Spring Cycling Training Camps 2017
11th to 18th March 2017
We offer a week of warm weather cycling at the Hotel Albir Playa, on the Costa Blanca, Spain from Saturday 11th until 18th of March. Daily guided group rides will let you enjoy the quiet, good quality roads near Benidorm in Spain. Lots of pro cycling teams use the Costa Blanca as their pre-season preparation so if it’s good enough for them…..?
The Costa Blanca is one of the best places in Europe to base your pre-season cycling training. Book this raining week and have the option to buy your entry for the 2017 Etape du Tour or the Marmotte Alps Gran Fondo (sold out on the event website) for £75.
Why the Costa Blanca?
The most popular area for pro cycling teams to train in the winter is the mountainous headland between Alicante and Valencia. Teams are based in hotels in this area from where they head out into the hilly interior for long, base-mile training rides. Many teams have been staying in this area for years and they bring in staff and riders for a series of meetings and training rides to prepare the squad for the coming racing season.
The mix of good roads, mild weather, and light traffic along Spain’s coast delivers the ideal base for pre-season training camps. Etixx-Quick-Step, Katusha, and Astana are all regular visitors. Teams will stay in hotels for weeks on end as riders loop in and out for meetings, rides, photo sessions, bike fittings, physiological testing, and other pre-season business, such as testing new equipment. Many teams return in January as the training tempo increases ahead of the season’s first major races. Most of the European teams have gravitated to Spain for a variety of reasons. It’s still close to home, at least for the European staff and riders, and the riding terrain is ideal to build base fitness. The weather is typically mild and it rarely rains, all of which is in sharp contrast to northern France, Italy, and Belgium this time of year.
The below is the outline of a typical day on our training camp.
08:00-10:00 – Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
10:00-15:00 – Daily rides, leaving from outside the hotel. We will usually offer 2 or 3 different rides each day.
16:00-18:00 – Free time to recover in or by the pool.
18:00-19:00 – Some days will have Q&A sessions with our guides.
19:00-21:00 – Buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Etape du Tour and La Marmotte Alps Entries:
If you book on this training camp, you will be entitled to purchase an entry to the Etape du Tour or La Marmotte Alps. (£75 per entry)
**** Hotel Albir Playa:
Modern and innovative, Albir Playa Hotel & Spa invites you to stay at a hotel spa unique of its kind in Alicante. An avant-garde accommodation specially designed for your family holidays, short trips or for relaxation. Directly next to the Sierra Gelada Nature Park, the hotel offers a memorable experience to all those who -like you- want to enjoy their holiday destination to the maximum: spa, Mediterranean food, pool.
Your stay here will be with breakfasts and evening meals included. At the hotel there is a private garage for secure storage of your bike and also included is one complimentary Spa visit and gym access.
The following itinerary is flexible, and may be adjusted according to the abilities of different groups and the weather.
Saturday – arrival day:
Please advise us of your arrival time at Alicante airport and we will come to collect you and your bike
108km, 1,700m+ (67 miles, 5,580ft+)
The first ride of the week has a gentle flat start along the coast, through Calpe and Moraria towards Javea, before heading inland towards Gata de Gorgos. From here there’s a gradual ascent through Lliber and Parcent, before tackling the Col de Rates, and descending back to Albir.
The route between Calpe and Javea will follow some of the roads from the 2017 Vuelta Time Trial, which saw Chris Froome victorious as he attempted to claw back Nairo Quintana’s overall lead.
129km, 1,520m+ (80 miles, 5,000ft+)
Today we again head towards Javea, but with some shorter climbs added into the route. From Javea, we continue along the coast to Denia, before heading inland to Pego, then returning to Albir via Orba, Jalon and Benissa.
137km, 2,830m+ (85 miles, 9,300ft+)
Today we head inland immediately, passing through Finestrat and Sella before tackling the Col de Tudons, topping out at 1,024m (3,359ft). A short descent into Alcoleja is followed by the Col du Confrides. After a long descent, we’ll tackle the Col de Rates in the opposite direction to earlier in the week, before returning to Albir via the coastal road.
The Col de Tudons may be familiar from the role it played in the dramatic penultimate stage of the 2017 Vuelta, with the peloton climbing both sides of this 2nd category climb in quick succession.
38km, 423m+ (23.5 miles, 1,400ft+)
Today is a recovery day, so we will go for a short ride along the coast, passing through Benidorm and heading Wast towards Villa Joyosa.
The shorter day gives you plenty of time to make the most of Albir Playa’s facilities, or to explore the local area.
135km, 2,430m+ (84 miles, 8,000ft+)
Today starts with the long, gradual climb from sea level to the top of the Col de Confrides at 960m (3,150ft) via Callosa and Guadalest. From here, we’ll pass through Benasau, Gorga, Castell de Castells and Parcent, before our final climb of the Col de Rates. From here we’ll descend back down into Albir.
81km, 1,410m+ (50.5 miles, 4,630ft+)
Our final day in the saddle sees us head West towards Villa Jojoysa, along the Amadorio Dam towards Relleu. We will then pass through Finestrat before descending to the coast via Benidorm.
Saturday – departure day
|7 Nights: £479 per person, based on twin share. (£199 sole occupancy supplement)
To book families, please call +44 161 703 8161 or E-mail us
- Half board (breakfast and evening meal) at 4 star hotel Albir Playa
- Airport transfers (subject to conditions above)
- Free use of all the hotel facilities (swimming pool and gym)
- One complimentary Spa circuit
- Secure bike storage
- Daily group rides for all cycling abilities
- Knowledgeable guides with each group who know the routes
Twin to share:
If you are a non-rider, please book our package as normal (online) and then email your booking confirmation with a note, to our office, at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply a £25 discount to your booking.
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip. Please look here for our full booking conditions.
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
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