The 2018 ACC Mallorca Spring Camp is definitely in the running for being one of our best ever camps. A mix of weather meant everybody was challenged out on the bikes on most days, however, as always, no one was ever left behind and all abilities, ages and levels of cyclists were catered for! Andy Cook Cycling prides itself on providing truly inclusive camps for everyone, from top-level athletes to beginners, and everyone in between.
We had a large number of new clients this year, and a high percentage of women joined us. One really brilliant aspect of the 2018 camp in particular was the way many of our new clients grew in confidence over the course of the week. Kirsty, our superb airport meet-and-greeter, said: “When I picked a lot of the new clients up, they were nervous, quiet and worried that they’d be left behind on rides/be lonely/not make any friends/feel out of place. But every single one of these people, when I took them back to the airport, had entirely transformed into confident cyclists, tired and happy from their days of riding and evenings of having fun with all the new people they’d met. All of them said they’d be back!”
We’d like to thank everyone who joined us this March for making it a really special two weeks. We’re extremely grateful to our brilliant team of Ride Leaders – Simon, Mark, Paul, Richard, Ian, Tony, Dave, and the other staff who make this camp work – Kirsty for getting everyone to and from the airport in good time, and Lydia for her wonderful support out on the road. We’d also like to thank PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort and Spa for once again providing the perfect base, High5 Sports Nutrition for their awesome support to all the camp participants, Verve Inforcranks for their valued input at the evening talks and throughout the two weeks and to Continental Tyres for their continued support to Andy Cook Cycling.
Read on to see facts, figures, ride info, a gallery of pictures and to find out what our clients said about the 2018 ACC Mallorca Spring Camp:
- 93 clients met personally at Palma Airport
- 8 riders from the USA, 1 from Sweden, 1 from Switzerland, 1 from Canada, 1 from South Africa and 81 from all over the UK
- Up to 7 groups for national record holders through to absolute beginners
- 51,000 miles ridden in total (approx.)
- 23 punctures repaired
- 1475 HIGH5 gels consumed
- 9 Mountains climbed including Orient, Soller, Sa Colobra, Puig Major
- 16 different coffee shops visited
- 57 airport transfers
- Uncountable numbers of almond cake slices eaten, refreshing beers drunk and friends made!
We would like to pass on our thanks to you and the ride leaders for organising and delivering a fantastic Mallorca Bike Camp. The whole event went like clockwork and everyone had a great time. B&PL
Thank you Andy Cook Cycling for a fabulous cycling camp in beautiful Mallorca: a superb start to the season. Wonderful guides, scenic routes, excellence climbs & fast descents…lots and lots of interesting and fun people. Outstanding organisation, something for everyone…and your personal touch. AP
Fantastic week riding with my mates in beautiful surroundings, great weather, being pushed to the absolute limit by one of the UK’s time-trialing legends. It doesn’t get any better. Thank you Andy Cook and the whole team at Andy Cook Cycling. DS
Thanks for everything! Excellent time as usual. MB
Thank you and the rest of the team (Richard and Paul – and you Andy! – on the riding side and you Lydia for all the day to day help and encouragement on the road and Kirsty for picking me up). It was a great trip – really enjoyed it. Super well organised as ever (beforehand and while we we here) and really great atmosphere on and off the bike. MB
Thanks Andy Cook for an amazing week! JT
As always we had a huge range of rider abilities and objectives but our Bike Camps are known for being inclusive not exclusive. You only have to love riding a bike in fantastic scenery to enjoy the two weeks in Mallorca. Our ride leaders set the perfect pace for whichever group they are looking after and each day has its own challenges from the long mountain rides to recovery rides with plenty of cafe stops.
Saturday – Rest day Arrivals
Sunday – Petra via Campanet 115km or Petra 80km
Monday – Lluc & Sa Colobra 120km or Lluc 75km
Tuesday – Santa Maria/Valdemosa/Soller/Orient 150km or 100km option
Wednesday – Mountain Ride 150km or Bunyola/Binissalem 100km
Thursday – Cap Formentor 55Km & Tollos Bar for lunch
Friday – Randa 160km or Binissalem 100km
…and repeat !
PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort & Spa is a 4 star Hotel uniquely situated between Alcúdia old town and Port d’Pollenca with the stunning Port Pollença bay directly in front of the hotel and the S’Albufera Natural Park immediately behind the resort offering incredible views all round..
The staff have known us for over 20 years and give us access to their best facilities on site.
The close proximity to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and a variety of smooth cycling routes makes the hotel the best option for cyclists visiting Majorca.
Thank you to the following people for photos: Lilo Bleasdale, Larry Bohnsack, Aileen Brown, Rachael Still, Jacky Taylor, James Taylor, Mark Wareham, and anyone else who sent us pictures!