Finca La Asmoladora, Parcent, Valenciano, Costa Blanca, Spain.https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p2208?uni_id=19496
This is the same accommodation as our previous 2 training camps have been. Please refer to the link above for its specification. We will book the whole Finca, which includes the casa and the casitas and it caters comfortably for 16 people. If we go above 16 people then further accommodation can, and would need to be, sought. It will be first come first served, with 1st claim and those impositioned from last year taking priority. The accommodation is excellent and a perfect setting for a training camp - right at the bottom of the Col de Rates, as featured in the 2016 Vuelta Espana. The rooms are twins, 2 per room, excluding 2 single rooms in the tower. Based upon numbers from last year it will likely be sharing. It has self-catering facilities, i.e. for breakfast and for BBQ's if we choose. There is Wifi, a swimming pool and a double garage to store our bikes/bike boxes without any problems.The Dates - please pick a preference
Week 1. Sat 1st Apr to Saturday 8th Apr - @ £1400 (for 16) = £87.50
Week 2. Sat 8th Apr to Sat 15th Apr* - @ £1865 (for 16) = £116.56
Week 3. Sat 15th Apr to Sat 22nd Apr* - @ £1865 (for 16)
Week 4. Sat 22nd to Sat 29th Apr - @ £1400 (for 16)
* This includes Easter weekend, 14th-17th April, so the cost is higher.
In the past we paid half the cost as a deposit at the time of booking, then the second half around January/February.Flights - Gatwick to Alicante
Flights have yet to be scheduled for April 2017, which means we should get the cheapest price when they first become available. I'd suggest early morning flights on the Saturday, and afternoon or evening flights for the return; giving us an opportunity to ride those days if we choose to. The Finca is approximately 1 hour away from Alicante airport. I'd suggest that if we have 16(+) going, then arranging different flights would be to our advantage. Flights, depending upon provider/weight/luggage, with bike (EasyJet £35 each way, BA part of weight limit) should be around £200 (approx. last years cost).Transfers and car hire
Last year we had 4 cars (one provided by Simon, which saved costs) to help with transfers and for travelling to and from restaurants. Car hire is relatively cheap, and worked out about £180 per car, plus covering the costs for Simon, say £600 in total. This worked out to be something like £37.50 approx. per person, paid up front. We each also paid 20 euros on the day each way to transfer the bike boxes. I may look at alternative arrangements this time around.
We will again be looking for volunteers to do the driving.The riding
Many will know the area now, so there should be little need of guiding, however, Andy B will act as chief guide. We will follow similar routes to what we have done in the past, however, we will vary them to add interest and different challenges. We are staying in mid-range mountains, which can go as high as 1000 metres, cat 1/2 mountain territory. The roads are smooth, fast and generally car free. The riding can be challenging but it is very rewarding and very scenic. There will be some structure to the riding, but expect to be riding for many hours per day, each day, with the likelihood of stopping for lunch/coffee in places. Lunch is normally no more than a few euros.
The articles posted by Simon above are good examples of what riding to expect as we will ride those very roads.Eating
I will be booking the Paella lady again, possibly for our last day. I will also book a few restaurants before we get there to help with the logistics in the evening. Meals out are around 15-20 euros, depending on the order.
The last 2 years have been top quality training weeks and have become weeks to not miss out on. So can you let me know if you are going and then also which week is preferred (1 to 4). I will book the one with the most choices.