Whilst for most people a holiday is a chance to kick back and relax, the majority of cyclists would rather recharge their batteries with some extensive pedalling – even if that means returning to work is usually considered the recovery period.
Training camps and cycling holidays vary dramatically depending upon provider and many also offer several route options depending upon the mileage you want to achieve. When selecting one, look for daily schedules and check out the experience level of any guides or coaches who might be leading your excursions.
A women’s only camp isn’t for everyone – and there are plenty of mixed versions available. However, if you like to ride in the company of other women than the female only environment isn’t as hard to find as you might expect.
A package training camp holiday will usually include structured rides, a broom wagon carrying food and water – and all of the local knowledge you’d expect with that. Generally all you have to worry about is cycling. However, they’re usually considerably more expensive than the cost of a hotel, flights and a hire bike and most common locations are well set up for those on DIY trips so it’s worth checkout out that option if you want to save your pennies.
Here’s a look at some of the options out there…
Eat, Sleep, Cycle Girona ‘Chica’s Unicas Women’s Only Training Week’
Dates: 20 – 24 February
The ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle’ team is made up of Lee, Louise (who writes about her struggles to find a bike for her 5ft frame here) and Brian. They host cycling adventures in Girona, which is currently serving as a mecca for pro cyclists.
The camp puts a focus on early-season base miles, with some structured drills for those who want to push themselves. The terrain promises plenty of climbing and handling practice on fast descents. It’s suggested that a good level of fitness is required, but rides can be flexible – no one will be left behind.
You’ll stay in a 3 star hotel in Girona and all five rides will be guided. Breakfast and lunch are included, but dinner is not. A vehicle will follow rides, your bike will be maintained by a mechanic and there is secure storage. Airport transfers are included, and there will be a Q+A with a female pro cyclist as well as a basic bike maintenance class. Sports massage and bike hire are available for an additional cost. Single occupancy costs €999 and double occupancy is €849.
For more information visit the Eat Sleep Cycle website here.