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Duration
5 Days

Distance
280-320 miles

Elevation Gain
35,000-40,000 feet

2014 Dates
Sept 8 - 12

2015 Dates
May 25 - 29
Sept 7 - 11

Got Two Weeks?
Cycling Camps:
Santa Monica Mtns
Classic Tahoe
Classic California

Rider Limit
20 Rider Limit
Highlights
Bikecal.com Article
Mount Whitney
Mammoth Lakes
Ancient Bristlecone Pines

Lodging


Dining
Bishop Dining

Start / Finish
Bishop, CA
Lone Pine, CA
Airports
Reno - 4 hr drive

Las Vegas - 4.5 hr

Burbank, CA - 4.5 hr
LAX, CA - 5+ hrs

Cycling Climbing Camps

Classic Climbs of the California Sierras

5 Days • 280 Miles • 40,000' Elevation Gain

You don't have to travel to Italy or France to find big climbs with fantastic scenery! The Southern Sierras tower above the California desert and their craggy peaks hide some of the longest and steepest climbs in North America. On this 5 day Cycling Camp we climb all the classic passes around Bishop, Big Pine, Independence and Lone Pine.

The climbs on this California Cycling Camp range from 8-22 miles with grades averaging 6-8% and sections of 9-17%. Each day we offer up one main climb with an optional second climb if you haven't had enough. Don't let the mileage fool you! These are big climbs.

Day
Weekday
 
2014 Route
Miles
Elev
Gain
Avg Grade
Max Grade
Max Elev
1
Sun
 
Meet in Bishop, CA
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2
Mon
 
Rock Creek/ Pine Creek (opt)
64-82
9,200'
5-7
12
10,200'
3
Tue
 
South Lake / Sabrina Lake
46
6,800'
6
17
4
Wed
 
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
46-63
8,900'
7-8
15
10,100'
5
Thur
 
Horseshoe Meadows / Whitney Portal
45-63
10,200'
6-8
15
10,000'
6
Fri
 
Onion Valley Rd
27
5,300'
8
12
9,200'
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Depart Fri or Stay over
 
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Total
280
40,000'
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onion valley 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.

Read about these Classic Climbs at Bikecal.com
Check out: Classic Climbs of Lake Tahoe & Sierras North
Check out: Santa Monica Mountains Cycling Camp

Choose your own basecamp for the week. Treat yourself to a nice hotel or camp at one of the many surrounding campgrounds. See the hotel and camping links on the sidebar to plan your week. The camp starts in Bishop and ends 59 miles south in Lone Pine. We ride 3 days from Bishop and 2 from Lone Pine. So you can easily stay 3 nights in Bishop and 2 in Lone Pine.

If you are arriving from out of state, we recommend flying into either Reno, Las Vegas or Burbank, renting a car for the week, and driving to Bishop. Reno is a little over 4 hours away and the more scenic drive.

Bishop Climbs

Cycling Camp map 1

Lone Pine Climbs

Cycling Camp map 2

Cycling Camp Day 1 - Rock Creek / Pine Creek


Cycling Camp Day 1

Riding from Bishop, on the first day we climb the highest paved pass in California, Rock Creek Rd. It tops out at Mosquito Flat at 10,250'. You'll probably feel the elevation on this one! If you ride just this climb for the day the elevation gain is 6,700'. Most riders stop right there, but if you throw in the optional 2nd climb, Pine Creek, the total for the day is 9,200'. These are also the first two climbs in the "Everest Challenge" race.

66-81 miles / 6,700-9,200 ft. elevation gain

california cycling camp route 1

Cycling Camp Day 2 - South Lake / Sabrina Lake


Cycling Camp Day 2

Today we ride up to South Lake (7,939') and Sabrina Lake (9,200'). The entire ride is only 46 miles round trip, but with 6,800' of elevation gain. The views at both lakes are stunning. It's like being in the Alps. Don't forget your camera!

46 miles / 6,800 ft. elevation gain

california cycling camp route 2

Day 3 - White Mountain (Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest)


Cycling Camp Day 3

Day 3 could be considered one of the hardest climbs anywhere. White Mountain has long streches of 8-10% and then hits you with 13% after 18 miles of climbing. This is the only day we ride east of the Sierras. At the summit of White Mountain is the Bristlecone Pine forest, home to the oldest living things on earth. The first climb gives you 6,300' in elevation gain. Add in the Second climb, Death Valley Road, for a total of 8,300' for the day.

46-63 miles / 6,300-8,300 ft. elevation gain

california cycling camp route 3

Day 4 - Horsehoe Meadows / Whitney Portal


Cycling Camp Day 4

Today is the biggest day. The Horseshoe Meadows climb by itself is 22 miles with 6,400' of elevation gain topping out at 9,850'. If you have the legs after 4 days of climbing, add in Whitney Portal, which has a solid mile of 11%, for a total gain of 10,200'.

45-63 miles / 6,400-10,200 ft. elevation gain

california cycling camp route 4

California Cycling Camp Day 5 - Onion Valley Rd


Cycling Camp Day 5

Day 5 we ride Onion Valley Road. With it's many switchbacks, this climb will remind you of the climbs in europe. It's only 13 miles to the summit, and 5,300'.

26 miles / 3,800 ft. elevation gain

california cycling camp route 5

Check out our San Gabriel & Santa Monica Cycling Camps. Got the legs for back to back Camps?

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