Dartmoor Cycling Camps - 2015
Our Dartmoor Cycling Camps offer you a unique opportunity to take your cycling to a whole new level. Specifically designed with the Sportive cycling enthusiast in mind, our training programme adopts a holistic approach, with structured training rides, skills sessions & seminars covering the complete range of subjects essential to sportive & endurance based cycling. When you leave the camp you will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills necessary for you to properly prepare and train for all your cycling events, maximising the opportunity for you to achieve your true potential.
Our one-week, residential, training camps run from two locations. Bellever Youth Hostel, nestled right in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, and Sherrill Farm Holiday Cottages, at Milton Abbot, near Tavistock, on the western fringe of Dartmoor.
These road-cycle training camps are organised and run by local cycling specialists, all of whom share a passion for cycling and have an intimate knowledge of the roads in and around Dartmoor National Park. The training schedule that we put together for you is not just guided rides on Dartmoor, it is a well crafted week of progressive cycle training that will cover all of the key elements of road cycling.
We pride ourselves in the fact that our dedicated instructors are residential on each course so they are always accessible for you to consult with. Even before you arrive we will be available to answer questions and provide you with support and advice in your preparations for your camp. At the start of your course you will complete a cycle-fitness assessment and private consultation with our cycle coach. We will then recommend which of our ability groups you should join to ensure that you receive the best standard of training that will be consistent with your ability and training objectives.
During the day, each group will complete a structured training ride. Before you commence your ride you will receive a clear briefing on your 'training objectives' for that session. The distance and intensity of the daily rides will vary between groups and dependent on fatigue levels within the groups. Some rides will be short but high-intensity whilst others will be longer, endurance based rides that are lower intensity. All our rides are supported by two ride leaders, mechanic, medic, and a recovery vehicle. Energy drinks & snacks will also be supplied for all rides.
On your return you will receive a recovery drink, and after you have showered and changed you will have a post-ride recovery session, essential to facilitate muscle recovery in preparation for your next day's ride. During this time you will have the opportunity to reflect on what you have learnt and ask any questions you may have. There is also an optional Sports & Remedial Massage service available every day should you require.
We have a resident mechanic and cycle fitter to ensure your bike is correctly set up for you and working properly at all times. There is also a dedicated cycle storage barn where you can clean, maintain and securely store your bike(s) We supply all the tools and kit for you to be able to do this. Our bike mechanic is always on hand to help with any repairs. We carry a small stock of essential items which can be purchased if required.
Each evening, after a 3 course evening meal, we run a series of training seminars, details of which can be viewed under the training schedule.
Your last big ride with us will be our 'Sportive Experience', where you will be able to put in to practice all of the skills you have learnt over the week. After this ride we will treat you to an evening meal out at a traditional Dartmoor Inn.
On the final day of the camp, all groups go out together for a relaxed social ride, and a traditional Dartmoor Cream Tea before course dispersal.