Club La Santa Bike Weeks 2022
Get into early fitness with this specially-arranged Bike Camp organised by Club la Santa on Lanzarote. Andy Cook and his ride leaders will help you get into shape for the forthcoming season.
Whatever you ability or goals this is a great start to the year. You might be training for some specific targets later in your cycling year or you may just need some time in the sunshine to recharge your winter batteries and get some base fitness. Either way the Andy Cook Bike Weeks at Club La Santa is a perfect location.
The group leaders will take different routes and set the perfect pace to match your ability and goals. There are plenty of challenging roads with mountain climbs and rolling valleys but the roads are smooth and the climate is warm. Our faster groups will cover longer distances whilst the steady groups may have an extra cafe stop and cover a little less ground. Either way the focus is on steady warm winter riding to get some miles in your legs.
Back at the resort in the afternoons the sports facilities are stunning so don’t be surprised to meet stars and teams from all walks of sporting life.
Ride programme to follow
You will have the usual Andy Cook vehicle and mechanical support carrying spare food and drink together with some vital spare parts. Our ride leaders know Lanzarote well and will set the perfect pace, keeping their group together. They are supported by the renowned Club La Santa “Green Team” who act as guides and support on all the rides so that we never leave anyone behind. If you are new to group riding or want to improve your climbing or decending skills our leaders will always be there to offer advise when you want it.
Please take a variety of clothing. The weather in Lanzarote is usually warm but it can be breezy with the odd shower, we suggest:
Short sleeve jerseys,
Long Sleeve jersey
Race cape/shower jacket
Hard shell helmet (This is a legal requirement in Spain)
Wind proof Gilet (for decents)
2 large water bottles
Although rides are supported you must carry the essentials and know how to use them.
2 inner tubes
multi tool (allen keys etc)
puncture repair outfit
Our objective for the two weeks is to make sure that you have a great time. Please take time to read through these notes carefully as it will help make your time with us as safe and hassle free as possible.
Prior to Travel
Nothing spoils a holiday of this nature more than a malfunctioning bike. Please spend time making sure that your bike is in excellent working order. New tyres, tubes, brake blocks and cables are obvious improvements that can alleviate problems whilst on the camp. Transmission is another area that needs to be in good working order (Chain and sprockets). It is essential that you check the transmission of your bike works correctly after fitting any new equipment, as there are often problems with worn or new teeth running old or new chains.
Our recommendation is to get a quality mechanic at your local shop to fit and check the equipment out, then ensure you go out for a longish ride before packing your bike away for your holiday. You will need appropriate gearing. We suggest a minimum of 39 x 25 as a bottom gear but many of our clients use a compact group set or triple chain set (see note below for more help). There is a small bike shop on site at Club Pollentia and Pro Cycle Hire provide high quality hire bikes from their base in Puerto Pollenca.
Note: Compact group sets usually have a 50/34 front chain ring and 12/25 rear sprocket whilst a triple typically provides 52/42/32 front rings and 12/25 rear sprocket. This is all down to your personal needs and preferences but if you have any queries just contact us and we will happily help out.
Packing your Bike
Your bike is the single most important part of your holiday and a damaged one could ruin your holiday, it is essential therefore that you take great care packing it. Here are a few simple guidelines:
Remove your pedals with a pedal spanner and place in a separate box or turn around and thread on the inside of your cranks
Using a good quality allen key loosen your handle bar stem and handlebars and turn in towards the frame. Either remove your seat post and saddle or simply drop down inside your seat tube (Remember to mark the post with your correct height)
Remove both wheels, quick release skewers and deflate your tyres.
Place protective plastic or wooden spacers in both the fork dropouts and rear dropouts, these can normally be sourced in your local bike shop, failing this old hubs will do the job perfectly.
Lag and protect all-important parts of your bike. The pipe insulation that plumbers use is good for this task. If in doubt remove it and package it safely and neatly. If you use zip ties or tape to hold any parts secure for traveling don’t forget to take some spares with you for packing for the return trip.
Label all of your parts and protective strips so re-packing at the end of your holiday is not such an ordeal.
There are a number of options for carrying your bike. You can use the cardboard boxes that new bikes arrive in, purpose build bike bags which come with differing levels of protective foam and the purpose build travel bike boxes which although they can be expensive, probably offer the best protection for your bike. However when you pack your bike please remember to ensure your bike is covered on you own insurance just in case the worst should happen.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch and ask us at booking [at] andycookcycling [dot] com. Our aim is for you to have a great bike camp so if we can offer any advice which will help, we will.