2014 Spring Cycling Training camp

  • March 22, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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7 day spring cycling camp. This will be at Citrus Cycling for our Spring Training Camp 22-29 March.

Citrus Cycling is a cycling and multi sport establishment, run by cyclists for cyclists, catering for all ages and abilities or those who just want to enjoy the great outdoors. They are based on the North Costa Blanca region of Spain, just outside of Denia. This is a fantastic area for cycling and with many of the world’s top professional cycling teams basing themselves here for their winter training camps. Triathletes can take advantage of the warm Mediterranean sea for their swimming which is only 9km from Benidoleig. Citrus Cycling’s aim is to be flexible to guests’ needs, catering for individuals, clubs or groups.
Accommodation is in villas, and in late March there are LOTS of villas, so lots of space. The main villa takes 8, then there is another villa just around the corner that takes another 8, so we can have a good sized group.

Location:
Benidoleig, just outside Denia, on the Costa Blanca, in Spain. (Where it should be warm, sunny, and NO wind at this time of the year). Perfect for pre-spring classics.

Options:
7 nights - 6 days guided riding Euro 360PP

Attendees (14 in total). Space is limited. So far we have:

Hamish Morrin
Leah Bayer
Ben Evans
Norman Price
Derek Ryan
Brian Gibson
Mark Stepheson
Katie Stepheson
Peter Hope
Janine Hope
Korneel Wever
Monica Haydock
Julio Jacobo
Alex

Cars and transfers:
- I would suggest we rent 4 small cars and use the Citrus Cycling transfer service for Euro 170 for up to 7 people. At the end split the rental car and transfer costs between us. It will be good to have some cars for evening meals and also if some people want to do something different, i.e. - swim or visit a tourist site. (Not sure why you would want to do either when we are on a bike holiday but anyway… :))
- Leah and I have rented a car but with bike boxes it will only fit us + our 2 bikes.
- Julio - you will need to be a car renter for the earlier transfer back to the airport.

Flights:
- Book them yourself into either Valcenia or Alicante. There are not many direct options.
- Leah and I have booked the following Transavia flights.
- Note we check out of Citrus Cycling on Saturday 29th, and Leah and I will spend Saturday night in Alicante.

Sat 22 Mar 2014
Amsterdam - Alicante
departure: 06:55
arrival at: 09:35
Flight Number: HV 6143
2 adults

Most people are flying back on Saturday out of Alicante.

Let Hamish know if you are interested in joining. Space is limited.

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  • Ben E.

    I like the photos 28 and 29, great sequence!

    April 3, 2014

    • Dick V.

      That tongue hanging out indeed fits that 16% incline sign rather well

      April 3, 2014

  • Simon M.

    Guys I echo everyone... what a great time. For me it was great to feel easy on my bike again with no major injury issues. Thanks to you all for listening to my knee saga. It helped and I feel like im now on the road to getting full strength back. Cant wait for the WNR and more long weekend rides with you all. Fab week, loved it. S

    March 30, 2014

  • Hamish M.

    A good week of hills. What we all needed and good times with a fun group.

    March 30, 2014

    • Dick V.

      Super nice week!! And so well organised. Thanks for putting of it together.

      March 30, 2014

    • Ben E.

      Nice pic!!

      March 30, 2014

  • Alex

    Hamish - huge thanks to you for pulling this together. And to the ATAC committee for keeping us looking sharp in the new kit and making sure we're all rolling the same way. cheers!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Monica H.

    Huge thank you to Hamish for organizing this. Super week!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Ben E.

    Why no photos???

    March 27, 2014

  • Brian G.

    Just a word of advice - if you are all on the same Transavia flight, I would book and pay for your bikes in advance (if you have not already done so). I think that they have limited room to take extra baggage and if another team shows up with 15 bike there might be an issue.

    February 23, 2014

    • Monica H.

      They may be assuming you're going without a bike but planning on buying one there. Perhaps it's a sign you should buy a new bike while in spain? Good luck!

      March 4, 2014

    • Alex

      Ben! same thing happened to me. I have not booked my alternate flight yet (as apparently there is no more room on the outgoing flight). If you want to book the evening flight (on Sat) we can rent a car and drive to the B&B. Let me know!

      March 4, 2014

  • Ben E.

    Actually renting a bike is not so bad. Is anyone doing this? It might prevent Transavia being useless.

    March 2, 2014

  • Dick V.

    How coincidental, I just got this in my mailbox:
    "How To Train For Mountains If You Don't Live Near Any"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbrKH4QoaJA

    including the quote "The Netherlands has produced some of the best climbers in the world, and of course it's one of the flattest countries"
    :)

    February 21, 2014

    • Hamish M.

      i would recommend an 11-28 or even more. There is a reason that the pros use compacts and 11-32. It is easier on the knees and body and they sure climb mighty fast.

      February 23, 2014

  • Dick V.

    What gear setup are you guys planning to use in Spain? Will 53-39 / 11-28 be OK?

    February 22, 2014

    • Korneel W.

      I had 53/[masked] in France last year. The 22% bits were hard, but definitely doable, there were times I wished I had a 27 or 28, but not that many. So I think you'll be fine.

      February 22, 2014

    • Alex

      Hey Dick - in the alps last summer I ran a compact up front with 11-28 and there were times when I was gassed on 2hr climbs and used the small gears. Many people use compacts up front, it's good insurance and you don't really lose much on the flats. Swapping out chainrings is typically an easy and cheap modification.

      February 22, 2014

  • Hamish M.

    Hi Crew

    A couple of updates.
    1. Vans are booked. Two vans for those who need vans. You pay for them when we get there. 2. Breakfast - how many people for porridge? Breakfast is continental. Sorry no big fry ups. They offer muesli, yogurt, fruit, breads etc. Let me know if you are a porridge or cereal fan. Also any special requests for cereal, (sweet nasty stuff or boring Weet-Bix...)

    3. First night - do we want them to arrange something at the local bar? Paella, curries or Italian. Let me know, and I will make the call once I hear back from people. They know about any special food requests.

    Thanks

    Hamish

    February 18, 2014

    • Alex

      Porridge is great. Spanish or bust! Hamish- thanks for taking the lead on the vans, etc. much appreciated

      February 19, 2014

    • Simon M.

      Good choices guys... we are in Spain after all... :-)

      February 20, 2014

  • Dick V.

    How are you guys taking your bikes with you? What boxes/cases would you recommended?
    I don't have one (yet!) as I've never taken my bike on an air plane, so I'm looking for options/advice... Thanks :)

    January 20, 2014

  • Hamish M.

    Hi all. I will be back in AMS Monday afternoon and will sort out cars etc for the trip.

    To get this going can you please email me:
    - If you have booked a car already, please email me as well as who else is in the car
    - your flight details.

    I will summarize and work out next steps. Citrus has a van but I need to know who needs a lift.

    Thanks

    Hamish
    [masked]

    February 2, 2014

  • Alex

    All - I am arriving at 09:35 into Alicante (Transavia). I get a preferential rate with Hertz, and could get an Estate which would handle 2 boxes easily. Is anyone else arriving at that time? Let me know and I'll book a car. Cheers

    January 27, 2014

    • Alex

      Hey Simon - we booked a hatchback and with the 2 bike boxes we will likely have to fold the rear seats down (so no room for a third). Sorry - there should be enough if we get a couple of more cars, and the non-car people can get a ride with the Citrus Van, as Hamish suggeseted

      February 2, 2014

    • Korneel W.

      Monica and I are on the same flight as Alex. Maybe we can arrange the Van for bikes and share the costs sitting in the car? Might be more efficient and cheaper? I don't know if the van takes more bikes...

      February 2, 2014

  • Dick V.

    OK the EVOC bag looks like a winner.
    I see some other kit for it, an aluminium base stand, and road bike wheel cases.
    None of these are included with the bag, but they do seem handy...
    Do you guys have these extra goodies? Worth buying?

    January 28, 2014

    • Hamish M.

      We have the basic bag, and the road bike fork attachment. I put off buying the fork attachment, but it is well worth the extra cash as I now have it. It keeps the bike much moire stable, as well as protects the forks.

      January 28, 2014

  • Ben E.

    Agreed, evoc bag is a very good and well-weighted bag.

    January 20, 2014

  • Hamish M.

    Leah and I use EVOC bags. They are easy to use. They are soft sided, but i have never had any issues, and i did some flying miles last year. we used to have hard cases, but they are heavy and a pain to wheel.

    January 20, 2014

  • Korneel W.

    I borrowed a bikboxalan box before and ordering one for myself. Amazing box.

    January 20, 2014

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