Ride the legendary climbs of Boulder Colorado, the training ground for many top professional cyclists and triathletes and legends like Andy Hampsten, 1985 Giro d’Italia winner. Learn how to improve your climbing and your descending skills, and receive many more pro tips from USA cycling certified coach Simon Kessler.
Boulder Climbing Camp Adventure
Discover challenging climbs, picturesque scenery, and why this is home to some of the best pros in the world!
Highlights & What’s Included
Daily climbing and descending training and tips by coach Simon including video analysis
1 x “30 minutes with coach Simon” 1-on-1 consult to review ride files, discuss training, and answer specific questions
Ride the legendary climbs of Flagstaff (Super Flag), Super James, Sunshine Canyon, Lee Hill, Morgul Bismarck loop, and climb to over 10,500 feet (3,200 meters)
Enjoy some gravel adventures (no special bike required) and Belgian style echelon training
Pre/post ride and on-the-bike instruction on: climbing & descending, nutrition, recovery, mindset, and more
Support following vehicle for rides with food, drink, mechanical support, and GPS routes for all rides
Sports nutrition provided for all rides
Lot’s of fun, laughs and camaraderie!
Dates: June 2019
If you are in town join us at one of our favorite local brewers for an informal camp overview and meet-and-greet. Let the fun and the cycling adventure begin!
Epic Climbing Day including: Flagstaff, Sunshine Canyon, Lee Hill & Super James!
Test your climbing legs on today’s first climb, Flagstaff (Super Flag), the “Alpe d’Huez” of Boulder. Choose to time yourself on one of the most timed Strava sections in cycling where top Tour de France pros hold the records, or ride within yourself taking in some spectacular views. Next up is Sunshine Canyon followed by the climbs of Lee Hill and Super James.
Distance: ± 80 miles (128 km)
Elevation Gain: ± 9,247 ft (2819 m)
Carter Lake, Big Thompson and Estes Park
Today is our longest route but starts out along flat farm roads and through beautiful horse country. After passing by Carter Lake, we begin the steady climb up Big Thompson and to Glen Haven up Devils Gulch with over 22 miles of steady uphill. A beautiful descent into Estes Park and the base for Rocky Mountain national park. We’ll stop for some refreshments in town, before our mostly downhill trip back to Longmont via Lyons.
Afternoon activity: Visit the home of training software TrainingPeaks and get a tour of the facilities. Post ride 1-on-1 with coach Simon to review the day’s training. Group dinner.
Distance: ± 86 miles (138 km)
Elevation Gain: ± 5,589 ft (1704 m)
Climb to 10,500 feet at Brainard Lake surround by snow capped mountains
After all the climbing yesterday, today’s ride offers you gentler climbing and some beautiful roads to discover. First stop Lyons then up Highway 7, a local favorite climb with it’s steady gradient. Then it’s on to the beautifully paved Peak to Peak Highway which takes us to the final climb to Brainard lake. Dip your toes in this mountain lake and savor some incredible views. The climbing is done and a long descent along rushing rivers, through rocky canyons and along beautiful horse country will take us back to Longmont.
Afternoon activity: We’ll visit some of the best local bike shops of the area and see the 1985 Giro d’Italia winning bicycle that Andy Hampsten rode to victory!
Distance: ± 73 miles (116 km)
Elevation Gain: ± 6,268 ft (1911 m)
Historic Coors Classic Morgul Bismark loop
Morgul Bismark loop is a legendary route featured in the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic and Coors International Bicycle Classic where riders like Greg Lemond, Davis Phinney, and Bernard Hinault battled for victory. The loop is 13 miles and includes undulating terrain and “the wall”, a one mile gradient increasing to 18% gradient! We’ll ride out to do a lap or two before heading back and enjoying our final coffee shop stop to savor an epic 4 days of cycling!
Distance: ± 56 miles (90km)
Elevation Gain: ± 2,332 ft (711 m)
Rider level: 3.0 watts/kilo and higher recommended
$499/person (minimum 4 riders) *Discount for SSC clients and coaching group members
Meals (we’ll meet for group dinners)
Transport to and from the camp
Courtyard By Mariott Longmont (1410 Dry Creek Dr, Longmont, CO 80503)
Candlewood Suites in Longmont (1340 Dry Creek Dr, Longmont, CO 80503)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Testimonials from SSC camp Participants
“The SSC Climbing Camp was one of the most challenging things I have done on the bike and the most rewarding. I am not a climber in any shape or form, but was able to learn a lot and find my own wins within the camp. The tips on nutrition, hydration, recovery and climbing were awesome. Simon and his team are top notch!” – Rob Marchello
“Really enjoyed and benefited greatly from the 6 Gap Cycling Camp. The camp was well organized and well supported. Simon, Scotty and Gary were ever present to help and provide guidance and the riding was outstanding – lots of great climbs and beautiful countryside. The group attending the camp was fun – I really enjoyed the off bike dinners with the group. I’m already organizing my calendar to return next season! THANKS” – Chuck Harris
“A great camp that has the ability to service all ability levels. Super knowledgeable staff that goes out of their way to provide an amazing riding experience.” – Eric Hall
“This was the first camp I have ever attended and it was fantastic. From the time of arrival to the very end there was constant opportunity to improve. From pre- ride nutrition to post ride recovery and all the riding in between I truly know I have improved! Can’t wait for the next one.” – Adrian Besancon
“This was not only a training camp but I really got to experience a great cycling vacation. I was catered to as if I were a pro athlete. Simon and the other coaches were very knowledgeable, experienced and professional. This is a must do if you like cycling.” – Scott Elkin