Between the finish of one professional cycling season and the start of the next, there’s always a period of transition that riders fall into, including a transfer period between teams for some, a break from bike riding duties, an opportunity to escape and relax on holiday and then the resuming of training and team duties. As part of the latter, riders are often whisked away by teams to warmer climates to start the training building blocks that form the base of their whole season.
It’s not just the pros that escape the often cold home climates, with amateurs and leisure riders following suit and heading to similar locations, often sharing the same training roads as those that race at the highest level. Imagine following Cristiano Ronaldo around the training field, driving behind Jenson Button on a test track, or doing your athletics training on the same running track as Usain Bolt – yet there are no barriers, nothing stopping you from being able to watch the best practice their sport like you, and living the sport just like they do.
But where do the pros go each winter, and why do they go to these locations? We took a look at some of the teams that are partnered with Scicon, using team edition Scicon Aerocomfort Bike Travel Bags, and asked where they’ve been getting the winter kilometers in.
Trek-Segafredo – Costa Brava, Spain
“We’ve been staying at Hotel Albir Playa in L’Alfas del Pi again this year and the reason why we come here is very simple – it’s tradition. When we look back to the 70’s and 80’s, riders from Belgium were already coming to the area of Calpe and Benidorm. The region is great, as are the training roads, and the hotel has everything we need – we’ve come here four or five years in a row. There’s great parking, facilities, all together it’s a great location. ”
DIRK DEMOL, Trek-Segafredo General Manager
“Our training camp this year was held in Cannes, in the South of France. We chose this location for numerous reasons. The weather in this part of the world is always sunny, dry and reliable. There is a huge selection of amazing roads for the team to enjoy; in our opinion it is the best place in the world to cycle. And our service course is right around the corner!
STEPHEN MOORE, Aqua Blue Sport General Manager“
“It was important to find a great place to launch the Team Bahrain Merida, and we had our first two team training camps in Croatia”.
As a new team we were in need of a place where we knew we could have everything we need, including good weather, good roads, nice climbs, the perfect hotel in a good location with storage, meeting rooms, gymnasium and so on. Our goal was to find a place were we could create an osmosis where we can work at the whole year.
The first camp was in Porec in Istria at the end of October. It was a nice place to meet each other and to get to know everyone a little better. The second training camp took place in Croatia again as the weather is amongst the best in Europe for that period of the year. We stayed at the Lone Hotel in Rovinj, 20km from Porec. That place is fantastic for the weather, the parcours and its facilities. Everyone received their new material – Merida bikes, Scicon bike travel bags, Sportful kit, and all the other equipment to be able to train hard during the training camp but also for 2017. From a sporting side, it was the training camp which really started Team Bahrain Merida’s 2017 season – riders did different physical tests and also started the serious training, with guys riding between four and six hours every day with specific exercises suited to their own needs.
PHILIPPE MAUDUIT, Bahrain Merida Sports Director”
“This region is basically chosen because of the perfect weather conditions – around 15 °C at this time of the year. Moreover, the roads and landscapes allow the team to train well. Thanks to the experience many people within the team have here, good hotels are found easily, which is also important.”
Wilfried WILFRIED PEETERS, Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team Sports Director
Bora Hansgrohe – Calpe, Costa Brava Spain
Bora-Hansgrohe spent a few weeks of December in Calpe for their first proper training camp of the 20017 season, with riders meeting new teammates and getting sized up and ready for the new partners and equipment sponsors. The team also has trips planned for Osttirol, at the Grand Hotel Lienz, as well as visits to Sierra Nevada and then Mallorca for training camps during the season.