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Guided Training Camps at our Villa

Your winter training camp in Spain is the perfect way to get into shape for the cycling season.

  • Basic homestays
  • Andalucia —El Gastor
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Training camp
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 6
  • Features
    • BBQ facilities
    • Bike tools
    • Cooking facilities
    • Garden
    • Music system
    • Outdoor pool
    • Secure bike storage
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD


Your winter training camp in Spain is the perfect way to get into shape for the cycling season. Throughout the winter and spring in Andalucia, road traffic is minimal; the weather is bright and warm, with average daily temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees……just perfect for riding! Andalucia is the perfect destination to train for the Etape du Tour, cyclo-sportives and, come to think of it, any other cycling event. This area is frequently visited by the Vuelta de Andalucia and Vuelta de España, so if it’s good enough for the Pro’s then it’s good enough for us.

Every day we have different ability groups heading out for rides, fully supported by our excellent team.

Pumping up the steep grade of the numerous climbs which include several Vuelta a Espana and Vuelta a Andalucia cols, your legs burn and your heart pounds, however, you keep the wheels turning to the summit to become the King or Queen of the mountains.

This is why you are here – to train, to loose a few unwanted pounds that you have gained over the winter months and to prepare yourself for the coming season. So, get off your turbo trainers, dust off the bikes, head for the Andalucian winter sun and get some real miles into your legs and some sunshine upon your face. This is what pre-season training is all about.

Sean Yates, Sports Director at Team Tinkoff-Saxo and ex Sports Director of Team Sky, brought the Catford CC Equipe Banks team over training with us in 2014 he said ‘Ashley and Claire have a great set up in Montecorto and the terrain is suited to riders of all levels from beginners to Pro riders. We have had a great week training in Montecorto and the boys are now ready for the season ahead’ Catford CC compete in the British Cycling Elite National Team League

For the tri-athletes amongst us, we have decided to concentrate on the cycling aspect of Triathlons, as this is the longest section of any triathlon event. We organise an open water swimming session in the nearby lake at Zahara during the week (we reccomend that you bring a wetsuit for this), alternatively, we can go to the 25 metre indoor swimming pool in Ronda. There are several running routes around Montecorto.

Here is an example of a week’s itinerary:

Day 1

Fly to Malaga Airport. Transfer to and guided tour of Montecorto. Optional 1 hour warm up spin on Saturday afternoon to make sure bikes are set up correctly. Meeting at 8pm to discuss week itinerary and meet all the riders and guides.

Day 2

Ribiera Valley: The scenery on this route is absolutely breathtaking we start with by riding up the Ribiera Valley towards Grazalema, the route then takes us through a beautiful high mountain plateaux with limestone outcrops lining the road for several kilometres before we stop for refreshments in a ‘pueblo blanco’ (white village). After our pit stop we head back to Montecorto riding through one of my favourite sections of road ‘the cork tree forest’ before descending for 7km back to base.

Ride Distances

  • Group 1 is 64k Elevation gain 1200m
  • Group 2 is 78k Elevation gain 1500m
  • Group 3 is 105k Elevation gain 2200m

Day 3

lvera: Today we head north of Montecorto where the landscape is more rolling passing groves of olive trees we climb out of a valley and as we crest the hilltop stunning views of Olvera open out before us. After riding through Olvera we head to Setenil de la Bodegas which was once a thriving economic centre on the ‘Travellers route’ between Sevilla and Ronda this picturesque white village is now famous for its cave houses and olive oil. Here we stop for lunch at, in my opinion, one of the best tapa’s bars in this area which is set beneath the overhanging rock face inside a cave. At this point we have ridden 44k with almost 1000m of elevation from here you can choose from either a 20k, 30k or 40k ride back to Montecorto.

Ride Distances - Group 1 is 75k Elevation gain 1400m - Group 2 is 90k Elevation gain 1650m - Group 3 is 120k Elevation gain 2400m

Day 4

The Beast: We take on ‘The Beast’ a 15k Cat 1 climb. We head out along the lake toward Zahara a nice easy start to todays ride with breathtaking views of the Sierra de Margarita mountain range and the hilltop village of Zahara before we take the ‘Interval Training Road’ to the foot of the main event in this ride ‘The Beast’. After this climb we descend into Grazalema, another stunningly beautiful ‘pueblo blanco’ (white village) for well deserved ‘Coffee & Cakes’. After Grazalema it’s virtually all down hill to Montecorto, unless of course you choose to extend your ride……which is always an option!

Ride Distances - Group 1 is 75k Elevation gain 1500m - Group 2 is 85k Elevation gain 1800m - Group 3 is 125k Elevation gain 2400m

Day 5

Rest Day, Ronda: A rest day gives you the chance to discover the historic old town of Ronda which is famous for it’s Gorge, the Bullring, the Arabic baths, city walls and many museums. Or time for some retail therapy and an opportunity to indulge, and why not after all the riding, at ´Chocolate´a fabulous cafe with an abundance of chocolate specialities! Alternatively, you can pick up a route card and go out for a ride without your guide. We can also organise a Sports Massage at a local Spa Hotel.

Day 6

Pueblo Pitufo: Deep in the mountains to the south of Ronda is ‘Pueblo Pitufo’ aka Smurftown. An epic day riding to this quirky mountain village that has been painted Smurf blue! Definitely a day for your climbing legs, which is why it’s immediately after your ‘rest day’! If you don’t fancy such a big ride we can also offer you an alternative 80-100k route today.

Ride Distances: - Group 1 is 80k Elevation gain 1800m - Group 2 is 108k Elevation gain 2300m - Group 3 is 135k Elevation gain 2700m

Day 7

Las Palomas: Our final ride is up Las Palomas a 12.5k Cat 1 climb. Go flat out or take your time and enjoy the stunning views around every turn on this classic climb. After this climb we descend into Grazalema,for refreshments’. After Grazalema it’s virtually all down hill to Montecorto, unless of course you choose to extend your ride!

Ride Distances - All groups 55k Elevation gain 1200m (Option to extend the ride after the TT)

Day 8

Departure: Time to pack your bags before we collect you for your flights home.


The villa, which is located in Montecorto, has private gardens, sun terrace, swimming pool and sleeps up to six people. The villa has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with TV and Hi-fi, bathroom, sun terrace, garden with BBQ area and a swimming pool.

The villa was once a farmhouse and has been lovingly renovated to provide the modern day comforts within a traditional rural Spanish dwelling. The villa is located on the edge of Montecorto and is surrounded by orchards of lemon and orange trees.

Minimum occupancy of 2 people, the villa is only available on a Saturday to Saturday basis.


Where is Montecorto?

Montecorto, which means low mountain, is situated 20km west from Ronda and is the most westerly village in the Malaga Province. Montecorto falls on the northern boundary of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

Montecorto our Home

Claire and I moved to Montecorto in 2004, from Peterborough in the United Kingdom. We wanted to escape the ‘rat race’ and follow our dream of setting up a cycling holiday business and so the Andalucian Cycling Experience was launched. From this beautiful white village in the heart of Andalucia we now offer a full range of cycling holidays for riders of all ages and all abilities.

Modern Montecorto

Montecorto is a sleepy white village with an ageing population and 650 inhabitants, which swells to about 1200 during Ferias and Festivals. The main festivals are the Romeria (First weekend in May), San Juan (21st June), The Fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen (16th-19th July) and the Feria de Emigrantes (15th August).

The main source of work is in agriculture, construction and tourism. Many of the villagers have to travel to Ronda, the Costa del Sol or further afield in their search for work. This is still a very traditional village where the daily siesta, between 2pm and 5pm is still sacred. It is actually possible to hear a pin drop between these times. With an ageing population you can often see groups of old men sat playing cards or dominos outside one of the bars enjoying a ‘Manzanilla’ (white sherry) and a chat.