The Great Escape
The overseas training camp, once the preserve of the elite professional cyclist, is now so readily at hand that it’s difficult to remember a time before such a luxury existed. Cheap flights and the massive growth in the popularity of cycling has witnessed a boom in the number of specialist cycling tour operators, like La Fuga, RPM 90, and Stephen Roche Cycling Holidays, able to make that week of warm weather training reality.
The benefits of an overseas training camp are two-fold. Not only do you have that treasured week in the sun, but the mere thought of a getaway, and the need to be in sufficient shape to make the most of it, is often enough to keep you riding. In short, many amateur riders will train for a training camp. The thought of squandering an investment of several hundred pounds by starting from a fitness level of zero as you unpack your suitcase, should inspire you to ride in the weeks before departure.