As cycling continues to grow in popularity, so too does the number of companies offering trips for those of us wanting to feel a little bit ‘pro,’ even if just for a week.
Though once the preserve of professional cyclists and high-level amateurs, a spring training camp is now firmly in the calendar of many recreational riders keen to unmask pasty limbs kept covered throughout our cold, dark winters.
There are a great many ready made trips available in popular destinations, such as Mallorca and Lanzarote. Often organisers provide accommodation, led rides, coaching, back up cars, recovery massages – all the bells and whistles that come, generally, with the expected price tag attached.
Purpose designed training camps can be great if you want to forgo the admin and live like a pro for a week or two. However, when considering my own options this spring, time constraints, budget and a desire to do things a little differently led me down another route. I decided to travel and ride independently; tailor-making my own training camp from scratch for a one off experience that would suit my own criteria and me.