Ride the legendary climbs of Boulder Colorado, the training ground of top professional cyclists and legends like the 1985 Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten. Receive expert coaching from former pro racer and USA cycling certified coach Simon Kessler.
Boulder Cycling Camp
Discover challenging climbs, picturesque scenery, and why Boulder is home to many of the world’s best endurance athletes!
Highlights & What’s Included
Daily climbing and descending training and tips by coach Simon including video analysis using the Everysight Raptors
1-on-1 consulting session with coach Simon to review ride files, discuss training and answer specific questions
Ride the legendary climbs of Flagstaff (Super Flag), Super James, Sunshine Canyon, Lee Hill, Highway 7, and the highest summit to Brainard lake at 10,300 feet (3,200 meters)
Enjoy some super fun hard-packed sand road adventures (no special bike or tires required)
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
3 lunches included plus lots of food and drink during rides.
Multiple on-the-bike guides/coaches leading different group abilities
Sports nutrition provided for during and post rides (Skratch, SIS, Cliff products)
Lot’s of fun, laughs, and camaraderie!
“Simon’s camps are without question some of the best in the industry. From the accurate Garmin course routes to the reliable sag van to the professional guidance and advice, every participant can experience significant improvements in many aspects of their cycling. Since the group sizes are small, individual attention is given to everyone from the coaching staff that is both professional and passionate about the sport. I would recommend these camps for any cyclist who wants to improve their game.” Bill Weller, Tampa FL
Dates: June 10-13, 2021 & September 2-5th, 2021 (4 riding days)
Camp starts officially on Thursday at the Specialized Demo Center. Optional meet-and-greet in town on Wednesday night at a local restaurant (venue TBA). The camp ends after our last ride on Sunday around noon.
Camp fee: $595 per person
$295 is due at the time of reservation with the remaining balance due 45 days before the camp start date. Your deposit is refundable up until 31 days out. Non-refundable 30-0 days before the camp start.
Epic Climbs of Boulder
Test your climbing legs on the legendary local climbs of Boulder including Super Flag, the “Alpe d’Huez” of Boulder, and Sunshine Canyon. After a lunch stop in town enjoy some gravel adventures around Boulder Reservoir before returning back to the Specialized Demo Center. Learn specific breathing techniques to manage the altitude and pacing strategies so that you complete each climb with sustained power.
Afternoon activity: Visit the home of training software TrainingPeaks and get a tour of the facilities. Group dinner (optional).
Distance: ± 54 mile / 6,415 ft (A ride) or 46 miles / 4,555 ft (B ride*)
*The B ride follows the same route as the A route but does half of Flagstaff mountain to avoid the steepest section of 15% and turns earlier on Sunshine Canyon climb.
Brainard Lake at 10,300 feet of altitude!
Cycle a local favorite climb of Lefthand Canyon through the town of Ward and up to beautiful Brainard Lake, a national park. Enjoy this pristine mountain lake with magnificent views and a good chance of moose sightings. We’ll enjoy a lunch stop at the lake before some instruction from coach Simon before our long descent back to Boulder.
Afternoon/evening 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! 1 x “20 minutes with coach Simon” 1-on-1 consult to review ride files, discuss training, and answer specific questions. Group dinner (optional).
Distance: ± 73 mile / 6,000 ft (A ride) or 60 miles / 4,575 ft (B ride*)
*The B ride follows the same route as the A route with one long climb out-and-back. Therefore riders can turn around at the town of Ward or sooner, depending on how they feel.
Peak to Peak Scenic Highway
Today’s ride goes through the beautiful horse country of Longmont then Lyons before climbing up Highway 7 and the Peak to Peak highway. Enjoy spectacular views at over 8500 feet before descending back down via into Boulder.
Afternoon/evening activity: 1 x “20 minutes with coach Simon” 1-on-1 consult to review ride files, discuss training, and answer specific questions. Group dinner (optional).
Distance: ± 69 mile / 5,960 ft (A & B ride*)
*Today’s ride is one big loop. Riders who are struggling can at any time jump in our following support vehicle.
Local Favorites Lee Hill, Olde Stage, James Town
Our last day includes a local favorite climb of Lee Hill then on to James Town and the mountain of Super James. We’ll then descend back down Lefthand Canyon for one final climb – the steep but short Olde Stage Coach climb. The camp ends around noon but not before one final coffee at the Rapha Clubhouse as we recount an incredible four days together.
Distance: ± 36 mile / 4,610 ft (A ride) or 22 miles / 2,390 ft (B ride*)
*The B ride follows the same route as the A route with the exception of the turn to James Town and the mountain of Super James.
Famed Boulder Climbs
Flagstaff / SuperFlag
James Town “Super James”
Olde Stage Coach
Lefthand Canyon / Brainard Lake
*Recommended watts/kg (minimum): 2.8 (divide your current best 20 min power by your weight in kilograms)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Simon at 813-453-1719.
Meals except for plenty of food and drink provided during rides and 3 lunches
Transport to and from the camp start/end
Hotel accommodation is not included. Below is a list of hotels that are close to our ride start location and camp headquarters each day.
Holiday Inn Express
Hyatt Place Boulder
Contact: email@example.com or call Simon at 813-453-1719.
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