If like me you’re an avid cyclist but quickly tire of trying to train in the long winter here in Ireland, or northern Europe, you won’t know yourself cycling in Spain. Struggling through head winds, rain, dampness and often poor viability, cycling in Spain is like utopia!
While great weather is not guaranteed anywhere, we were blessed with a sunny, warm and rain free week. Light winds, clear blue skies and temperatures of 18-20 were the order of the week.
Smooth roads, amazing routes, spectacular scenery and fun were also very much on the itinerary. As were four Yoga classes, held on a beautiful rooftop overlooking the mountains. Breathing in fresh air to invigorate and heal our sore tired bodies from all the cycling, it was a match made in heaven.
We had a stretch class on the non yoga days, directly after cycling, learning how to stretch effectively and hopefully initiating a homecare program for people to follow long after the holiday is over.
My favourite thing about this trip are my guests. Planning has begun already for March 2017. I have to be honest, the last 2 years the teams I have brought to Spain have been fantastic. Not just on the bike or on a yoga mat, I mean in themselves. Lovely people, with common interests everyone got on well and gelled to form a little family for the week. People have their friends and same ability cyclist will always cycle together but each night at the table, there are no judgements and certainly no rows. Drinks were had, jokes abound and plenty of re-fueling for the day ahead.
It really is a great trip. Sun, heat, amazing cycling, yoga, free time, drinks and delicious homemade food in a great local restaurant. Cycling in the Sierra Nevada has something for everyone. We even found cycling World Champion Peter Segan training there. If its good enough for the pros it’s certainly good enough for me.
Facts and Figures:
Average daily temperatures for our visits were 18 degrees in 2016 and 22 degrees in 2015
It’s not about the kilometers in Sierra Nevada it’s about the climbs. Don’t be fooled to think it “only 80km” they are tough and arduous climbs with technical descents. This is not a beginners playground, you are a serious cyclist.
For the week the average is 500km, (very hilly routes), however there is plenty of free time to clock up more miles or to rest and recover if you prefer.
We always stop for coffee and photos!
There are four yoga classes and two stretch classes.
A bocadillo (crusty ham and cheese roll) and a coffee will cost you €3-€4
A pint of lager is €2.50
All activities are optional, train as hard as you want.
Places are limited on each trip.
Join me for an amazing trip, winter miles in the sun, don’t forget your sunscreen!
If you would like to register your interest for our Cycling and Yoga training camp, 11-18th March 2017. Please fill out the contact form below.