Summer Camp 2016

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

Summer Cycling Camp, June 12-23 2016

Session 1: June 12-17
Session 2: June 18-23
Or stay for both!

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.

Atop Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi.

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: Two sessions this year! Session 1 is June 12-17. Session 2 is June 18-23. Or you can do both and stay the whole time.

Session 1: Drop Off: Sunday, June 12th 1-2pm. Pick Up: Friday, June 17th: 11am.

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

Campers staying over for both sessions will remain in Dogwood Hall and under adult counselor supervision. We’ll find something fun to do during the short break.

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. Limited slots so reserve early. REGISTER HERE

Junior/Collegiate Athlete: $825 per session or $1600 for both sessions (includes free team jersey if pre-registered by APRIL 18)

Parent: $725 per session or $1400 for both sessions (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.


Andy Applegate: A USAC Level 1 coach working with Carmichael Training Systems, Andy will give a presentation on road racing strategy and tactics.

Lesli Andrews: A USAC Level 1 coach, Lesli will lead our skills and drills sessions, which she also does for USAC’s regional ID camps. She’ll also give a talk on the “Power of Mind.” Lesli is a longtime coach, mentor, and all around supporter of junior cycling and has a masters degree in exercise physiology.

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.

Andy Crater: A longtime pro level racer with national titles and NRC wins under his belt, Andy is a USAC level 3 coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Teacher’s Assistant and will lead morning exercises focusing on flexibility, core strength, and breathing techniques. As member of camp staff, Andy will be a daily ride leader and coach, as well as camp chef.

Debbie Milne: Former national road champion, Registered Dietician, Masters in Nutrition. Debbie will talk on both everyday and race-day nutrition for both long term health and cycling performance. She also will be on camp staff as a ride leader, coach, and camp chef.

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.

Tristan Cowie: An expert level coach at Carmichael Training Systems, and a national team member and multiple time collegiate national champion, Tristan will give a talk on training and racing with power.


Hugh Moran: Former MHU cycling coach, USAC Level 2 coach, former road professional
Matt Willing: Current MHU cycling coach, MHU Cycling alumnus, 2011 Road Team National Champion
Andy Crater: professional racer, Registered Yoga Teacher, USAC Level 3 coach
Debbie Milne: professional racer, Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Shane Braley: professional racer, camp’s official mechanic
Chad Capobianco: MHU Cycling alumnus, ride leader
Alex Christofalos: MHU Cycling women’s team member, ride leader
Jose Ritchie: MHU Cycling women’s team member, ride leader

REGISTER online at

(2016 TBD but will be similar)

Sunday 6/14: 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.
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Debbie Milne: Everyday nutrition and fueling for racing and training.
8:00pm Finish setting up PowerTaps and prepping bikes for tomorrow. Relax.
10:00pm Lights out

Monday 6/15: Skills/Drills, Time Trialing

8:00am Wake up 
8:15am Yoga/Breakfast with Andy Crater
10:00am Skills and Drills, including TT starts, turnarounds with Leslie Andrews
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Ride to Collegiate National Time Trial Course. Mock race 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.
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Leslie Andrews: Sports Psychology and Power of the Mind.
8:00pm Relax. Upload first power files for review.
10:00pm Lights out 

Tuesday 6/16: Criterium and Tactics Practice: Sprinting, Attacking, Bridging, Leadouts

8:00am Wake up 
8:15am Yoga/Breakfast with Andy Crater
10:00am Pack bikes and drive to Mellowdrome.
11:00am: Session 1
1:00pm: Picnic lunch
2:00: Session 2
pm Pack bikes and return to Mars Hill
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Tristan Cowie: Training and racing with a power meter.
8:00pm Relax. Review power files from Mellowdrome.
10:00pm Lights out

Wednesday 6/17: Ride up Mt Mitchell (6,700ft) highest peak on east coast

8:00am Wake up
8:15am 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
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion: Jacob McGahey: Equipment selection, aerodynamics and power-to-weight.
8:00pm Relax. Review power files.
10:00pm Lights out 

Thursday 6/18: Bike Cleaning/Maintenance, More Riding

8:00am Wake Up.
8:15am Yoga/Breakfast with Andy Crater
9:15am Bike Cleaning and Mechanics workshop with Shane Braley
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Ride
with short and long options.
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Andy Applegate: individual and team tactics.

8:00pm Relax and Individual Conferences
10:00pm Lights out 

Friday 6/19: 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.

– 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 tires, tubes, seat pack, pump or inflators, multi-tool.

– Sunscreen

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

– Dirty clothes bag, quarters/soap for laundry.

– 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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