Warm weather, smooth roads, great company & magnificent climbs…

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Sounds perfect, doesn’t it!

….and it’s not too good to be true.  The roads around Denia in Spain are near perfect for training, and as a result many of the major Pro-Continental Cycling teams uses this area of Spain for their winter and early season training camps.

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The Astana team stopping outside our Café Ciclista base in Denia…

 

This is one of the many reasons that every March we head to Denia for our Sportstest Spring Cycling camp, which is hosted by Train in Spain. We are heading back in 2016, and you can join us….

Who is the camp for:

We are happy for any cyclist or triathlete to join us.  The aim of the camp to give a boost to fitness with a week of high volume mileage, mixed with some great climbing.  Most ride days are between 80 and 160km, and can include up to 4 significant climbs.  This will give anyone looking improve fitness for racing or sportive riding a great start to the season.

Whilst this is a cycling camp, there will be the opportunity for triathletes to run (although no group sessions are organised) and there is a very nice 25m pool close to the hotel (with permanent lane ropes).

However, we do run this as a training camp, and not a cycling holiday!  I don’t say this to put anyone off joining us, but apart from brief stops to top up bidons, or take on nutrition (there is a support car shadowing all rides), we don’t have a café stop (until the end of the ride), or generally stop for photo opportunities.

 

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We look to ride together in small groups, and photo opportunities are taken on the bike, or by the support vehicle.

 

We aim to keep together as a group, with stronger riders climbing at their own pace, but being encouraged to roll back from the top of any climbs to minimise stopped time.  Riders are also grouped according to ability and generally we ride in 2 or 3 groups, all with an experienced English guide (several are elite level riders who base themselves in Denia for Spring) who know the local roads extremely well.  Group pace tends to be around 24-28km/h depending on the route for the day.

 

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A 125km route from the 2015 Camp.

 

If you would like an idea of some of the ride routes we have used in the past, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Where and when:

This year the camp will run from the 12th to 20th March 2016 (Saturday to Sunday) [the extra night to normal allows you to witness the local Fallas bonfire festival].

We base the camp at the Ogisaka Gardens Aparthotel in Denia.  There are option for a single or a shared room.  All rooms are essentially individual apartments with full cooking facilities, fridge/freezer, lounge/dining area, separate bedroom with aircon, satellite TV and wifi is available throughout the hotel.  Hotel facilities also include a spa with small pool and gym, and sports massages can also be arranged locally.

The camp is on a half board basis  so breakfast and lunch or evening meal (we are still riding most lunchtimes) is provided.  These are from well stocked buffets, and guests with individual dietary needs (gluten intolerance for example) have been catered for by the hotel in the past with minimal issues.

Whilst you are more than welcome to get to Denia under your own steam (some people have driven or flown into Valencia airport in the past) the camp price includes transfers to and from Alicante airport, which is most riders preferred choice.

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This climb is used in the Vuelta, and if you ride it with us, you will know why!

 

Off the bike

Most rides finish mid afternoon.   Riders can then use this time to do as they choose.  Some like to make the most of the cafes around the marina, others will catch up with work, whilst some like to explore the old town of Denia or take a walk along the seafront.  Whilst many use the time to relax, a few do add some extra K’s and throw in another climb or two!

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Some R&R time off the bike in gloriousSpanish Spring sunshine!

 

In addition to ride time, there will be an evening seminar session delivered by Dr Garry Palmer discussing a variety of topics around training, fitness and nutrition.  The topics of these are often requested by members of the group, or will discuss an element of riding that may have been noticed during the day.  Attendance at these sessions is optional  🙂

Dr Palmer is also available and happy to have personal one-to-one discussions with every camp attendee on any form of their training, fitness, nutrition or race schedule.  He will also provide an assessment of body composition, and prescribe nutritional targets for anyone interested.

As a bonus this year we have also teamed up with CyclePowerMeters and will be able offer you the use of a PowerTap wheel so you can fully experience training with power for the week.  Please contact us for more information on this.

This year, there may also be the opportunity to undertake a Sportstest during the camp (this will be subject to an additional cost, and be dependant on interest expressed by participants prior to arrival at the camp).

 

See you there…

The thing that really makes the camp are the guests.  There have been some great friendships formed, the banter on the road is always good, and the encouragement from others is great.

…but don’t take it from me, have a look at an independent review that has been written by one of our guests from a previous camp.

I hope this has whet your appetite, but if you want more information, have questions, or want to book, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or John at Train in Spain!

See you in March!

Garry

www.sportstest.co.uk

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