Every so often a cycling opportunity comes up that's just too good not to shout about. 1st-5th October 2015 is one such. How do you fancy an extended stay in some of Europe's finest cycling country? A stunning base camp in Catalunya's Girona Province? Eye-watering scenery and roads? Wonderful local food?
To say nothing of your fellow riders - which include British Olympians Sharon Laws and Lucy Martin, who'll be showing you some of their favourite 'home' roads and allowing you to experience a weekend of their cycling life in Spain.
There's a reason why Girona is home to many of the world's professional cyclists, both men and women. This is your opportunity to ride in their playground and see for yourself the appeal of Catalunya, the Costa Brava and the historic town of Girona.
Sharon and Lucy will take you on some of their favourite training loops and provide tips and guidance in some of the technical aspects of riding such as descending, climbing and riding in a group. You'll also have the chance to get advice on important aspects of being an athlete off the bike, such as nutrition, recovery and core strength.
We'll let newly formed Halo Velo Cycling Project, who are a big part of the organisation of this unique weekend, explain more about their role and planned contribution to women's cycling:
"The Halo Velo Cycling Project has taken on a stunning property in Catalunya’s Girona Province – often referred to as ProVille in the peloton, for its attraction to pro cyclists as a place to hang one’s hat and train one’s legs. La Bruguera de Púbol, our forest estate, is just outside Púbol, which we share with the Gala and Salvador Dalí Castle Museum, and within pedalling distance from the region’s famous climbs.
Over the course of 2015, we are developing a performance centre to deliver training camps which bring mind, body, nutrition, live-work balance, strength training and preventative medicine together, in our gorgeous venue.
But there’s a twist. We don’t just want to help our coaching clients, or provide a beautiful place to stay and cycle, but we’d like our work to contribute to the development of the marginalised groups in our sport – women’s cycling in particular. And we’d like every pedal stroke our client put down to contribute too. So we are using 21st century tech to track the improvement we provide to our clients, and the more improvement we can show, transparently, online, the more of our profits we will put to worthy projects to push the women’s side of the sport forward.
This could be developing cheaper ways to produce TV coverage of the sport, new models of attracting sponsorship, or funding junior programmes for girls. We don’t pretend to have the answer, but we know we can coach well and that our centre is incredible – so we have created a social enterprise model to which can turn these assets into benefit for women’s cycling. Win-win!'
Surely this is the chance to escape the impending Autumn blues?If you'd like to find out about the weekend, just click here.
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