Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bright Boot Camp About?
The Bright Boot Camp is structured around either the serious recreational rider or club racing rider who is looking for a challenging four days of riding. Not intended to be an easy four days this cycling training camp is focused on helping improve your fitness and general well-being as a cyclist. We provide informative lectures on improving cycling performance. Riders that have attended these cycling training camps regularly see a marked improvement in their cycling performance around two weeks after the camp.
Is there a difference between the Nov and Feb camps?
There is no difference between the way we run each of the camps. The only difference is that the Feb training camp is usually a little hotter.
Who attends the camp?
Riders that attend these cycling training camps are keen races or serious recreational cyclists that may have ridden rides like “Around the Bay”, “The Alpine Classic” or the “Peaks Challenge Series” and are looking for the next big event. This is not to say that people haven’t ridden these events can’t come to the camp. We get a good cross section of abilities and cater for them accordingly. Riders or groups of riders can also attend the camp and provide their accommodation if they choose. We have people from all around the world attend the camp. Many riders use our camp as training for their mid-year European cycling trips, the Tour of Bright, the Bicycle Network’s Peaks Challenge series or the Audax Alpine Classic.
How hard is it?
This is four big days of riding through some of the largest accessible climbs to cyclists in Australia. You do need to have a good cycling base before coming to this camp. For some, the weekend is filled with just four things; riding, attending the seminars, eating and sleeping. We do have shorter versions of the rides for those that want to take it a little easier or don’t meet the fitness requirements to climb to the top of Hotham and Falls Creek. Click here to check out the course details.
How fit do I need to be?
Firstly, the Bright Boot Camp is structured so that it can be ridden by the novice to the elite cyclists.
You would need to:
- have been riding regularly for more than two years
- able to complete a 100km ride with ease with an average speed above 25km
- be comfortable riding in a bunch of 10+ riders.
Remember that everyone is different so these are recommendations, and you should take into consideration your personal circumstances.
What sort of training should I be doing?
Ideally, a minimum of 200 km a week for at least six weeks before the camp if you want to complete all four full days of the camp. Again, everyone is different… We now offer shorter rides for those that want to experience the fantastic ambiance that the Bright Alpine region has to offer without having to commit totally to the four big days. Every day is flexible, so you can now tailor your Bright Boot Camp experience as you ride. It’s also great if you plan to bring your family or partner to the camp.
Do you get many interstate and international riders to the camp?
Yes, we do.
Is accommodation included in the camp?
The camp is based at the Bright Chalet and we recommend that camp participants stay there. Sorry, accommodation is not included in the price of the camp, but we have negotiated an amazing twin share rate at Bright Chalet, which includes accommodation and three meals. Premium rooms will be allocated to people that have purchased our premium package. Please contact them for your booking arrangements on (03) 5755 1833 and mention that you are attending our training camp or book in at your preferred accommodation in the Bright region.
Does the camp fee include the cost of meals?
No, but if you book your accommodation with Bright Chalet three meals are included in the package that we have negotiated for you. Bright also has lots of restaurants, cafes, two pubs, an ice cream shop and a well stocked and reasonably priced Supermarket that sells wine. Whether it’s eat in, takeaway or dine out, you certainly won’t go without a place to buy food. It’s all within walking distance from our accommodation.
Does the camp fee include the cost of getting to and from the Bright Alpine region?
Do you offer transport from and to Melbourne Airport for interstate and international people attending the camp?
Sorry, we do not.
What are the rides like?
Depends on how fast you ride them. Some of the climbs take over 2 hours to complete. It’s a go at your pace. You will have support riders helping you during the ride. On the first day, we will get an indication of your comparative fitness level based on your climb of Mt Buffalo. From this climb, we will seed you into one of the three or four bunches that you will ride in for the rest of the camp. We have shorter rides for those that want to take it a little easier or don’t meet the fitness requirements to climb Hotham and Falls Creek.
Do I need a minimum lowest gear?
YES! We recommend that you ride with the lowest gear which is a 39 tooth front chain ring and 27 teeth rear sprocket or greater. That is a 27, 28 or a 29. Compact cranks are recommended for the area. Remember the climbs are long so having a comfortable gear that you can climb in for sustained periods is very important. It’s all down to personal choice though so if you’re an elite rider you may find a 27 quite appropriate.
Is the Bright Boot Camp aimed at elite cyclists? Or do keen recreational cyclists come long for a challenge, meet nice people and enjoy some lovely scenery?
We have a blend of elite cyclists and keen recreational cyclists that attend every camp. On the first day, we seed the riders and place them in one of three groups that are appropriate for them for the rest of the camp. That way they get to ride with riders of the same ability. The groups each have different agendas. Group 1 goes flat out where group 3, come long for a challenge, meet nice people and enjoy some lovely scenery. If it all gets too hard, then we offer shorter rides. We even have some of group 1 join us for this ride on the last day.
Do you have many women attend the camp?
Yes, we do. The number of women that attend the camp varies from camp to camp. We generally get quite a few to each camp.
What is our motivation for doing the Bright Boot Camp?
The Bright Boot Camp was a concept that was created after a training session during 2006′s Australia Day weekend. We all had such a fantastic time that we decided to extend the invitation to cyclist all around Australia. We wanted to create an unforgettable four days of cycling that would make a lasting impression. Something that the participants will share with their cycling buddies when they get back home.
Do you have on road support?
Yes, we provide comprehensive on-road assistance to all riders with support vehicles and support riders that perform “domestique” duties and provide coaching assistance during the rides, you just have to ask them.
Will you be able to help teach me how to descend properly?
Yes. We run a descending clinic on the first day then work with your descending skills for the remaining three days.