Super excited to announce the North Carolina-North Georgia climbing camp will be coming back for the 3rd year in a row on August 26-30 this year for another cycling camp adventure!🌞🌎
This is a 5 day camp that will be hosting out of Murphy, North Carolina located in the Appalachian Mountain ranges and Nantahala National Forest. This camp will feature some of the most challenging climbs in the Southeast including Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s highest point) and Hogpen Gap which are great climbs to prepare for the Six Gap Century ride coming up on September 27th. This camp will also include an epic waterfall ride traversing some beautiful back country mountain roads, well of the grid from the more popular routes.
Roads on this camp will traverse through 3 different states including North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia for a wide variety of beautiful landscape including river valleys, mountain passes, farmland, forests, and crystal clear creeks. This camp will accommodate all skill levels and have an experienced coach and SAG support to guide riders on an unforgettable training adventure🌞
Riders will get in touch with the beautiful terrain on this camp while grinding out one of the best training weeks of the entire year and learning valuable climbing skills and techniques. This camp will include home cook meals and coffee to start each day as well as all snacks and lunches included each day. Use this camp to prepare you for the Six Gap century rides, to improve your climbing, or just for hard and fun training! This camp will never have dull moment with good stories and beers to be enjoyed!
She’s at it again! And this time for the first time since the start of training in 2018, she tied her best FTP power/weight ratio ever, finally surpassing her best 45’ all time power record @236 watts last week and this week hit her 3rd best 30’ all time best power. These are FTP numbers she last saw during the training to win the 2018 Masters National Road Race Championships in Augusta, GA!
This is what happens when you put a natural born Time Trial athlete and runner on a trainer using Zwift for the first time🏆Those that are used to pedaling the entire duration of a ride and are driven to push it from start to finish and do not let up tend to really reek the benefits of indoor training on Zwift. On the flip side, the cyclists that depend on a group, draft, coast, and sit in the pack tend to really get a taste of what its like to continuously pedal throughout the ride. The fact that there are no interruptions and distractions in the workout allows for her to hit power numbers she’s never seen before.
The faces of anticipation. The faces of determination. The faces of being on the edge and knowing you are closing in on your record and have to finish the job. You’ve been told exactly what you need to do to execute your goal and have to find it from within to pull it off. It’s the part of that effort that it is getting painful but the pain gets masked by the adrenaline of knowing: the faster you pedal, the faster the effort with be over and that the distance is not changing 🌬
You know that the suffering will be temporary and that it is for a good cause and will soon be over. You are living for the NOW! You know that hours and days will go by when there is no going back to change what you are doing right now so you know emptying your tank and going for it is the only option.
I have updated the dates for the 2020 Florida Polytechnic Time Trial Series. The April (4/19) and May (5/10) dates have been postponed to 6/21 and 7/26. There will still be 8 more time trials remaining with the following updated schedule:
2020 Dates (All on Sunday Mornings)
1) February 9
2) March 15
April 19 (Post-Poned)
May 10 (Post-Poned)
3) June 7
4) June 21 (NEW DATE!)
5) July 5
6) July 26 (NEW DATE!)
7) August 16
8) September 20
9) October 11
10) November 8
In the mean time, for those looking to continue to challenge themselves during this “off-race season” time, I have a special 2-month time trial training plan I am offering for $179. This is a time trial specific training program that will be designed to improve your time trial ability and learn valuable tips for racing your best time trial. This training plan can start anytime between now until the end of April.
This training plan includes a performance analysis on one’s current training level. This will start a riders plan with a either base building phase or go right into more in depth time trial training. So, no matter what level, this training plan will benefit you!
Also, this training plan will include 2 performance power/time trial tests that can be self-tests or include the June 7-July 5th Florida Polytechnic Time Trial as a peak performance day. As an added bonus, riders that sign up for the training plan will receive a special discount to the rest of the 2020 Florida Polytechnic Time Trial Series.
Take advantage of the open roads and solo training to get in the best shape of the year! Feel free to share this post and contact me (Stevenacrossamerica@gmail.com) for beginning your training plan. Ride safe and stay strong!
Wow! What a weekend with a ton of excellent performances and records crushed!🌞🏆 This past Saturday we say near perfect TT considering with very little wind, sunshine, and 70 degrees to start the TT. We had records crushed across the board with the following: 1. Highest TT attendance ever! 2. Most client power records and personal time records in one day 3. Men’s road bike record all time set (Juan Martinez) 4. Women’s Road bike record all time set (@tonya.blocker) 5. Men’s TT Bike Record (Eric Oleson @cat5pro)
The Central Florida Hills Cycling Camp March 21-22, 2020 is just over two weeks away! We currently have 3 more spots for the camp lodging home in Clermont. This is 2-day, 2-night camp with an option for just just riding the camp and a one-day or half day option for both Saturday 3/21 and Sunday 3/22.
This will be an excellent weekend of training, hands on skills sessions, climbing techniques, descending and concerning clinics, gearing and shifting practice, body positioning and efficiently body posture, and short term power testing! Here each individuals power/weight ratio and future goals will be established. Unlike normal hill group rides, we will have many hands on tests to really focus on each individuals own ability.
This camp will come fully supported with pro SAG support by Bearded Bike Doc including and on board Cappuccino-Espresso Machine. Lunches and during ride fuel is also included as well as breakfast for weekend campers.
Reserve your spot now for the camp lodging. Camp registration ends 3/15.
The start of the 2020 Florida Polytechnic Time Trial Series is next weekend on February 9th, 2020! I’m excited to announce that this year, the event will be listed as an official “race series” under USA Cycling. This will be a once per month (February-November) time trial race series including a coach led warm up session with course preview, 8 mile or 15 kilometer time trial, prizes and awards, complimentary Hammer Nutrition for fueling, and a post TT group ride on some of the best cycling roads in Florida🌞This is an excellent opportunity to test yourself against the clock each month, improve your time trial ability, improve your FTP, and establish goals for the 2020 season! The course offers an ideal power testing location with very little traffic. This series is great for riders of all levels, whether it’s your first time competing in a time trial or if you are fine tuning for a national championship!
There will be 10 time trials this year all on Sunday mornings with 8 next to the Florida Polytechnic University and 2 at our special edition course. Riders will have the opportunity to compete for an overall series award with their top 8 results counting towards the overall prize. Riders from all categories and bike styles will be able to participate in this time trial series including Handcycle, Paracycle, Road bike, TT bike, Triathlon bike, or Recumbent.
Pre-registration is $25 and $30 for late (day before) and on-site. You can also register for the entire series at a discount price, along with 9, 8, or 5 time trials of your choice at a discounted rate. You will be able to come to any of the 10 individual time trials you’d like with this option.
Also, if you want to make a weekend out of this event, come out to the Clermont hills group ride which will take place the day before each time trial on Saturday mornings at 8:00am from the Minneola Athletic Complex in Minneola, FL. Come out and train on one of the most challenging hilly circuits in Florida which is a 17-mile loop in Clermont including Sugarloaf Mountain Road. Each ride will be 2-4 loops for a total of 34-78 miles. All rider levels are welcomed with A-B groups riding. See website below for more details: