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8 Days Cycling Training Camps in Andalucia, Spain

Órgiva, Alpujarra, Andalucia, Spain

Spain Cycling Training Camps Sierra Nevada

Custom Cycle Coaching winter and spring training camps offer the chance to prepare for your season in the fantastic terrain of southern Spain. Catering both for experienced riders and those new to sportives, you will focus specifically on preparing for mountainous riding with climbing and descending technique emphasised using the fantastic local terrain to its full potential.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Mountainous terrain with long descents from high altitudes
  • Start point: Orgiva
  • End point: Orgiva
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 336-372 Miles / 540-600 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • Group requirement: 6 people

Meet the instructors

Tom, Stephen, & Jack
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Highlights

  • Coaches on hand to discuss technique
  • Small group sizes with different groups and routes to match your ability
  • Experienced ride leaders with knowledge of the best local routes and places to stop
  • Diverse routes and great variety of terrain from mountain passes to the coast
  • Perfect preparation for mountainous summer sportives
  • Breakfast and evening meals organized
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Almería Airport (US$63 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Federico García Lorca Airport (US$31 per person)
Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will stay in a charming Andalucian village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, but with the Mediterranean coast (la Costa Tropical) under 40 kilometers away. Everything you need is but a village atmosphere and access to the mountains and the coast all within one ride. Ride on silky smooth and quiet roads, stopping in villages for fresh mountain spring water to quench your thirst and refuelling at authentic local cafes and tapas bars. You will have options for twin sharing or single occupancy. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Program

This will be a very personalised camp with small groups and video footage and analysis to ensure you get the best possible preparation for your key summer goals. Riding groups and routes will be tailored to the ability of the group and you can choose easier or harder rides each day then meet up after to talk about the fantastic riding!

Custom Cycle Coaching camps are staffed by experienced coaches and ride leaders there to ensure you get the most out of your stay. The camp offers unrivalled terrain and weather at this time of year and is perfect if you're training for a challenging event such as the Haute Route, Marmotte, or l'Etape du Tour. Custom Cycle Coaching will tailor the training to your needs focussing on climbing and descending technique that is simply impossible to replicate in the UK.

What to expect on your training camp

Day 1 - Sunday (45 kilometers / 28 miles)

  • Airport transfer, time to assemble bikes with mechanical assistance if required, 45 kilometers leg stretcher to check the bikes over and get the legs moving ready for tomorrow.
  • Welcome talk and discussion on safety and descending.

Day 2 - Monday (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

  • Both groups, starting together then splitting
  • 80 kilometers ride with one HC climb and a fun descent back to base finishing at a local café for a coffee and tapas.
  • Evening talk on general training and racing nutrition.

Day 3 - Tuesday (75 kilometers / 47 miles or 120 kilometers / 75 miles)

  • Group 1: 75 kilometers ride to the coast with one third category climb and a café stop at the beach.
  • Group 2: 120 kilometers ride with one HC and one second category climb meeting the other group at the same café stop before a final 35 kilometers up the valley back home.
  • Evening talk on advanced descending and analysis of video footage.

Day 4 - Wednesday (120 kilometers / 75 miles or 150 kilometers / 93 miles)

  • Group 1: 120 kilometer-ride with one second and one HC category climb and a long descent to the lunch stop at the coast.
  • Group 2: 150 kilometer-ride with one second, one first, and one HC category climb aiming to meet group 1 for a lunch stop at the coast

Day 5 - Thursday

  • Group 1: Recovery day spin with a café stop.
  • Group 2: Recovery day spin with a café stop.
  • Route cards and GPS files are available for individuals who would prefer a longer route

Day 6 - Friday (80 kilometers / 50 miles to 100 kilometers / 62 miles)

  • Both groups have the option to test yourself with a time trial test on the local Stava Segment 'Agua y Gasoleo'. Since the Vuelta went past a few years ago the chance of a KOM have dropped somewhat!
  • You will then have a cafe stop in Spain's highest village with the option of a shorter or longer route back for 80 to 100 kilometer total riding

Day 7 - Saturday (120 kilometers / 75 miles or 150 kilometers / 93 miles)

  • Group 1: 120 kilometer-ride with one second and one HC category climb and a long descent to the lunch stop at the coast.
  • Group 2: 150 kilometer-ride with one second, one first, and one HC category climb aiming to meet group 1 for a lunch stop at the coast

Day 8 - Sunday

  • Departure

Instructors

Tom Kirk

Stephen Bradbury

Jack Kirk

Location

La Alpujarra region cannot be rivalled for the combination of mountainous terrain and warm climate early on in the year with daily maximum temperatures averaging 20 degrees Celsius. It is frequently used in races such as the Vuelta a Espana and by pro riders for training camps, as well as local races and the Gran Fondo Alpujarra.

While the Alpujarra region is relatively unspoilt by mass tourism, there is a large ex-pat community of British visitors, partly due to the book describing life as an ex-pat in the area "Driving over Lemons" by Chris Stewart, a former member of the band Genesis. As well as a British community there are also quite a few French and German tourists. English is widely spoken in shops, cafés, and restaurants but you’ll hear many different languages in your stay in the area.

Fresh food and drink is plentiful and cheap, it is one of the few areas in Spain where tapas are customarily served with each drink in a bar and fresh seafood, vegetables, and numerous cured meat products are a specialty of the area. The weekly market in Órgiva is a great place to sample the food of the region, with producers from the area converging each Thursday. If cooking is too much then try a catered training camp or visit one of the many great value restaurants in the area where the menu del dia (daily menu) will fill up the hungriest of cyclists for around 10 to 12 EUR.

Food

Breakfast is Spanish style, including freshly squeezed orange juice from local oranges you will see out riding. The evening meal is a freshly cooked three course meal including drinks. Lunch will be either a stop en route or in one of the local tapas bars after the ride but these are not included in the price. You will also stop for fresh spring water from village fountains on the way.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If a day off is in order or you need to make and excursion to keep a non-cycling family member happy, then the medieval city of Granada is well worth visiting. It's under an hour’s drive away from the Alpujarra region and home to the world famous Alhambra Palace, one of the most stunning examples of Moorish architecture in the world. It is advisable to book your ticket early for the palace, to avoid disappointment, but otherwise one can quite easily lose a day wandering around the streets of the city, sampling some local and North African inspired foods.

If that all sounds a bit strenuous, then the many beaches along the coastline offer a relaxing alternative, with the warm Mediterranean sea to soothe aching muscles! Alternatively, if you really need to indulge yourself, why not take a dip in the famous waters of the spa town of Lanjarón on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada?

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
  • Breakfast and three course evening meal including drinks
  • Airport transfer from Malaga Airport
  • 6 led group rides with route maps and Garmin files available if required
  • Video analysis on descending technique
  • Cereal bars and energy drink during rides
  • Evening talks designed to improve your performance
  • Fantastic mountainous terrain and a warm climate that makes tough training a pleasure
  • Minor repairs needed providing the bike arrives in a clean and well serviced
  • Bike cleaning facilities

What's not included

  • Flights
  • In-ride nutrition with the exception of energy drinks to start the ride with
  • Lunch
  • Following car
  • Alcoholic beverages other than during dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike hire if required
  • Spares

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from Málaga Airport (AGP) is included. Custom Cycle Coaching will pick you up from the airport. Flights outside pre-agreed times will incur an additional charge, please consult before booking flights.

Arrival by bus

Should you prefer to rely on public transport, the local bus company ALSA has a service from Granada Airport direct to Órgiva. The town is situated 40 kilometers from the coast and at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and is a great location to base yourself. Buses from Malaga are a little more tricky though and you would need to change at the coastal port of Motril

Airport: Almería Airport Airport transfer available: Almería Airport (US$63 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Federico García Lorca Airport Airport transfer available: Federico García Lorca Airport (US$31 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 13.31% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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