Welcome to the Alabama Wheelmen Cycling Camp! We are very excited to put this camp together with the goal of bringing the team together on the bike before the racing season starts. This document will outline the camp details, and provide additional information for you to have before departing for the
Check-in will start at 5 PM. You will be able to unpack, socialize and grab some food provided to us that
evening. I will do an overview of the camp itinerary, and answer any questions at 8:00 PM
Check-out is on Monday, so we will be able to grab breakfast, and riders can then do a course preview of
the Foothills RR in Piedmont before heading home.
Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center
1314 Shocco Springs Road Talladega, Alabama 35160
We are staying in the Adventure Camp section of the property in the Bethea Duplex.
The lodge does not provide your towels and linens so you will want to pack your own(twin sheets, pillow and towel), unless you
notified Clint that you would like to pay the fee for the items the camp provides.
We know many of you will still want to be in touch with the outside world, but we have been told that
WiFi is not really available on the property.
The weather outlook looks ok for now, but we will have a better understanding as we are closer to the
event. Temps will range from 30’s in the mornings to the 50’s in certain spots. The best advice on
clothing is to come prepared with layers such as: arm warmers, vest, lightweight riding jacket, knee and
leg warmers, gloves, etc. Layering helps you to stay warm, but not overheat as the temps rise. You also
may find the efforts on the climbs dictate the need to pull layers on and off to stay comfortable.
There is a chance of rain in the forecast, so you may want to have a rain jacket with you. We will try to
avoid the rain, and will restructure things if needed to ride in the most optimal conditions.
Coaching Presentation Sessions
These sessions will go over a variety of topics in regards to training methods, weight training, and racing.
If we have time, we will even be able to teach Dwight Thompson how to do a wheelie when coming
across the finish line solo. You should leave this camp with many questions answered, so please make
sure you get these answers by asking the questions.
Friday, January 12th
5:00-8:00 PM Check-in at Shocco Springs/ Socializing
8:00 PM Camp Overview
Saturday, January 13th
7:30 AM Breakfast @ Shocco Springs begins
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Coaching Presentation
10:00 AM Ride Departs
5:00 PM Coach Presentation
6:00 PM Dinner @ Mellow Mushroom or Cheaha Brewing
8:00 PM Social Time/Movies @ Shocco Springs
Sunday, January 14th
7:30 AM Breakfast @ Shocco Springs
9:00 AM Climbing Intensive Ride
5:30 PM Dinner @ Shocco Springs
6:30 PM Alabama Wheelmen Team Discussion
7:30 PM Coaching Presentation
8:30 PM Social Time/Movies @ Shocco Springs
Monday, January 15th
7:30 AM Breakfast @ Shocco Springs
9:00 AM Depart Shocco Springs for Piedmont, or home
10:00 AM Ride Foothills RR Course from Piedmont
Feel free to bring a MTB also, as there are some great trails in the area, either at Cheaha State Park, or at Coldwater that you can ride on Monday after checking out.
Saturday Long Loop – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26316282
Saturday Shorter Option – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26689958
Sunday Long Loop – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26316710
Sunday Shorter Loop – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26689981
Monday Foothills RR Course Ride
Starts at Civic Center -500 Mill St, Piedmont, AL 36272
Maps that have been created for those of you who still run Garmin devices and not a Wahoo 😊 There will be a ride for those of you who want to come down a bit early and get some flat miles in your legs before we start ripping the muscles from the bones on Cheaha. This ride will be weather dependent if it rains or not. It will be 50 ish miles on the Chief Ladiga trail from Jacksonville State Parking lot location. Address that will get you close to the trail head is – 735 Park Ave NW #401, Jacksonville, AL 36265 This is the address for Park Place Apartments that are very close to the trail head. I will make a facebook event for this ride on the Wheelmen Page FYI, but please let me know if you plan on doing the Friday ride. We will probably start the ride around 11 and pedal for a while easy to get the legs active and woke up.
Friday Weather dependent Chief Ladiga Ride (optional)
Day 1 Long
Monday Piedmont RR course (optional)