SPRING FLING CAMP 2016
13-20 MARCH, 2016 (Full and part week options available)
Registration opens September 15th, 2015. Places available on a first come first served basis.
A camp for 70.3/Ironman athletes and pure cyclists looking for a fully supported big mileage week. 2015 camp details below.
2015 camp details listed below. 2016 details available August 2015
This multi-sport camp, now in it's 12th year, offers the 70.3/Ironman athlete and pure cyclists a demanding but very fun training week. The goal of this 7 day week camp is to jump start your winter training in all disciplines, meet athletes from all over and enjoy the coaching and seminars led by our professional staff. It's a week devoted to training, recovery, coached swim, run and cycling sessions, catered evening meals throughout the camp and miles of smiles. There will be fully supported rides each day ranging from 30-80 plus miles, including a ride to Jalama Beach and up Figueroa Mountain climb! Our experienced and professional coaching staff look forward to leading and supporting the athletes through this very fun camp!
The camp includes:
- Professional Coaching
- Fully Supported Rides
- Coached swim, bike and run sessions
- Swim Video Analysis
- Outdoor pool
- All-weather track
- A ride up Figueroa Mountain
- Seminars and Q&A session with the coaches
- Camp cycling jersey
- Bike mechanic
- Sponsors' goodies
Bike fits and sports massage therapy available at the camp per individual needs
Gary Hall Jr.
Gary has 10 Olympic medals in swimming (five gold, three silver, two bronze) and has long been one of competitive swimming's most colorful personalities. We are thrilled to have Gary speak at the camp and are looking forward to gaining insights into keeping motivated and confident while training/racing, and also how to keep goals alive in the face of adversity. Looking forward to it!
$1045 - New participants - Full week rate
$965 - Alumni athletes - Full week rate
$915 - 4 Yr + Alumni athletes - Full week rate
$795 - Part week rate
Refer a Friend Discount We love our alumni athletes and appreciate the word of mouth referrals so we wanted to say a small thank you. If you refer a friend to one of our Spring camps, we will give you a $50 discount on your next camp and also give your friend a $50 discount on their registration fee! Just be sure to have your friend write your name in the 'referred by' box on the camp registration form!
Camp payment -
Indicate your preferred payment method on the registration form.
Checks (US funds only) made payable to Solvang Triathlon Camps
Credit card (paypal) also accepted. Please note for payments with Paypal, there is a $5 administrative fee for all deposit payments and a $20 administration fee for all balance payments.
March 15-22, 2015 (Full week)
March 17-22, 2015 (Part week)
Optional: Sat March 14th, 2015 - Solvang Century
Arrive early at the camp and ride the fabulous Solvang Century or Half Century Solvang Century Registration
Sunday, March 15th: Arrival Day, Camp starts at 4pm, Swim, Dinner, Introductions
Monday, March 16th: Breakfast, Ride 45-60 mile options which include a focus on climbing techniques on the back side of Figueora Mountain, Vineyard Run (variable distances available), Run 30-60 minutes, Pre-dinner seminar, Dinner
Tuesday, March 17th: Swim, Breakfast, Ride to the beach 35-80 mile options, 4pm Part week athletes arrive, St Patrick Day Wine tasting, Dinner
Wednesday, March 18th: Recovery day: Aerobic run field test at track, Breakfast, Seminars with coaches, Video Swim Analysis, Ride easy 20-35 miles, Afternoon extra activity/optional recreational kayaking at Lake Cuchuma, Guest Speaker Presentation, Dinner, Outdoor movie night around camp fire
Thursday, March 19th: Fig Day! Ride - Climb up Figueroa Mountain, Brick session available with run at top of climb, Dinner, Free night - local restaurant recommendations available
Friday, March 20th: Swim, Long run, (ride option for pure cyclists available), Free afternoon, Dinner, Q and A with coaches
Saturday, March 21st: Swim, Ride 40-80 mile plus options, Afternoon pack up bikes, Pre-dinner drinks at Meadowlark Inn, Group dinner
Sunday, March 22nd: Departure day, Run for those whose travel permits.
Arrive at the camp a couple of days early and ride the famous Solvang Century on Saturday March 14th, 2015 with 5,000 others! Our camp starts the day after on the Sunday with just an easy swim, which gives you a recovery day before further camp training gets going. The century or half century is not part of our camp, but it is highly recommended that you participate in this wonderful event on Saturday March 14th, 2015. Please register for this event yourself: Solvang Century Registration
Athletes looking to improve or compete in a 70.3/Ironman event this year or the near future, and/or those who have completed a century ride. Once again, we also welcome pure cyclists. We will have 2 or 3 groups of different paced cyclists out on the road which allows scope for a variety of paces and experience levels. If you are unsure about the suitability of this camp for you, please email the Camp Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are debating between bringing a road bike or triathlon bike to this camp and have the choice, then our vote is a road bike. Gearing should be set up to allow the rider to tackle long climbs as well as steep ones, with preferably a rear cassette with a 27 tooth cog. For a week long camp a road bike offers more comfort and is more suitable to the terrain offered with this itinerary. The exception to this would possibly present if you are racing within a month of this camp and need time on your triathlon bike in prep for your race.
We recommend two hotel options for this camp. The Meadowlark Inn is where our camp activities are mostly based. For athletes staying here, a nice breakfast is included in the accommodation price. Alternatively we recommend The Royal Copenhagen Inn which is located in the heart of Solvang and just 1.5 miles from the Meadowlark Inn. This hotel offers a wider array of room and price options. Both accommodation options are well located for accessing all camp activities.
The Meadowlark Inn is located just 1.5 miles from the center of Solvang. It is positioned near the outdoor pool, track and Vineyard run and just 1/3 mile from El Rancho Market grocery store:
The Meadowlark offers each guest a very nice breakfast which is included in the room rate. The inn has a variety of rooms available with a few of each room type. Standard single occupancy rooms start at $95 per night and standard double occupancy rooms (couple rate) at $120. For shared rooms with two beds, rates are $160 per room ($80 per person). There are also suites available with indoor Jacuzzi tubs. All rates include breakfast.
For more information:
For reservations, email your request to:
(Note, if you try to book a room at the Meadowlark Inn on-line, it will look full as all the rooms are blocked off for the camp. Best to email your request for accommodation!)
The Royal Copenhagen Inn is our other recommended hotel for this camp and we have a room block listed under 'Solvang Triathlon Camps' at this hotel. The Royal Copenhagen Inn is located in the heart of Solvang, next to shops, restaurants and just 300yds from our local bike shop and 1.5 miles from the Meadowlark Inn.
Rates at this hotel are: King room $79 Mon-Thurs and $116 Fri/Sat or Two Queens $79 Mon-Thurs and $125 Fri/Sat. A continental breakfast is available for all guests which includes, coffee/tea/pastries/cereal/yogurt and eggs. For athletes who choose to stay at the The Royal Copenhagen Inn we run a shuttle back and forth to camp activities based at the Meadowlark Inn.
For more information and reservations:
The Spring Fling Camp offers evening meals each evening with the exception of one night which is left open for you to enjoy a local restaurant of your choosing.
Breakfast: Included in the cost of your chosen accommodation.
Lunch: We are typically on the road for lunch so leave athletes up to their own devices for this meal. There is a quaint, but fully stocked grocery store open 6am - 10pm every day just a few minutes walk from the Meadowlark Inn in Solvang. The store has a good selection of groceries, wine, a sushi bar, salad bar, deli (where you can have sandwiches made to order at any time of the day) and a coffee bar with wireless internet. There is also a natural food market with a super deli located in the heart of Solvang.
Dinner: Catered dinners each night (with the exception of free night) are all part of the camp fee.
Ride Food: Training nutrition and hydration provided by our sponsors and an array of real food snacks will be available throughout each training session.
TRAVEL TO SOLVANG
Nearest Airports: Solvang is located just a 35 minute drive from Santa Barbara Airport or a 2 hour/2 hour 30 minute drive from Los Angeles/LAX
Airport Shuttles: Our camp staff operate a limited number of airport shuttles from Santa Barbara Airport to Solvang and return ($30 round trip, payable in advance with your camp payment). The airport shuttles we offer are available at the following times:
ARRIVAL FROM SBA - SOLVANG
Sunday March 15th - pick up at SBA: 1pm, 1:30pm
DEPARTURE FROM THE MEADOWLARK INN SOLVANG TO SBA
Sunday March 22nd: Departing Solvang at 9am, 11am, 12:30pm
(Allow 40 mins for the drive from Solvang to SBA and 75 minutes for check in at SBA (it is a very small airport!).
Rental car or not? Historically about half of the athletes at this camp have a car, but it is not necessary. The camp will provide transport where needed to activities off site and airport shuttles are available to and from Santa Barbara airport.
Shipping your bike to Solvang: Mail to the camp headquarters:
Spring Fling Camp 2015,
2644 Mission Drive,
Solvang, CA, 93463 USA
Build/Pack Option Dr J's Bicycle Shop, our local bike shop in Solvang, offers a build/pack option for our camp athletes for $80. To book this please call Dr J's Bicycle Shop directly on: 805-688-6263. The owner Corey will be happy to assist you. Do tell him you are with Solvang Triathlon Camps.
Dr J's Bicycle Shop
1693 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
Full payment (with the exception of your $100 non-refundable deposit) is refundable for withdrawals up until February 1st, 2015. For withdrawals after February 1st, 2015 but before March 1st, 2015, 50% of your full payment is refundable. For withdrawals on or after March 1st, 2015, there is no refund available. If we (Solvang Triathlon Camps) have to cancel a camp for any reason, we will refund you the full amount of your camp fee including your deposit, within 30 days of the cancellation of the camp. We cannot however be responsible for expenses incurred with airline tickets or any travel arrangements.