Cycling

Road Cycling Training Camps and Coaching Weeks

Start your 2020 on the bike with a training week in beautiful Andalucia. Build an endurance base and training knowledge for the coming season. These training weeks are aimed at beginner / intermediate road cyclists who would like to improve their cycling technique, endurance fitness and training know-how. This is more than simply a training camp - this experience is designed to help you become a better cyclist and to leave you fully prepared and working towards your goals.

First-rate coaching

Hike and Bike the Sierras is proud to partner with  Parallel Cycle Coaching to deliver:

  • fully-supported and structured training weeks
  • daily guided rides on superb mountain roads through areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • informative evening workshops covering wider aspects of cycling 
  • boutique country hotel accommodation, half board 
  • traditional culture and a friendly Andalucian welcome in Ronda and the surrounding villages

6 Days Riding from Ronda

Routes will be tailored to abilities within the group with options to extend or reduce routes to cater for different abilities. Rest assured, the guided rides will operate on a no-drop basis and riders will be supported and encouraged to reach their potential. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice group riding and climbing /descending skills. Routes can be further adjusted during the week if needed. For piece-of-mind the support vehicle is just a phone call away.

Cycling Highlights

  • Long mountain ascents and descents, covering some stages from the Vuelta de Espania and Vuelta de Andalucia
  • Smooth, quiet, low-traffic roads
  • Amazing vistas at every turn: mountain passes, beautiful varied landscapes, lake and sea views
  • Traditional white villages for refuelling stops - great local dishes
  • 300 days a year of Andalucian sunshine

Workshops

  • Goal setting
  • Planning your training year
  • Event preparation
  • Fueling for riding - diet and nutrition
  • Off-bike training
  • Mechanical competence
  • Optional Yoga class in Ronda

Cycling Training Camp Summary

Duration 8 days     7 nights     6 days of riding

Distances & Ascent

Beginner and Intermediate

During the course of the week rides build from 40km up to 100km and climbing escalates from 1000m to 2000m. Stronger riders will be offered extensions. See example itinerary below.

Managing your expectations:
You are likely to cover less ground in Andalucia due to the undulating routes. There are no flat or easy rides so prepare to be challenged by the terrain. As a ‘rule of thumb’ 1km can feel like 1 mile.

Rides will be tailored to the needs of the group with vehicle support operating on all days.

Grading Steadily increasing rates of distance and ascent over the week.  Emphasis is on building an endurance base for the coming season.
Availability Spring 2020

March 21st to 28th

April 25th to May 2nd

May 16th to 23rd

We can also arrange bespoke dates for groups. Start on any day of the week.

Price*

€1095 p.p.  Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodaiton, half-board - delicious home-cooked food for daily breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner
  • British Cycling qualified coach and guides throughout
  • 6 guided rides and 1 recovery day
  • 6 workshops
  • Post-ride stretch sessions
  • 1 evening yoga class in Ronda
  • Skills advice and practical training
  • Individual rider appraisal
  • Vehicle support each riding day
  • Malaga airport transfers (please check times with us before booking flights)

Bring your own bike or we can arrange rental of carbon-framed road bikes from €140 for the week

Price based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room, half board at boutique country hotel "Molino del Puente"     

Single occupancy and non-rider prices available upon request

Why choose Ronda for your Cycling Training Camp?
  • Superb riding - Ronda is surrounded by miles and miles of varied  riding opportunities: high mountain passes with amazing views, Natural Parks, river valleys and lakeside routes. Most important of all, there is great scope for different elements of cycle training - challenge yourself on dramatic climbs and be rewarded with long,  descents that are some of the best in Europe.

  • Immaculate roads - The roads are quiet and the tarmac surfaces are in excellent condition - they ride like silk compared to what you probably endure at home!

  • Outstanding weather - Andalucian weather in the spring provides near perfect conditions for cycling training camps.

  • Tasty refueling en-route - Traditional white villages dotted through the mountains and popular roadside "ventas"  make excellent lunch and coffee stops. Try out local specialties and classic tapas - save the beers for post-ride!

  • Quality accommodation & meals - See right - the Hotel Molino del Puente.

  • Individual coaching - Personal riding appraisal. Small groups so the coach is always on hand for skills advice and practical training. After the training camp week, follow-up contact with the coach can be arranged for progressive training 

  • Quality Carbon Road Bikes - Want to leave your own bike safely at home? .... Not a problem, we can provide a great choice of carbon framed bikes from our partner "Kamaga Bike".  Delivered to you at the hotel.

Where will you be staying?

Our training holidays are located in a family-run, boutique countryside hotel, just outside Ronda, the Hotel Molino del Puente (click here to read more). 

The hotel is a beautifully restored olice mill, full of character and comfort, with an excellent reputation for its hospitality and food. You will dine in the hotel's excellent restaurant - Ian, the chef and co-lwner, can provide menus for all dietary preferences.

Standard accommodation is for 2 people in a double or twin room with en-suite.         Half-Board - breakfast, afternoon tea and cakes, 3-course evening meal. 

Our Coach

" The week's cycling is focussed on building up your fitness base. We do steady group rides to give you miles in your legs before the season starts. It is a holistic week, incorpotating ways to improve your cycling, both in and out of the saddle, to help you head in the right direction towards your cycling goals.

If you are planning your first event in 2020 or simply want to do some warm weather riding in good company, then this is the week for you."

Heidi