Christian Haw: Long-distance Junkie

With his calendar full of ePIC sportives, Christian signed his legs up to a week in the Mallorcan mountains. Find out how the OTE Training Camp helped Christian TO SMASH MILES AND eat climbs for breakfast…

Christian Haw on the OTE Training Camp

Paradise for Cycling 

“I love the Alps but so many people told me how amazing the Mallorcan riding is, so I thought it was about time I found out for myself. My ability to follow a route or map isn’t great at times so the chance to be led by people with years of experience on the OTE Training Camp was a big plus.

“With a number of events in the diary for the year including Struggle Dales, Struggle Moors and Wales in a Day, I signed up to the training camp in Mallorca.”

Christian Haw on the OTE Training Camp
Christian taking a breather with Group B Ride Leader Andy Defrates.

Escaping Snow

“After doing most of my training in the garage on the turbo for over three months, the camp gave me a block of riding that I never would have achieved at home.

The UK was enduring yet more snow as we rode with the sun on our backs. Two weeks after returning I took on the ridiculously tough 70 mile Ronde Van Calderdale. I wouldn’t have stood a chance of completing it with just the riding I had managed in the UK.”

Christian Haw on Struggle Moors sportive
Christian Smashing Rosedale Chimney on Struggle Moors sportive

Smashing Goals

“Since returning I have completed a number of events including Wales in a Day and Struggle Moors. The latter was a hard day with the parcours on offer – and in the baking heat. Still I cleared all the climbs whilst seeing others walking. I ate the 30% climbs for breakfast! 

“Wales in a day arrived and even rain at 4.30am couldn’t dampen my enthusiasm. I could tell from the start that I was on good form. Clearly the training that I had accumulated at the camp and throughout the spring paid off. 

“I now plan to fulfil another ambition by competing in this years 3 Peaks CX race in 2018 now I have the confidence that I will last the distance.”

Christian Haw finishing Wales in a Day
Christian finishing Wales in a Day

Camp Highlights

“Things I like about the camp are; the ride leaders, the routes, the climbs, the hotel, the bike facilities, the food, group riding, through-and-off, the other guests. In short I couldn’t fault a thing.”

Why Book?

“Good banter, good food, good company, great riding, sensible pricing; why wouldn’t you want to join the fun. I have booked for the 2019 OTE Training Camp and plan to use the week to build on this year’s fitness so I can extend my distance riding further.”

The 2019 OTE Training Camp takes place on 22nd-29th March. Find out more about the OTE Training Camp in Mallorca and  book your place.