Early Season Riding in Sunny Spain
For the dedicated cyclist winter is always too long, which is the reason winter and early spring cycling camps exist! 44|5 will be holding its inaugural cycling camp from April 4th to 8th on the Costa Daurada, about an hour south of Barcelona in Spain.
The Costa Daurada is an up-and-coming cycling destination, boasting a mild climate, lots of sun and many miles of quiet and challenging roads. In winter and early spring the roads see a growing number of pro teams coming for a quieter experience than Majorca or Tenerife.
Your 44|5 Cycling Tours cycling camp will be based at the Cambrils Park Resort, a well-managed family and sports resort just minutes from the Mediterranean. Accommodation is comfortable and modern and the resort is equipped with all the amenities you could think of, from a spa/gym to several restaurants, a bar near the huge central pool and even a supermarket. All you need to do is ride, rest and relax!
- 4 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Energy bars, gels, snacks and water on your rides
- Pick-up and drop-off at Barcelona Airport (BCN)
- All ground transport
- Owner-operator guides to see to your needs
- Support van that will be on the road with you, offering assistance, encouragement, and nutrition
- Transportation to Spain
- Alcohol with meals
- Hotels before and after your tour
- Personal expenses, such as mini-bars, telephone or souvenir purchases
- Bikes (we can arrange for rentals)
Day to Day
A typical day on your Costa Daurada cycling camp starts with a hearty buffet breakfast on the resort, followed by a ride in one of the picturesque mountain ranges near the coast. Most of your rides will finish back at the resort in time for lunch, but for longer ones we may stop in a village for a quick bite on the road.
You will always have a few hours in the afternoon to relax and explore before joining the group for a delicious local dinner either in town or on the resort.
Transfer to Hotel and shake-out ride
After we pick you up from Barcelona Airport (BCN) we’ll transfer you to your resort and get bikes set up for your weekend of riding. In the afternoon we’ll do a short shake-out spin before heading into town for a traditional dinner near the port of Cambrils.
Serra Llaberia: 100 km, 1300 m
On our first day we’ll ’warm up’ with a 100 km loop through the Serra Llaberia mountain range. On the menu today are two picturesque climbs on either side of the mountains (Colle de Fatxes and Colledejou), two fantastic descents, with quiet villages and idyllic Mediterranean countryside in between.
Escaladei: 120 km, 1740 m
After a beach-side warm up we head north and climb our final descent from yesterday’s loop, before descending to the northern side of the Serra Llaberia. From the town of Falsat we enter an area filled with vines (Priorat, one of Spain’s most distinguished wine areas) and hazelnut orchards. A series of exhilarating ups and downs brings us to the foot of the giant escarpment that protects the Natural Park of Montsant, which we’ll have to leave till another time.
After riding past a few typical hillside villages (and more vines) a 30 km downhill takes us back to our Mediterranean resort.
Ride 3: Coming soon
To be announced
With legs primed for a great season ahead, this morning we will transfer you back to Barcelona Airport.
Cambrils Park Resort
We have chosen Cambrils Park Resort to house our 2019 spring cycling camp. The resort has long been a destination for sports tournaments, training camps and conferences, and in spring is devoted to hosting cyclists, from camps like ours to pro teams training for their upcoming seasons.
The resort has every amenity you would expect, including several restaurants (we will be eating 2 dinners on site), a large bar and ‘chill out’ area near the massive pool, a spa with sauna, hot tub, indoor pool and gym. There is also a well-stocked supermarket for incidentals.
The apartments you will be staying in are all modern, clean and well appointed. Every apartment has individual air-conditioning units (per room), a kitchen, living area and large terrace.
Unless requested, we there will be 4 to an apartment, or 2 to each room. If you would rather have a room to yourself there is a ‘single supplement’ of €125.
What our Guests have to say about our Short-stay tours
A Great Combination
I have just returned from a three day bike tour with John and Gerry. It was fabulous! The two of them combine professionalism with friendliness and enthusiasm. It’s a great combination. The rides they took us on were scenic and challenging, another great combination. They have my highest recommendation. If you want to cycle in… Read more “A Great Combination”
We last enjoyed a cycling tour put together for our group by 445 Cycling Tours in 2016. It was marvelous. Maybe it was a fluke or that Gerry and John (owners/operators) just wanted to impress us the first time. Maybe they might’ve slacked off since that time. Well, after completing another well planned and executed… Read more “No Fluke!”
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I have been riding with John and Gerry, the co owners of 44|5 Cycling Tours, since 2014. Since then I have been back to France every year to ride with them. I have done their tours in the Cevennes Mountains, the Alps, and the Pyrenees. I have done their Provence Breakaways and Ventoux Breakaways. I… Read more “Best Tour Company”