In 2013, Phil started to incorporate altitude into his training, and fell in love with Big Bear. The charming mountain town is only two hours from Los Angeles, the perfect elevation for endurance adaptation (6800 feet) , but only a short drive to sea level, making it easy to “live high, train low.” Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend cycling getaway, or a two-week training camp to get some big miles in, think of the Wattage Cottage as a discount alternative to traditional cycling tours, equipped with routes, food recommendations, and everything you need for your bike, designed by Phil himself, and equipped by his great sponsors.
-2 bedrooms (1 queen bed, one bunk bed with a full and a twin, one air mattress)
-Assorted training foods from Clif Bar
-Espresso from Illy
-Bottles from Camelbak
-Chamois Butt’r chamois cream and embrocation (you probably won’t need the embro)
-Tools from Feedback Sports
-Big (secure) shed for your gear
-Discount at Bear Valley Bike Shop
-Phil’s favorite training routes, including the best coffee and local restaurant recommendations–like a personal, guided tour (without the hefty pricetag).
-For a stay of 10 days or more (the recommended amount for adaptation), a training plan from Phil’s coach Frank Overton from FasCat coaching is included (use the contact page to get started)