A camp to get you ready for the big summer events!

This week is aimed at riders looking to build form for demanding events such as the Haute Route and other mountainous Gran Fondos such as the Etape Du Tour, Marmotte or Maratona Dles Dolomiti.

Catering both for experienced riders and those new to Gran Fondos, we will focus specifically on preparing for endurance and multi-day riding in the mountains, with an emphasis on climbing and descending technique.

The area

The Alpujarra area is a hidden gem often overlooked by those seeking out training camps. With a fantastic network of quiet roads offering a great mix of shorter climbs and valley roads alongside epic hairpinned ascents - some of which feature in the Vuelta a Espana - the region is perfect for preparing for a mountainous summer sportive. Check out this video for a preview of the terrain and weather you can expect (the video was taken the week before Christmas!) or for more details on the area check out this article on wheelsuckers.

Unlike many popular training destinations, such as Mallorca, Tenerife or the French Alps, the Alpujarra is untouched by tourism; you’re not going to find ugly ski stations and tacky bars here, just beautiful, authentic cafes offering a drink and tapa for €2, and tranquil roads lined by Orange trees. Whatsmore, the weather in Andalucia is fantastic, with rain a rarity and temperatures peaking at around 25°C in early May. You will stay in Orgiva, a charming Andalucian village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, but with the Mediterranean coast under 40km away. 

Awesome views of the Sierra Nevada before the reward of a fantastic descent into Orgiva.


The riding

We will offer a choice of two groups, both of which will be led by an experienced guide with great knowledge of the area.

Each group will focus on the Haute Route, featuring consecutive longer days, or a more individual event/racing focus, with the option to switch between groups as needed.

An example week would be:

Haute route group

One-day/racing group

Day 1: Arrival and easy spin

Day 1: Arrival and easy spin

2: 100km ride with one longer and one shorter climb, 2200m elevation gain

2: 80km ride with one long climb and some fast riding in the valley home, 1600m elevation gain

3: Longer day with two longer climbs 130-140km, 3000m elevation

3: 120km ride with one longer climb and some fast coastal riding, 1900m elevation

4: Recovery day – short cafe ride (can provide routes for a longer ride if wanted!)

4: Recovery day – short cafe ride

5: 100km ride including a mountain TT effort and one other longer climb, 2400m elevation such as:

https://www.strava.com/routes/408439

5: 110km ride including a mountain TT effort and one other longer climb, 2500m elevation

6: 140-150km ride with two long hard climbing efforts and 3500m elevation gain such as: https://www.strava.com/routes/4060340

6: Longer day with two longer climbs 130-140km, 3000m elevation

7: 100km ride with one short then one longer climb and 2000m elevation

7: 80km ride with one longer climb, 1500m elevation


Smooth, traffic free roads come as standard!


The climbs

Forget Sa Calobra and Alpe D'Huez. There's so many epic climbs in the area it's hard to know where to start, but a few of our favourites include:

The 'Mines' climb, a fantastic 13km ascent, topping out at almost 1400m featuring steep hairpinned bends and an average gradient of 6%

https://www.strava.com/segments/637349 

The Haza de Lino, a mountain ridge that can be approached from several directions both from the sea and inland, boasting fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean from the top of the ridge and the rewards of an epic descent to the coast or back to Orgiva

https://www.strava.com/segments/4813771

Capileira, finishing town of stage 7 in the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. The climb winds out of our base in Orgiva and has a bit of everything from steeper sections interspersed with shallower gradients and even a short descent into six hairpin bends taking you through the village of Pampaneira before the final 4km section to the finish line of the Vuelta a Espana stage

https://www.strava.com/segments/9231598


The top of the climb through Capileira, at the finish line of stage 7 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana.


More than just riding

To help prepare you for those big events in summer, there will be evening talks from Haute Route Ambassador Jim Cotton and host Tom Kirk, veteran of several UCI Stage races, covering training, technique and nutrition to ensure you get the most out of your week's training and preparation. This will be a very personalised camp with video footage and analysis of descending and group riding techniques, and to ensure you get the best possible preparation for your key summer goals.

Pricing

Unlike some camps we offer everything you need for a fantastic trip to the sun including meals and airport transfers for:

£700 per week - sharing a twin room with en-suite bathroom

£800 per week - single occupancy

Got a club or group of friends interested in attending? We can offer a 10% discount for groups of 5 or more or even bespoke weeks to meet your needs, contact us via customcyclecoaching@gmail.com or call 07890 782329 for more details.


What's included:

  • 7 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

  • Energy drink during rides

  • Evening talks specific to the Haute Route and other mountainous events designed to improve your performance covering training, technique and nutrition

  • 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

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

  • 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) 

  • Armwarmers and a rain cape or gilet are advised for long descents from high altitudes (we will climb up to over 1500m)

  • 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:

28th of April-5th of May 2018


If you have specific dates you would like to attend we can arrange customised trips for groups of 6 or more.

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.''

''Top quality riding in beautiful, tranquil environments. The routes available are diverse and give you a great mix of climbing, flat and rolling roads. Tom and Stephen make the riding great fun and know the area intimately, which when coupled with their experience and backgrounds, renders you confident that you're in good hands. Would go back in an instant.''

''The region was perfect for a training camp, with some testing climbs and wonderful long descents that challenged your skills and made sure you got the most out of all the hard effort on the way up. Tom and Steve knew the area really welland gave us freedom to pick routes and different options based on how we were feeling. It felt at times that we had toe roads to ourselves, with great support from the team and a chance to test yourself against some strong riders. The knowledge and experience from cycling shone throughwith Tom and Steve, creating a really relaxed atmosphere where you could soak up hints and tips about riding and racing back home. I'll be there next year and hope it's a great expereince again!''

A few photos of our recent camps 

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