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Andrew Bailey
Andrew Bailey
2019-09-18T08:05:59+0000
I was due to go on my first triathlon training camp with Challenge Tri Camp in early 2019 and lost my father suddenly just before Christmas 2018. It threw out my training and hit me really hard. My wife and daughter were incredible in supporting me and I contacted Nick Dunn and his team to explain the situation to see if I could cancel or defer to 2020. Unfortunately travel insurance didn’t count in this situation because I hadn’t yet left the U.K. The airline, bike hire and car rental company were all amazing and given the specific reason for the trip, they all cancelled with a full refund even going outside of their normal terms. Sadly even though Challenge Tri Camp are in the human performance business they were not quite as sympathetic or understanding. After lots of push back and emails whilst I was also dealing with the loss, I’ve had nothing back at all. I’d paid nearly £1,000 in full and was offered £150 towards a 2020 camp or a 1 day training session in the U.K. They have refused to refund anything. I realise there are accommodation costs to cover that may or may not have been used by someone else but the total lack of understanding, no sympathy or understanding in a human performance business, in my opinion speaks volumes. I successfully got myself back on track later in the year and competed in a couple of triathlons in 2019 and I’ve booked elsewhere for a 2020 camp to work with a team that focus on everything about a person.read more
Nicolas Weng Kan
Nicolas Weng Kan
2019-08-06T19:38:43+0000
I was initiated to triathlon by Nick and his team. I will never forget that experience. Without them I don’t think I would have achieved my first Half Ironman race. 7 years later I am still at it so they must be doing something rightread more
Jose Candido Affonseca Netto
Jose Candido Affonseca Netto
2019-07-23T19:07:35+0000
I’ve been there twice and will definitely join again. Nice people, great place, amazing food and beautiful and safe routes. Everything we need for an active holiday. Truly recommend!read more
Kevin McCloskey
Kevin McCloskey
2019-07-16T07:09:01+0000
Very good weeks training. Great support & coaching with feedback. Hotel very good offering all the facilities req with a 25m pool + beach & sea just across the road. We have made great friends through Challenge Tri & will be back for more.read more
Julie Dell
Julie Dell
2019-07-02T14:47:33+0000
I was pretty apprehensive about my first camp in 2018, particularly as I was recovering from injury and couldn't swim! But everyone was really welcoming, friendly, inclusive and encouraging - coaches and athletes alike. Loved every minute of it, went back in 2019, fully intending to return again in 2020.read more
Heather Phillips
Heather Phillips
2019-06-30T09:58:55+0000
Really enjoyed my first camp. Great atmosphere and friendly group. Coaching was first class and catered for all abilities. The sunshine was a bonus 😀read more
Sharon Black
Sharon Black
2019-03-17T08:29:33+0000
Having ‘dabbled’ in sprint Triathlons for the last 3 years, with the support of my Tri club coaches and friends, I decided to enter the Cotswold 113. Attending this Challenge Tri Camp was part of my plan to see how far I could actually push myself. I have to say that it has been invaluable in my development both psychologically and physiologically. The coaches were really supportive throughout the week and they helped me to make some very important changes to my technique; I found the swim analysis particularly helpful and informative. I overcame feelings of significant fatigue to train hard again day after day and I now feel more confident in my ability to succeed. I definitely recommend this camp and this company. Thank you Team Challenge Tri Camp, I do hope I will do you proud in my 2019 race season.read more
Victoria Marshall
Victoria Marshall
2019-03-16T11:28:34+0000
This was my first training camp and I had the most amazing time! The coaches really adapted to the different abilities
Carol Mathews
Carol Mathews
2019-03-01T16:57:08+0000
Well organised, friendly and supportive, caters for all abilities.
Lulu Ritchie
Lulu Ritchie
2019-02-24T21:32:26+0000
My top reasons why i’ll be returning to a TriCamp 1. I was encouraged to physically and mentally push myself 10x harder than I would training alone 2. The hotel is absolutely PERFECT for sport lovers with its private equipped bike garage, 25m saline pool and free laundry 3. The coaches train elite athletes so I really felt the depth of their expertise. Plus their advice was tailored to each individual- nothing felt cookie-cutter 4. That endless buffet.....dreamy! 5. Each training session is imaginative, fun, challenging and you get to really drink-in Mallorca 6. If you rent a bike it’s hanging serviced and ready in the garage- the key is waiting at reception 7. There’s rollers in the gym, icebaths and saunas in the spa and ice for injuries 8. The people- 14 strangers to 14 friends in a week Thank you Brent, Helen, Mark and Bernat- you really gave 100%read more
Vito PeTo
Vito PeTo
2019-02-24T20:00:45+0000
I had an amazing week with challenge Tri Camp in Mallorca. I have improved myself a lot in cycling. Coaches were always next to us, they are all very nice and they never leave you behind:-) . We trained the 3 sports: swimming (even with recorded video to correct the technic) , with wetsuit in the pool and in open water. Cycling in different routes (hills, time trial,...), running techniques (stairs, trail,...), core lessons... , a very completed triathlon week adapt to all levels. The coaches are wonderful!! Thanks to Mark, Bernat, Brent and Helen for your advices and professionalism !! All the triathletes were also great, we spent a very good time all together and I Look forward to seeing you soon in challenge tri camp!!take care, Best regards, Victoriaread more
Jessica Phillips
Jessica Phillips
2019-02-23T16:25:51+0000
A great tri camp for people of all abilities. Brent thank you for your great organisation, Helen thank you for your kind patience and Mark thank you for your constant encouragement!read more
Angela Dolan
Angela Dolan
2019-02-23T10:38:53+0000
The first triathlon camp I’ve been on it totally exceeded my expectations. The coaches were all amazing & the atmosphere in the group was welcoming & friendly. Can’t fault it at all spot on ❤️ looking forward to going back next year 🎉💪read more
Gemma Royles
Gemma Royles
2019-01-27T20:47:28+0000
Fantastic day at Tri Camp Coaching Clinic today . Reminds me why I love these guys so much. Very knowledgeable in all areas, brilliant feedback and always FUN! Thanks guys can’t wait to see you In Mallorca soon 😎😎😎read more
David Dutton
David Dutton
2019-01-26T17:51:33+0000
A fantastic fun day made even better by awesome coaches. I learned a huge amount. Thank you so very much. I WILL be back 👍read more
Guy Orridge
Guy Orridge
2018-12-25T11:58:54+0000
Great experience, wonderful patient coaches and nice to met some new people over in Mallorca. The training was adapted to each individual and I certainly got a lot out of my week with Tri Camp. Would not hesitate to recommend The team.read more
Hamilton Huxham
Hamilton Huxham
2018-12-20T11:28:05+0000
The great thing about Challenge Tri Camp is the people that run it!! So not only do you get to do all the things you love ie swim, bike, run and eat cake in my case but you get treated like one of the family. Furthermore the facilities are top notch and the location is perfect for all your triathlon needs.read more
Jay Rocky
Jay Rocky
2018-12-01T11:33:06+0000
Great crew of coaches, great and diverse athlete groups, great sports hotel with great buffet (incl. vegan options ;) ) on paradise island Mallorca. The perfect mix for fantastic and fun training camps - I have been on 3 so far and will continue to do so.read more
Nicola Heaton
Nicola Heaton
2018-11-24T21:03:53+0000
I have been on three camps now and have had coaching from Nick. I was apprehensive about my first camp as I was unsure of whether I would be good enough but I need not have worried as all abilities are catered for. The coaching and feedback are brilliant and I have got so much faster from taking it all on board! Facilities, hotel and food are all great and I have spent a week with a lovely bunch of like minded people each time. I'm already booked on for 2019 and am looking forward to it!read more
Jo Acha
Jo Acha
2018-11-24T16:32:10+0000
We have just booked Challenge Tri Camp for the third year running. What was a birthday treat has now become a kickstart to our triathlon season. So what is making us come back year on year, well when you love to swim, bike, run you get to do that every day! Making friends with other crazy people who like to do the same! Challenge Tri Camp caters for all levels of abilities from complete novices to age groupers. The coaching team are friendly and approachable. They have a wealth of triathlon knowledge and there is always something new to learn. The hotel, location and facilities are great. It’s amazing how fast a week can fly by, you come home absolutely shattered but motivated for the season ahead.read more
Natasha Marianna McLaren
Natasha Marianna McLaren
2018-11-23T19:57:46+0000
Great experience, wonderful coaches, chance to meet lots of new training buddies and got to do what I love best swim bike run all day everyday. loads of fun, thanks Challenge Tri would most definitely recommendread more
Karen Murphy
Karen Murphy
2018-11-23T07:27:02+0000
Challenge Tri camp was my first experience of a triathlon training camp and I can honestly say I couldn’t have had a better experience. The coaches are professional welcoming and really take the time to get to know your needs and plan accordingly. I enjoyed my first week so much I booked a second week and plan to go back next year. I learnt a lot and improved in all three disciplines and can say the camp definitely contributed to my improved performance this season. Special thanks to Nick who spent time in the sea giving me one to one coaching to help me get over my fear of open water and also Jacqui who helped me get more confident in group bike riding in Mallorca and Kat who beasts me on a daily basis 😁read more
Angela Wallis
Angela Wallis
2018-11-22T21:33:39+0000
I’ve signed up for my 4th camp for 2019 and am looking forward to it already. Each has been better than the last All the sessions are tailored to individuals and everyone can go at the right pace for them whilst building fitness and improving techniques. It’s a great way to start the season and build your fitness. The hotel and accommodation is excellent too. Highly recommended.read more
Paul Moore
Paul Moore
2018-11-22T14:51:41+0000
I’ve done Triathlon and high level sport for years. I like starting my season with a TriCamp as the mix of high level coaching and other like minded athletes gives me a great boost. The social element make it a great mix 👍🏻read more

FAQs

Thank you for booking your triathlon training holiday or race package with Challenge Tri Camp, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you and we’re sure you’ll have a great training/racing experience with us. In preparation for your time with us there is some important information that you should be aware of. All the details are in the drop down boxes below. Please make sure you read this information in full.

Many thanks and we look forward to meeting you.

The Challenge Tri Camp Team

Training Camps FAQ

Travel Arrangements

The airport in Mallorca is called Palma Airport PMI (sometimes known as Son Sant Joan Airport). This is where you will want to arrange flights and transfers to and from.

The Hotel address is:

Playa de Muro Camp – North Mallorca
Viva Blue Hotel & Spa, Passeig de Bateman, s/n 07408 Playa de Muro, Mallorca (Spain). The hotel phone number is 0034 97189 2505. 

Private Shuttle Bus – www.hoppa.com and www.shuttletransunion.com – These companies offer shared shuttle services to and from Palma airport to popular resorts.  You will need to check exact drop off locations and prices but fares are approximately £15-20 round trip per person plus bike box.  Transfers must be booked online in advance of travel and you must email the company directly to book bike boxes onto transfers.

Car Hire – Vanrell – There are many car hire options on the island, Vanrell are local to the hotel in Port Alcudia/Playa De Muro, please see the link to book.  They offer a one way car hire option which is also a good option. There is free parking opposite the hotel.

Private Taxi Company – email – info@2gocycling.com – These offer very reasonable transfer rates for groups and individuals.  Email them for a quote.

Local Bus service – www.tib.org – The bus number you would require is 351 which you would have to get on from the main bus and train station in Palma city centre.  Buses run regularly from the airport to Palma bus station.  There are information points on bus transportation in both the airport and the bus station.

The transfer time is approx. 45 mins but we would allow an hour to 90 mins in case of traffic.

Please note that you will be able to check in to your room from 2pm and we ask that you check out of the hotel at 12am on your day of departure, although bags may be stored until your transfer time when you can return to collect luggage and bikes as applicable.

Important Information

You must ensure that you have the relevant travel insurance to cover you and your bike for your trip. Be sure to check the details cover you for cycling on roads and swimming, this is normally in the form of public liability insurance.

Be sure that your travel insurance also covers you in case you need to cancel your holiday with us. Should anything happen beyond your control which means you need to cancel your holiday, we will endeavour to fill your place and if we are successful we will give you a full refund minus your non-refundable deposit. However, if we’re unable to fill your place we cannot issue a refund and as such you may need to claim the cost of your holiday through your insurers.

You should also have, if you are a UK resident only, your EHIC (the new E111), which you can get from the post office or online. Please make sure this is in date before travelling.

Please ensure you check in for your plane before the morning you fly, we have had some people check in late and therefore have not been allowed on the plane or found that the seats were double booked!

If flying and bringing your bike, we recommend that you check the weight allowance for your bike bag/box and have booked it on. We have found that some airports are stricter than others with weights.

Please be able to do basic maintenance on your bike such as fixing a puncture and putting a chain back on.  We can guide you on this but is your responsibility to fix any issues.  There is a bike shop close to the hotel if need be but please, if bringing your bike arrive with it in good working order. Always a good idea to have it serviced before you travel.

Training Information

What is the level of fitness I need to be at?
There is no pre-determined level of fitness at all providing you can ride a bike! We welcome beginners to experienced athletes and provide sessions that suit your fitness and experience levels throughout the week. If you are unsure please contact us directly and we can discuss your needs further.

Are the rides guided or can I do my own thing?
All the Challenge Tri Camp rides are guided and we operate a no drop policy so that no-one gets left behind to find their own way back to the hotel. However, this is your trip so you have the opportunity to either go and do your own thing or take part in the guided ride. We are more than happy to provide maps and explain routes for you to go out and explore. The roads here are made for cycling, in great condition and with plenty of sign posts; it’s hard to get lost!

The guided routes provide a variety of terrains and distances. We know the road network like the back of our hand (well most of them!) so can always throw in a hill if everyone is up for it or take a flat route home.

How many people will be in the group?
We make sure we have a good guide to athlete ratio and aim to have two coaches with each group at all times. Sometimes the groups will splinter into sub groups though.  To ensure it is safe and to allow for different abilities and energy levels, we sometimes split into different groups. So if you fancy an easier day or want to push it you will always have the chance. We normally split groups if they are bigger than 14-16 people.

Do I have to train everyday and what else is there to do?
No not at all, it’s your holiday so do as little or as much as you like. You don’t even have to be training to stay with us. Maybe your wife or husband is a sports widow and wants to come along for the journey. There are lots of other activities to do in the area, some physical and some sightseeing. Majorca is full of culture so whether it be shopping, visiting a museum or sitting by the pool or sea, we can recommend plenty of activities for you to enjoy.

What to Pack
  • The hotel has washing machine facilities for your training clothing, but you will definitely need a few pairs of good padded shorts.

  • If you are hiring a bike, you will need to remember to bring your shoes and pedals, as the hire shops do not provide these as standard – we advise you to bring these in your hand luggage in case your luggage is lost.

  • Bring your helmet – you will not be permitted to ride with us unless you have one with you and it is certified*.

  • Remember to bring some Euros!

At a glance what you’ll need:

  • Cycling jerseys & shorts – several pairs of each, however we do sell kit on camp

  • Helmet – please see note at the bottom of this page regarding the helmet type and safety code the helmet needs to be*

  • Cycling shoes (with pedals if hiring a bike)

  • Cycling gloves and hat

  • Winter jacket

  • Waterproofs – the weather can change in the mountains so pack some base layers aswell!

  • Base layers
  • Sunglasses

  • Socks

  • Beach Towel for swimming – towels are provided in rooms but for internal use only

  • Goggles and swimming trunks/shorts/suit

  • Paddles

  • Fins

  • Wetsuit 

  • Swim cap

  • Running trainers and clothing

  • Off road trail runners if you have them
  • Casual clothes for when you’re not training!

  • Hoodie or sweatshirt for cooler days and nights

  • Slippers/flip flops/warm socks for tiled floors

  • PJ’s

  • Drinks bottles

  • Nutritional products you’re used to using

  • Inner tubes and spares

  • Pump / Co2 pump

  • Bike in good working order, serviced before arriving (if bringing your own bike)

  • Bike tools and repair tools – the bike garage has certain tools (basic ones are provided on hire bikes)

  • Toiletries (sun tan lotion! & mosquito spray)

  • Rucksack/transition bag to for example carry towel and wetsuit to beach if run there
  • Plug adaptors

  • Electronics – phone/tablet/laptop/kindle and chargers etc

  • Euros for kit, lunch, coffee stops and any laundry requirements

  • Details of your travel insurance & EHIC card

  • Passport and travel documents

Top Tip!

Try to avoid packing your cycle helmet, shoes, pedals and kit in with your bike or main suitcase; just in case your bike or main suitcase don’t make it on the same plane as you!  this does happen. Put essentials like bike shoes that are specific to you into your hand luggage as we can get you the other stuff and a bike hired while you wait for yours to arrive and that way wont miss out on any training.

*Helmet Safety:

Bicycle Protection Endorsement – As you are partaking in cycling activities it is our responsibility to inform you that protective headgear can vary from destination to destination and therefore if hiring headgear we cannot guarantee that it will be provided or will be to the same standard as those available in the UK. We strongly advice you to use your own head gear or purchase head gear that is BSEN1078 complaint. This is stated in our Terms and Conditions and from the date the requirement has been issued (September 14th 2016) is our policy to follow – no limitations and exclusions.  All helmets worn must match these safety standards.

Bike Hire

Do I need to bring a bike or can I hire one?

If you plan on cycling you have 2 options – you can bring a bike with you or you can hire one.

Hire – If you don’t want the stress and hassle of packing your bike up then there are several local bike shops.  Majorca is a busy cycling island so it’s important to organise this beforehand to get the correct size and bike specification. Average cost is approx €20-30 per day. Bike hire is not included in the price of the trip.  

For use on camp you will need to hire your bike for 6 days, Sunday to Friday.  If arriving early or departing late, you may wish to hire for extra days.  Also remember you must bring your pedals or order pedals at the time of hire.

Our recommended and trusted bike hire partner is Bikes Viva who provide a range of road bikes and are based in the bike garage of the Viva Blue Hotel.  They have a wide range of bikes to suit all budgets.

The mechanics in here help us daily when on camp with setting up of bikes and ensuring all bikes are in a good state and ready to ride.  Being so close any adjustments or problems you can quickly get them sorted.

The number one question we get asked regards if an athlete should bring their own bike or hire one.  Some people will want to bring their own as it is the only bike they ride or are most comfortable on it but a lot of our guests will hire due to it being easier to travel and less hassle packing and building bikes.  It really is personal preference but for a week we think hiring is the best option as it makes not only your travel simpler (and less worrying – we do see some bikes damaged in transit) but also your first and last days with us easier as you don’t have to get bikes built/dismantled. It also makes your airport transfer options a lot easier.

To select a bike to hire with our local bike shop partner please click here.

Please make sure that you select the insurance option when booking to cover the bike whilst we are on our rides.

When booking please consider the following points:

In the comments/remarks box please put ‘Challenge Tri Camp Attendee’ as this allows the shop to get the bikes ready for our groups. Please also note that you wish to purchase insurance for the bike.

If you arrive after the bike hire shop is closed then your biked will be locked to a secure lanyard in the bike garage. Reception will provide you with a key to access your bike when you check in.

A normal hire period would be 6 days as we will use the bike from Sunday mid morning until the Friday afternoon.  You might be arriving early on the Saturday and want the bike to test it out a day early – in which case you can collect it between 09.00-11.00 and 15.30-18.30 on that day.  If so please make sure you hire it from this day.

Knowing the saddle height of your bike at home and/or the frame size will help you in the booking process.

Please consider the bike insurance policy that is offered with your bike rental – this is a cheap price to pay in case of damage to the hire bike.  Please contact the hire shop for all details on this as it varies bike to bike. 

BOOKING EARLY IS ESSENTIAL – All the hire shops get very busy with rentals so it is important to book early to ensure you get the correct size and frame you want.

Challenge Tri Camp is not part of the bike hire shop and although we will do our best to assist you with any issues the bike contract is between you and the hire shop.

ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR HIRE BIKE, PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR BOOKING FORM FOR OUR RECORDS

Own bike – If you do bring your own make sure you deflate the tyres, take pedals off and pack it securely. It’s important to add your bike to your travel insurance, just in case! Check with your airline carrier about the weight limit for your bike box/bag (as these do vary). We recommend bringing a ‘road/racing bike’ which is designed to be ridden on the road; however you can bring any bike you like. Touring/hybrids bikes (suitable for road and trial) as well as mountain bikes can be used in the area as there are lots of trails and paths around.  

Hotel Details & When You Arrive
  • Viva Blue Hotel & Spa, Passeig de Bateman, s/n 07408 Playa de Muro, Mallorca (Spain). The hotel phone number is 0034 97189 2505.

  • Once you arrive please go to reception and check yourself in.  Get settled into your room we’ll get together at the set time according to the schedule so that you can meet all of the Challenge Tri Camp team and your fellow athletes.  

  • If you arrive and have time to get your bike sorted then we recommend you do this so any issues can be resolved as soon as possible.  Please take your bike to the bike garage under the hotel to build it.  If hiring please see specific drop down for bike hire. 
  • At our initial meeting we will do a quick welcome chat and depending on the time a little jog to get your bearings. There is then time to shower and change or sort last minute bike issues out before we all eat together in the restaurant and get to know each other more.
  • After the evening meal we will do a more formal chat and talk over the safety stuff, schedule for the week and options, the whole team will be around to chat and meet at this time and we feel although not compulsory to attend that it is of great benefit. Please bring any unsigned forms or insurance issues to this meeting..
  • Based on what we know about you from our email and booking form correspondences, we’ll have already planned out the week’s schedule (as mentioned above). The schedule is all optional but is what the coaches will follow to ensure the week runs smoothly and caters for all.
  • Flights, transfers, bike hire, personal or bike insurance of any kind and hotel tourism tax are not included in the price of the training camp. The tourism tax is to be paid at the hotel reception (normally on departure but they sometimes discuss this with you on arrival) and can be up to €2.00 per night per person.  This is paid to the receptionist who pass it onto the Mallorcan Council for improvements of the islands infrastructure, beaches and heritage.
Additional Services

Once you arrive, if you want to make the most of your stay with us we also offer a range of additional services such as swim and run 1-1 analysis, strength and conditioning planning, sports massage, other 1-2-1 coaching elements. These on camp sessions get booked up pretty quickly so please let us know if you would like to reserve a specific session. We also offer online coaching options for once you get home. For more information and prices, please get in touch to pre book one of these sessions or just ask us once you arrive.

Social Media

Don’t forget to follow us on social media so you can keep up to date on the camp and what we are doing!
Facebook –  Challengetricamp
Twitter – @ChallengeTC
Instagram – @Challengetc

 

Race Tours FAQ

Important Information
  • You must ensure that you have the relevant travel insurance to cover you and your bike for your trip. Be sure to check the details cover you for cycling on roads and swimming, this is normally in the form of public liability insurance.

  • Be sure that your travel insurance also covers you in case you need to cancel your holiday with us. Should anything happen beyond your control which means you need to cancel your holiday, we will endeavor to fill your place and if we are successful we will give you a full refund minus your non-refundable deposit. However, if we’re unable to fill your place we cannot issue a refund and as such you may need to claim the cost of your holiday through your insurers.

  • You should also have, if you are a UK resident, your EHIC (the new E111), which you can get from the post office or online. Please make sure this has not expired before travelling.

  • Please ensure you check in for your plane before the morning you fly, we have had some people check in late and therefore have not been allowed on the plane or found that the seats were double booked!

  • If flying and bringing your bike, we recommend that you check the weight allowance for your bike bag/box and have booked it on. We have found that some airports are stricter than others with weights.

 
Travel Arrangements

Depending on which race package you are on will depend what airport/station you arrive into.  Please check with us to find out which locations we offer transfers for before you book your travel arrangements.  We will send out information on transfer options to you when booking and provide collection times a few weeks before your trip.  If you are coming direct to our accommodation please contact us for address details.

If you cannot make a transfer with us or we are unable to offer you one for a specific event then we recommend looking at the following opions:

Private Shuttle Bus – www.hoppa.com – cover most major airports in Europe as well as other locations – if you have a bike make sure you book it on as a separate piece of luggage and pay for this to ensure it is transported with you.

Car Hire – http://www.rhinocarhire.com/tricamp – There are many car hire options but we use these as they are responsive, efficient and have a wide selection.  We have arranged a discount using Rhino Car Hire, please see the link for the discount and to book.  Some parking charges may apply on certain hotels we use.

Private Taxi Company and Local Bus service – are located at most transfer hubs we use – prices vary and we recommend if selecting this option for yourself that you have researched prices, routes and distances before paying for one on site or look to pre book online.

Please note transfer times vary on traffic and locations as do check in times at our hotels which range between midday and 2pm.

Training

What is the level of fitness I need to be at?
There is no level at all providing you can ride a bike! We welcome beginners to experienced athletes and provide sessions that suit your fitness and experience levels throughout the trip. If you are unsure please contact us directly and we can discuss your needs further.

Are the rides guided or can I do my own thing?
This is your trip so there are no rules, you have the opportunity to either go and do your own thing or take part in the guided activites. We are more than happy to provide maps and explain routes for you to go out and explore. 

How do you manage the groups?
We make sure we have a good guide to athlete ratio and aim to have two coaches with each group at all times. Sometimes the groups will splinter into sub groups though.  To ensure it is safe and to allow for different abilities and energy levels, we sometimes split into different groups. 

Do I have to train everyday and what else is there to do?
No not at all, it’s your trip so do as little or as much as you like. You don’t even have to be training to stay with us. Maybe your wife or husband is a sports widow and wants to come along for the journey.  We can discuss other activities to do and have local contacts in the areas we use to assist you with these.

What To Pack
  • Most hotels we use have washing machine facilities for your training clothing which is available FOC or for a small fee, but you will definitely need a few pairs of good padded shorts.

  • If you are hiring a bike, you will need to remember to bring your shoes and pedals, as most hire shops do not provide these as standard – we advise you to bring these in your hand luggage in case your luggage is lost.

  • Bring your helmet – you will not be permitted to ride with us without one and if your racing – no helmet means no race!

  • Remember to bring some Euros/Currency of the Country visiting!

At a glance what you’ll need:

  • Cycling jerseys & shorts – several pairs of each, however we do sell kit on our trips

  • Helmet – please see note at the bottom of this page regarding the helmet type and safety code the helmet needs to be*

  • Cycling shoes (with pedals if hiring a bike)

  • Cycling gloves and hat

  • Winter jacket

  • Waterproofs – the weather can change so pack some base layers aswell!

  • Sunglasses

  • Socks

  • Towel for swimming – provided in rooms but for internal use only.

  • Goggles and swimming trunks/shorts/suit

  • Swim Toys optional (Pull boys etc)

  • Wetsuit and another other race kit you will use

  • Swim cap

  • Running trainers and clothing

  • Casual clothes for when you’re not training!

  • Hoodie or sweatshirt for cooler days and nights

  • Slippers/flip flops/warm socks for tiled floors

  • PJ’s

  • Drinks bottles

  • Nutritional products you’re used to using for training and racing

  • Inner tubes and spares

  • Pump / Co2 pump

  • Bike in good working order, ideally serviced before arriving (if bringing your own bike)

  • Bike tools (basic ones are provided on hire bikes)

  • Toiletries (sun tan lotion!)

  • Plug adaptors

  • Electronics – phone/tablet/laptop/kindle and chargers etc

  • Correct currency for kit, food, coffee stops and any laundry requirements

  • Details of your travel insurance & EHIC card

  • Passport and travel documents – If racing and applicable – race licence and other form of Identification

Top Tip!

Try to avoid packing your cycle helmet, shoes, pedals and kit in with your bike or main suitcase; just in case your bike or main suitcase don’t make it on the same plane as you!  This does happen. Put essentials like bike shoes that are specific to you into your hand luggage as we can get you the other stuff and a bike hired while you wait for yours to arrive and that way wont miss out on any activites.

*Helmet Safety:

Bicycle Protection Endorsement – As you are partaking in cycling activities it is our responsibility to inform you that protective headgear can vary from destination to destination and therefore if hiring headgear we cannot guarantee that it will be provided or will be to the same standard as those available in the UK. We strongly advice you to use your own head gear or purchase head gear that is EN 1384 complaint. This is stated in our Terms and Conditions and from the date the requirement has been issued (September 14th 2016) is our policy to follow – no limitations and exclusions.  All helmets worn must match these safety standards.

Social Media

Don’t forget to follow us on social media so you can keep up to date on the camp and what we are doing!
Facebook –  Challengetricamp
Twitter – @ChallengeTC
Instagram – @Challengetc

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