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winter training...best holiday location?

weeveweeve Posts: 393
I have some airmiles burning a hole in my pocket...would like to go somewhere for xmas and new year to road train...where apart from southern spain or mallorca (with hills) do the team go? California? Any advise on good locations welcome
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  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,584
    I love training in Mexico for a week or so in the winter. It's really intense. The waiters
    bring you food and beer faster than you can drink or eat it. Lots of active rest - sitting on the beach until you get too hot - jump in the ocean until you cool down - sit on the beach-
    jump in the ocean-lots of reps there. It's tough. I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. My wife and I are professionals and it takes some getting used to.
    Sorry if you were being serious but I couldn't resist. :lol::lol:

    Dennis Noward
  • dcjdcj Posts: 395
    tenerife has a 13,000 ft mountain and amazing weather all year round.
    Lance and many other pros use it for altitude and winter training.
  • Here's a list of professional cyclists that have trained in Tenerife... at least the ones I could find:

    Miguel Indurain - fuente
    Marco Pantani - fuente
    Lance Armstrong US Postal Service / Team Discovery- Fuente
    Andreas Klöden Fuente
    Alexandre Vinokourov - fuente
    Matthias Kessler - fuente
    Gerben Löwik - fuente
    Bjarne Riis - fuente
    Tom Boonen - fuente
    Steven de Jongh - fuente
    Niclas Axelsson - fuente
    Thomas Ziegler - fuente
    Grischa Niermann - fuente
    Markus Fothen - fuente
    Paolo Savoldelli fuente
    Mario Aerts - fuente
    Matti Breschel - CSC Fuente
    Eddy Mazzoleni - fuente
    Levi Leipheimer - fuente
    Ivan Gotti - fuente
    Vincenzo Nibali - fuente
    Franco Pellizotti - fuente
    Enrico Gasparotto - fuente
    Lotto Cycling Team - fuente
    Paola Pezzo - fuente
    Georg Totschnig - fuente
    Tom Smith - fuente
  • claudbclaudb Posts: 212
    I'm a Lanzarote fan. Only weather issue is that it can be, at times, very windy.
    The terrain is always up and down but no huge climbs like on Tenerife.
    I'd say there's plenty of scope for routes whatever part of the island you stay.
    Here's a couple of Links which may help -

    http://ciclomania.es/

    http://www.cycle1st.co.uk/lanzarote/index.htm
  • liversedgeliversedge Posts: 1,002
    claudb wrote:
    I'm a Lanzarote fan. Only weather issue is that it can be, at times, very windy.
    The terrain is always up and down but no huge climbs like on Tenerife.
    I'd say there's plenty of scope for routes whatever part of the island you stay.
    Here's a couple of Links which may help -

    http://ciclomania.es/

    http://www.cycle1st.co.uk/lanzarote/index.htm

    club la santa is getting a bit tired and needs a bit of a refresh but is very bike friendly (mechanics, bike in room etc), not the best place to take kids though. Lanzarote is *always* windy, not just at times. but this is a positive in some respects - so long as you have a power meter!! the roads are all pristine and their isn't a huge amount of traffic. flights are pretty cheap. Not the greatest night life if you're looking for fun for wife and kids etc.
    --
    Obsessed is just a word elephants use to describe the dedicated. http://markliversedge.blogspot.com
  • claudbclaudb Posts: 212
    If you want nightlife then the best you can do is base yourself in Puerto del Carmen. That's what we've done on all but one of our trips. Most of the accommodation there are used to cyclists because of the Ironman which brings large numbers every year.
    For riding it's as good a base as any. In very windy conditions I've even resorted to loops within the 'residential' areas of the resort at the 'Los Pocillos' and 'Matagorda' end.
  • I go to Cypru, but only because I have family there. However, the roads are good, the weather warmer than UK, & I have seen numerous teams from Europe training there.
  • sloxamsloxam Posts: 861
    claudb wrote:
    I'm a Lanzarote fan. Only weather issue is that it can be, at times, very windy.
    The terrain is always up and down but no huge climbs like on Tenerife.
    I'd say there's plenty of scope for routes whatever part of the island you stay.
    Here's a couple of Links which may help -

    http://ciclomania.es/

    http://www.cycle1st.co.uk/lanzarote/index.htm
    great roads too
    i hate hills (cos i'm fat)

    www.justgiving.com/steven-loxam/
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