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ROAD/GRAVEL CAMP
2024

July 15-20

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A 6-day overnight camp for male and female junior riders looking to develop skills, confidence, and fitness. Each day introduces new skills culminating in an epic day climbing switchbacks and through tunnels to the top of Mt Pisgah and then descending back down! We'll get in plenty of mileage on Madison County's lightly traveled roads, with short/steep climbs, long steady ascents/descents, and flat roads along the river. Group riding experience is a prerequisite.

What you can expect: skills and bike handling sessions; group riding etiquette and rotations; proper bike fit and position; aerodynamics, power-to-weight, and equipment selection; race strategy and tactics; fueling and recovery; bike  maintenance and repair; training plans and goal setting; core and off-bike strength training; mock racing exercises including climbing, sprinting, cornering, time trialing, attacking, bridging. Plus, picnics, games, movie nights, and swimming holes!

What about Gravel?

We are considering a hybrid road/gravel camp in 2024.  On paper this is still our road camp.  If we have more than 6 riders interested in the hybrid gravel camp, then for those riders over 50% of the ride time we will split off from the main group and ride gravel while working on gravel specific skills and training.  When not split off and riding road together these riders can swap to a road bike, change wheels, or ride their gravel tires on pavement. There will be road days at gravel camp. We won't be on gravel for every ride; if you would like to swap wheels or bikes for road days that is allowed/encouraged.

Mars Hill Cycling Camps and USA Cycling


For years Mars Hill Cycling Camps have aimed to provide not only a fun and enriching summer road and mountain bike overnight camp experience, but also to provide education and training to help campers reach the next level in their sport.  For 2024 we are again partnered with USA Cycling as a part of their Athlete Development Pathway Regional Camp system.  This means that campers who are looking to stand out and be recognized by USA Cycling’s development pathway will be able to use the Mars Hill Cycling Camps as a stage to do that. But all campers can expect the same riding, fun, and enrichment we’ve always provided. More info: USA Cycling's Athlete Development Pathway Camps

Drop Off: Mon, July 15, 1-2pm   Pick Up: Sat, July 20, 11am

Where: Camp is based at Mars Hill University, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Mitchell State Park, the Appalachian Trail, and the French Broad River.

Housing: Single (add-on) and double occupancy dormitory rooms, community bathrooms, separate wings for men and women.

Address:
Mars Hill University
Dogwood Hall
155 Townhouse Dr
Mars Hill, NC 
28754

Typical Camp Schedule: Scroll down for more info

Cost: $1650 (includes housing, 3 meals/day, snacks, fun!)

Required: USA Cycling license in order to participate

First, you need to fill out this form before you can register for

camp. If approved, we will email you a code that  be used on BikeReg to register and complete payment. FORM HERE

 

Register with Code:

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2023 ROAD SCHEDULE 
 

Monday 6/19: Arrival, Intros, Equipment Check, Ride, Assessment

1:00-2:00pm Rider Registration and move-in

2:00pm Introductions, bike safety checks

4:00pm 1hr easy ride

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm: Discussion: camp schedule, expectations, Q&A

8:00pm Prep bikes for tomorrow. Relax. Games. Bike TV.

10:00pm Quiet time

Tuesday 6/20: Skills & Drills, Uphill Time Trial

7:30am Wake up 

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Skills and Drills, bike handling, cornering, TT starts, turnarounds

12:00pm Lunch 

1:30pm California Creek uphill TT, possible add-on ride

5:30pm Dinner

6:30pm Guest Speaker: Traci Carson, PhD, MPH; on athlete health and nutrition

7:30pm Evening Meeting

8:00pm Relax. Games. Bike TV.

10:00pm Quiet time

Wednesday 6/21: Mellowdrome Track and Ring of Fire

7:30am Wake up 

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Mellowdrome: pacelines, attacking, bridging

12:00pm Picnic Lunch

1:00pm: Guest Speaker: pro Andrew Giniat

2:00-4pm Mellowdrome: mock racing, prep for Ring of Fire race

5:00pm Optional Junior and category racing at the Ring of Fire (on the Mellowdrome)

7:00pm Dinner 

7:30pm Evening Meeting

8:00pm Relax. Games. Bike TV.

10:00pm Quiet time

 

Thursday 6/22:  Flat TT, Afternoon Ride with pro Matthew Busche

7:300am Wake Up.

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am   Ride to flat 10k TT course, pre-ride, mock TT race

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Ride with pro Matthew Busche

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening Discussion & Meeting

8:00pm Relax. Games. Bike TV.

10:00pm Quiet time
 

Friday 6/23: Mt Pisgah, Bike Cleaning & Maintenance

7:30am Wake up

8:00am Breakfast

10:30 pm Hwy 151, Mt Pisgah climb and descend

1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm Bike Cleaning and Maintenance sponsored by ProGold

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening Meeting, Individual Conferences

8:00pm Relax. Games. Bike TV.

10:00pm Quiet time

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Saturday 6/24: Individual Conferences and Camper Pickup

8:00am Wake up.

8:15am Waffle Breakfast Party

9:00am Individual camp reviews with coaches

11:00am Campers picked up by parents.

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