Do you need a training Camp? Training camps were generally something just pros did/do. So why are more and more amateur cyclist going away?
The reason being is there are a lot more ‘pros’ and ‘semi pros’ now working full or part time. The chance to get away from the everyday routine of work, cooking, cleaning, training early in the morning or late at night for a couple of weeks to get some quality training in really helps set up your base fitness in preparation for the summer.
So, do you really need to go abroad on a training camp? There are many reasons why people go on training camps in the winter. The main reason people choose to go abroad is because its warm and dry but also away from distraction. It helps with motivation as come mid-winter you have been battling with the elements for some months now and you seem very far away from being fit enough. Going away helps get you in the saddle for some quality hours.
At this time of the year, cycling training camps are particularly popular to get away from the bad weather and spend some quality time with your bike and training group. Here at PBK, we have compiled a selection of top tips for going away this season.
Where to go
The Canary Islands are always a safe option at this time of year, they are warm dry and full of cyclists like yourself! The last thing you want to do is to go on a cycling holiday to get away from the bad weather and be faced with yet more wind, rain, ice and snow. Majorca is also an option to consider, but this is better come early March onwards as it can be a tad cold at this time of year with averages around 10-12 degrees.
Most of the Canary Islands area round a pleasant 20 -25 degrees at this time of year, and although they can be a little windy at times, at least it is warm wind! If you have a group of fellow cycling buddies to go with, this will help as you can all share your turn in the wind which makes it that little more enjoyable as it can be quite sole destroying battling away with a constant head wind on your own. It can be a touch cool in temperature when you send off in the early morning, so consider taking a cycling gilet and some knee, leg and arm warmers to be on the safe side. Remember the sun cream even if it feels a little fresh first thing as the sun generally always comes out as the day progresses.
You will always find one or two places on the islands that are more popular for cyclists. They tend to group there like a flock of sheep and are hard to miss, but it’s good to ask around your local clubs and organisations to see where they are going on their yearly training camp – like we mentioned before it’s better to share. You can share accommodation, car hire, routes and banter!
The cost of your time away all depends on what you want out of your training camp – you can do it on the cheap and go all inclusive sharing with a mate, or splash out on a spa hotel that will give you daily massages and pampering. But that’s completely up to you. Make sure that you think and plan ahead as well, whilst it will be half the price now than if you weren’t so organised.
Where to stay
As mentioned before, if you want a sociable training camp, look at the popular cycling resorts. If you are close to these, you can be sure to find a lot of ex-pats, clubs and teams that meet at 9am for the daily ride. Bit like meeting the local club run on a Sunday morning, only they do it every day and know all of the best roads. Be sure to ask them how far they are thinking and what kind of pace they are aiming for so you know you are not going to get caught out, lost and miles away from your hotel on your first day! Most of the rides tend to be fairly sensible with a nice café stop mid-way. Just be sure you haven’t accidentally tagged on the back of Tinkoff’s team training ride!
It’s all good planning your holiday, booking your flights, hotel and planning all of your cycling routes and activities, but what about packing your bike? Here at PBK, we have it all sorted for you with our range of travel equipment for your bike. Browse through our selection of bike bags, wheel bags and other transportation equipment to ensure that you get your bike to your destination as safely as yourself. If only it was as easy as wheeling it onto the plane!