California Training Camp 2014!
Start planning now for Encinitas, California. Just north of San Diego. Real Deal will be back in January 2014 for a third year in a row and we really hope you can join us.
Dates to be posted in the late summer. Please contact us for details on our early bird specials.
California training camp 2013 info below
Here are some pics from this amazing camp!
9 day cycling trip - January 25th to Feb 3rd -
$750 per week (does not include flight) $700 for MGCC and RealDeal Clients
Ed did a training camp down in California with the Canadian Para-National team in January 2012 and it was incredible. We have decided to put on our own camp in the same area this year and we couldn't be more excited about it. A great friend and RealDeal coaching client James Macdonald lives in the area and will be our tour guide while down there. He had this to say
You gotta come a ride with me here in Cali. There are two amazing group rides that we'll do at the camp. In January it is very likely that Chris Horner and several domestic pros will be on these rides with upwards of 60-100 local riders! Having said that, these challenging group rides will pale in comparison to the private rides we will do as a group. The geography varies so much that one day we will ride through jungle like forest and the next up desert climbs. After a hard day in the saddle there is no better feeling than descending to the blue waters of the Pacific and riding along the coast! I'm sincerly excited for everyone who comes and enjoys that experience!
After riding there will be lots of things to do and see and the weather is usually good and sunny in January. Although it gets cold at night, around 5 degrees sometimes, it will warm into the high teens or low 20's during the day. When we ride up Palomar Mountain we'll likely encounter snow towards the 6000 ft summit so bring your warm stuff! I suggest a snowball fight at the top and then a few hours later a dip in the ocean just to say you did it!! I've got surf boards for those who want to give it a try!!
We will be staying in a very nice, new renovated Holiday Inn Express and it will be shared accommodations (2 to a room) - Travel costs from SD airport are not included in the cost.
Come train with us in beautiful Encinitas California this winter!!
Ride up and down the coast line and even hit a few climbs where the Tour of Califonia has gone in years past!
The area is a cycling mecca and there is night life and entertainment every where you turn.
This is the vacation you are looking for!
Plus we will make sure to hit - The World Famous Swami's Saturday Ride
The A Ride Start Time
: Leaves Nytro promptly at: 8:10am
: Nytro Bike Shop 940 south Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
This is the signature Swami's club ride. Although it sometimes will take a different route, more often than not, the ride follows the traditional route through the Elfin Forest to Escondido then back along Del Dios and through Rancho Santa Fe to the coast and coffee at Starbucks in the Encinitas Lumberyard (total distance 38 miles).
The Swami’s ride rolls out at a casual pace from Nytro rolling north to La Costa Ave then to south on El Camino Real to Levante Street where the pace will ratchet up a notch until the ride is on Rancho Santa Fe road en route to San Elijo. But once on San Elijo the pace ratchets up again until the front group is racing through Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, past the chicken ranch and toward the sprint at the church in Escondido. Behind the front group several other groups form and ride at more comfortable speeds and eventually everyone regroups at the church to swap stories of the sprint and top off their water bottles. From the church some may go through Escondido to Wolford or Jesmon Deen to put in some longer miles, but most head out along Del Dios towards Rancho Santa Fe. There are a couple more sprints as the ride heads through The Ranch along Paseo Delicias and up Linea del Cielo. But the hammerheads usually slow up after the sprints and the group reforms for the ride through Solana Beach and north up the coast to coffee at Nytro in the Lumberyard (Encinitas).
Which Ride is best for you?
The A Ride
- Is the fast and hard ride, and it will get faster and harder as racing season progresses. Is this ride right for you? Consider this before you slot in for the A Ride. If you can comfortably finish (at the church) at the Front
of the B ride AND take your fair share of pulls at the front of the B ride
then you get to ride the A ride. Also if you got any hardware (medals) from States, Nationals, Olympics, Worlds (that you won legit, i.e. not winning the hardware on bidding on ebay), and or make your living riding a bike really fast you get to do the A ride. You get the idea...
The B Ride
- Is still a fast, hard ride but in contrast it is more about what you
make of the ride. If you ride at the front and take your share of the pulls through Elfin Forest, it will be a seriously hard and fast ride. If you cant quite hang on to the riders on the front or just want to ride a little slower then you will ride with other B riders and everyone will re-group at the chruch. So if you're "reconnecting" with your bike fitness, or you want to ride at a pace less than full on OMG this hurts...race pace, the B ride is for you.
Regardless if you do the A ride or the B ride please remember to ride two by two wherever possible, which means don't ride 3 or 4 wide on the road, be respectful to other motorists and pedestrians you encounter on the road. Thanks!
Why two rides?
Having two rides helps even out the gaps between rider fitness levels and gives each group a little more elbow room on the road.
Wednesday Morning Ride
Start Time: 8:15am
Start Location: Starbucks in downtown Carlsbad, 2924 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA
One of Bicycling Magazines top ranked group rides, the Camp Pendleton ride rolls north through Pendleton to San Clemente where it turns around and heads back to Carlsbad. Out and back is 49 miles. The Pendleton ride has been described as one of the hardest flat rides you can do. So bring your A game and bring your ID - you must have a valid drivers license or state-issued ID to get onto the base.
Please note that riding through Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is a privilege not a right. Please behave accordingly: Obey all traffic laws and instructions from base personnel. Ride in an organized paceline and do not spread out into the traffic lane. Finally, watch out for tanks.
Please join us this January 2013 - More details to follow