DARK HORSE TRIATHLON - SOLVANG CAMP 2019
MARCH 19-24, 2019
Places currently available
This camp is for triathletes who have recorded a sub 3-hour 70.3 bike split, or a sub 6:15 Ironman bike split.
Dark Horse Triathlon have partnered with Solvang Triathlon Camps for 5 days of spring training in California during March 2019. Included in the camp will be 4 rides from 30-80+ miles, 3 swims, and 4 runs. This camp is open to both Dark Horse triathletes and non-Dark Horse team triathletes. The camp is for intermediate plus triathletes, who are looking to get a boost in fitness before the season starts.
Dark Horse Triathlon Head Coach Steve Johnson will be leading the coaching and guiding the athletes through some of the best training that Solvang has to offer.
This is your opportunity to:
- build upon your base of fitness into race-specific training
- train with your fellow Dark Horse Triathlon team mates in a beautiful setting
The camp includes:
- Transfers from/to Santa Barbara Airport
- Professional Coaching from Dark Horse Triathlon coaches
- 4 rides from 30-80+ miles
- 3-4 runs to include all-weather track and trail
- 3 swims
- Fully supported rides
- Rides to the beach and up Figueroa Mountain
- All evening meals included, with exception of free night
- Bike mechanic
- Sponsors' goodies
- Group wine tasting
- Outdoor movie night
- Final group meal at a restaurant
Accommodation - A room block has been reserved at our host hotel, The Meadowlark Inn in Solvang. Once you have registered for the camp, you need to book direct with the Meadowlark Inn to finalize your accommodation. Please Email or call the Inn, 1-805-688-4631, to reserve a room.
Please have the accommodation code (given to you in your camp registration confirmation email) ready to give to the Meadowlark Inn when finalizing your accommodation reservation.
- Lunches - athletes are on their own for lunch.
(A deposit of $100 is payable with your registration and secures your place at the camp. Your camp balance is due by February 4th, 2019.)
CAMP ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES
Camp dates: March 19-24, 2019
Arrival day, Tuesday, March 19th: Shuttles from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) are available departing SBA at 1pm and 1:30pm. Camp starts in Solvang at 4pm.
Departure day, Sunday March 24th: After an AM training session, the camp ends at 10:30am. Shuttles to Santa Barbara Airport are available departing Solvang at 11am and Noon.
If you are debating between bringing a road bike or triathlon bike to this camp and have the choice, then our recommendation is to bring 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.
The Meadowlark Inn - host hotel is located just 1.75 miles from the center of Solvang. It is positioned near the outdoor pool, track and just 1/3 mile from a quaint grocery store. All camp activities start from this hotel and a nice breakfast is included in the accommodation price!
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. Please note priority is given to full week athletes at this hotel.
Booking Accommodation: You need to book directly with the Meadowlark Inn to reserve your accommodation. You will need the code given to you in your camp registration confirmation email to make a reservation. Accommodation website:
Contact info: Email or telephone: 805-688-4631
Breakfast: Included with your accommodation at the Meadowlark Inn.
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 from Santa Barbara Airport: Our camp staff operate airport shuttles from Santa Barbara Airport to Solvang and return. The airport shuttles we offer need to be booked 2 weeks in advance and are available at the following times:
ARRIVAL FROM SBA - SOLVANG
Tuesday March 19: Pick up at SBA: 1pm, 1:30pm
DEPARTURE FROM THE MEADOWLARK INN, SOLVANG TO SBA
Sunday March 24: Departing Solvang at 11am, Noon
(Allow 40 mins for the drive from Solvang to SBA and 75 minutes for check in at SBA (it is a very small airport!).
RoadRunner Shuttle from Santa Barbara Airport to and from Solvang: There is a commercial shuttle that runs from Santa Barbara Airport to and from Solvang, for details and to make a reservation:
For more information: www.rrshuttle.com/sba.html
Central Coast Shuttle from LAX: There is a bus that goes from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Buellton which is a town just 5 miles from Solvang. The cost is $70 one way or $128 round trip (pre-paid) plus $20 for your boxed bike. Details: Central Coast Shuttle. If you take the bus, let us know what time you are going to arrive in Buellton, and we will pick you up at the Buellton bus station.
Rental car or not? Historically about half of the athletes at our camps 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 directly to our host hotel: Mail to the camp headquarters:
Solvang Tri Camps
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 $100. So, you ship your bike to Dr J's, they unpack and build it up for you pre-camp. You then collect it once you arrive in town (we can assist). Then post camp you return your bike to Dr J's, they pack it up for you, and ship it to your home. (Note return shipping is additional). To book and arrange this service, 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 January 18, 2019. For withdrawals after January 18, 2019 but before February 15, 2019, 50% of your full payment is refundable. For withdrawals on or after February 15, 2019, 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.