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Where Is Best For A Cycling Training Camp? Our Top 5 Destinations

Now you’ve decided a training camp is in order, check out our favourite training camp destinations in Europe.

Missed our post on why you should do a training camp? Read it here...

Majorca

Mallorca

It’s easy to understand why it is referred to as the “world’s greatest destination for cycling”. It boasts every type of terrain: flat roads, long steady climbs, and rolling coastal routes. Spend a few days here and you’ll see why over 150,000 cyclists visit each year. The roads are more than testing enough for professionals, while not out of reach for the average rider. 

Highlights

  • Sa Calobra – an infamous winding 9km climb that starts next to the sea (you have to cycle down it first to reach it...)
  • Puig Major – at 854m, it is the highest climb on the island
  • Coll de Soller – you’ll find more cyclists than cars on this classic climb. Approach from either side (southbound is hardest)
  • Cap de Formentor – an out and back route to see the famous lighthouse, with c.3300 ft of climbing

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Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote 

The Canary Islands all provide great options for training camps. Especially if you want some serious climbing. And there is sunshine year round...(perfect!)

Tenerife came to the fore when Team Sky made it their training ground - particularly Mount Teide. Climbing from sea level to c. 2,200m in altitude, it is perfect for testing the legs. Gran Canaria is also a climber’s paradise - especially the sharp gradients of the Valley of the Tears. Lanzarote provides a great mix of climbs and flatter roads, with a moonscape landscape to go with it.

Highlights:

  • Mount Teide (Tenerife): At 36.7km, it’s the longest continuous climb in Europe. You may not have energy to do much else on the ride, but the descent will be fun...!
  • Tabayesco (Lanzarote) – a beautiful 10km climb on the south of the island
  • Valley of the Tears (Gran Canaria) – stretches of c.25% gradient provide a great test in this aptly named area

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Girona

Home to many of the professional peloton – and for a good reason. High year-round temperatures, and low rainfall, provides a great riding environment, and there are some fantastic climbs within easy striking distance.

Sitting between high mountains and the sea, you have access to a huge variety of riding. From the mountain passes of the Volta a Catalunya, to beautiful rides along the Costa Brava.

Highlights:

  • Rocacorba – an 13.8km climb with an average gradient of 6.5%, this is a popular test for the pros in the area
  • Sant Hilari – 26km, but made up of a 10km stretch of “steps” (uphill then flat, repeat…)
  • Els Angles – a famous 13km climb, with a monastery at the top (where Salvador Dali got married)

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Andalucia Andalucia

Andalucia boasts over 320 days of sunshine each year. A semi-desert, even winter temperatures rarely slip below 10c. With rugged coastlines, and epic mountains, this makes for a fantastic cycling destination. 

Mojacar is the training camp destination of choice, with several climbs over 2,000m. The scenery is outstanding, and there is very little traffic on good quality roads. The Sierra Nevada, in the province of Granada, is also a very popular choice. Boasting a variety of climbs, the area is famous for its mountains often featured in the Vuelta A Espana.

Highlights:

  • The Cabo de Gata Natural Park – provides both beautiful mountain and sea views
  • La Zubia (Sierra Nevada) – a 10% average gradient, on a short 4.6km climb, makes for brutal riding
  • Sierra de Tejeda (Sierra Nevada) – this long (36km), steady, climb is spectacular as it weaves up from the coast.

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The Algarve

The coast itself is busy, but if you head north you will find a cycling paradise. Wide roads, smooth tarmac, and some long, steady, climbs. It is a hilly area – rolling terrain, even if not mountainous, with some steep gradients to test the legs. The Volta Ao Algarve is usually won by professional cyclists that can cope with a good variety of terrain! If you fancy yourself a pro, you could even do the Algarve Granfondo in February, while the pro race is on.

Highlights:

  • Monchique mountain range – well paved roads, and car-free. Perfect to test your legs on. The Fóia, is the top of the Algarve (at 900m), and is an 8km climb from Monchique to the top
  • The climb to Barranco do Velho – a picturesque village with breath-taking views

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BICILET Bike Rental Team: 24th Mar 2017 08:40:00