Frequently Asked Questions

Most common

What's the minimum level of fitness required to participate?

Our cycling holidays are for all types of riders. As long as you ride your bike regularly, about 2/3 days a week, and are comfortable with rides of about 90km on hilly terrain, and up to 120km on a long day, you are good to go. It will be challeging, for sure, but that's why you are coming, don't you?

Will I be able to keep up with the team?

Answer is simple : YOU ARE THE TEAM! We will always adjust to your level so nobody will get left behind. Ever. We welcome riders with a wide range of experience and abilities. The only requirement is a strong passion for cycling and the drive to improve. Any concerns? Email us!

Am I too old for this?

There is no age to treat yourself and have fun! Our cycling trips are for everyone. To date, we have welcomed cyclists from 21 to 70 years old. Any concerns? Email us!

Can I come with my husband/wife who doesn't cycle?

Yes, there are options for non-riders on certain dates but we can not accommodate children. If you would like more information on this, please consult our non-riders package.

Is it a mixed training camp?

Yes, of course. To date, 24% of participants have been women.

What language will be spoken at the camp?

Riders come from everywhere. The staff speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish. The coaching workshops will be held in both English and French, and all Powerpoint presentations will be available in the two languages as well.

Are all your cycling holidays the same?

Overall, yes! Our services are always the same regardless of the camp. Only some "special" camps differ slightly from others, such as the one we organise for young riders (16-23) during summer with adapated distances and workshops to their age.

How many people will I ride with?

To ensure personalized coaching and build a strong team spirit over the week, our training camps are limited to 10 people. So we will never be more than 10 on the road, including our Ride Captain.

Booking

How do I book?

To reserve your spot, please email us at hello@sacalobra.cc or call/text us at +33 688 699 160 (WhatsApp is ok). We will send you a registration form within one business day to complete your reservation and confirm bike hire size availability. Payment is required in two installments. A deposit of 150 euros is required at the time of booking to secure your place. The remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to the event. If you are booking within 4 weeks of the event date, payment is required in full. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information on how to book and our cancellation policy.

When do I have to pay?

Payment is required in two installments. A deposit of 150 euro is required at the time of booking to secure your place. The remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to the event. If you are booking within 4 weeks of the event date, payment is required in full.

What if I have to cancel my trip?

Please review our Cancellation Policy for more details.

Can someone take my place if I have to cancel?

Yes, you can transfer your place to another person but please contact us to arrange this at least a week in advance.

How far in advance should I book?

The earlier, the better! Last minute bookings are, sadly, very rarely possible due to the lack of size/bike availability from our bike supplier. To allow us to book a villa adapted to the right number of participants and guarantee the availability of bikes/kits, registration is closed two weeks before the start of the camp.

Is there a minimum of riders required for a camp?

Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.

Is there a discount for groups?

Yes, groups of 6 or more people (non-riders included) can receive a 5% discount. Contact us for more information.

Is there a minimum age required to participate?

Only adults of 18 and older can participate to our cycling camps. For young riders (16-23) who want to progress and learn, we organize during summer a development camp dedicated to them, with adapated distances and workshops. Contact us for more information.

Level of Fitness & Rides

What's the minimum level of fitness required to participate?

Our cycling holidays are for all types of riders. As long as you ride your bike regularly, about 2/3 days a week, and are comfortable with rides of about 90km on hilly terrain, and up to 120km on a long day, you are good to go. It will be challeging, for sure, but that's why you are coming, don't you?

How many kilometers will we ride per day?

Here, we prefer to talk in hours instead. Rides last between 3 and 5 hours, with one coffee/recovery ride at the middle of the week. Do you think it’s too much for you? Don’t forget that with massages, nutrition, coaching and the fact that we take care of everything else, getting back on the bike each morning will be easier than what you have ever imagined!

I am not a pro nor a racer, can I still join?

Of course ! Do we have to be Lewis Hamilton to enjoy driving a fast car? Or Peter Sagan to enjoy riding a fancy bike? Our cycling holidays are for every riders! No matter who you are, how old you are, or how fast you are, you deserve the best. This is what we’ll give you.

I am a strong rider. Will it be challenging enough?

Don’t worry, our Ride Captain will make it tough(er) for you if this is what you want! Mallorca offers a lot of climbs where you will be able to train hard and if you want to push your limits further. The riders who reach the summit first will turn back down to catch the last ones. Nobody stays inactive at the top. It means some extra miles for the fastest riders and some support for the slowest ones in the last part of their ascents.

How are the rides organized?

Every morning at the briefing each rider will receive personal goals for the ride to come based on his/her abilities and level of fatigue. We all take the road together, as a team. On the short (rare) flat sections, strongest riders will lead the group. On hills, each rider will climb at his own pace with a powermeter. The riders who reach the summit first will turn back down to catch the last riders. Nobody stays inactive at the top. It means some extra miles for the fastest riders and some support for the slowest ones in the last part of the ascents.

What kind of preparation do you recommend?

You don’t need specific preparation to attend one of our cycling camps. Just ride your bike, as much as you can! If however you wish to build fitness and arrive at the camp at your peak level, we can recommend several training plans adapted to your level and your lifestyle, in partnership with Trainerroad.

Bikes

Is the bike hire included in the price?

Yes it is! Do you really think that Peter Sagan has to travel (or pay) with his own bike when he comes to train in Mallorca with his team?

What bike will we use?

In 2023, we will be riding either on Trek Emonda SL6 PRO (7.3kg carbon bike, equipped with Shimano Ultegra groupset and Aeolus PRO 3 carbon wheels), or Canyon Ultimate SL8 (7.4kg carbon bike, with disc brakes, equipped with Shimano Ultegra groupset). More options (Trek Domane, Trek Emonda SLR 8, disc brakes, e-bike) are also available with extra costs. Find more information here : www.sacalobra.cc/bikes/

Do you provide pedals?

No! There are too many types of pedals/cleats, therefore we ask each rider to bring their own pedals and cycling shoes.

How are the brakes set up?

All our bikes are set up under European Standards. The front brake is controlled by lever on the left hand side of the handlebar, and the rear brake by the right hand lever.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can. However, we recommend for you to ride on our full carbon bikes. Travelling with a bike is expensive and risky, bike can be lost, damaged or delayed. And don't worry about your riding position, our mechanic will reproduce the exact same settings you are used to at home (saddle height, angle, setback, etc), thanks to our Bikesettings.com tool.

Is there a discount for bringing my own bike?

Yes. A discount of 80 euros will be applied if you come with your own bike. However, we do not assume responsibility for the safety of or damage. You will also be responsible for any spare parts that may be used during the camp if you decide to come with your own bike.

Can I bring my own powermeter?

If you would like to bring your powermeter, we’re able to accommodate a few options. For crank arm powermeters, please verify the crank arm length is the same as on the bike hire and make sure it is Shimano compatible (mostly Stages brand only). We can also install pedal systems (Garmin, Assioma, Powertap, etc). If you have any questions, please contact us.

What frame size would you recommend for me?

With the registration form, we will send you a complete sizing guide to help you to pick the proper size/frame, based on several measurements (rider height, inseam, saddle height).

Can I participate with an e-bike?

Yes, for those who need a bit of assistance in the mountains, we have an e-bike option (Trek Domane+ LT) available with extra costs (+36€ for the week). Find more information here : www.sacalobra.cc/bikes/

Do you provide a saddle bag?

No, but you won't need one! Our team car will follow us on the road everyday. If you have a puncture, our mechanic will be there. Just like the pros!

Kits

What kit or accessories should I bring?

We provide the following items to each rider : bib shorts (bib tights in winter), short sleeved jersey (long sleeves in winter), gilet, helmet and socks. However, depending on the period you come to Mallorca, we recommend for you to bring some extra warm clothes like a rain jacket, arm warmers, or some winter clothes. Black items and accessories are prefered. For more information, consult our How to Pack page.
IMPORTANT: Kit must be returned in good conditon at the end of the week, so please make sure to take care of it!

Is the kit included in the price of the camp?

Yes, bib shorts, a jersey, and a pair of socks are included (worth 190 euros). You can also purchase other items (gilet, base-layer, etc) on site, at the wholesale rate.

Can I get a winter kit instead?

Yes, if you prefer to ride with tights and/or a long sleeve jersey, you can decide at the beginning of the camp. There is an extra cost of 10 euros for the long sleeve jersey, and 15 euros for winter tights. Note: once your choice is made, it won't be possible to switch the kit.

Can I buy more kit?

You will be able to buy more items (except helmets) at the end of the training camp, at our supplier rate. Find more information on our page dedicated to Club Advantages: www.sacalobra.cc/club-advantages/

Can we buy the kits without participating in the camp?

No, our kits are exclusively reserved for the riders who have participated in one of our camps.

Is the kit good quality?

We use the same Gobik models as the professional UAE Emirates Team of Tadej Pogačar, double winner of the Tour de France. The kit is also guaranteed for one year by Gobik and made 100% by hand, here in Spain, unlike many brands that relocate their production to China. A real guarantee of quality, don't you think?

How much does the kit cost?

We sell the kit at the same price as we buy it (see details here). We do not make any profit. The goal is to see you wearing our kit at an unbeatable price.

massages

How many massages will I get?

You will have a massage after each ride, like a pro!

How long do the massage sessions last?

Each massage last about 20 minutes. We focus on the lower part of the body obviously, the most stressed in cycling, but do not neglect the back, neck or arms, in case of pain or a fall, which unfortunately happens sometimes.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

No, you can leave your underwear on.

Will the massage hurt?

No, a good massage, even a deep tissue one, should always stay in the “feels good” range. We have a long experience in sports massages and will be able to recommend what suits you best, based on your soreness and the way your body responds to treatment. Also, let us know if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you, speak up!

How much does a massage cost?

Nothing! Daily sports massages are 100% included in the price of our bike camps.

Your stay

Where is the Villa located?

We use different villas depending on availability and number of participants. They are all situated in the same area, on the best part of the island: in the Serra de Tramuntana, in Pollença, or in the area around.

Are airport transfers provided?

Yes, we will pick you up at the airport on the first day and drive you back on the last day. Free of charge!

At what time can I arrive on the first day?

We can pick you up at the airport anytime starting at noon. But if you can only find early flights, please get in touch so we can find a solution.

Can I upgrade to single room occupancy?

Yes. Our villas are equipped to accommodate all riders and staff together, two per room. However, a Single Room Occupation option is possible if you prefer to have your own room, depending on availability (check before booking). An additional cost of 400 euros for the week will be applied.

I am a woman. Would I have to share my bedroom with a man?

No. We always make sure that a woman and a man don't have to share a room, except if they come as a couple, even if you have not booked a single room.

I am vegetarian, is that a problem?

Plant based athletes are more than welcome at our training camps! Just let us know at least one week prior to your arrival if you are on a specific diet.

Are local tourist taxes included?

Yes, they are! Do you really think that Wout van Aert pays his tourist taxes himself when he comes training with his team? 😉

Can I wash some clothes on site?

Yes, the villa is equipped with a washing machine and all the cycling kits are washed after each ride.

Can I attend the activities but stay at alternative accommodation?

No. Being part of the team, on and off the bike, is something that really matters to us.

Is there any activity planned for non-riders?

There are no extra activities included in the non-riders package, except for one relaxing massage during the week. We encourage you to plan on some time spent independent from the group during daily rides and we will be more than happy to assist you by providing recommendations (car rentals, spa, golf, hiking, etc). As you can understand, the staff will focus on supporting riders along the week, so it's important to plan your options before the camp as much as you can.

Can I come with my children?

No, we can not accommodate children. And the number of non-riding partner is limited to one person per rider.

Trip preparation

How should I pack?

A list of recommended items will be provided in advance of the event, including shoes and pedals of course, saddle if you love it, sunglasses, etc. Everything should fit in a small carry-on bag since we thought about almost everything else! We said "Like A Pro" didn't we? For more information, consult our How to Pack page.

Are flights included?

No, flights are not included. Guests must book their own flights. The closest airport is Palma. However, our experienced staff can assist you on finding the best option.

How much do flights to Mallorca usually cost?

Flying to Palma is easy and inexpensive. Most European airports have daily flights, that are between 50 and 100 euros roundtrip if you book early. Find more information here : www.sacalobra.cc/flights-mallorca/

Do I need special insurance?

We recommend that all participants have comprehensive travel insurance as well as specialised cycling insurance to cover the bike hire and personal accident and injury.

Should I come with my own energy bars/drinks?

No! We provide energy drinks and bars for every single ride, as much as you need. And that's not all, our energy bars are 100% homemade without conservatives!

What weather should we expect in Mallorca?

With 300 days of sun per year, Mallorca is by far, the best destination to ride your bike in Europe, whatever the season. This is however not a reason not to pack some accessories to face more difficult conditions or to remain hot on the descents, in particular if you attend one of our winter cycling trips like long-fingered gloves, rain jacket, thermal jacket, arm/leg warmers, shoe covers, winter collar, hat). It is better to be too careful than not enough. For each camp, we give you a trend on the site, with the average temperatures (morning and afternoon) observed the previous year at the same period. Also remember to check the weather forecast a few days before your departure to avoid any (bad) surprises.

Date Celsius Fahrenheit Availability
10 - 17 December 20226 - 18°C42 - 64°F
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26 December - 2 January 20234 - 16°C39 - 60°F
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14 - 21 January 20236 - 17°C42 - 62°F
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4 - 11 February 20237 - 18°C44 - 64°F
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This event is currently SOLD OUT and has reached maximum capacity. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please feel free to leave us a message.
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18 - 25 February 20237 - 21°C44 - 69°F
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4 - 11 March 202312 - 20°C53 - 68°F
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18 - 25 March 202312 - 24°C53 - 75°F
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26 March - 2 April 202312 - 24°C53 - 75°F
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8 - 15 April 202312 - 26°C53 - 78°F
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22 - 29 April 202318 - 30°C64 - 86°F
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30 April - 7 May 202318 - 30°C64 - 86°F
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13 - 20 May 202320 - 30°C68 - 86°F
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27 May - 3 June 202320 - 30°C68 - 86°F
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This event is currently SOLD OUT and has reached maximum capacity. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please feel free to leave us a message.
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10 - 17 June 202320 - 30°C68 - 86°F
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30 June - 7 July 202315 - 30°C59 - 86°F
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8 - 15 July 202315 - 30°C59 - 86°F
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There are only a few spots left to book (3 max).
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16 - 23 July 202315 - 30°C59 - 86°F
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There are only a few spots left to book (3 max).
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2 - 9 September 202318 - 28°C64 - 82°F
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10 - 17 September 202318 - 28°C64 - 82°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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23 - 30 September 202316 - 27°C60 - 80°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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1 - 8 October 202316 - 27°C60 - 80°F
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Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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14 - 21 October 202315 - 26°C59 - 78°F
Only a few spots left
There are only a few spots left to book (3 max).
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28 October - 4 November 202310 - 22°C50 - 71°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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18 - 25 November 20237 - 19°C44 - 66°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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2 - 9 December 20237 - 19°C44 - 66°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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26 December - 2 January 20244 - 16°C39 - 60°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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13 - 20 January 20246 - 17°C42 - 62°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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3 - 10 February 20247 - 18°C44 - 64°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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17 - 24 February 20247 - 21°C44 - 69°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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2 - 9 March 202412 - 20°C53 - 68°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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16 - 23 March 202412 - 24°C53 - 75°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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24 - 31 March 202412 - 24°C53 - 75°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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6 - 13 April 202412 - 26°C53 - 78°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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14 - 21 April 202418 - 30°C64 - 86°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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27 April - 4 May 202418 - 30°C64 - 86°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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5 - 12 May 202420 - 30°C68 - 86°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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18 May - 25 June 202420 - 30°C68 - 86°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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26 May - 2 June 202420 - 30°C68 - 86°F
Open
Our cycling holidays are guaranteed as soon as we have ONE reservation confirmed. We never cancel a camp because there are not enough participants, that's our guarantee.
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Cycling trips in Alps

Why are the Alps more expensive than Mallorca?

The costs of organization are completely different in the Alps than in Mallorca. The chalet we rent is a lot more expensive (but also super luxurious with a jacuzzi and a sauna), the cost of travel for the staff and all the equipments is high, and we will also have more staff working in the Alps, including a second guide on the road. It's a different experience.

What's the minimum level of fitness required to participate?

This camp will be a bit more difficult than the ones we organize in Mallorca. With some of the most incredible climbs of the Tour de France, it will be a challenging and rewarding week on the bike. Lots of elevation also means lots of descents. Therefore, it is important to feel comfortable downhill as well.

Will there be different group levels available?

Depending on the level of participants or fatigue, we will be able to split into two different group levels (two different paces), each group led by one of our two guides.

Can we change group during the week?

Of course! You will be able to change group every day, depending of your level of fatigue.

What gearing would you recommend?

To be able to tackle long and steep climbs, we recommend you to use mountain gearing for this cycling trip, with a 50/34 compact chainring, and an 11/30 or 11/32 cassette.

Where will we stay?

Our camp base this week will be located in Morzine, in the French Alps. Having hosted the Tour de France more than 20 times since 1975, Morzine is the ideal place for road cycling, offering an easy access to some of the most legendary climbs of the Tour de France, like Joux-Plane, Encrenaz, Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz!

Others

What's the program of the coaching sessions?

The workshops will have a different subject each day, adapted to the knowledge of the riders. Here is a non exhaustive list of the subjects we will discuss:

  • What is Power?
  • Functional Threshold Power (FTP)
  • Training with a Power Meter
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • How to become a faster climber?
  • Structured Training Plan

To get further

  • Food Supplements
  • Racing with a Power Meter
  • Recovering Faster
  • Racing Weight
  • TrainerRoad
  • Training Peaks
Do I have to come with a team?

No, you don't! Here, you will meet people like you, coming from all over the world to share their passion for cycling, wearing the same jersey, motivating each other to push your limits ever further, and experience a real team spirit. The Sa Calobra Cycling Club is a team, your team!

What if it rains?

Even though Mallorca averages 300 days of sun per year, you may experience a day of bad weather. If we can not start a bit later to avoid the rain, we will organize an indoor activity on TrainerRoad or Zwift to make sure that you will not lose a single day of training during the week!

What if I am tired one day?

Our coach will give personalised goals to each rider every day based on your abilities to avoid over-training. However, you can of course decide to stay at the villa one day or if you feel exhausted during a ride, our support vehicle will be there to assist you.

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