February 24-27 (Monday-Thursday), 2014
Based in Westlake Village, CA on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in the quiet outskirts of the greater Los Angeles region, just 40 miles from LAX.
The latest, greatest edition of CORPScamp features four days of SAG-supported, one-of-a-kind cycling in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. We've been cycling regularly here since 1994 and we never tire of sharing one of the world's most dramatic, inspiring, and invigorating landscapes.
CORPScamp Santa Monica Mountains features a specific route each day, with route sheets, support vehicle on the course, and two or more ride leaders. Most routes feature various distance options, too. Each afternoon at CORPScamp features "The Yoga Social" with a rejuvenating yoga class taught by your co-host, a fellow cyclist and life-long fitness professional: Laurie Kostman. CORPSyoga is designed for all camp participants, regardless of yoga background, or lack thereof, and is designed to help each camper unwind, accelerate recovery for the next day's adventure, minimize the chance of injury, and rejuvenate and restore energy balance. Social time before and after the actual yoga class gives everyone a chance to swap stories while enjoying herbal tea. The camp also includes two group dinners. Every activity is optional, though; campers are free to "check out any time you like" if they want a break, extra rest, or private time.
Please understand that CORPScamp is designed as a multi-day lifestyle adventure - four days of fantastic cycling and outdoor adventure in a world-class setting - and the camp is only as difficult as YOU want it to be. Most days, participants can make their daily mileage any number they want! We're not timing everyone and we're not keeping score, so please don't be put off by the name - CORPScamp is only as hard core as you want to make it! If you love cycling and want to get away from it all and enjoy the company, and insights, of fellow cyclists, then you will enjoy CORPScamp!
Online registration through BikeReg opened at 1000am, California time, on December 27, 2013. As always, the registration link is sent out first via our email newsletter, giving a small headstart to newsletter subscribers.
Trip Cancellation Insurance:
We highly recommend you consider trip cancellation insurance in case you are unable to attend or have to leave early. One source for this is Travel Guard at 1-877-901-7599. They may be able to refund your entry fee if you are forced to cancel or leave early.
Your $395 CORPScamp entry fee includes:
- Four days of awesome cycling: Route slips and a map of the Santa Monica Mountains
- One support vehicle with Hammer Nutrition Products and other cycling snacks, drinks, and energy foods on the road each day (but you may also bring your own fuel, and/or bag lunch to put in the support vehicles, especially if you have specific needs.)
- Dynamic Warm-Up each morning
- CORPSyoga: Yoga for Cyclists Class each afternoon between the 200 and 300 building
- Two group dinners
- Coaching and/or expert bike fitting, if desired (fee charged for the latter)
- AdventureCORPS 100% Organic Cotton t-shirt
- AdventureCORPS hat or cap
For non-cycling spouses and friends: For up to 25 non-riders, we offer a $75 entry option which includes participation in the daily morning Dynamic Warm-Up, daily afternoon Yoga Class, both group dinners, and any other off-the-bike activities. Does not include cycling, cycling food, goodie bag, AdventureCORPS gear, coaching, bike fitting, etc.
Sorry, there is no discount for attending less than the full four day camp.
Refunds: Your CORPScamp entry fee is refundable, less $100, until February 1, 2014. After that, no refunds or other forms of credit will be given. We highly recommend you consider trip cancellation insurance in case you are unable to attend or have to leave early. One source for this is Travel Guard at 1-877-901-7599. They may be able to refund your entry fee if you are forced to cancel or leave early.
Where and Host Hotel
CORPScamp is based in Westlake Village, CA and features world-class cycling in and around the Santa Monica Mountains, Conejo Valley, and Pacific Coast Highway. Participants are encouraged to stay at the host hotel, Westlake Village Inn, although there are many other hotels in the area.
The Westlake Village Inn is the premier property for cycling groups in this entire region because of the layout they offer and easy access. CORPScamp riders don’t have to deal with entering & exiting through an elevator and lobby: they can ride up to their room! Our special rate at this fabulous hotel is $159 per night and that includes many value added amenities such as wireless internet, parking, resort fee, and a deluxe continental breakfast served Monday – Friday in Mediterraneo, the restaurant next door. The reservation code and online reservation link to access our rate will be provided to each CORPScamp participant when they register (not posted here, so that only CORPScampers can use it).
CORPScampers are responsible for making their own hotel reservations directly with the property of their choice. We will also be happy to match up would-be roommates, so email us if you have a room you'd llike to share and we'll circulate your offer with the other CORPScampers.
More about Westlake Village:
Official city website. | Wikipedia page. | Images.
Daily Routes and Schedule
There will be four full days of cycling, Monday through Thursday, starting at the host hotel each day at 800am. Plan on arriving in Westlake Village on Sunday, February 23 and checking out on the morning of Friday, February 28. There will be group dinners on Monday (at the Stone Haus, on the Westlake Village Inn property) and Wednesday (private location, about a 20-minute drive east of WLV).
Here are the four main routes we have planned, Monday through Thursday. All have options to add or subtract miles and climbing.
Sunday: 500-600pm: Check-In for the camp at the WLVI main lobby
Monday: 745am Meet-Up | 800am ride start | 400pm yoga | 600pm dinner at StoneHaus
Route 1: 41 miles with 3500 feet of elevation gain (with Rock Store Climb, but not with Stunt Rd.)
Agourad Road east to Calabasas; Return on Mulholland. Stunt Road ascent option. Climb the Rock Store Climb on the return, or skip it for a flatter alternate. See it on Strava | on Garmin.
Tuesday: 745am Meet-Up | 800am ride start | 400pm yoga
Route 2: 47 miles with 3100 feet of elevation gain
Out Portrero to Las Posas to the coast; south on PCH; climb Mulholland to return. See it on on Strava | on Garmin.
Wednesday: 745am Meet-Up | 800am ride start | 400pm yoga | 600pm dinner at The Cantina (29100 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. This is the first driveway on the right, just east of Kanan Rd.)
Route 3: 65 miles with 3500 feet of elevation gain
Up Westlake, etc to Morpark; west on various back roads and canyons behind Somis; south through Oxnard; return up Portrero. See it on Garmin.
Thursday: 745am Meet-Up | 800am ride start | 400pm yoga
Option 1: Mountainous Route 4: 34 miles with 5000 feet of elevation gain
East on Agoura to Cornell to Malibou Lake; Rock Store Climb; descend Encinal to the coast; climb Decker from PCH. This route is short, but it has A LOT of climbing, plus awesome Pacific Ocean views! See it on RideWithGPS.com.
Option 2: Flattish/Somewhat Hilly Route 5 (Thursday alternate route because of rain, and/or the desire to climb less and enjoy more):
41 miles with 2300 feet of elevation gain:
East on Agoura Road to Cornell to Malibou Lake; return on Cornell, loop through Old Agoura and Oak Park, then either short cut back down Lindero Canyon Road or Westlake Blvd to Westlake Village for 23 or 25 mile options, or take Hillcrest west out to Lynn Rd. and then return via upper Portrero and Hidden Valley. See it on Strava | on Garmin.
Weather & What to Bring
In late February / early March each year, the average daily low is 42 (6c) and the average daily high is 73 (23c). For historical, typical, and average information about the weather in Westlake Village, click here.
Riders must come prepared for any possible mechanical failure or contingency. At the very least, all riders should carry a spare tube, tire, pump, patch kit, basic tools, water bottles, money, personal and medical identification, cell phone, money, credit card, and a good attitude. Add to that the necessary fuel and fluid for your each day's adventure (each day, a SAG vehicle will park at one or a few locations along the route to provide fluid replacement and access to personal drop bags). We also strongly recommend a yoga mat for the afternoon CORPSyoga class. Here's a Packing List you can print out and reference (Pdf format)!
Need a Local Bike Shop?
We highly recommend Win's Wheels, located just down the road from our host hotel!
Fueling and Hydration
We highly recommend the fueling, hydration, and supplement products from Hammer Nutrition. Prepare yourself a "four hour bottle"* of Perpetuem, and HEED each day, bring along a flask of Hammer Gel and a container of Endurolytes and Anti-Fatigue Caps, and all you''l need is more water as your day unfolds out there.It's a simple but extremely effective way to sustain yourself for long days in the saddle. (We'll have a SAG van to provide water, but it's a good idea to bring a CamelBak, too. See below.)
*Our "four hour bottle" includes four scoops of Perpetuem and four scoops of HEED. This provides 920 extremely tasty calories, including 24 grams of protein, eight grams of fat, and a nice selection of electrolytes and more, not to mention lots of great, long-lasting carbo energy. We drink this mix slowly (hence the name, "four hour bottle") and drink plain water at the same time (about one bottle an hour).
Each afternoon during CORPScamp we'll offer a free yoga for cyclists class. It's a must to improve your cycling performance each day, plug good for your body and mind! Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or large towel.
CORPSyoga is designed for everyone, regardless of yoga background, or lack thereof, and is designed to help athletes unwind from their drive to Westlake Village or long day in the saddle, accelerate recovery for the next day's adventure, minimize the chance of injury, and rejuvenate and restore energy balance. It is primarily designed for cyclists, focusing on their tight areas (hips, shoulders and hamstrings), as well as strengthening the core with an emphasis on functional fitness. The yoga sequences will improve cycling performance and one's overall day on the bike. The class is one hour long. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to participate in a yoga class with fellow cyclists. Suitable for everyone! The class is taught by Laurie Kostman, your co-host, a fellow cyclist and fitness professional and exercise specialist with 20 years of experience. More Info.
Important Registration Details and Policies
- All entrants are required to sign the Accident Waiver at check-in (before beginning the event). The waiver may not be modified in any manner.
- Entry fees are non-transferable.
- Your CORPScamp entry fee is refundable, less $100, until February 1, 2014. After that, no refunds or other forms of credit will be given.
- We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
- We will keep you up-to-date via our email newsletter, but only if you choose to sign up for it. We will also send some CORPScamp-specific email updates directly to all campers.
- CORPScamp will take place rain or shine.
- All riders must be friendly and must always display a good attitude before, during, and after the event.
- All riders must carry proper personal identification and personal emergency contact phone number at all times while cycling. We recommend the fine products from www.RoadID.com.
- All riders must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet while cycling.
- All riders must obey all laws and all relevant aspects of the California Motor Vehicle Code.
- All riders must follow the basic rules for safe cycling, including, but not limited to: Ride to the right, single file at all times. Stop at all stop signs and red signals. Protect and warn one another about road hazards and traffic. Don't overlap wheels. Practice safe paceline and group riding etiquette. Be courteous to and cognizant of motorists and other park visitors.