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5 Days

308 miles

Elevation Gain
34,000 feet

Future Dates
To Be Announced

Cycling Camps
Santa Monica Mtns
Classic Sierras
Classic California

Trail Run Camps
Trail Run Camps
Santa Monica Mtns
Backbone Trail

2021 Price
Climbing Camp Only: $595.00 includes Full Ride Support, Route Slips, Lunch, SAG

Dinner & Breakfast on your own

Book your own Hotel (see Lodging below)
Rider Limit
15 Rider Limit
Bike Rental

Lake Tahoe
Bear Valley
Redwood Trees
Ebbetts Pass Byway
Monitor Pass

Lodging Options
Holiday Inn Express
Woodfords Inn

Start / Finish
Minden, NV


Great camp!!! Can't beat the hills and the scenery. Richard and his staff were great, accommodating of any special needs and well organized. Very reasonably priced and great mapping. Highly recommended!!!
- Max L, NY

SAG was filled with great food and drinks all the time and everyone could ride at their own pace. Hotel, recommended restaurants and company were all awesome!
- Amalas W, UK

Cycling Climbing Camps

Classic Climbs Lake Tahoe & Sierra Nevada

5 Day Bike Camp • 308 Miles • 34,000' Elevation Gain • $595.00

Taller than the Alps and quieter than the Rockies; experience the roads less traveled on this cycling camp in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe. This is a great add on to our Classic Climbs of the Sierra Camp!

This is a very challenging Cycling Tour, with long climbs and steep grades. Starting near the base of Lake Tahoe, we climb all the classic mountain passes from Tahoe to Alpine County.

2021 Route
Meet in Minden, NV
Ebbetts Pass - Bear Valley - Return
Monitor Pass
Kingsbury & Luther Pass Loop
Sonora Pass
Ebbetts & Monitor Pass
Depart Fri night or Sat

Route Map (scroll down for itinerary)

cycling training camp map 1

This California Cycling Camp includes all our great SAG support during the ride, a lunch stop, route slips and van support if you need it. Our support trailer is fully stocked with snacks and drinks, GU's, Bars, Gels, all brands of Energy Drinks, Fruits, etc. All the same support we offer on our week long Tours. But Riders are responsible for booking their own hotel, and meals when not riding.

Choose your own basecamp for the week. See the hotel links on the sidebar to plan your week. Most rides leave from Woodsford, CA. You can book one hotel for the entire week.

Got the legs for back to back Camps? Check out our other Climbing Camps:
Classic Climbs of Southern California

Classic Climbs of the Sierras
Santa Monica Mountains

California Cycling Camp 2021 Schedule

Day 1 - Ebbett's Pass to Bear Valley & Back

Cycling Camp California Day 1

Our training camp starts off with a few of the famous bike climbs in the area. We start with Ebbett's Pass, a beautiful mountain road that winds up through the forest topping out at 8,730 feet. After descending into the Hermit Valley, we climb up Pacific Grade, one of the steepest 2 mile sections of road around. The reward is the beautiful Mosquito Lake, and then lunch at Lake Alpine. This is the biggest day of the Camp.

78 miles / 8,100 ft. elevation gain

Cycling Camp California Day 1 Route

Day 2 - Monitor Pass

Cycling Camp California Day 2

Today we ride the first 2 passes of the Death Ride. Leaving from Woodfords, we will ascend Monitor Pass from the west. After summiting, we will descend 9.5 miles down the east side, then climb back up it for a double ascent of the pass.

57 miles / 7,500 ft. elevation gain

Cycling Camp California Day 2 Route

Day 3 - Kingsbury & Luther Pass Loop

Cycling Camp California Day 3

Today we ride up Kingsbury Pass and drop down into Lake Tahoe. After riding through South Lake Tahoe we will climb Luther Pass on our way back to Woodfords. This is the shortest day of the week and a little breather before we tackle the steepest pass in California.

57 miles / 4,800 ft. elevation gain

Cycling Camp California Day 3 Route

Day 4 - Sonora Pass

Cycling Camp California Day 4

We start the day with a shuttle south along the 395 so we can ride the steepest pass in California - Sonora pass. It starts with a kick of 15% and ends on the west side with some 25% grades. Don't worry, the whole climb is not that steep! This used to be one of the roads for wagons in the 1800's. When you ride it you will wonder how they ever got wagons up such steep grades.

51 miles / 6,800 ft. elevation gain

Cycling Camp California Day 4 Route

Day 5 - Ebbett's & Monitor Pass

Cycling Camp California Day 5

For our final climb of the week we will repeat Ebbett's Pass since it is so beautiful and one of our favorite climbs in North America. Then we will add the west face of Monitor on the way back for good measure. After the ride cyclists will say their goodbyes - unless you are biking back to back camps, in which case you can relax for the weekend before starting your next cycling adventure.

65 miles / 6,700 ft. elevation gain

Cycling Camp California Day 5 Route