Winter training camps: leave the cold, and train abroad

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04.01.17 at 12:09 pm

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Early season cycle training camps

There’s nothing better than winter sun on your back at a winter training camp while everyone at home is riding on ice.

It’s always hard to get motivated at this time of year – it’s cold and dark morning and evening and the gym is hideous with the intense influx of people who want to get fit, don’t know what they’re up to, and will all have given up by February!

This is why heading abroad for a training camp or holiday is an increasingly popular pastime for cyclists. What better way to kick start your 2017 training and get yourself into shape than heading overseas to for some winter miles in the sunshine?

Of course there is nothing stopping you from grabbing your mates and arranging your own trip, but heading on an organised camp is not only great training, it can also great fun.  Plus, it’s the closest us mere mortals will ever get to feeling like a pro.

If you’ve not booked yours yet, we’ve put together a few for you to choose from who still have spaces to ensure you’re in the best shape possible for your 2017 season:

Tri Camp – Ironman Training Week

Where: Mallorca

When: 1-8 April 2017

How Much: £749

What they say:

“Whether you’re toying with the idea of entering your first Ironman event or have completed this long distance course several times, our Ironman course is designed for all experiences and will get you up to speed in both the distance and techniques required to take on the challenge of a full distance event. Under the guidance of world class coaches you will cover everything from open water swimming, focusing on endurance training, pool swim analysis concentrating on technique, to running the route of the Ironman Mallorca route situated on our very own doorstep.  We will also address jelly legs and transition techniques through our brick sessions.”

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Cycology – Coaching Holiday

When: 24-28 March

Where: Mallorca

How Much: £3,100 – £4,100

What they say:

At the bespoke/luxury end of the camp market: “Cycology has partnered with Rowe & King cycle coaching to provide you the opportunity to be coached by pro cyclists; using the training methods of Team Sky’s Luke Rowe and Olympic Champion Dani King MBE have used throughout their careers, and are still using to this day.

Whether you’re a novice or an elite cyclist, Rowe & King will help you prepare to achieve your goals – it doesn’t matter if you’re simply getting fitter and riding with friends, completing a sportive event, or performing at a key race. No nonsense, straight up cycling coaching that actually works. Get the results that your hard work deserves.

You still get to enjoy the challenges and camaraderie of a group ride along the formidable Serra de Tramuntana mountain roads, but with the added benefits of professional coaching as part of your Cycology cycling holiday package.”

RG Active – Cycling Training Camp

When: 25 February – 5 March

Where: Mallorca

How Much: £450 (based on shared occupancy)

What they say:

“Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to be a professional athlete?

One of the main differences that sets the professional athletes apart from everyone else is the time they get for recovery. After a long and/or hard training session most of you have to go to work, go do the shopping, take the children to school so never really just relax and let your body completely recover afterwards.

Well on our cycling training camp you get that time to relax. You can go out and train as hard or as long as you want and do so knowing that after the session you can go back to your hotel room and relax in the spa/sauna, take a bath, sleep and let your body prepare itself ready for the next session.

We run a group ride leaving the hotel each morning around 10am, and we do our best to make sure that every day and every ride is as much fun as it is hard work. The emphasis of the training holiday is to enjoy the opportunity to cycle with other athletes, to make new friends and get a week of quality cycling in without the stresses and strains of everyday life.”

Costa Cycling Experience: Organised Group Riding 

When: 19 – 24th February

Where: Southern Spain

How Much: £849

What they say:

“With a warm and pleasant climate all year round, a large selection of good quality mountain biking trails, and endless choices of sublime road cycling routes, the Costa Del Sol and Andalucia are a paradise for cyclists of all abilities and a top choice for cycling holidays in Europe. Coupled with our wide choice of affordable premium accommodation and fully certified local cycling guides, we believe we have created the perfect package for unforgettable cycling holidays and training camps in Spain, regardless of your skill or fitness levels.”

Embrace Sports: Spring Triathlon Camps

When: 4-11 February and 11-18 March

Where: Algarve, Portugal

How Much: £645

What they say:

“Do you want to get your 2017 triathlon season off to a flyer? Embrace is holding these training holidays to give you the kick-start you will need for a great triathlon season ahead! Suited to all abilities this is a great holiday to refresh on the basics and build on 2016’s performance.

This February training holiday normally has the added benefit of coinciding with the famous Tour of the Algarve (“Volta ao Algarve”). We will be supporting and riding the same rides as all the major teams likes Team Sky, Garmin, Astana and Radioshack.”

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Elite Training Experience: March Triathlon Camps

When: 13 – 18 and 20-25 March

Where: Paphos, Cyprus

How Much: £800 (based on shared occupancy)

What they say:

“Six days of swim, bike and run technique and performance coaching by Perry Agass focused on helping you become the best triathlete you can be. Train in the warm weather of our stunning new base in Paphos, Cyprus.

Both camps are for all athletes: from first-timers to Age-Group contenders. The personalised approach means that the camp is as suited to Olympic distance athletes as it is to 70.3 or Long distance athletes. The camps are run in conjunction with the Outlaw Triathlon and are ideally suited to any athletes racing the Outlaw or either Outlaw Half.

 

No two camps are the same but a typical camp will include 18-22 hours of training across all three disciplines.”

Classic Cycling Tours: Organised Alpine Riding 

When: 13th – 25th March

Where: French Alps

How Much: £690

What they say:

“Our road bike training camps will provide the ideal preparation for riders planning to participate in either the La Marmotte Granfondo or L’Etape du Tour. Your week of cycling in the Alps will involve approximately 830km of riding with some 16,400 metres of ascent and descent through some of the most spectacular scenery in the French Alps. Our rides will include many of the legendary mountains that have featured in the Tour de France – Alpe D’Huez, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de la Madeleine, Cormet de Roselend, Col des Saisies and Lacets de Montvernier just name a few.

The overall aims of our cycling training camps will be, to help you improve all the key areas that go into having a successful and enjoyable experience in these famous sportives.”

 

Yellow Jersey offer annual and short term bicycle insurance and travel insurance to give you piece of mind while training and racing at home and abroad.

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