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Train Away

Whether you’re preparing for a racing season or cycling event, building towards fitness goals, new to riding in groups or recovering from injury, our coaches have been there and done it.  They know how to support you physically and mentally to progress with confidence through a block of structured cycling.  You’ll finish the training camp a better cyclist.

Location & Accommodation

We are based at The Albir Playa Resort & Spa, on the Costa Blanca, Spain.

This small town offers a great base for exploring the beautiful natural reserves and orange groves somewhat hidden from the busier resorts to the south.

Our four-star hotel has a health spa and swimming pool for post ride recovery. The buffet meals are tasty and plentiful! Most evenings we end up in the bar for chat and we always find a pizzeria for our last night.

Fully Coached & Supported

Every ride is accompanied by a qualified coach who offers individual guidance on your technique, efficiency, effort and skills.  We ensure that you are able to ride in a group and gain maximum benefit from structured intervals – for example: sprint efforts, through-and-off, cornering, descending & climbing techniques, power tests.  Each route is planned to make sure you are able to progress over the week and moving between groups is encouraged.

The Best Routes

We provide GPX routes that cover a variety of terrains and challenge – from new riders to those who are race training. Col de Rates is a favourite climb for all abilities, one side or the other or both! Routes vary in length with faster groups on 100-130 km and slower up to 80 km.

Training Camp Sample Route 1

7035ft

elevation

70

miles

4:18

time

Training Camp Sample Route 2

9143ft

elevation

94

miles

5h45m

time

Training Camp Sample Route 3

7235ft

elevation

69

miles

4:11

time

Training Camp Sample Route 4

9105ft

elevation

88

miles

5:21

time

Bike Hire

If you’d rather hire a bike than take your own, Elite Bikes based opposite the hotel at Albir charge just £85 for the week.

Merida Scultura or Ridley Helium bikes
Shimano Ultegra 11 speed mechanical groupsets
Bottle cages, pump, pedals included
Upgrades can be arranged

Club camp option

We organise bespoke training camps for cycling clubs who don’t want the hassle of organising this themselves. Club members just arrange their own flights and we take care of the rest. Penge CC enjoyed a week on the Costa Brava with us in February 2018 and are booking up for another in 2019. Our training camp is organised into ability groups, each guided and coached over 6 rides to maximise improvement over the week. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss this option for your club.

Elitecycling Club & Clients only
Training Camp

2 – 9 March 2019

Training and riding with friends

Mutual support on and off the road

£649 pp (based on 2 sharing) / £799 (inc single supplement)
Contact Paul Mill for details & booking

Elitecycling
Training Camp

9 – 16 March 2019

Block training for all cyclists and triathletes

Strength & stretching sessions

Spa treatments available

£649 pp (based on 2 sharing) / £799 (inc single supplement)

Club
Training Camps

Penge CC 2 – 9 February 2019

4T Velo 6 – 13 April 2019

Block training for club cyclists and triathletes

Strength & stretching sessions

Spa treatments available

£649 pp (based on 2 sharing) / £799 (inc single supplement)
Contact Paul Mill or your club representative for details & booking

La vuelta with Elitecycling

Sat, 24 Aug 2019, 08:00 – Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 07:30 CEST

Thanks to our partners at The Albir Playa Hotel and spa with a very exclusive pre booking to save rooms in peak summer for La Vuelta. This year we have 3 days of race watching with the option to purchase finish line passes on stage 2 in Calpe. On arrival at Alicante of which you will need to catch an early flight and arrive before 11am we will send the luggage and your bike onto the hotel whilst we will be taken to Torrevieja to watch stage one which is the team time trial. After the race we will be taken to the hotel to relax and have our evening meal. Bikes can then be assembled either by yourself or witht the help from our staff. Stage 2 departs from Benidorm and we can see the riders in a few differrent places before riding to the finish in Calpe. There is an option to purchase VIP passes but there will be no transport to the finish line and we will need to find out if bikes are allowed into this area. We of course accept no responsibility for your bike if left unattended. Price for the VIP ticket is £100 and we would advise trying to get some kind of transport to the venue and we will find out for you how this can take place due to road closures. Stage 3 is a little further south going back towards Alicante but again we have an opportunity to see the race on the road. We will have lot’s of time to see the local climbs and you can test yourself or just enjoy the sunshine. During the week we will also endeavour to ride most of the stage 2 route on one day so you get to experience the roads that the teams raced on. This is not a training camp and is to give you an experience of not only riding in the beautiful Costa Blanca but to also see the race over multiple days. We must stress that bookings are in very short supply due to being peak summer and bookings will close based on availability of rooms at the hotel.

Happy Campers

The Experience

What you can expect from Training Camp

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Having arrived via budget airline to Alicante, we set up the bikes or fit the hires and poodle off for a couple of hours to find a café and get to know each other. Dining each night is buffet style and we congregate after in the bar for evening chat and a briefing about the next day’s ride.

There are different group rides to choose from depending on individual fitness, goals and preferences. We all set off at the same time each morning after breakfast between 9.00-10.00 and return for lunch and an afternoon’s recovery. Rides vary according to terrain and distance, but usually all groups are cycling in the same location and sometimes see each other as well as a few pro teams. You may have specifics for your ride – intervals, through-and-off, sprint efforts, an FPT or simply endurance improvement over the week. No one is dropped and everyone rides at their own level.

Our training camp weather is always better than home! Even in early February the shorts are on. With an optional recovery ride mid week, we complete six rides on beautiful roads; east along the coast to Calp and Denia and west on the mountain roads in the Guadalest region, covering inland valleys and orange groves along the way.

Everyone climbs the Col De Rates – some twice, in both directions. Most leave for the UK on the Saturday morning flight, some choosing to extend their holiday for a few more days.