A winter training camp is a significant milestone in the season of professional and amateur cyclists alike. It gives you the time to dedicate a week to cycling, with the sole aim of clocking up the mileage for the season ahead. However, to truly benefit from your winter training camp you will want to be prepared; that means riding your bike five hours/day at camp probably shouldn’t be the first time you’ve ridden your bike this year.
Training camps typically take place between January and May, with many riders migrating to southern Spain, particularly Andalucia, in search of long climbs, quiet roads and warm weather. If you’re preparing for an event like the Marmotte or Etape du Tour, a training camp (ideally 6 weeks before your event) will allow you to ride climbs of a similar length and duration, whilst benefiting from valuable time in the saddle.
A winter training camp booked in on your ‘training schedule’ is a great way to stay motivated to ride over the winter months! The more riding you do before your training camp the more benefits you’ll get to your overall fitness and performance whilst on the training camp.
Rest is an important part of your training and when you are on a winter training camp in Montecorto take the opportunity to have an all important seista after a ride! Sleep is the best way for your body to recover and with the extra rest you will surprise yourself by how much training you can tolerate. We also recommend a midweek rest day too.
A winter training camp will give you a big boost in fitness but will also provide you with the confidence and motivation to go back home and continue to build on your fitness into the season ahead.
Set your goals for your training camp and stick to the plan. I see many riders getting carried away on the first few days of their training camp doing too many miles or trying to keep up with faseter riders only to then literally ‘blow up’ on the 3rd days ride and suffer for the rest of the week. It’s important to stick to your plan, after all you have nothing to prove to other riders on the training camp.
Montecorto has much to offer for road cyclists and triathletes of all abilities from those new to the sport to Ironman triathletes. With over 320 days of sunshine the weather in Andalucia is pretty reliable throughout the winter months too. With countless road cycling routes on our doorstep, open water swimming at the lake at Zahara or indoor swimming in Ronda and running routes from the village you will forefill all your training requirements here in Montecorto.
If you are already fed up of riding indoors on the turbo or in the rain and looking for a winter get away then a winter training camp is one way of getting some real miles in the legs, some winter sun on your face, it is the perfect way to kick start the coming season.
Did you know that Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe, so it makes sense to come here on a winter training camp or road cycling holiday. The quiet roads, amazing scenery, great weather and delicious food make for an unforgettable winter training camp experience. Spain and especially Andalucia is known for it’s great road cycling. Here in southern Spain you can ride through impressive mountain ranges which are dotted with white villages (pueblos blancos), through olive fields & vineyards and many Natural Parks. 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.
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