In the Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, Spain. 

Our winter and spring training camps offer the chance to prepare for your season in the fantastic terrain of southern Spain. Catering both for experienced riders and those new to sportives we will focus specifically on preparing for mountainous riding with climbing and descending technique emphasised using the fantastic local terrain to it's full potential. There will be evening talks covering training and nutrition to ensure you get the most out of your week's training and preparation. 

This will be a very personalised camp with small groups and video footage and analysis to ensure you get the best possible preparation for your key summer goals. Check out this video for a preview of the terrain and weather you can expect (this was taken the week before Christmas!) or for more details on the area check out this article on Wheelsuckers.

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

£520 per week - sharing a twin room with en-suite bathroom

£600 per week - single occupancy

Long weekend trips available, please enquire for a presonalised quote.

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.

While these weeks will be open to anyone with groups according to ability customised options for clubs and teams are available - just get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Why attend a training camp with Custom Cycle Coaching?

Our camps are staffed by experienced coaches and ride leaders there to ensure you get the most out of your stay. The camp offers unrivalled terrain and weather at this time of year and is perfect if you're training for a challenging event such as the Haute Route, Marmotte or l'Etape du Tour. We will tailor the training to your needs focussing on climbing and descending technique that is simply impossible to replicate in the UK. For an example of the riding you could do over a week's stay click here.

'La Alpujarra' region cannot be rivalled for the combination of mountainous terrain and warm climate early on in the year with daily maximum temperatures averaging ~20°C. It is frequently used in races such as the Vuelta a Espana and by pro riders for training camps, as well as local races and the 'Gran Fondo Alpujarra'. You will stay in a charming Andalucian village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, but with the Mediterranean coast (la Costa Tropical) under 40km away. 

What's included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
  • Breakfast and three course evening meal including drinks (lunch will be either a stop en route or in one of the local tapas bars after the ride)
  • Airport transfer from Malaga airport (please contact me first for recommended flights from various UK airports. Transfers outside recommended flights will incur an extra charge)
  • 6 led group rides with route maps and Garmin files available if required
  • Video analysis on descending technique
  • Cereal bars and energy drink during rides
  • Evening talks designed to improve your performance including 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 other than during dinner (the hotel has an excellent bar serving a great coffee!)
  • 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, cap, a rain cape and long fingered gloves 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:

Spring 2019, weeks run Sunday to Sunday:

Week 1: 10-17th February

Week 2: 17-24th February (Week of the Vuelta Andalucia. Stage details have not been announced yet but this has passed close by the last 4 years, and where possible we watch the race),

Week 3: 24th February-3rd March

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.''

''Tom ran an excellent training camp, which was more challenging than previous camps I had been on in Mallorca, but which was designed to include a mix of longer, harder rides and shorter days, so that by the end of the week I felt that I had got some really good training in without returning home overly fatigued. I’d highly recommend the experience.''

''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 well, and gave us freedom to pick routes and different options based on how we were feeling. It felt at times that we had the 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 through with 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 experience again!''