We have been running road cycling holidays and cycling training camps in Spain since 2004 and have met riders from around the globe. It is true to say from meeting all these cyclist that over the last few years road cycling and triathlon are the 2 fastest growing sports (definitely in terms of increase participation) around the world. Whilst many of you have taken to two wheel adventures in your own country of residence some riders are still reluctant to take their passion about pedalling and turn it into a holiday choice. We have heard numerous reasons why as cyclists may delay the inevitable, here are a few that spring to mind
These are probably the main concerns of many riders and choosing the correct cycling holiday / training camp destination, it can appear to be pot luck on finding a good one. You may ask other riders for their suggestions on appropriate destinations but this can be like asking a fellow cyclist ‘What gear should I be riding in`. What suits one person may not be good for another, it is definitely not a ‘One glove, or gear in this case, fits all` scenario.
On some road cycling / training camp destinations if you can not keep up with your group/guide then you are dropped and left to find your own way back. Some riders relish the ‘Survival of the fittest` group rides where only the strong survive, however, many would be filled with dread about this style of cycling holiday / training camp.
One of the main things to consider is the terrain that you will be riding in and how this compares to your rides at home. At most popular cycling holiday / training camp destinations there will be a considerable amount more of elevation per ride than what you are perhaps use to when riding at home. We frequently get asked about the speed the groups ride at. This is an almost impossible question to answer as it will change week to week depending on the riders that are here, whether they are training for a specific event and where they are within that training plan eg doing the base training or peaking. Whilst our average speeds here in Montecorto may look slow on paper you need to take into account the elevation within the ride. For example a 50km ride on flat terrain will be faster than a 50km ride which has 1000m of elevation. The time you loose riding up hill is never regained on the descents. Even our strongest of clients on a 125km would struggle to average over 25/26kmph and that is because there would be around 2400-2800m of elevation.
Here are my thoughts on the 7 points above
Here at the Andalucian Cycling Experience we endeavour to look after all our clients needs and our aim is to encourage and nurture our clients/riders to become better/stronger/faster but more importantly to ensure that they have a great time riding here in Andalucia. When you leave you feel that we have challenged you on a number of occasions, that they have improved but have not been completely destroyed in the process and you leave with a great sense of achievement and enjoyment from the week.
Do not hold off booking your road cycling holiday / training camp. It is a great way to explore the world, meet like minded cyclists and to spend your holidays. We still go on cycling holidays and love it. We hope to see you soon but if we do not we hope you enjoy riding abroad where ever that may be.
As ever we hope you remain Passionate about Pedalling, you are Mad about Mountains and Bonkers about Bikes
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