Challenge Tri Camp
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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

Weekend Round Up & Team Relays 

A hot weekend for our athletes in Nottingham at the triathlon relays and in France as well it seems. 

We had two athletes racing over the channel, one at Ironman Vichy and the other at the half distance event at the Chantilly Castle series – both found the heat tough but did fantastically – Heather doing the half, is coming back from a broken collarbone so we were not expecting her to start never mind finish, so a brilliant result and looking good now for an even better season in 2020.  Lucy who was at the Ironman (her first one) in here own words was ‘over the moon’ and so she should be becoming an Ironman and in just over 13 hours.  Well done ladies tough conditions for long distance racing but you both came through it stronger and we are sure you learnt a lot, we can now look at your stats ready for the next one’s! 

In Nottingham, we had 20 of us plus lots of friends and family members come out in force for the National triathlon relays.  Our teams covered a wide range of abilities from two past World age group champions,  to two complete triathlon beginners (yes this was their first ever attempt at racing), to every other ability in between!  Everyone had so much fun, yes you race as hard as you can, yes you are in a team so don’t want to let team mates down and yes it is a race, but no one really worries too much about the results.  The no pressure racing, massive social element of it and of course the picnic we had afterwards made it a fab morning of triathlon.

We had friends come along together, people come on their own and join into teams with other ‘strangers’ (only to begin with) and even two teams who until they came on one of our camps had never met and since the camps have remained in touch via facebook and formed their own Challenge Tri Camp teams and raced together – we love this.  So nice to see the social aspect of our training camps and really proves that friendships are not only made but continue from people joining us on camp.

All the teams raced so well together, worked together to organise themselves and even across all the teams helping each other out to make sure we all had a fab day as a team.  One of our newbies Louise was brand new to triathlon having only done four open water swims before (all in the last month in preparation) was worried about the swim and with only having had a stroke a year ago, we arranged with the organisers (thanks Tri Society) to have a buddy with her for the swim.  We had not arranged which person this was to be before the morning and what was so nice on the day was that every ‘more experienced’ athlete we asked to help and be the buddy was more than happy to do so.  In the end it was Gaz who did the job and as we saw him and Louise both breaststroking past us towards the finish, we all knew we were part of one big team.  Its amazing how triathlon can do this…only 1 hour before we were doing introductions and learning names!! #lovetriathlon #tricommunity

So all in all a great morning of fun racing, a team picnic afterwards and people getting to meet up again as well as forming new friendships.  Well done to our teams but to all the others as well, so nice to see so many people we know from camps and clinics racing and coming to say hello.

So who won out of our teams, it doesn’t matter but one lesson we did learn and that brought great enjoyment and laughter for the other teams is our ‘fastest team’ came dead last after being disqualified with one athlete not listening (hearing) a marshall give an instruction.  What does this teach us…the best team doesn’t always win, winning doesn’t matter (the team in question still had a great day) and of course always listen to marshall’s and referees – they are always right!

Anyone for next year? August 29th 2020…we already have people from this year signing back up so it must have been good!

New to triathlon or done more events than you can remember and looking for support and a team to be apart of, then why not join our race team, its open to all, no matter where you are on your triathlon journey and offers a full range of benefits.  Join our race team.

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