Summer Camp 2016

9-time National Champions
#1 Ranked Collegiate DII Team 2015
2010 USAC Club of the Year

Summer Cycling Camp
June 18-23, 2016

Mars Hill University – Blue Ridge Mountains

Get fast or stay at home! We are once again ready to rip your legs off and elevate your game. We’ll train your brain too—with elite level tactics and race proven secrets to success. Visit our FACEBOOK PAGE to learn more about last year’s camp and stay updated on this year’s developments.

We’ll use the week of camp to focus on teaching you how to train your weaknesses and race your strengths so that your next race will be a whole new experience. Camp will be great for those preparing for Junior Road Nationals in Louisville.


WHERE: Camp will be based at Mars Hill University’s beautiful campus nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The college provides immediate access to an amazing network of lightly traveled roads, including extended climbs, rolling terrain, and flat/fast rides along the river. Situated in Madison County (“The Jewel of the Blue Ridge”) Mars Hill’s neighbors include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Mitchell State Park, Pisgah National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, and the French Broad River. Mars Hill is just 18 miles north of vibrant Asheville, NC.

WHEN: June 18-23 Drop Off: Saturday, June 18th 1-2pm. Pick Up: Thursday, June 23rd at 11am.

WHO: Aspiring road racers ages 10-collegiate. Cyclists will be grouped based on experience, ability, and skill level. All cyclists must have prior group riding experience (racing isn’t required) and a current USA Cycling license. Parents are welcome.

COST: Includes lodging, three meals per day, and training food/drink. REGISTER HERE

Junior/Collegiate Athlete: $825 (includes free team jersey if pre-registered by APRIL 18)

Parent: $725 (doesn’t include a team jersey but you may order one for $80 by APRIL 18)

Sibling Discount: First camper full price, 10% off each additional sibling

LODGING and LOCATION: Air conditioned rooms in Dogwood Hall.
Mars Hill University
100 Athletic Street
Mars Hill,  NC 28754

Directions to Camp: Our location is Dogwood Hall on the campus of Mars Hill University. From I-26 take exit 11. Go left at the stop sign or stoplight. Climb the hill to the first light at Main Street. Go through light and descend through campus, turning left onto Dormitory Rd. Take your first right and follow it around to the two-story brick building set at the base of the hill.

Hugh Moran
The camp’s Facebook page.

• Riding in the beautiful mountains.
• All meals and training fuel provided.
• PowerTap wheels to demo for all campers.
• Free official Mars Hill University team jersey (If registered by April 18)
• USAC upgrade points for attending camp: 3pts if upgrading from 4-3
• Led by USAC certified coaches, national champions, and professionals.

• Race strategy and tactics for individuals and teams
• Skills and bike handling sessions
• Racing and training with a power meter
• Endurance training plans and goal setting
• Race preparation, fueling, and recovery
• Aerodynamics, power-to-weight, and equipment selection
• Mechanics workshop covering maintenance and basic repair
• Core strength, flexibility, and proper bike fit
• Climbing, descending, sprinting, cornering, time trialing, attacking, bridging

STAFF and PRESENTERS: A variety of elite coaches, pro riders, and industry experts will lend their expertise throughout camp.


Tristan Cowie: A senior level coach at Carmichael Training Systems, a national team member, and a multiple time collegiate national champion, Tristan has raced on the World Cup level and will give a talk on training and racing with a power meter.

Jacob McGahey: The operations manager at Industry Nine Componentry will give a talk titled “Speed Through Technology.” Jacob shares the secrets on how to get the most out of your fitness and tactics by choosing the right equipment for time trials, road races, and criteriums.

Shane Braley: Professional racer and ace mechanic, Shane will give a presentation on bike prep, washing, and basic mechanics. He will be camp mechanic and available to talk with riders about his experiences climbing the junior ranks in Europe.

Reid Beloni: An expert coach at Carmichael Training Systems, Reid will talk about everyday and race day nutrition and fueling. Reid holds a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech, as well as an MS in Exercise Science from Appalachian State. Reid is a former collegiate racer who continues to excel as a category 1 racer.

Hugh Moran and Matt Willing: The former and current coaches of MHU Cycling will sit down to discuss the prospects of collegiate cycling, including scholarships, athlete development, and how to find the best fit for your collegiate experience.

CAMP STAFF and Ride Leaders

Hugh Moran: Former MHU cycling coach, USAC Level 2 coach, former road professional
Matt Willing: MHU cycling coach, MHU Cycling alumnus, collegiate national champion
Alexandra Christofalos: MHU Cycling women’s team, road team leader
Shane Braley: Professional level racer, camp mechanic, junior development
Chad Capobianco: MHU Cycling alumnus, team captain of #1 ranked MHU team in nation
Josie Ritchie: MHU Cycling women’s team, multi-national champion

REGISTER online at

2016 SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Saturday 6/18: Arrival, Assessment, Equipment Set-up

1:00-2:00pm Rider Registration and move-in, Dogwood Hall  
2:00pm Introductions, name games, bike safety checks, set up some PowerTaps
4:00pm 1hr easy
ride. Course Map.
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion: week look-ahead with camp staff
8:00pm Finish setting up PowerTaps and prepping bikes for tomorrow. Relax.
10:00pm Lights out

Sunday 6/19: Skills/Drills, Climbing

7:30am Wake up 
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Skills and Drills, including TT starts, turnarounds
12:00pm Lunch
Climbing instruction (technique, pacing) on local 10-15min climbs
5:300pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion on Collegiate Cycling with Hugh Moran, Matt Willing and staff
8:00pm Relax. Upload first power files for review.
10:00pm Lights out 

Monday 6/20: Time Trials

7:30am Wake up 
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am  Ride to Collegiate National Time Trial Course. Mock race on 10k or 20k course using PowerTaps to gather data. Add-on option to ride 25mi lap of Collegiate National Road Race course.
Ride to TT course and back: Course Map.
12:30pm lunch
1:30-5pm Afternoon options
: Ride, relax/nap, games, review power files
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Reid Beloni on nutrition
8:00pm Relax. Review power files from the day.
10:00pm Lights out

Tuesday 6/21: Ride up Mt Mitchell (6,700ft) highest peak on east coast

7:30am Wake up
8:00am Breakfast
9:15am Load bikes for Mt Mitchell trip
10:45pm Arrive at Craggy Gardens on Blue Ridge Pkwy. Climb to top of Mt Mitchell, eat lunch, descend back to Craggy Gardens. Course map.
4:00pm Leave driving back to Mars Hill
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Tristan Cowie: Training and racing with a power meter.
8:00pm Relax. Review power files.
10:00pm Lights out 

Wednesday 6/22:  Criterium and Tactics Practice: Sprinting, Attacking, Bridging, Leadouts. Bike Cleaning/Maintenance Workshop

7:300am Wake Up.
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Bike Cleaning and Mechanics workshop with Shane Braley
11:30pm Lunch
Pack bikes and drive to Mellowdrome.
1:00pm Presentation on Speed Through Technology with Jacob McGahey.
2:00-4:00pm Criterium practice at Mellowdrome
5:30pm Mellowdrome Junior and Category races at Ring of Fire

8:00pm Return to MHU for dinner and race discussion
10:00pm Lights out 

Thursday 6/23: Individual Conferences and Camper Pickup

8:00am Wake up.
8:15am Breakfast
9:00am Individual Conferences
11:00am Campers picked up by parents.


– Road bike in clean and proper working condition with junior gearing and at least 39×28 for climbing.

– An Ant+ device (like a Garmin computer) that works with power meters like PowerTap

– A rear red blinky light for additional safety

– All camp paperwork/waivers completed by both rider and parents.

– USA Cycling license. If you don’t have, easiest to purchase online at but can also buy at camp check-in

– Pillows and linens or sleeping bag.

– Bath towels.

– Yoga mat

– Notebook/pen for taking notes during presentations.

– Helmet (without cracks)

– Sunglasses

– Water bottles (at least 2)

– Shoes (cycling and running)

– Riding clothes (3-4 kits), including jerseys, shorts, socks, gloves, glasses, rain cape, vest, arm warmers, knee warmers,  and whatever else you might deem appropriate. It’s summer but extreme weather and temperature changes can be expected atop Mt Mitchell.

– Casual clothes for off the bike activities.

– Spare tire/tubes, seat pack, pump or inflators, multi-tool.

– Sunscreen

– Toiletry kit including soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and any medications.

– Dirty clothes bag, soap for laundry. Laundry machines are free.

– We will have snacks and plenty of Hammer Nutrition products. If you want something else be sure to bring it.

– Money for extra snacks, souvenirs, etc.


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