Bikes, wine, sunshine – Andy Cook Cycling’s first female-only cycling holiday on the beautiful island of Mallorca is now open for booking. Join us from Friday 3rd to Tuesday 7th May 2019 for a long weekend of riding on beautiful roads with like-minded people, experienced ride leaders and quality support. Feel like a pro for five days as you forget about the real world and simply soak up the sunshine and stunning scenery in this very special place.
On arrival on the morning of Friday 3rd, you will be met at Palma airport by our lovely staff, who will then transport you back to the hotel – a simple 40 minute drive away. Once there, you will have time to unpack and build your bike, or collect your hire bike from the shop on the resort (see FAQ for more details). Our staff will be on hand to help with any problems or questions you may have, before we all meet for a gentle afternoon spin. Once we’ve warmed our legs up, ready for the next few days of riding, there will be time to change before we all meet in the bar for the Welcome Briefing. After meeting each other and discussing the following day’s ride, you can tuck in to a delicious dinner before heading back to the bar and enjoying the evening’s entertainment – or you can get an early night!
Over the next three days, we will take you on some truly beautiful roads, up some great little climbs and down some well-deserved descents – making sure we also stop for as many great cake and coffee breaks as possible! It won’t be all about the cycling, there’ll be time to relax at the beautiful Club del Sol hotel, with its ultra-stylish rooms and lovely facilities, including a spa, two pools and a brand-new bike centre, plus amazing views and great restaurant and bars. There is much fun to be had on these sort of trips – and we make it our mission to ensure you enjoy yourself, and get what YOU want out of the trip.
***The cost for this 5-day, 4 night trip is just £595pp single-occupancy, or £545pp for a double/twin room***
We will be staying at the beautiful Club del Sol Resort and Spa during the WOWs Cycling Holiday. Located between Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa, this newly-renovated hotel is a little paradise, hidden away off the road from the busy tourist accommodation areas of the island. It boasts ultra-stylish rooms, a fantastic restaurant, two pools, a spa and a brand-new bike centre with washing facilities and tools. We are sure you will enjoy your time at Club del Sol – we’re looking forward to welcoming you there in May.
For more information about the resort, please see their website.
Is it for me? Whether you’ve been cycling for years, or you’ve just started riding a bike, then this is the camp for you. We pride ourselves on being extremely inclusive, and we welcome cyclists of all levels and abilities on our cycling holidays. We have a range of highly-experienced leaders who adapt to the needs of every individual to ensure ALL participants get what they want out of the trip – whether it is the ability to ride confidently in a group, completion of their first milestone ride, the skill of climbing hills comfortably, or more miles in the legs ready for a specific challenge ride or sportive.
Can I hire a bike? Yes, you can hire a quality Canyon road bike from the Balear Reisen shop within the hotel’s bike centre. Follow this link to see the prices and to book: Balear Reisen (choose Rental Bikes from the left hand side of the screen to start the booking process)
How fast will the rides be? We make a point of never setting ride speeds in advance of any of our bike camps. Our greatest skill is making sure everyone is looked after – so our usual routine is to let you self-select a group on the first day and then during the course of the ride and at the various stops, the groups will naturally fall into place. You can always, ALWAYS, let your ride leader know if you want to go at a more comfortable speed, or if you’d like to move up or down a group at the next stop. If you’re worried about this aspect of the camp, you can send us an email or call us on 01249 783399.
– Half-board accommodation at the comfortable, stylish and newly-renovated Club del Sol Resort and Spa
– Private airport transfers to and from Palma for you, your luggage and your bike on the morning of Friday 3rd and the afternoon of Tuesday 7th*
– Access to Andy Cook Cycling’s highly-experienced team members’ knowledge of all things cycling
– Four days of guided rides, with routes chosen to suit all and to include the best roads and scenery the island can offer
– A dedicated support vehicle to carry personal kit, water and mechanical equipment which will stay with you during each day’s ride
– The usual high-standard of professionalism and enjoyment that our clients have come to expect from Andy Cook Cycling Camps – after 25+ years of running these in Mallorca, our reputation is one of quality, excellence and value.
*We will be providing one private transfer each way for our clients, according to the flight times available. We recommend arriving on a mid/late morning flight on Friday 3rd and departing late-afternoon/evening on Tuesday 7th. We will of course try to accommodate as many of our clients as we can when arranging these transfers.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS MALLORCA BIKE CAMP
Andy Cook Cycling want you to enjoy your holiday and will do everything we can to ensure the rides are safe but cycling can be a dangerous pastime so please take time to read our terms and conditions. By booking your Andy Cook Cycling bike camp through payment and completion of a booking form, you confirm you have read and agree to these terms and conditions. In the case of a booking being made by an individual person on behalf of another person or group of persons then the person who is making the booking must have the authority of all the other people to accept these terms and conditions on the group’s behalf.
1. Health & Safety
a) I acknowledge that I will be participating in an organised cycle tour with Andy Cook Cycling which will involve strenuous physical activity. I confirm that I am sufficiently fit for, and am not suffering from any health problems which will be exacerbated by such activity. I have been advised by Andy Cook Cycling to seek advice from a qualified medical practitioner if I have any doubts or concerns about my health or fitness.
b) I recognise that cycling on public roads, particularly in mountainous areas, is an activity with a danger of personal injury and even death. I confirm that I am aware of and accept such risk and will be responsible for my own actions and involvement in this activity.
a) You must pay a deposit within 7 days of completing a booking form. This deposit is detailed on the booking form, and is usually £100 per person.
b) You must pay the balance or interim payments on the date detailed on your deposit receipt which is usually at least twelve weeks before the start of your holiday. If you book your holiday within twelve weeks of commencement of the holiday you must pay the full cost at the time of booking. If for any reason the final payment is not received by this time you will be deemed to have cancelled your tour and cancellation charges will be applied. Reminders will not necessarily be sent.
Our price policy
Once you have paid your deposit and the booking has been confirmed by email, we guarantee that we will not increase the price of your holiday, except for any surcharge that may be imposed.
We reserve the right to impose a surcharge up to 30 days prior to commencement of the tour if our costs increase due to unfavourable changes in exchange rates, increases in transportation costs, including cost of fuel, or if government action should require us to do so. Even in this case we will absorb an amount equivalent to 2% of the holiday price. Only amounts in excess of this 2% will be payable by you. Should a surcharge exceed 10% of the holiday price you will be entitled to cancel your holiday and receive a refund of all monies paid. Should you decide to cancel because of this you must exercise your right to do this as soon as possible from the issue date of the revised invoice.
Cancellations will only be accepted in writing from the person who booked the holiday.
Should you be prevented from travelling on the holiday booked by circumstances which do not permit a claim on a normal insurance cancellation policy, you may transfer your booking to another person provided that person meets all the requirements relating to the holiday and your request is received by us at least ten weeks prior to departure. Both the person taking over and the person leaving the booking will be responsible for paying any additional costs arising from the transfer.
If Andy Cook Cycling cancels or changes your booking
Provided all monies have been paid we will not cancel your tour unless we are forced to do so:
Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control which could not be avoided even with all due care having been exercised, or what is usually known as ‘force majeure’
Because the minimum number of bookings needed to operate the holiday has not been reached. In this case participants will be notified of the cancellation no later than ten weeks prior to the tour commencement date. If the holiday is cancelled we will, if possible, offer an alternative but if this is not acceptable all monies paid to us will be refunded without interest. We will NOT pay any compensation or be liable to reimburse you for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable connecting flights, travel insurance, etc.
Circumstances may require some changes to be made at any time to the particulars of any holiday (e.g. itineraries, overnight locations, meals or routes). Any such changes will be communicated to you as soon as possible and will be held to be of a minor nature. We will not materially change the value of the holiday, and the original theme will be retained.
a) I acknowledge that I have been advised by Andy Cook Cycling to take out insurance against the costs of medical treatment, evacuation, loss of earnings and/or cost of care in the event that I suffer injury or illness during the tour and while traveling; against loss of or damage to my property (including my bicycle); against liability I might incur to third parties; and against costs I might incur in the event of cancellation or curtailment of the holiday or my participation in it. I confirm that I will arrange adequate insurance against such risks. Andy Cook Cycling can accept no responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover. The following cover should be a minimum level.
o Cancellation or curtailment – £3000
o Medical emergency, repatriation and associated expenses – £2 million
o Personal accident – £15,000
o Missed departure – £500 (Europe) £1000 (outside Europe)
o Departure delay – £60 (abandonment – £3000)
o Baggage and personal effects – £2000
o Personal money – £500
o Personal liability (third party cover) – £2 million
o Legal expenses – £25,000
b) When taking out a policy you are advised to check that such policy provides cover in the
country/area where your chosen bike camp is to take place.
c) You should also ensure that cover is provided whilst cycling on or off-road and that your cycle will
be repatriated following a medical emergency.
d) Some insurance companies require helmets to be worn when cover is provided.
e) Also check whether the policy covers damage to your cycle. Most policies do not provide this
cover, and thus extra cover may be needed through a separate policy.
f) Non-UK residents should also ensure that any travel policy commences on the day they leave their
normal residence. It is unlikely that participants not resident in the UK will be able to obtain cover
once they arrive in the UK.
5) Financial Protection
a) Where you book a non-air inclusive holiday, and we act as the principal, your money is financially protected by our bonding arrangement held independently by our UK bank.
b) For pricing, deposit and payment terms and conditions please refer to our pricing section for the holiday you are booking.
a) I hereby agree that, except in respect of death or personal injury caused by the negligence of Andy Cook Cycling, neither Andy Cook Cycling nor its employees or agents will have any liability (whether in contract or in tort, including negligence) for any loss, damage, injury or death which I may suffer in connection with this holiday nor for any failure by me to take out adequate insurance.
b) I agree that the contract between Andy Cook Cycling and myself will be governed by English law and that any matter or dispute in connection with this contract will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
c) Photographs, likenesses or images of participants secured or taken on any of our holidays may be used by the company without remuneration in all media for bona fide promotional or marketing purposes.
Please take a variety of clothing. The weather is usually warm but far from guaranteed! We suggest taking:
- Short sleeve jerseys
- Long Sleeve jersey
- Cycling Shorts
- Leg warmers/tights
- Race cape/shower jacket
- Hard shell helmet (this is a legal requirement in Spain)
- Under vests
- Arm warmers
- Wind proof gilet (for descents)
- Cotton socks
- Track mitts
- Cap/Hat/warm gloves
- Sun Glasses
- Sun Cream/Block
- 2 large water bottles
- Energy drink
Although rides are supported you must carry the essentials and know how to use them.
- 2 inner tubes
- multi tool (Allen keys etc)
- tyre levers
- puncture repair outfit
- a working bike pump!
Our objective for the camp 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).
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 travelling 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our aim is for you to have a great bike camp so if we can offer any advice which will help, we will.