Riding

It will be easy to clock up 500 miles while on our training camp in Mallorca. Some days will be flat group rides. On other days we’ll be tackling the major mountains of Mallorca, giving you the opportunity to conquer some infamous cycling climbs. Our expert ride leaders will take you on the best routes around the island on some of the finest cycling roads.

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Goals

The OTE training camp is an opportunity to get miles in the legs on the lead up to a sportive or endurance event, get fit for the racing season or simply catch some sun and enjoy the social side of our training camp in Mallorca. Whatever your goals, our different riding groups give every rider the best possible satisfaction from their training camp.

Each ride is a long day in the saddle. Avoid the temptation to ride hard all day. These structured training rides offer plenty of opportunities to take a turn on the front, smash a climb at your own pace or hit the run in through-and-off style. Alternatively, riders are free to sit in the wheels, tap up the mountains steady-away and move up and down the groups depending on how the legs are feeling. Pick and choose your moments – then relish in the kudos.

Groups

There are group rides for all levels, accompanied by expert ride leaders taking you on the best routes on the island. Our group rides enable friends or couples of mixed ability to enjoy a cycling holiday in Mallorca together.  You also have the option to do your own thing of course.

Group 1: This group is for fit cyclists looking for a fast, hard ride of 80-100 miles who are comfortable riding in a group at 18+mph.

Group 2: This group is for capable riders looking for good mileage. Ride length will be similar to Group 1 but for those more comfortable riding in a group at 16-17mph.

Group 3: This group is for cyclists looking for a fairly challenging but enjoyable day out on the bike of 60 – 80 miles who are comfortable riding in a group at 14-16mph.

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Rides

Don’t be alarmed by the speeds and distances of the groups. The smooth tarmac makes the miles tick by and the number of legs working in the groups allows you to roll along at a considerable pace.

One long ride at home sees the DOMS set in for days and work gets in the way of recover. Our training camp is designed to allow you to ride for around 80-100 miles day after day. Our camp prioritises recovery for the following day. We relax around one of the hotel pools, enjoy a massage in the spa, stretch in the fitness rooms then all enjoy a hearty dinner in the excellent hotel restaurant.

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Routine

Everyone is free to come and go as they please but we provide a structure for the majority of the camp to fall into: Breakfast is usually served at 8am. We then meet at reception at 9:30am ready to ride. Lunch stops come mid-ride where all the groups come together to share banter over boccadillas and fill up their water bottles from the support car.

Following the ride there will be a few hours to relax and recover around the pool, catch an afternoon nap or find a watering hole. Everyone is free to enjoy dinner when they please or to check out a nearby restaurant, but the camp generally navigates to the hotel dining hall – as soon as we can smell food!

Cafe Stops

The groups will meet at the same location for lunch, where you can refill your bottles from our support car and enjoy lunch in one of the cafes in Mallorca’s villages. Here riders can move up or down the groups if you are finding it too hard or easy in your group or if you wish to ride with friends or a partner in a different group.

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Ride Leaders

Our team of highly experienced ride leaders know Mallorca like the back of their hands, with 15+ years of experience. There’s no need for maps or GPS, just tools and spares to repair a puncture.

The ride leaders will direct and control the groups out on the road to ensure everyone enjoys a seamless day on the bike.

Insurance and Safety

All riders must have personal insurance. You may also want to insure your bike during travel. We recommend Pedal Cover, who offers a variety of packages.

Safety is of paramount importance during the training camp. Every rider will receive an iPhone case on arrival. In this you must fill in the card insert with your personal details and carry this at all times.

While half the thrill is the climb, the fun comes when descending off the mountains and sweeping around the hairpins. Please remember you are riding on open roads and there are plenty of cars and buses travelling up and down the narrow mountain roads. Every rider must descend at the speed they feel comfortable at. The faster you descend, the longer you’ll be waiting at the bottom for the rest of the group. Enjoy the wind in your hair, the beautiful views and stay in your comfort zone.