Mallorca in the Balearic Islands has long been a favoured pre-season training venue for pros and keen amateurs alike due to its mild climate, quiet roads and stunning scenery.
Next March sees an opportunity to explore the island’s roads for those looking to put the British winter behind them while enjoying expert tuition from former GB cyclist and coach, Andy Cook, a good friend of road.cc.
With 14 years’ experience in organising and leading cycling training camps, Andy has set up his own company, Andy Cook Cycling, and will be leading two week-long tours in Mallorca in the weeks commencing March 5 and March 12, 2010.
The camps are based in the tranquil coastal town of Puerto Pollenca in the north-east of the island, with half-board accommodation provided at the Club Pollentia resort. Prices start from £560 per person – excluding flights and insurance, which you need to arrange yourself – for seven days, although a 14-day option is also available.
Rates include airport transfers, breakfast and evening meals, rides guided by qualified leaders, coaching and advice as needed and vehicle support, including mechanical assistance, on all rides. For more details, visit the website.
According to Andy, “The atmosphere will be relaxed with some challenging rides but the focus will always be on having fun riding our bikes whether you’re training for a specific goal or just aiming to get fit and enjoy the scenery.”
That sounds ideal if you’re getting some early training in for the Etape or any other sportives you have planned, or simply fancy giving up the commute for a week and immersing yourself fully in cycling for a few days.
And if several riders tear past you in full team kit on top-end carbon fibre frames, don’t be too disheartened – several pro teams use Malllorca for their Spring training.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.