Hammer Camp 411


Hammer Camps are scheduled for early in the year, because they're the perfect way to get your training program (including fueling and supplement protocol for the coming season) off to a great start. These camps are not stage races or competitions, nor do camp attendees need to be at race-ready fitness levels. While you don't need to be in peak season condition in order to enjoy a Hammer Camp, you will want to have a fairly decent level of fitness due to the duration of the rides as well as the amount of climbing involved.

Skills/Fitness Level:
We will be riding approximately 3-5 hours every day for 6 consecutive days with daily mileage averaging 50-100 miles, as well as a fair amount of climbing. We encourage people to ride at their own pace and not feel pressured into riding above their ability; recovery for the next day's ride is a crucial component of Hammer Camps. We want everyone to enjoy the experience! In order to do so, camp attendees should have some endurance riding skills, as well as a fair amount of fitness, to be able to handle this volume of training comfortably.

Prior to attending a Hammer Camp in Tucson, we highly recommend that you:

  • Ride outdoors at least 4 times weekly, including one long training ride; or for those who live in colder climates, attend spin classes or ride an indoor trainer 3-4 times weekly, including one long session per week.
  • Cross train, such as Nordic skiing or the use of cardio machines in the gym, for adequate aerobic fitness.

Your cycling skills should include:

  • Experience riding in a group, and/or fit enough to ride in a pace line on the flats without getting dropped. (On flats and rollers, we ride two-up or single file most of the time.)
  • Ability to ride the white line (staying to the right, out of the middle of the lane).

If you have any concerns or questions about Tucson Hammer Camps, please call 800.336.1977.  We would be happy to assist you in determining if Hammer Camps are a good fit for you.

The following notes and information will be helpful to ensure that you have everything you need and arrive properly prepared for your camp experience. The camp dates that you see listed are, just that, the camp dates. For example, if a camp starts on the 7th and ends on the 13th, you arrive on the 7th and depart on the 13th, not the 6th and 14th.

Weather – Tucson typically has a very mild climate with lows in the 40’s and highs in the 70’s; however, it can also be 20 degrees lower or 10 degrees higher for days or weeks so you should be prepared for the widest range possible.

Climbing Gears – Tucson is somewhat hilly, with short climbs and grades on every ride.We will be doing a major climb up Mount Lemmon (6,000 feet, grades between 6-10%).  If you have a regular set up on your bike (39-52 chain rings), a 12-27 cog set is STRONGLY recommended. Depending on your fitness and climbing familiarity (do you live someplace flat like Florida or hilly like Colorado?), you may want more gearing than this.  Compacts and/or triples are not necessary, but would not hurt if you have them or feel you may need them to be able to enjoy the climbing.

WiFi – The Cycling House is equipped with free high-speed wireless service.  If you want to bring a laptop, you are welcome to do so.

Laundry – The Cycling House is equipped with a new washer and dryer if you want/need to do laundry during your stay.

Special Dietary Needs – If you have ANY special needs or requests (in other words - if there is ANYTHING that you will not eat), please let us know as far in advance as possible so that we can do our best to accommodate all of your needs.

Snoring- Please notify us if you snore at night! In this case, you will share a room with another camp attendee who snores so that non-snoring guests can have uninterrupted sleep. Ear plugs can be provided for free. Private rooms may be available for a substantial extra charge, based on availability. Thank you for your understanding!

Special Hammer Clothing Buy – As an added perk, and because it looks really cool when we are all wearing the same kits, we offer all camp attendees the option of buying Hammer cycling/triathlon clothing at our cost (15-30% below retail). This is limited to one order that must be placed at least two weeks prior to the camp. This offer only applies to paid attendees, not purchases for friends or family. Send your sizing and items request to Kadidja at or call 800.336.1977. These items will be sent to you prior to departing for the camp as long as the order is received in time. Shipping charges will apply to all discounted orders.

Special Product Buy - You will also be able to place one order for as much product as you want @ 40% off (some exclusions apply). Please call or email Kadidja to place this order within one week of the camp end date. No product orders will be accepted prior to camp. This is because we have found that clients tend to change their minds about what they want to purchase after spending a week testing out all of the products and flavors! Shipping charges will apply to all discounted orders.


By plane: You will want to fly into the Tucson airport (airport code: TUS). We can accommodate two (2) airport pickups and drop-offs. Vans will make pickups at approximately 12 noon and 2-3 p.m. Two drop-offs will also be provided for early-morning departures and late-morning departures. Depending on what time you arrive and depart, you may need to wait at the airport for an hour or so to be picked up, and/or leave the house an hour or so earlier than necessary. If you choose to arrive or depart outside of the stated pick-up and drop-off times or start and end dates of camp, you are responsible for your own transportation and accommodations unless alternate arrangements have been made.

*IMPORTANT: Please email your itinerary to Kadidja at as soon as you have it if you will be needing transportation to and from the airport!!

By car: Please call (406.370.7601) or email Owen Gue at for directions.

Cycling/Running/Swim gear needed for the camp:

  • Complete ride-ready bike
  • Helmet
  • Cycling shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Running shoes (Run training is not automatically conducted but can usually be arranged prior to camp)
  • Swim suit and goggles (Swim training is not automatically conducted but can usually be arranged prior to camp)
  • Sturdy wheel set (carbon/deep dish/aero type wheels are not really appropriate for Tucson roads, but if that’s all you’ve got, no worries)
  • Clincher tires (Tubulars take too long to change if you get a flat)
  • 2-4 sets of jerseys and shorts (depending on how much laundry you want to do)

Clothing for all weather conditions needed for the camp:

  • Knee warmers
  • Tights
  • Booties/shoe covers
  • Wind jacket and/or vest
  • Thermal jacket
  • Full finger gloves
  • Half finger gloves (if you normally wear them on warm days)
  • Under-helmet thermal cycling cap
  • Ear warmers
  • Rain jacket
  • 3-5 pairs of socks

Casual clothes:

  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of sweat/fleece pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 bathing suit (for lounging by the pool, not doing laps)
  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 1-2 nice shirts for dinners and farewell fiesta

If you have any questions, please contact us immediately.

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