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LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE - TALENT ID & INSTRUCTIONAL CAMP
About The Camp
The Lees-McRae College camp is open to men and women of racing ages 10 to 22, and will include mountain bike as well as road riding. The purpose of the camp is to focus on improving skills, knowledge, development, and strength as well as identify future collegiate riders. The camp is open to riders who already have at least one year experience of training and competing. Beginner riders are encouraged to gain more experience prior to attending a Lees-McRae camp due to the technical and difficult terrain found here in Banner Elk. Each day riders will get the full experience of riding their primary discipline – either mountain bike or road bike.
Mountain Camp Features
The mountain bike camp will be held primarily on the campus trails at Lees-McRae College, which consist of 7+ miles of XC trails along with a short track, dual slalom and downhill course. The campus trails are at 4000’ elevation within the beauty of Banner Elk. Our courses have previously been used for collegiate national championships, and will be used at the SECCC Conference Championship in the fall of 2014. Riders may get to experience several other local trails if weather and time permits. Riders will work on handling technique, XC and downhill descending, slalom, pump track, and general trail riding tips.
Road Camp Features
The road camp will be held on the campus of Lees-McRae College, and utilize roads throughout the area surrounding Banner Elk. Our campus is situated at 4000’ elevation within the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will train at elevations between 2000’ and 5500’ on gradients of 4% to 15%. On average riders can expect to ascend approximately 1500’ to 1750’ for every hour of riding completed. Most climbs are 3 to 6 miles in length with routes doing multiple climbs throughout each ride. Therefore, riders must make sure to have the proper gearing for efficient climbing. We will work on proper climbing and descending techniques, pacing, pace line etiquette, cornering , and team time trial strategies to name a few.
The camp will be led by Lees-McRae Head Coach Tim Hall and Assistant Coach PJ Noto, both professional USA Cycling certified coaches. The camp will also feature several other top USA Cycling certified coaches who will add value in the classroom and on the bike. Each day will be split between presentations on important topics related to training, goal setting, nutrition, race tactics, mental, teamwork, and anti-doping in conjunction with a lot of time training on the bike.
Riders will be provided all nutritional needs during training including Skratch Labs hydration products along with solid foods such as fruit, snacks, and bars. We will not be providing gels. Riders will have access to our mechanic shop which has a full complement of tools, as well as bike washing station. If we encounter inclement weather riders can utilize our 3500 square foot bike facility including Lemond Revolution Trainers.
What To Bring
Riders must bring their own mountain or road bike, or both. We recommend bringing extra tubes, a pump or CO2 cartridges. Bikes will be inspected to ensure rider safety, but riders will be expected to provide their own parts to fix a mechanical. Please make sure your bicycle is in good working order before arriving on campus.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, July 22
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – check in
10:30 AM – Introduction to camp
11:30 AM – lunch followed by afternoon ride
Evening – dinner followed by movie time
Wednesday, July 23rd through Friday, July 25th – Daily Schedule
Morning – breakfast and classroom training, plus skills
Afternoon – lunch followed by afternoon training
Evening – dinner followed by team building and camaraderie
Saturday, July 26th
Morning – breakfast followed by a long bike ride
Afternoon – lunch followed by a nature hike
Evening – dinner followed by movie time
Sunday, July 27th
Morning – breakfast followed by long bike ride
Afternoon – lunch and depart campus
Camp Registration, Cost and Services
The cost is $599 if you pre-register prior to Friday, July 11th at 9:00 PM Eastern, but the price increases to $699 after the discount deadline. Parents can participate for $599. Pre-registration is required and must be completed online at www.usacycling.org by Sunday, July 20th at 9:00 PM Eastern through your My USA Cycling account. A valid annual license is required to participate. There will be no day-of registration. The cost includes housing in a campus residence hall (two to a room), three meals a day in the campus dining hall, nutrition and hydration needs during training. There are laundry services available on campus, but we recommend bringing at least three sets of bibs and jerseys. Everyone will be required to sign a waiver, provide emergency contact information, and provide proof of medical insurance.
Location and Contact
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Coach Tim Hall – firstname.lastname@example.org – 615.310.3745 and Coach PJ Noto – email@example.com – 845.863.3445
“Our goal at Lees-McRae is to help you achieve your goals and reach your full potential as a cyclist. All along the way we plan to have a lot of fun too!” – Coach Tim Hall
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