The Near Death Experience Offers High Elevation Cycle Training at Kirkwood

12 May 2014
This June, cycling enthusiasts from around the region will have the opportunity to enjoy high alpine cycling and receive professional coaching at the 2014 Near Death Experience (NDE) cycle camp.

The cycle camp is based out of Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which has a base elevation 7,800 feet, and is in close proximity to multiple alpine mountain passes.

“The NDE allows cyclists to take a break from their daily routine and spend three days focusing on the healthy pursuit of cycling without distraction,” says U.S.A. Cycling certified coach, Robert Panzera. “Kirkwood offers the premiere location to host this camp with its excellent lodging options and access to scenic mountain roads.”

The cycle camp includes:
• Professional coaching from Panzera and Cycling Camp San Diego coaches and mentors
• Indoor seminars and clinics
• On-road guidance and coaching
• Full on-road Service and Gear (SAG) support
• All meals
• A hard copy of Panzera’s book, Cycling Fast
• Entry into the 2014 Death Ride

Panzera believes training at elevation is extremely important and says, “Before tackling a challenging ride at altitude it is important for cyclists to see how their body reacts to the environment of rarefied air. This includes knowing how to modulate efforts, adjust nutrition, and modify pacing strategies.” Panzera added, “Another important aspect of alpine training is the high speed descent which we will cover daily with both indoor and outdoor clinics.”

This is the sixteenth year the camp has been held at Kirkwood. Resort spokesperson, Kevin Cooper, stated, “We are pleased to once again offer this amazing training opportunity for cycling enthusiasts. June is the perfect time to be up in the mountains with clear roads and ideal cycling temperatures.”

The NDE camp is scheduled for June 6-8. More information and registration can be found on the Kirkwood website events calendar.

About Kirkwood
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top destination resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in the Tahoe region and summer guests a true High Sierra experience. Summer activities at Kirkwood include hiking, lift accessed mountain biking and horseback riding. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, summer events, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit www.kirkwood.comor call 209.258.6000.
Robert Panzera
Head coach, Robert Panzera, has a MA in Kinesiology–Biomechanics from San Diego State University. He is certified by U.S.A. Cycling and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). Rob’s passion for cycling and business underpins his desire to create an experience for all Cycling Camp San Diego’s clients that goes far beyond their expectations. Over the last 17 years, Robert’s main interests include racing, training with various level athletes, and constantly learning how to improve all aspects of fitness to be a better racer including weight lifting, stretching, stationary training, plyometrics and improved nutrition. 

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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