Summer Camp 2018

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

Junior Development Cycling Camp

Presented by CTS
June 17-22, 2018

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.


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 12-22 Drop Off: Sunday, June 17th 1-2pm. Pick Up: Friday, June 22nd at 11am.

WHO: Aspiring road male and female 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 May 1st)

Parent: $725 (doesn’t include a team jersey but you may order one for $80 by May 1st)

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.
• Free official Mars Hill University team jersey (If registered by May 1st)
• 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.

(2018 info updated soon…)

Matthew Busche: is an expert level coach at Carmichael Training Systems. He started cycling in 2007 and turned professional in 2010, winning the US Pro Road title two times and competing in several grand tours, including the 2014 Tour de France. Matthew will talk on individual and team tactics.

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: (tentative) 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.

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.

And possibly more…

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
Reid Beloni: Expert CTS coach, USAC Level 2 coach, current USAC national champion
Emily Strange: Member of MHU Cycling Team, #1 ranked Varsity DII program in 2017
Erich Mesquita: Member of MHU Cycling Team, #1 ranked Varsity DII program in 2017

REGISTER online at

2017 SCHEDULE  (Subject to change based on weather, etc. 2018 schedule updated soon but similar)

Sunday 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
4:00pm 1hr easy
ride. Course Map.
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion: Matthew Busche: individual and team strategy and tactics
8:00pm Finish prepping bikes for tomorrow. Relax.
10:00pm Lights out

Monday 6/19: Skills/Drills, Criterium practice

7:30am Wake up 
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Skills and Drills, bike handling, cornering and TT starts, turnarounds
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm Pack bikes and drive to Mellowdrome.
1:00pm Presentation on Speed Through Technology with Jacob McGahey (tentative)
2:00-4:00pm Criterium skills: paceline, leadout, timed efforts, mock racing at Mellowdrome
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Discussion with Tristan Cowie: exercise physiology and training with a power meter
8:00pm Relax. Games
10:00pm Lights out

Tuesday 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 power meters to gather data.
Ride to TT course and back: Course Map.
12:30pm lunch
1:30-5pm Afternoon options
: Mountainous Ride for those looking to add on miles, or relax/nap and other camp activities TBD like swimming, games.
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

Wednesday 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: Opportunities in Collegiate Cycling
8:00pm Relax. Review power files.
10:00pm Lights out 

Thursday 6/22:  Bike Cleaning/Maintenance Workshop, Road ride working on all we’ve learned at camp

7:300am Wake Up.
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Bike Cleaning and Mechanics workshop sponsored by ProGold
12:30pm Lunch
Road ride TBD based on fitness levels
5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening discussion: reviewing camp, individual conferences
10:00pm Lights out 

Friday 6/23: Individual Conferences and Camper Pickup

8:00am Wake up.
8:15am Breakfast
9:00am Wrap up 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 or similar ratio for climbing. You’ll need it!

– A rear red blinky light for additional safety. Required by law.

– A front white light. Required for riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

– 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 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.

– Bathing suit.

– 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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