Your 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 loose 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.
Sean Yates, Sports Director at Team Tinkoff-Saxo and ex Sports Director of Team Sky, brought the Catford CC Equipe Banks team over training with us in 2014 he said ‘Ashley and Claire have a great set up in Montecorto and the terrain is suited to riders of all levels from beginners to Pro riders. We have had a great week training in Montecorto and the boys are now ready for the season ahead’ Catford CC compete in the British Cycling Elite National Team League
For the tri-athletes amongst us, we have decided to concentrate on the cycling aspect of Triathlons, as this is the longest section of any triathlon event. We organise an open water swimming session in the nearby lake at Zahara during the week (we reccomend that you bring a wetsuit for this), alternatively, we can go to the 25 metre indoor swimming pool in Ronda. There are several running routes around Montecorto.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
Time to pack your bags before we collect you for your flights home.
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Experienced Guides with local knowledge helping you select the best routes for your ability, so that you get the most out of your cycling holiday.
We provide clients with Secure Bike Storage for the duration of their stay. Bikes can be stored at our facilities at no extra cost giving you peace of mind.
Free access to our fully equipped workshop to carry out repairs and maintenance on their bikes. Use of workshop is at clients’ own risks.
Optional airport transfer from Malaga airport, also can arrange transfers from Jerez & Sevilla Airports. Check before booking your flights.
Travel insurance to include health cover, repatriation, and damage to bikes is mandatory. Contact us if you cannot find a suitable insurance.
Your safety is important to us so please bring suitable safety wear such as helmets, etc. and we ask you to follow our safety briefing for your own safety.
Groups of 4 or more can enjoy discounts. Our returning guests get a special loyalty discount as a special thanks for coming back to us. Contact us for details.
Our support van can come to the rescue at any time during your ride. Puncture, breakdown, fatigue, or just tired! Just call us. We will pick you up.