp usually stay in our base hotel in either Solana Beach, CA or Warrenton, VA where we arrange a group rate. More details on this will be sent to registered riders. Local riders join us on a daily basis and are not required to stay at the base hotel.
Please see our FAQs here and if that doesn’t answer your questions please get in touch. There are no silly questions!