Join Date: May 2007
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains
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It's a valid question for a training and nutrition forum.
Unless the climb is an 'A' race that you're peaking for, you probably don't want to do a long taper. It'll impact your fitness progression for your peak. Most people have one or maybe two peaks a year.
I do a lot of climbing races. Most races are on saturday which is usually a hard day for me anyhow. I usually do a three day block tue-thurs, recovery or off on friday, and a hard ride on saturday. For C races I will stick with my training plan and do a recovery ride on friday like I would have anyhow. If it's a B race, I'll take thursday off or make it a shorter easier ride than the normal intervals plus two hour group ride. For an A race, I'll go easy on tuesday and wendsday and take thursday off.
If I can I like to do a short ride the day before the race, with a couple moderately hard efforts just to open up the legs.
Are the Arizona climbs races or organized events or are you just going down there and riding? If it's the latter, just go ride. You'll want to maximize your riding while you're there so don't worry about tapering or any of that.
Also, if you can make it over to the eastern sierra in California there are some spectacular climbs there, and the Death Valley Road Stage Race in late May. Most climbing per mile of any two day stage race in north america. It's low key enough that if you just want to have a good time you can buy 2 one day licenses and 'race'.