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Girona Cycling Training Camp

Push yourself and perfect your technique on this all inclusive training camp.

  • Spain

Reach your potential on this personalised training camp in a beautifully restored hotel, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees and short spin from the Med. Your all inclusive week includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a family run sport hotel
  • 7 guided and structured rides with a professional coach
  • Good breakfasts, lunches and three course dinners (inc wine)
  • Airport transfers to/from Girona
  • Over 100 customised route options
  • Personalised coaching sessions at a ratio of 1:4
  • Bike-fit and set-up session
  • Neurophysiology and Muscular Balance Assessment
  • Sports nutrition and hydration sessions
  • Strength and conditioning sessions
  • Access to all sports facilities (25m pool + gym)
  • 1 massage
  • All your nutrition and hydration products

Book now to grab the last slots on the set dates above. Prices based on two people sharing a twin/double room.

Need To Know

This camp is designed for any level of road-cyclist looking to improve their technique and build their performance. The camp is customised and personalised around your specific needs, details, and requirements so no matter your background or future goals you’ll be right at home.

We have over 100 different routes from right outside the hotel so the camp can be adjusted as required. We want you to reach your potential!

To maximise convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about riding.

  • 7 nights accommodation in a family run sport hotel - Mas Pelegri
  • 7 guided and structured rides with a professional coach
  • Good breakfasts, lunches and three course dinners, inc wine. (1 dinner not provided on night in historic city of Girona or medieval Besal).
  • Airport transfers to/from Girona. (Barcelona Airport on request - from €225 for 1-5 people.)
  • Over 100 customised route options
  • Personalised coaching sessions at a ratio of 1:4
  • Bike-fit and set-up session
  • Neurophysiology and Muscular Balance Assessment
  • Sports nutrition and hydration sessions
  • Strength and conditioning sessions
  • Access to all sports facilities (25m pool + gym)
  • 1 massage
  • All your nutrition and hydration products
  • Flights to Girona
  • Bike hire (Available for €140-€200 a week)
  • Optional massages (€30 for 30 minutes or €60 per hour)
  • Cycling Travel Insurance
  • SwiftCarbon Attack carbon fiber bike fitted with Ultegra components €200 per week or €40 per day.
  • Planet X or Fuji carbon fiber bike fitted with Ultegra components €140 per week or €30 per day.
  • Children’s Worx road bikes are €100 per week or €20 per day.
  • Mountain bikes are €100 a week or €20 per day.

All rentals include: Helmet, spare inner tube, pump, puncture repair kit and all local taxes.

You may ask what are the extra sessions the pros do to improve their performance? One is REST and the others are Neurophysiology training sessions and bike set up. What do we mean by neurophysiology? In endurance sports efficiency and weight are the key elements to a great performance. This means you must perfect your technique and your aerodynamics when cycling, so you go as fast as possible with less effort. Becoming faster, stronger and more efficient does not necessarily mean you need to build muscle. The main thing is to make the muscle as effective and efficient as possible. Your central nervous system controls how you coordinate a particular movement. So by strengthening these pathways your movements will become more efficient. The exercises are simple but effective and we have seen huge gains even in athletes at the top of their profession.

Fiona Smart PhD. Fiona gained her PhD. at Cambridge University, in the UK. Following her PhD she went to TSRI, La Jolla USA, to research synaptic plasticity for 6 years. With a thorough understanding in the body’s physiology and also with her speciality in neurophysiology this enables her to have a more scientific approach to the coaching of cycling and triathlon. Fiona is a qualified sports massage and sports injury therapist. She also specialises in strength and conditioning using plyometrics, balance and agility, body weight training and breathing techniques to enable people to become more effective athletes. Fiona started skiing at 18 months, enjoying downhill ski racing for a number of years. She has been involved in one sporting activity or other since then. As well as being a competitive county runner Fiona has excelled in triathlon and duathlon. She now concentrates on longer distance events and has raced in several Half-Ironman and Ironman events. Fiona coaches both professional cyclists and triathletes, as well as beginners and age group athletes. For her it is important to help everyone reach their potential. Fiona is also a qualified first-aider.

Gareth Speechley. Gareth started running at age 11 and after an injury moved to cycle racing at 16. He has raced throughout Europe, Australia and the USA on the road, the velodrome and in mountain bike events. He has represented his country in duathlon and triathlon at age group level. Gareth is an expert cycling coach, bike set up guru, a Level 2 Triathlon Coach and a qualified first-aider.

Transfers to/from Girona Airport or train station are included in the price. Ryanair fly from Stansted, and Thomson fly from Gatwick. You can also fly to Barcelona Airport, transfers available at a supplement of €225 for 1-5 people.

Children are definitely welcome on this Training Camp! We can arrange numerous activities for your kids while you’re out training including: kayaking, horse riding, ropes & zip lines, quad biking and paintball, mountain biking, hiking and trail running and so much more. There’s no minimum age for children, and in fact children under 5 are free for B&B if staying in a room with their parents!

This camp can run at any time of year, so for dates outside our set departures get in touch and we’ll try to set something up for you!

Yes, single supplement is 300 euros.

Location

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The beautiful Catalan region itself is a true haven for cyclists, blessed with warm weather, stunning natural landscapes, varied terrain and easy accessibility from Girona and Barcelona.

The hotel is in the perfect area for cycling training and boasts beautiful views of the Pyrenees and Volcanic national park. There are over 100 cycling routes of different length and difficulty from the hotel door. These include the pro climbs of Rocacorba and El Mont just 10km from the hotel door, Valter 2000 in the Pyrenees only 50 miles away and the Med just 30 miles away. You have fantastic routes in every direction including the Volcanic national park, the foothills and high Pyrenees, the Cap de Creus, the Gavarres, the Med and the high plateaus of the Collascabra.

What to Expect

The Plan

These camps are ideal for those people who want to get their cycling or triathlon legs going again and be ready for their 2018 events. The camps are long distance cycling, long distance triathlon and beginner and family depending on the dates. Camps have a maximum of 4 people per coach, so that you can train to your requirements.

Bike training sessions will cover cornering, descending, ascending, efficient peddling and maintaining momentum. Nutrition and hydration while racing and training will also be covered, alongside strength and conditioning sessions, neurophysiology sessions and a well deserved massage.

Each day will start with a reinvigorating breakfast, include a refreshing lunch, and finish with a recovery-focused 3-course evening meal.

Here is an example itinerary for a cycling camp:

Saturday: Arrive and set up

  • Welcome to the sport hotel and its facilities, followed by a refreshing lunch
  • The afternoon will be spent on building bikes, bike-fit and an easy 1 to 2 hour ride
  • Enjoy an evening welcome drink, delicious three-course dinner and time to go over the planned weeks training

Sunday: Long ride over Els Angels. 110km.

  • Followed by a Neuromuscular and balance assessment in the hotel gym

Monday: Loop of the Volcanic national park. 101km.

  • Includes the pro’s favourite test climb of Rocacorba
  • Rollering session then a chance to relax in the afternoon

Tuesday: Ride to the Med at St Marti D’Empuries. 115km.

  • Long, beautiful rolling route
  • Neurophysiology and conditioning session later

Wednesday: Ride through Alt Emporda. 83km.

  • Easier route through the wine and olive oil growing area
  • Lunch at hotel
  • Strength and conditioning training session, optional massage
  • Evening out in the historic city of Girona or medieval Besalu

Thursday: Long ride in the Pyrenees. 125-180km.

  • Route options and difficulty will depend on who is on the camp, with a chance to climb up to Valter 2000 or the French border
  • Recovery-focused dinner

Friday: Long ride into the Cap de Creus. 150km.

  • This is where the Pyrenees descends into the Med
  • Optional massage

Saturday: Head home.

  • One last neurophysiology training session in the hotel gym.
  • Time to back up your bags and take the transfer home, home excited to take on the season ahead!

Accommodation

Hotel Mas Pelegri 3* is a small family ecological hotel and training center. The hotel is set in a historic stone Masia, which has been beautifully restored with luxury in mind, while still keeping the ambiance of the old Catalonia. The hotel is in a picturesque secluded location, so that you can fully relax and concentrate on your sport away from busy streets and noise.

On site there is a 25m swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, laundry room, and terraces and patios for your relaxation. WIFI is freely available. Massages and physiotherapy treatments are available in the hotel’s treatment room. Breakfast, route maps, GPS downloads, emergency back up, WIFI, tea & coffee in the dining room are included in every stay at Hotel Mas Pelegri.

All the bedrooms have their own private bathroom and are large for European standards and have double (American queen sized) or twin beds. We have three very large suites that can be booked for small groups or as family rooms. Two of the bedrooms are disabled accessible with roll in showers. The large ground floor suite includes a fridge, table & chairs, sofas, easy chair, coffee table, kitchen sink and outdoor BBQ and outdoor table and chairs.

Bed linen and towels are changed every 3 to 4 days. Everyone is given a white bath towel and a blue pool towel. If you need a change of towel please just put it in the bath and when during daily maid service you will be provided with a fresh towel. Please note we are an ecological hotel so we like to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so you can air dry your towels in the sun between uses. All of our laundry goes to an outside local Catalan laundry service for cleaning. We also use ecological cleaning products when cleaning the Hotel and buy and use local products where possible. Soap and shampoo are provided for you. Eco hairdryers are also provided and we have hair straighteners and curlers if required.

We offer Apple TVs or Kindle Fires so you can keep up with current events and relax in your rooms. These need to be pre-booked. When the Olympics or the TDF or other events are televised we set up a large TV in the lounge area so everyone can enjoy the events together.

The Hotel has underfloor heating and a large wood burning stove in the lounge, as the nights can still be cool in February and March. There are fans in every room and the Hotel stays cool in the Summer due to the huge stone walls, wooden window shutters and thick insulation.

There are also many other rooms for relaxing and reading in after training, including the high terrace with amazing views over the Volcanic national park, a media room in an ancient barrel vault, the lounge next to the dining room. We have a few hammocks set up around the grounds and sun loungers in the pool area. We have a large variety of books for you to enjoy and games such as chess, table tennis etc.

Tea and coffee is freely available at any time in the dining room, so after training you can come in and relax and chat about your day with the other guests.

We also have other accommodation available and can look after groups of up to 100 people in lovely apartments near by, also in a beautifully restored old stone house. The apartments range in size for 2 - 16 people, depending on the apartment. They have all the mod cons, including AC and there is a bar, pool and BBQ area on site.

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