In Lanjaron, Andalucia, Spain. 


If you've taken part in one of our spring training camps you'll know all about the fantastic terrain and quiet roads in this unspoilt area of southern Spain. This week takes the challenge to the next level by working towards and taking part in the 2nd Alpujarra Gran Fondo Sportive. This features two options, covering 128 km with 2930m of climbing or a longer version over 166km with 4120m of climbing. 

If you can concentrate with the breathtaking views of the mountains and the coast there are also two timed climbing sections up to the mountain range of Haza de Lino and Spain's highest village of Trevelez to crown the 'Magna Climber' of the day. 

While the emphasis of the week is of course the sportive, we will head out from our base in Orgiva, just 8km from the event start town in Lanjaron, for training rides to practice your climbing and descending over the week while staying fresh for the Gran Fondo. 

As always with Custom Cycle Coaching, this will be a small and intimate camp to give you maximum enjoyment and help to work on your climbing and descending in the lead up to the event with video footage and analysis to ensure you get the best possible preparation for the Fondo. Check out this video for an idea of the riding and hospitality you can expect or for more details on the area check out this article on Wheelsuckers.

Included in the price is your entry fee to the Gran Fondo (there is a 10 euro surcharge if you don't have a valid licence, for example through British Cycling), breakfast and evening meals and airport transfers:

£480 per 6 day trip - sharing a twin room with en-suite bathroom

£550 per 6 day trip - single occupancy

Got a club or group? We can offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more as well as discounts for longer stays - contact us via customcyclecoaching@gmail.com or call 07890 782329 for more details.

Why attend a training camp with Custom Cycle Coaching?

Sierra Nevada cannot be rivalled for the combination of mountainous terrain and warm climate with September being a perfect time to come, after the heat of the summer but with average temperatures still comfortably in the 20's. You will stay in a charming Andalucian village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, but with the Mediterranean coast under 40km away. 

What's included:

  • 6 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
  • Breakfast and three course evening meal (lunch will be either a stop en route or in one of the local tapas bars after the ride)
  • Airport transfer from Malaga airport (transfers outside recommended flights will incur an extra charge - please ask for details)
  • Led group rides and route maps and Garmin files available if required
  • Video analysis on descending technique
  • Cereal bars and energy drink during rides
  • Entry to the Gran Fondo Alpujarra (short or long route) which includes prizes for all participants, as well as special prizes for the first finishers and 'King of the Mountains'
  • Fantastic mountainous terrain and a warm climate that makes tough training a pleasure!
  • Workshop and mechanic for minor repairs and spares (at cost)
  • Bike cleaning facilities
  • Emergency pick up service in case of mechanical trouble
What's not included:
  • Flights 
  • In ride nutrition with the exception of energy drinks to start the ride with - we will stop for fresh spring water from village fountains on the way and the Gran Fondo has regular food and drink stops over the course
  • Lunch
  • Following car
  • Alcoholic beverages (the hotel has an excellent bar!)
  • Travel insurance
What you need to bring:
  • Your bike, please ensure this is in good condition on arrival, minor repairs needed during your stay will be done free of charge providing the bike arrives in a clean and well serviced state (spares are not included in the price)
  • Cycling kit and helmet (helmets are compulsory in Spain)
  • Low gearing (39x27 or lower is recommended, preferably a compact chainset)
  • Basic spares and a pump as you would take on any ride
  • Travel insurance
  • An European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to ensure that health care is covered under the Spanish health service
Dates:

Arrival Monday September 18th, departure Sunday September the 24th (the event is on Saturday the 23rd)

For more details or to book your place contact us via customcyclecoaching@gmail.com or call 07890 782329

Reviews - this is what some of our customers have to say about the camps...

''The Alpujarra region is a hidden gem for cycling, and Tom knows the roads (and the cafes) like a local. I’ve been out for the last 4 years, and it’s a superb place to start the season on the right foot. The roads are quiet, and well surfaced, and the routes are amazing…whether you want long climbs, coast rides, or even the occasional easy day to a café, Tom has you covered. The camps are relaxed, friendly affairs, with options for longer or shorter rides over a variety of terrain, but always beautiful views.''