Official Etape du Tour Costa Blanca Cycling Training Camp 2016
March 12th - 19th 2016
Sports Tours International are the official training providers for the 2016 Etape du Tour and we offering a week-long warm weather Official Etape du Tour training camps at Albir Gardens in the Costa Blanca.
The Costa Blanca is one of the best places in Europe to base your pre-season cycling training. The weather is much warmer at this time of year than other European destinations, and this is the reason why many of the top professional teams use the area for their pre-season training. The roads are of good quality and there is a choice of either coastal, hilly and even mountainous rides, with some roads going to 1,200 metres so great to train for the Etape du Tour.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 Albir Gardens Hotel:
You'll be based at the well known 3* hotel complex of Albir Gardens, which has been specifically used to cater for sports groups for several years. Set in beautiful gardens, the complex has a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, tennis court, supermarket, laundrette and conference room.
Official Etape du Tour training camp Costa Blanca, Spain
7 Nights: £389 per person, based on twin share. (£119 sole occupancy supplement).
We offer the option to book one apartment for 3 where the twin room and the sofa bed are used
7 nights: £369 based on the occupancy of 3 persons of one apartment
To book families of 4, please call +44 161 703 8161 or E-mail us
What the Camp includes:
- Option to purchase a front pen entry into the 2016 Etape du Tour after assessment by our head bike guide
- Half board (breakfast and evening meal) at Albir Gardens on the Costa Blanca
- Airport transfers (subject to conditions above)
- Free welcome drink
- Free use of all the hotel facilities (swimming pool and gym)
- Post-ride snack buffet
- Daily group rides aimed at clocking up some miles
- Knowledgable guides with each group who know the routes
- Free bicycle wash station
- Travel to Alicante airport from your home
- Drinks and meals other than those specified
- Bike rental. For options, E-mail or call us on 0161-7038161
- Bike fit – Available at supplement
- Power test – Available at supplement
- Massages – Available at supplement
- Also consider if you need travel insurance. Don’t forget to insure your bike – insurance page
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:
Please click on the green button below or call the office on +44 161 703 8161 .
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit as above. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Visas are not required to enter Spain. You need a passport to enter Spain. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months.
For links to important websites, click here. All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for Spain.
For details of insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.
There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page