A week in the Med - and you might get to see a pro or two as well

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.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.