RCUK/Andy Cook Alps Training Camp

Andy Cook Training Week /Weekend

Andy Cook Training Week /Weekend

The Cook Alps Training Camp, from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th June 2009, will include Time Megeve Mont Blanc cyclosportive, visit to UCI HQ and Aigle velodrome and optional partner/family activities.

The RCUK/Andy Cook Alps Training Camp will be based in Les Gets in the Northern Alps and will be attended by RCUK’s Richard Hallett and David Arthur.

Following a reconnaissance trip to re-visit the area after an absence of a few years, Andy wrote: “I believe that the Northern Alps has some of the best bike riding in the world. Our base in Les Gets is close to many famous climbs, including the cols de la Colombiere, des Aravis, des Saisies, de la Forclaz, de la Madeleine, and du Joux Plane, the Cormet de Roselend and Mont Revard.

We are just 10 mins ride from Morzine, which is a regular start/finish village for the Tour de France. I have organised an interesting and varied programme that will allow participants to train hard during the week, recover and relax with other activities and then take part in the Time Megeve Mont Blanc sportive. Attracting some 2500 entrants, the event starts from Megeve and includes 4000m of climbing over the 145km of the long route. There are also medium and short route options.”

The format for the week will have some flexibility built in in order to accommodate varied ability levels and weather conditions. The main emphasis will be on riding in groups and experiencing the major climbs of this part of the world. We will be offering different riding groups as necessary with vehicle backup available if required.

On the Thursday, we have organised a visit to the UCI headquarters and World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. This includes the chance to ride the 200m indoor timber velodrome.

As a break from riding for those that want it, there is an opportunity for attendees to take part in one of two activities on Friday: Via Ferrata, which allows you to climb high mountains in total safety and with no experience as there are cables pinned to the mountain and Canyoning, which is particularly exciting in the Alps. All safety equipment required will be provided and the activities will take place under the expert tuition of highly qualified guides.

For those who would like to come for the weekend of the Time Megeve Mont Blanc only, arrivals are Thursday evening. Friday will be a 100km ride, with an easy ride on the Saturday and the sportive on the Sunday.

Family members who do not want to cycle are very welcome and can take part in a host of other optional activities such as Hill Walking, Climbing, Via Ferrata and Mountain Biking. Alternatively, they can simply enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery throughout the week.

The week will be based at La Clusaz on the outskirts of Les Gets. Accommodation will be on half board basis (bed, breakfast & evening meal) and will include all road transport, but will not include flights.

Full Week Cycling Programme:

  • Friday 5th June, evening and Saturday 6th June morning: arrival. Arrange your own flight to Geneva where you will be collected for transport to Les Gets.
  • Saturday 6th June afternoon: a warm up ride of around 50km.
  • Sunday to Wednesday: four days of good mountain riding. We plan to cater for different riding abilities and to ride at least 100km each day. This may not sound a lot but we will have at least one hard climb each day.
  • Thursday 11th June: Day trip to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland to ride the 200 metre velodrome and view the Olympic BMX training track. (Transport included to Aigle, cost of track bike hire not included).
  • Friday 12th June: 100 + KM Ride. Optional Canyoning or Via Ferrata – all equipment, guiding and transport included.

  • Saturday 13th June: easy ride.
  • Sunday 14th June: you will be taken to Megeve, arriving 0730 for the race which will start at 0800. At the finish, food and showers are available. You will be taken to Geneva airport afterwards. Those wishing to return on Monday can stay Sunday night (for a small additional charge). Your Sportive entry fee is included.
  • Long Weekend Cycling Programme:

  • Thursday evening: arrival.
  • Friday: 100km+ride.
  • Saturday and Sunday: as full week.
  • Partner/Family Programme:

  • Each day there will be optional activities as listed above (at additional cost).
  • The price includes: day trip to the UCI HQ, the activities on the Friday and transport to Megeve on the Sunday.
  • Costs:

  • Full Week Cycling Program: €775, £ 668 *
  • Full Week, non cyclists: €644, £555 * including trip to UCI HQ and Friday activities (other activities on days other than Friday charged at €40 to €50 each half day – Via Ferrata, Downhill Mountain biking, climbing, etc).
  • Long Weekend: €465, £400 *
  • Not included:

  • Flights, lunches, travel insurance.
  • For more information or to book your place:
    email [email protected] or telephone 0121 288 0586, mobile 07980 854 046.

    Note: The usual doctor’s letter is required for sportive entry.
    * The Holiday is managed by SARL Vacances aux Chavannes, registered in France. Payment is in Euro’s. Sterling prices are indicative based on exchange rate of 1.16 (14th February 2009). Our e-payment system, with Credit Agricole, will assure you of a good exchange rate at the time of payment.

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