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Andalusia Training Camp

Andalusia Training Camp

Degree of difficulty - c

A winter training camp in Spain is the perfect way to get into shape for the cycling season. Throughout the winter and spring in Andalucia, road traffic is minimal; the weather is bright and warm, with average daily temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees……just perfect for riding!

Andalucia is the perfect destination to train for the Etape du Tour, cyclo-sportives and, come to think of it, any other cycling event. This area is frequently visited by the Vuelta de Andalucia and Vuelta de España, so if it’s good enough for the Pro’s then it’s good enough for us. Pumping up the steep grade of the numerous climbs which include several Vuelta a Espana and Vuelta a Andalucia cols, your legs burn and your heart pounds, however, you keep the wheels turning to the summit to become the King or Queen of the mountains.

This is why you are here – to train, to lose a few unwanted pounds that you have gained over the winter months and to prepare yourself for the coming season. So, get off your turbo trainers, dust off the bikes, head for the Andalucian winter sun and get some real miles into your legs and some sunshine upon your face. This is what pre-season training is all about.

Day 1 Arrival
Fly to Malaga Airport. Transfer to and guided tour of Montecorto. Optional 1 hour warm up spin on Saturday afternoon to make sure bikes are set up correctly. Meeting at 8pm to discuss week itinerary and meet all the riders and guides

Day 2 Ribiera Valley
The scenery on this route is absolutely breathtaking we start with by riding up the Ribiera Valley towards Grazalema, the route then takes us through a beautiful high mountain plateaux with limestone outcrops lining the road for several kilometres before we stop for refreshments in a ‘pueblo blanco’ (white village). After our pit stop we head back to Montecorto riding through one of my favourite sections of road ‘the cork tree forest’ before descending for 7km back to base.
Ride Distances
Group 1 is 64k Elevation gain 1200m
Group 2 is 78k Elevation gain 1500m
Group 3 is 105k Elevation gain 2200m

Day 3 Olvera
Today we head north of Montecorto where the landscape is more rolling passing groves of olive trees we climb out of a valley and as we crest the hilltop stunning views of Olvera open out before us. After riding through Olvera we head to Setenil de la Bodegas which was once a thriving economic centre on the ‘Travellers route’ between Sevilla and Ronda this picturesque white village is now famous for its cave houses and olive oil. Here we stop for lunch at, in my opinion, one of the best tapa’s bars in this area which is set beneath the overhanging rock face inside a cave. At this point we have ridden 44k with almost 1000m of elevation from here you can choose from either a 20k, 30k or 40k ride back to Montecorto.
Ride Distances
Group 1 is 75k Elevation gain 1400m
Group 2 is 90k Elevation gain 1650m
Group 3 is 120k Elevation gain 2400m

Day 4 The Beast!
We take on ‘The Beast’ a 15k Cat 1 climb. We head out along the lake toward Zahara a nice easy start to todays ride with breathtaking views of the Sierra de Margarita mountain range and the hilltop village of Zahara before we take the ‘Interval Training Road’ to the foot of the main event in this ride ‘The Beast’. After this climb we descend into Grazalema, another stunningly beautiful ‘pueblo blanco’ (white village) for well deserved ‘Coffee & Cakes’. After Grazalema it’s virtually all down hill to Montecorto, unless of course you choose to extend your ride……which is always an option!
Ride Distances
Group 1 is 75k Elevation gain 1500m
Group 2 is 85k Elevation gain 1800m
Group 3 is 125k Elevation gain 2400m

Day 5 Rest Day, Ronda
A rest day gives you the chance to discover the historic old town of Ronda which is famous for it’s Gorge, the Bullring, the Arabic baths, city walls and many museums. Or time for some retail therapy and an opportunity to indulge, and why not after all the riding, at ´Chocolate´a fabulous cafe with an abundance of chocolate specialities! Alternatively, you can pick up a route card and go out for a ride without your guide. We can also organise a Sports Massage at a local Spa Hotel

Day 6 Pueblo Pitufo
Deep in the mountains to the south of Ronda is ‘Pueblo Pitufo’ aka Smurftown. An epic day riding to this quirky mountain village that has been painted Smurf blue! Definitely a day for your climbing legs, which is why it’s immediately after your ‘rest day’! If you don’t fancy such a big ride we can also offer you an alternative 80-100k route today.
Ride Distances
Group 1 is 80k Elevation gain 1800m
Group 2 is 108k Elevation gain 2300m
Group 3 is 135k Elevation gain 2700m

Day 7 Las Palomas
Our final ride is up Las Palomas a 12.5k Cat 1 climb. Go flat out or take your time and enjoy the stunning views around every turn on this classic climb. After this climb we descend into Grazalema,for refreshments’. After Grazalema it’s virtually all down hill to Montecorto, unless of course you choose to extend your ride!
Ride Distances
All groups 55k Elevation gain 1200m (Option to extend the ride after the TT)

Day 8 Departure
Time to pack your bags before we collect you for your flights home.

2017 Prices ( per person sharing )

€540 (Townhouse Self-Catering) / €750 ( Villa with Pool )

• 3 Ride Options per day
• Guided Tours
• Airport Transfer €80pp (Optional)
• Road bikes can be hired for €135 for an alu frame road bike or €250 for a full carbon road bike
• Group Discount (4 or more)

Single Room Supplement is an option when staying in one of the townhouses or villas.
As a solo traveller prices are based on two riders sharing a twin room, however, if you require a room to yourself then a Single Room Supplement of 120 Euros will apply.

Tour Includes

Town House   €540 /P/W   Self Catering

Guided or Self Guided
Mechanical Assistance
On Call Support Van
Secure Bike Storage
Access to Bike Workshop
Airport Transfers (Optional Extra)
Bike Hire (Optional Extra)
Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
Helmets (Mandatory)
Group Discount (4 or more)

Villa + Pool     €750 /P/W    Self Catering
Guided or Self-Guided
Mechanical Assistance
On Call Support Van
Secure Bike Storage
Access to Bike Workshop
Airport Transfers (Optional Extra)
Bike Hire (Optional Extra)
Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
Helmets (Mandatory)
Group Discount (4 or more)

Self Guided Tour Information

Not available on a self guided basis

Tour accommodation details to follow

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