BASECAMP LIVE AND IN PERSON!
October 14-17, 2021
You've trained together from around the world, but separately. Now it's time to get together in person! Join BaseCamp coaches Tim Cusick, Kathy Watts, Amber Neben, and Serena Bishop Gordon for this awesome ride experience, building on the relationships formed in our BaseCamp virtual training center, giving all members the chance to socialize and ride with other members while continuing to build their training and performance knowledge. We’ll focus on both learning and fun social events.
South central Pennsylvania is a cyclist’s dream! Our hometown of Carlisle is located in the center of the Cumberland Valley and surrounded by two classic mountain ranges, providing a variety of ride types. In the past ten years, Tim and Kathy have ridden more than 185,000 miles on these roads and are excited to share them with you. From rolling valley rides to classic climbs, our low-traffic roads and stunning vistas offer a cycling experience like no other. We'll tackle challenging climbs like Waggoneers Gap, the famous hawk watch area, Tuscarora State Forest, and Colonel Denning State Park.
Train where you belong!
Beyond the riding, Carlisle has a thriving downtown with our host hotel located at the crossroads of "main on main" with easy walking access to breweries, restaurants, and more. Harrisburg International Airport is a short 35-minute drive away.
We'll host social events at downtown eateries and locations while we show you around town. Our breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, and restaurants offer just the right mix of relaxation and fun for a getaway; from the heart of downtown to scenic mountain and water views, there are plenty of options that let you drink like a local while exploring all there is to see and do here in the Valley. Click here to read more!
The Coaching Support
Take your training and performance knowledge to the next level! This camp isn’t all about stamping out big miles and riding till we drop; instead, we want to enhance both your performance skills and training knowledge.
Daily rides will feature skills and on-the-bike coaching to help you up your game, and afternoon coach corner sessions build your knowledge and answer your questions in a small group setting.
We designed this camp with a casual coaching approach; we want to work one-on-one with each athlete on skills and techniques that you can take home with you.
Day 1, Thursday: Welcome to Carlisle!
Registration and reception/dinner from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Whiskey Rebellion
Meet the team! This fun, social gathering is hosted at one of our favorite local gathering places. We'll get everyone set up for the camp and spend some time getting to know each other.
Day 2, Friday
Morning ride: 40-65 miles, flat to rolling, with handling and paceline skills education
Lunch: On your own
Afternoon Coaches' Corner: Five Tips for Performance Success
Dinner: On your own
Day 3, Saturday
Morning ride: 40-65 miles, climbing, with climbing and descending skills education
Lunch: On your own
Afternoon Coaches' Corner: Five Secrets to Take Your Training to the Next Level
Dinner: Sponsored group dinner at Molly Pitcher Brewing Company
Day 4, Sunday
Early morning ride: 20-25 miles, recovery day
Camp ends at 12:00 noon
You are free to arrange lodging where and with whomever you choose. We have secured a discounted rate with the Comfort Suites Carlisle and will provide a booking code soon. The hotel is in easy walking distance of all services, and there is an additional charge for parking, so we recommend booking an Uber or taxi for airport transportation.
Even with the best possible planning, there are always elements beyond our control like flight delays, illnesses, and family emergencies. A good travel insurance policy will reduce the stress of these situations by covering most (if not all) of their extra cost. Here’s a helpful guide to finding travel insurance.
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) is the closest airport to Carlisle, about a 35-minute drive from the camp hotel. For a larger airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is about 90 miles from Carlisle. We recommend booking an Uber or taxi for airport transportation.
The camp welcome reception is at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, and we recommend checking in at the hotel in plenty of time to get settled before joining us.
The camp ends after our morning ride on Sunday.
The COVID-19 Precautions
We believe ongoing safety is a partnership among our company, our camp leaders, and our customers. We must all work together to deliver industry-leading camps in the safest of environments. We are committed to your safety. If we do not feel we can adequately ensure your safety at a camp or event for any reason, we will refund your deposit and/or camp registration fees. If you are registered for a camp or event, we will keep you informed of all developments and status updates regarding that camp.
Because we want to provide the safest camp environment for our riders, we follow all federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitation. We implement the highest sanitation standards, monitoring all staff and athlete body temperature and adhering to social distancing standards.
The Dates and Prices
October 14-17, 2021
Daily skills and education
Four days of riding with your BaseCamp coaches
Pro ride support and mechanic services
Ride food and drink
Thursday night welcome reception with appetizers
Saturday night barbecue at Tim and Kathy's house
Travel to and from Carlisle
Meals other than the two dinners specified above
Bike repair work
Travel insurance (we recommend it)
$799 for all BaseCamp members
$399 additional fee for non members
$250 deposit due upon registration, with remaining payment due 30 days before camp begins
All camp deposits are refundable up to 30 days prior to the first day of the camp, minus a $50 processing fee. If you cancel your camp registration less than 30 days prior to the first day of camp, we can offer you either a 50% refund or a 75% credit toward a future event.
The Bike Options
BRING YOUR BIKE
Bringing your own bike to camp has obvious advantages in individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tuneup at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we'll build it for you and help with any necessary tweaks.
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SHIP YOUR BIKE
If you'd like to ship your bike ahead of you rather than bring it with you, our hotel will hold it for you, and we'll help build it upon your arrival. Just mark your packaging with “BaseCamp Cycling Camp” and write “Hold for arrival date of October 14.”