Fed up of having bad weather on your training camps or want to get away from the horrible winter weather at home? Looking to get your 2014 sportive or racing season off to a flying start? Are you training for one of the big randonees such as the RAID Alpine or events like the Etape du Tour or La Marmotte?
Tenerife is the perfect winter/spring training location or also a great place to get some relaxed winter sun riding in. We cater for different ability levels as well providing the option to bring your non-cycling family along too. Please scroll down to the bottom to take a look at our FAQs section about training in Tenerife, how the weeks are structured, what abilities we cater for and bringin your family/partner etc.
For 2013/2014 we are offering two types of weeks; Polka Dot Cycling Training Weeks & Holidays and for the second year running we are pleased to announce that ex-pro and full time coach, DAVE LLOYD will be running 3 structured training camps. All our training weeks are centre based in La Caleta. Located on the West coast, it is renowned for it's sports training, with top professional sportsman (particularly triathletes, swimmers, rugby and football players) training at the 'Tenerife Top Training' centre. The hotels we have picked are also used by this centre for their clients. Please see below for more details on each of these:
Fed up of going on cycling training camps where you are just a number, doing lots of junk miles and very little individual attention?
Do you want to really see some improvements in your fitness and form specific to you & your goals, from your valuable week away? Do you want to get some invaluable advice and help with techniques such as climbing position, pedaling action, descending, cornering, pacing etc from someone who really knows his stuff?
From £765 HB pp/wk. The luxury Costa Adeje Palace hotel is close to the beach with stunning views across to La Gomera. Ideally located for easy acess to our training routes, this is a stunning place to stay and relax after the cycling efforts of the day.Learn More
From £575 B&B pp/wk. The Novima Jardin Aparthotel is close to the beach with stunning views across to La Gomera. Ideally located for easy acess to our training routes, this hotel combines the perfect combination of apartment accommodation with hotel restaurants and facilities.Learn More
For these weeks we offer two different accomodation options. They are located within 400m of each other, making meeting up each morning for the cycling and in the eving for the semniars very straight forward. There is something here to suit most budgets and our offers include the options of B&B, Half and Full board, (depending on location):
These weeks are run by Stuart & Jen. For more information please see our About Us section.
From £475 B&B pp/wk. The Novima Jardin Aparthotel is close to the beach with stunning views across to La Gomera. Ideally located for easy acess to our training routes, this hotel combines the perfect combination of apartment accommodation with hotel restaurants and facilities.Learn More
FAQS ABOUT TRAINING IN TENERIFE
Below are some of the most common questions we get asked about our training weeks:
- WHY TRAIN OR RIDE IN TENERIFE?
- WHAT ABILITIES DO WE CATER FOR?
- HOW MUCH RIDING WILL I BE DOING EACH DAY?
- WILL I GET ADVICE OFF THE BIKE TOO?
- WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
- WANT TO BRING YOUR FAMILY/PARTNER TOO?
The Pros Choice:
Cycling Tenerife used to be the pro-cyclists great training secret, but since Sir Bradley Wiggins and the SKY team openly stated they started training here in 2012 in preparation for the Tour, it has become the 'New Majorca' for cycle training & holidays alike. In 2013 as well as SKY; Astana, Katousha, Orica GreenEdge, Rabobank & Cannondale have all held training camps here and in the past other big teams such as; Liquigas and Cervelo have trained here too. Now even UK pro teams such as Rapha Racing are flocking to the island.
See more about why Bradley Wiggins believes training in Tenerife made such a difference to his 2012 Tour de France. > Telegraph Article
Known as the "Island of Eternal Spring", with year round temperatures of 20°C+, (even in January, February, March & April!), Tenerife is a perfect place to ensure you actually have a warm weather training camp. Rainfall is very low with only 4 days of rain between November and the end of March in 2013 and nearly every day you will feel the sun on your back, Unlike some of the other Canary Islands, Tenerife is also sheltered from the wind.
Take a look at our latest video of climbing and descending Mount Teide on our YouTube channel. Ascent and Descent of Mount Teide Video > (This video was kindly produced by Nerys Evans, professional producer and filming by Sebastian de Meza. Thank you both for your help and support on this.)
Cycling Weekly: We were very pleased to host cycling weekly during their photoshoot and recce in Tenerife in December 2012. In the 10th January 2013 issue there was a 6 page spread all about what it's like to train in Tenerife. Hannah Reynolds explains all about the terrain, weather and compares some of the great climbs in mainland Europe to Mount Teide. > Click here to see the article.
The terrain in Tenerife is undulating and mountainous (climbs to well over 2000m), with the longest continous climb in Europe up to Mount Teide and this is why even the SKY classics guys have been training here in 2013 as this type of training gives you a massive improvement in strength as well as over all fitness.
Tenerife is also not just barren volcanic rock, with seven different vegetation zones, inlcuding pine forested climbs and spectacular views, it really is a perfect training location or simply a great place for a cycling holiday. For more information on Tenerife, go to> The Tenerife Information Centre.
For more pictures of the terrain, the roads and cycling Tenerife, see the Telegraph picture Gallery of Bradley and the SKY team in action. > Click here
WHAT ABILITIES DO WE CATER FOR?
Although there is a lot of climbing here, we are still very able to cater for a wide range of abilities. We do this by allowing everyone to ride at their own pace up the climbs and re-group at the top. You will never be made to feel that you are holding up the group as those that are first always have the option to descend and repeat part of the climb. We regularly have people that are training for sportives, triathlons, time trials and road racing as well people looking to simply ride in the sun and this mix has never caused a problem. However if you do have any concerns, please do feel you can give us a call to have a chat about your individual circumstances.
HOW MUCH RIDING WILL I BE DOING EACH DAY?
We have devised a mix of routes designed to work on your endurance, climbing, speed and bike handling skills. Everyday the minibus will be in full support so if you are getting too tired, we can transport you some of the way. Equally if you want to do some more riding on anyday we will support you to do this. Ee believe that if you are coming out to do some training, that whilst it is nice to have a proportion of the week riding in groups with like minded-cyclists, there is also a need to do some more quality structured training. After all, this is a time to be away from the interferences of work life etc and focus purely on you and your bike, so it's important to make the most of that time and train effectively. Over the years we have met so many people that have been on 'Training Camps' where they ride lots of long distances every day in large groups, but come back over trained and take 3-4 weeks (sometimes longer) to recover and don't see an improvement in their form. We want to make sure you come back fitter than you came! The normal structure of our weeks are:
The terrain of Tenerife is such that the rides will involve climbing and so we have kept the distances/ride times down to accomodate for this as climbing is more intensive than riding flat or undulating routes:
- Saturday - Arrival - if you arrive early there will be time to do a light spin to check out your bike.
- Sunday - 3-4 hours medium level ride
- Monday - 4 hours - option to try out some intervals discussed in the seminar the night before
- Tuesday - 3-4 hours steady ride
- Wednesday - 5-6 hours Long ride to Mount Teide
- Thursday - 2 1/2 - 3 hours medium level ride, short climbs
- Friday - 2-3 hours light ride
WILL I GET ADVICE OFF THE BIKE TOO?
Every evening we run an optional informal seminar on various training topics as well as advice on pacing, gearing, nutrition and descending skills etc. We then help you put this into practice on the road over the following days, inc. video analysis of descending and climbing.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
The two hotels we use are ideal for partners/families and are located in a lovely quiet, refurbished old fishing village, La Caleta on the West coast. La Caleta is away from big resort area, yet only a 10 minute transfer if you want to go and explore. It's also renowned for it's sports training, with top professional sportsman (particularly triathletes, swimmers, rugby and football players) training at the 'Tenerife Top Training' centre. We have had several triathletes use their facillities including the sim flume whilst on one of your traiing weeks. The hotels we have picked are also used by this centre for their clients. Our clients have said that they 'love the location and it's a perfect balance for families or partners to accompany them and easy access to the cycling routes'. Please see the two hotel choices below under La Caleta for more information.
WANT TO BRING YOUR FAMILY/PARTNER ?
No problem! We welcome families and partners too. We recognise that for most people, holiday time is precious and so being able to combine a weeks training with a family holiday is a must. On most days the cyclists will be back back to the hotel around lunch time so there will be time to spend the afternoons together. We have separate prices for both cyclists and non-cyclists (including special childrens prices). We also give you an information pack with some ideas of things you might like to do in the area as well.
PHOTOS: Some of the Tenerife photos were taken by Andy Jones (professional photographer) whilst on the Cycling Weekly photoshoot in December 2012. We would like to say a big thank you to Andy and Cycling Weekly for the use of these on our website.