With the winter months upon us, pro and amateur riders head south to seek out warmer climes and new roads. Spain has a bounty of destinations that make for perfect winter training camps; from the smooth winding roads of Majorca to the volcanic inclines of the Canaries.
In January 2017 we were invited to join Team Trek Selle San Marco at their annual training camp in Calpe. Situated in the Alicante region of Spain, Calpe is characterised by mild winter weather and the mighty Penon de Ifach, which rises out of the Mediterranean sea.
Formed by Marco Trentin in the Veneto region of Italy, Team Trek Selle San Marco have been successfully competing at national level since 2013 in both road and MTB races.
In 2016 the team won many races, including the first stage at Cape Epic, the Russian national championship, multiple stages and overall classification at the Brasil Ride, 3pic, La Forestiere and Ornans.
The team are targeting several races in 2017 including the Cape Epic in South Africa, the Italian Championship Marathon and the Marathon World Championship in Germany.
We joined the team for seven days of riding, as they focussed on conditioning for the upcoming race season. Each day would typically take in a 100km ride followed by a relaxed afternoon of relaxation, with pre-dinner stretching and gym work for upper strength.
The evening meals drawn up by the team nutritionist provided plenty of vegetables and a choice of fish or meat. The "minestra vellutata" dish (thick potato and carrot soup) we made was a particular hit, so much so that we had it again a couple of nights later.
We were unlucky to receive the first snowfall in Calpe for 32 years, but that didn’t stop us getting out on the bike everyday. Most of the professional teams are now choosing the Costa Blanca for their winter camp, so everyday we crossed paths with other famous athletes such as Marcel Kittel and Philippe Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet, Nasser Bouhanni, Jakob Fuglsang, Vincenzo Nibali and many more.
Buona pedalata a tutti!