Back in the Saddle

Saturday 29th September – Wednesday 3rd October 2018

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Hayden Groves is getting back in the saddle after his epic 3 Tours Challenge last summer. He’ll be joining us for four days of cycling on the Costa Blanca, Spain. This will be a perfect opportunity to test your fitness gained during the summer months! We will be riding through some of the most scenic countryside this region has to offer, taking in lots of the local climbs to keep you on your toes!

Hayden, professional chef and cycling addict completed the 3 Tours Challenge last year, riding all three grand tours one day ahead of the professionals for the charity Cure Leukaemia. Only 39 pro-cyclists have ever achieved this amazing feat, so for a group of amateurs it was truly astonishing! Inspired by his journey, Hayden decided to combine his passion of cycling and cooking to write his award winning cookbook “Back in the Saddle”; documenting each stage with stunning photography and a tasty local recipe.

Hayden will be riding with us each day chatting about his 2017 adventures and passion for cycling! Being the winner of National Chef of the Year in 2013 and having cooked for Her Majesty the Queen, Hayden will no doubt give us all some tips on our cooking too!

The long weekend will consist of three full days of riding, fully supported with a following car and guide. We will have a short spin to a local café for lunch if you arrive early enough on the first day. The highlight of the weekend will be an epic 160km mountainous ride with 3500+ metres of elevation gain, taking in lots of roads used by the Vuelta a España! The two smaller days will be approximately 100km with less climbing.

This trip is intended for experienced riders looking for a challenge who are confident to ride over very hilly terrain. To give you an idea, the terrain of the big day will be comparable to the ‘Gran Fondo’ Dragon Ride in Wales. We are aiming to complete the ride in 7hrs, averaging 14mph / 23kph, so you will need to be fit!

You will be staying in the luxury 5* La Sella Golf Resort & Spa, near Denia which will include a full breakfast and evening meal including water and wine. On your return to the hotel you will have time to relax around the pool and outdoor jacuzzi, or treat yourself to a well earned massage or spa circuit.
Non-riding other halves are welcome too (see below for price).

If you do not want to travel with your own bike, you can hire a Merida Scultura carbon bike from us and it will be waiting for you when you arrive.

The package will include the following:-

  • Four nights stay at the 5* La Sella Golf & Spa Resort
  • Breakfast and Evening Meals (inc. water & wine)
  • Airport transfer (without a bike box)*
  • Guided rides
  • Vehicle ‘team car’ support
  • Bottle re-fills
  • Secure bike storage
  • Rachel’s homemade cakes and flapjacks
  • Free coffee during the rides courtesy of The Roastery
  • A signed copy of the award winning book ‘Back in the Saddle’ – a £30 donation will be made to Cure Leukaemia for each book.

Itinerary

Saturday: Arrive ~ Welcome meeting ~ Get set up with bikes ~ Short lunch ride
Sunday: Depart hotel at 10am for a 100km guided ride ~ Afternoon to relax
Monday: Depart hotel at 9am for the epic 160km guided ride!
Tuesday: Depart hotel at 10am for a 100km guided ride ~ Afternoon to relax
Wednesday: Optional spin on the bike depending on your flight time ~ Depart for airport

Prices

Package price – £499 per person
Single room supplement – £120
Non-rider price – £395 sharing with a rider
*Airport transfer bike box supplement – £20
4 days Carbon Bike hire – 105 euros for a Merida Scultura 5000, 125 euros for a 6000 with disc brakes (payable on arrival; price includes damage insurance)

This exclusive weekend will be limited to 10 riders.

If you would like to join us please complete the booking enquiry to reserve your place. A deposit of £150 per person will be required to book your place on the weekend.

3 Tours Challenge photographs courtesy of Dave Hayward Photos