ALBIR TRAINING CAMP – SOLD OUT
Our Spring Training Camp series returns to the Costa Blanca for the first time in two years, with it bringing our famous camp and riding quality. For this time round, we have made a few changes from your feedback to help get that race fitness up to scratch, in time for the start of the season. But if you don’t plan on racing and just like riding hard, then don’t worry; this year, we will have a second guide, who will accommodate the riders that don’t want to do drills and instead go a bit steadier.
With the hotel being within a short walk away from the Mediterranean and with almost instant access to the small lanes amongst the orange and lemon groves that this region is famous for, it is a veritable haven for multi-disciplinary sport. Perfect for triathletes
The camps with be vehicle supported throughout the entire ride, with complementary welcome box and nutrition from OTE Sports and our irresistible flapjacks.
We are staying slightly further south than the crowded roads and hotels of Calpe, which brings slightly better weather. We can also get straight into the hills and not navigate any busy roads for long sections.
Our chosen hotel, one we have stayed in year on year on our previous Albir training camps, have spacious twin en-suite rooms, with a bountiful hot and cold buffet spread put on for breakfast and dinner. The hotel also has a spa and swimming pools, with Albir town centre a short walk away and Benidorm, with it”s beaches and waterparks a short taxi ride away, perfect for those who want to bring the family along.
The Albir Playa Hotel and Spa **** is situated to the north of the small resort town of L’Albir, close to the sea and a short transfer from Alicante Airport. The resort was planned virtually from scratch, unusual in this area, with few buildings over 5-storeys and wide and tree-lined boulevards. Being in the coastal region, there are no inclines to navigate at the tail-end of long training rides and the flat roads to Altea and Benidorm lend themselves nicely to warming up before and cooling down after days spent in the saddle.
Designed in an avant-garde style, the 202 rooms of Albir Playa Hotel & Spa stand out because of their ample space with a notable feature being their balconies with excellent views over the mountains and nearby towns. With two restaurants, if you are a lover of good food, then you will enjoy the dishes of Albir Playa Hotel & Spa. Delicious Mediterranean kitchen adapted to all your needs and prepared with the best and most fresh products of the season, on a half-board basis. Should you require a little bit of help with recovery and relaxation, the Albir Playa Hotel Spa offers a wide range of services to help you feel rejuvenated and ready for the next day.
Our standard trip package is based on a Standard Twin bed en-suite with balcony. You are able to keep your bike and box in the room. Single occupancy and upgraded packages are available.
*NEW FOR 2017* Arrivée Customers now get half price off the Albir Playa and Spa’s Spa Circuit (€10/person)
The Valencia region is a hotbed of cycling of all standards, but it particularly stands out as being the top choice of many professional teams pre-season training camps. Our hotel is used as the base for team Trek-Segafredos camps and ex-world champion Michal Kwiatkowski has a house in the area. The roads are well-maintained and because the region has a general lack of traffic and harsh winters, potholes and road defects are far and wide between. With respects to the parcours, there are many famous climbs in the region that have featured in the Veulta and other professional races, such as the Col de Tudons and the Cumbre del Sol. GCN featured the Col de Rates in the Top 10 Most Famous Spanish Climbs video.
With two guides and a full tooled up van on every ride, you have only to pedal and leave the route-planning, pace-setting, cafe-stop-finding and bike-fixing to us. Our provisional ride itinerary is below:
Arrival Day: Build bikes, steady ride to check everything over.
1: 4-5hour ride, 3 x 10-20 min efforts
2: 4-6hour ride, 2 x 10-20 min efforts, 3 x 5 min efforts
3: 4-7hour ride, down ‘Chaingang Valley’ and along coastal road.
4: Recovery Day. No Scheduled rides; gives our staff a rest!
5: 5-7hour ride, Tudons, 40-55min effort, 1 min sprints, chaingang, 15-20 min effort
6: 3-4 hour ride, no structure, miles and smiles!
Whilst these are the provisional rides, if group consensus, weather or any other variable dictates, we will amend the ride as appropriately as possible. Double rides in one day are a possibility if we cant get the distance ridden in the morning.
What to Bring
We’ll be taking care of all common spares, tools and nutrition. If you have a specialist component on your bike that requires a special tool then please bring this. In addition, the following goes without saying:
Cycling kit for weather ranging from 25degrees and sunny to 5 degrees and raining
Bike (unless hiring)
Accomodation: 4* Hotel, twin rooms, half-board, close to sea
Dates: 19th -26th March 2017
Price: £ 475 per person/ £ 450 for return riders (Single Supplement £ 300)
4* Half-board twin, ensuite hotel accommodation.
Training week with planned rides, drills and sessions. Two guides (also experienced Mechanic), small group sizes (20people max).
Vehicle support throughout entire ride with spare wheels, parts and tools.
Complimentary in-ride nutrition courtesy of OTE Sports and welcome box upon arrival.
Transfers to and from hotel.
Bikewash and mechanical support available post ride (please reserve bikewash beforehand)
Power meter hire
To book your place, a £100 non-refundable deposit is required with a completed booking form.
Final trip balance is due Sunday, 22 January 2017.
You are free to pay as little or as much as you want in the interim.