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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.
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.
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.
Tom has competed at all levels from youth to Elite and founded Custom Cycle Coaching in 2011, first including training camps from 2013. He knows the area intimately and have great fun accompanying the rides
An elite UK cyclist Stephen has been working on the camps since they began and has a brilliant knowledge of the area as well as the useful ability to sit on the front in the headwind sections!
Jack has been visiting the area since 2012 and has competed all over the world as an elite cyclist before concentrating on his studies.
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.
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.
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?
Transfer available for additional US$63 per person
Federico García Lorca Airport
Transfer available for additional US$31 per person
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.
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
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