Cycling & triathlon holidays for beginners, Spain
Description of Cycling & triathlon holidays for beginners, Spain
If you’re thinking about a triathlon or want to consider competitive cycling, this week-long small group camp (max 4 participants per coach) in Spain is definitely deserving of its affordable price tag.
As you’d hope from a cycling & triathlon holiday for beginners one on one coaching, video analysis, massages and muscle coordination sessions are all included with advice on bike riding, running and open water swimming helping athletes to build up confidence and prepare for future races.
From learning how to handle, put together and maintain a bike to discovering the keys to pace, gears and descents, our experts are on hand to advise and teach to ensure you’re already for your first triathlon or just feel like pushing yourself a little bit further on two wheels.
Swimming is another area where our experts can open up your world and allow you to learn how to approach and swim in one of the world’s most stunning stretches of inland open water. Running is the final part of the three-piece jigsaw and you’ll be encouraged and advised how to strengthen your form as well as how to make the transition between each of the key triathlon disciplines.
Breathing instruction is a huge part of cycling & triathlon holidays for beginners with Spain’s climate certain to help you upon your return home just as much as our experts’ analysis of your neuromuscular physiology and muscular coordination to ensure you’re fit to tackle anything as well as reducing the risk of getting injured.
As we only invite a maximum of four athletes on our beginners cycling & triathlon holidays we can guarantee you’ll get all the attention you need as well as tailor making individual care to fall in line with what you feel comfortable with and whatever else you need to improve your experience.
From ironmen entrants to cycling events to youth or family or one to one training programmes, we can help you train as part of a small group or as a pair or on your own to give you every chance of progressing and strengthening within your discipline as well as improving chances of competitive success.
Please get in touch if you wish to know more and discuss dates and individual requirements. Thanks.
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1 Reviews of Cycling & triathlon holidays for beginners, Spain
Reviewed on 06 May 2019 by Wendy Wedmore
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Hosts were welcoming, supportive and experienced coaches
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Good value with experienced hosts
Read the operator's response here:
PlanetWe think about water and power usage and what waste we are producing. We plant local plants like olives and lavender that require little watering. We have left the wood at the back of the property that we look after and harvest, but still keep the healthy trees. The harvested wood is then used in the wood burning stoves. We have underfloor heating as in the winter the nights can be a little chilly. The historic house has been rebuilt in the old ways but with added insulation, so it stays warm in winter but cool in Summer. The walls are 60cm thick, so slowly heat up in the Summer and then keep their heat through the winter. This system works really well, so you do not need much AC, but we do have a large AC unit run by PV panels in the centre of the building to keep the bedrooms at a good temperature (25°C indoor temp even in the last heat waves). People are always amazed how cool it is in the Summer inside. We also have shutters fitted to all the windows, so we can shut the shutters in the Summer to prevent the sun warming up the rooms. As the walls are really thick and as we have thought about window placement, this means in the Summer the sun misses the south facing windows due to the sun height, but in the winter can warm up the rooms as the sun is at a lower height and therefore shines in. We also vent in the cool night air in the Summer. The new suites have the eco ventilation for the night and we run the AC in the afternoon via the PV panels. To keep what PV electric we make we first turn on the central AC unit in the main building, as that keeps its temperature well. Then in the afternoon we move the power to the AC units in the new suits to get them down to 24°C and then at night we turn on the eco ventilation. The window and the roof placement for the new suites allows for shade in the Summer and the suns warmth in the Winter, so we hardly ever need to heat the new garden suites in Winter.
We have a solar pool cover and a PV solar system run the AC and the hotel in daylight hours. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November all via the suns power. Our light bulbs are all eco and we think about each watt that is used. Our hair dryers are all 1kw rather than 2kw for example and we do not have electric kettles. Instead we provide thermoses of hot water for tea and coffee in the dining room and kettles on the gas rings of the BBQs. We look at each product and try and reasearch and buy the ones that used the least amount of power but still function well.
All waste is divided and what can be recycled is recycled. We also compost. All of our waste water goes through a septic tank which technically produces drinkable water. We water our garden from the old cisternas which are connected to our roof, so we collect rainwater to fill the cisternas, as they did in the old days. We run the whole of our small boutique hotel on 4kw usually, but can up the power automatically for example if everyone turns on their hairdryers at the same time. But usually we run at less than 4kw, which for such a large place is unheard of in Spain.
We have now added more PV panels and added more AC units as the number of heat waves escalate, so that we are not burning fossil fuels to keep cool. We are off grid, but do not be scared, most people do not even notice. Also we are in an area of Spain which stays green and the lake of Banyoles stays full of water. Here in the Summer it is usually 18°C at 6am in the morning, so we can make use of the cooler nights to cool everything down.
PeopleWhere we can we buy local in season produce, so for example our onions are Figueres onions, apples, pears from local orchards, local wines etc. There is also a local organic dairy using it own sheep's milk. We buy locally and use local companies for almost everything. We also support the local restaurants, by booking tables for our clients. We send our clients to the local best shops if they require anything and let them know the local market days etc.
We use local companies for the laundry, garden maintenance, electrician, mechanics and the local butcher and bakery etc. We employ people from the village and the near by town of Banyoles. We send guests to the local restaurants, bakeries and shops.
We also advertise and support the other local adventure companies in the area. For example we work closely with Fang Aventura that offer painballing, quadbiking, water trekking and other adventure activities. And also with the local horse riding stables, Equinatur, that offer horse treks and also riding lessons. It is important to us that all the local companies thrive and if we can all work together we can provide a good local economy without the need for people to leave the countryside to move to the big cities for work. In doing this we also provide a great service to our clients were they can come to Mas Pelegri and enjoy a variety of activities.
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