Summer Camp 2019


9-time National Champions
#1 Ranked Varsity DII Team in 2017
2010 USAC Club of the Year

2019 Junior Development Cycling Camps

Mountain Bike: July 7-12

Road: July 14-19

Presented by CTS

Mars Hill University – Blue Ridge Mountains

July 7-12: Mountain Bike Camp
July 14-19: Road Camp

Or come for both! Campers registered for both will stay with counselors for the two days between camps (room, meals, and supervised activities included).

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 road tactics and race proven secrets to success. For 2019 we’ve added a mountain bike camp where we’ll teach skills and maneuvers with plenty of mileage to keep the stoke level high. Visit our FACEBOOK PAGE to learn more about last year’s camp and stay updated on this year’s developments.

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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. Nearby mountain biking trails include Kolo Bike Park, Bent Creek, DuPont, and Pisgah. 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.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP

WHEN: July 7-12 Drop Off: Sunday, July 7th 1-2pm. Pick Up: Friday, July 12th at 11am.

WHO: Mountain bike camp will be for male and female junior riders with significant mountain biking experience on at least green and blue level trails. If you think you’re a good fit, then please fill out and SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION FIRST before you REGISTER HERE at USA Cycling. We’ll review and get back to you in the order received, letting you know whether you’ve been accepted and are cleared to register. All campers must have a 2019 USA Cycling license.

WHAT: Campers will learn essential mountain bike skills and maneuvers, so that when we hit the trails each day for some mileage we’ll have plenty of opportunity to progress them. You’ll leave camp a stronger and more efficient mountain biker. We’ll keep the stoke level high by riding some of the best trail systems in Western North Carolina. We’ll utilize trails at places like Kolo Bike Park, DuPont, and Pisgah. Camp staff will include PMBI certified instructors who are also certified in Wilderness First Aid. This week of camp is timed to be great preparation for those going to Mountain Bike Nationals.

COST: Includes lodging, three meals per day, and snacks/drinks out on the trail.

Junior Athlete: $1250 (includes custom camp mountain bike jersey or road jersey if registered by May 13th. MTB jersey only comes in men’s S, M, L, XL)

Parent: $1150 (doesn’t include mountain bike jersey but one can be ordered by May 13th for $80. MTB jersey only comes in men’s S, M, L, XL)

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

 

ROAD CYCLING CAMP

WHEN: July 14-19 Drop Off: Sunday, July 14th 1-2pm. Pick Up: Friday, July 19th at 11am.

WHO: Aspiring male and female road racers ages 10-18. 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.
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COST: Includes lodging, three meals per day, and ride snacks/drink.

Junior/Collegiate Athlete: $950 (includes free camp road jersey if registered by May 13th)

Parent: $850 (doesn’t include a team jersey but you may order one by May 13th for $80)

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

 

LODGING and LOCATION (both camps): 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.

CONTACT:
Hugh Moran
hamoran@gmail.com
828.275.3950

Reid Beloni
rbeloni@trainright.com
704.577.3865

The camp’s Facebook page.

 

MORE INFO:

CAMP BENEFITS:
• Riding in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains.
• All meals and training fuel provided.
• Free official Mars Hill Cycling Camp jersey (If registered by May 13th)
• USAC upgrade points for attending camp: 3pts if upgrading from 4-3 (road)
• Led by USAC and PMBIA certified coaches, national champions, and professionals. Head are coaches certified in Wilderness First Aid.

MTB TOPICS COVERED:
• Skills-based instruction to make you stronger, more efficient and confident
• Racing and training strategies
• Endurance training plans and goal setting
• Race preparation, fueling, and recovery
• Equipment selection
• Mechanics workshop covering cleaning, maintenance, basic repair
• Core strength, flexibility, and proper bike fit
• Climbing, descending, cornering, braking, shifting,

ROAD TOPICS COVERED:
• 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.

2019 PRESENTATIONS

Jacob McGahey: Industry Nine Componentry’s Vice President will give a talk on mountain bike technology and how to get the most out of your fitness and skills by choosing the right equipment. (MTB Camp)

Mattew Busche: A former road professional who’s twice been US Pro Road Champ, Mattew completed three grand tours (including the 2014 Tour de France) and was selected to represent the US at world championships on a few occasions. Matthew is an Expert Coach at CTS and a big proponent of keeping the riding fun! (Road Camp)

FOX Factory: FOX will send a representative to talk about shocks and suspensions for mountain bikes. For over forty years, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for many types of vehicles, including of course the mountain bike. We’re fortunate to have their latest location in nearby Fletcher, just south of Asheville, NC.

Reid Beloni: A senior level 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. He’s also a USAC certified coach. Reid is a former collegiate racer who continues to excel as a category 1 racer. He’ll be available all week as one of camp’s co-directors. (MTB and Road Camps)

Nina Laughlin: An expert coach at Carmichael Training Systems, Nina also races professionally on the road and in cyclocross. She also had a successful collegiate racing career while earning a BS in Exercise Science from Appalachian State. Nina is also a USAC certified coach. (Road Camp)

Hugh Moran: Directing Mars Hill Cycling Camp for the last 8 years, Hugh will provide introductions to camp, including scheduling, expectations, and the answers to most of your questions. He will also be available to sit down individually with campers to discuss their strengths and areas of improvement witness during camp. (MTB and Road Camps)

CAMP STAFF and Ride Leaders

Hugh Moran: Former MHU cycling coach, USAC Level 2 coach,  PMBIA Certified Instructor, Wilderness First Aid Certified, former road professional
Reid Beloni: Senior CTS coach, USAC Level 2 coach, PMBIA Certified Instructor, Wilderness First Aid Certified, USAC national champion
Josh Whitmore: Expert CTS Coach, USAC Level 2 Coach, PMBIA Certified Instructor, Wilderness First Responder
Alexandra Christofalos: Former member of MHU Cycling Team and pro road racer.
Hannah Dickson: Member Brevard College MTB Team, Little Bellas and Brevard Academy MTB Club volunteer.

2019 MTB SCHEDULE

Sunday 7/7: Arrival, Intros, Equipment Check, Assessment

1:00-2:00pm Rider Registration and move-in, Dogwood Hall
2:00pm Introductions, name games, bike safety checks
4:00pm 1hr easy ride.
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm: Evening Discussion: Hugh Moran: camp schedule, expectations, Q&A
8:00pm Prep bikes for tomorrow. Relax. Games.
10:00pm Lights out

(ALL RIDING LOCATIONS TBD by WEATHER and TRAIL CONDITIONS)

Monday 7/8: KOLO Bike Park / Pisgah

7:30am Wake up
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Skills intro/practice, short group rides @ KOLO
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Pisgah Trail Ride
4:30pm Back in Mars Hill
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion: Jacob McGahey, VP Industry Nine Componentry
8:00pm Relax, review, play
10:00pm Lights out

Tuesday 7/9: KOLO Bike Park / Pisgah

7:30am Wake up
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am  Skills/maneuvers practice, progression @ KOLO
12:00pm lunch
1:00pm Pisgah Trail Ride
4:30pm Back in Mars Hill
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening DiscussionReid Beloni: Nutrition and Fueling
8:00pm Relax, review, play
10:00pm Lights out

Wednesday 7/10: Pisgah / DuPont

7:30am Wake up
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Trail ride sessioning technical sections
12:00pm Lunch
1::00pm Trail Ride
4:30pm Back in Mars Hill
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion w/ FOX Factory
8:00pm Relax, review, play
10:00pm Lights out

Thursday 7/11:  Pisgah / Dupont, Bike Cleaning/Maintenance

7:300am Wake Up.
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Long Trail Ride
1:00pm Lunch
2:30 Bike Cleaning and Mechanics workshop sponsored by ProGold
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening discussion
8:00pm Relax, review, play
10:00pm Lights out

Friday 7/12: Individual Conferences and Camper Pickup

7:30am Wake up.
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Individual camp reviews with coaches, pack up
11:00am Campers picked up by parents.

2019 ROAD SCHEDULE

Sunday 7/14: Arrival, Intros, Equipment Check, Ride, Assessment

1:00-2:00pm Rider Registration and move-in, Dogwood Hall  
2:00pm Introductions, name games, bike safety checks
4:00pm 1hr easy
ride. Course Map.
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm: Evening Discussion: Hugh Moran: camp schedule, expectations, Q&A
8:00pm Prep bikes for tomorrow. Relax. Games.
10:00pm Lights out

Monday 7/15: Skills/Drills, Hill Climb TT

7:30am Wake up 
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Skills and Drills, bike handling, cornering and TT starts, turnarounds
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Prep to ride to California Creek climb, TT, then possible add-on ride
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion: Reid Beloni, Nutrition and Fueling
8:00pm Relax. Games
10:00pm Lights out

Tuesday 7/16: Flat Time Trials, Mountainous Road Ride

7:30am Wake up 
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am  Ride to flat 10k TT course, pre-ride, mock race
12:30pm lunch
1:30-5pm
Road Ride TBD
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Nina Laughlin
8:00pm Relax. Games
10:00pm Lights out

Wednesday 7/17: Ride 151 climb and parkway to top of Mt Pisgah

7:30am Wake up
8:00am Breakfast
9:15am Load bikes for trip
10:45pm Arrive at base of 151, Mt Pisgah, lunch at top, descend.
4:00pm Leave driving back to Mars Hill
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion: Matt Busche, World Tour Pro, US Pro Road Champ
8:00pm Relax. Games
10:00pm Lights out 

Thursday 7/18:  Bike Cleaning/Maintenance Workshop, Mellowdrome

7:300am Wake Up.
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Mellowdrome: pacelines, attacking, bridging, sprinting, TT efforts, mock racing.
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm
Bike Cleaning and Mechanics workshop sponsored by ProGold
5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening discussion, individual camp reviews with coaches
10:00pm Lights out 

Friday 6/23: Individual Conferences and Camper Pickup

8:00am Wake up.
8:15am Breakfast
9:00am Individual camp reviews with coaches
11:00am Campers picked up by parents.

WHAT TO BRING (Road and MTB):

– Road Camp: Road bike in clean and proper working condition with junior gearing and at least 39×28 or similar ratio for climbing. You’ll need it!

– MTB Camp: Mountain bikes need to be of a good quality. They need to fit the rider, be mechanically sound and tuned, and have a decent front shock. Disc brakes are highly recommended. Wheels need to be 26″ or larger. We wouldn’t consider the bikes sold at a big box store like Wal-Mart to be of good quality, for example.

– A rear red blinky light for safety. Required by law. And for the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Road Camp)

– A front white light. Required for riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Road Camp)

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

– USA Cycling license. If you don’t have one, easiest to purchase online at usacycling.org 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)

– Riding glasses

– Water bottles (at least 2) and/or a hydration backpack for MTB Camp

– 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 these mountains.

– Casual clothes for off the bike activities.

– Bathing suit.

– Spare tire/tubes, seat pack (hydration backpack for MTB Camp), 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 plenty of snacks, bars, food, water. If you want something particular be sure to bring it.

– Money for extra snacks, souvenirs, etc.

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