Thought we would share some feedback from our happy customers…
“RJ Cycling Camps provide the ultimate in personal training in heart of the best cycling area in Spain. From the accommodation to the on-road support (and home made cakes) this is the complete package for arranging a bespoke trip for all levels, from sportive riders through to professionals, to round the world cyclists!”
2017 – Mark Beaumont, Ultra Endurance athlete, World Record Holder
Mark has since ridden around the world in 78 Days 14 Hours and 40 Minutes smashing the previous Guinness World Record! Mind-blowing!
“We had an amazing and challenging weeks break with RJ Cycling Camps in Denia, Spain. The trip was to help us prepare for our up and coming triathlon events. Both being new to cycling, we thought what would be better than to train with the best.
From the very start we found the communication and extensive information was excellent. We stayed at the La Sella Golf Resort & Spa. The hotel was superb and certainly matched it’s 5 star status! On arrival we were greeted by James and Rachel. Time to settle in, a quick change, and we were saddled up, getting familiar with our hire bikes and cleats; Rosie was extremely nervous and inexperienced with cleats!
James planned each day’s route meticulously in order to allow us to comfortably complete our race distance, ramping up the mileage daily. Rachel was close by at all times in support. After some challenging hill climbs we would break for a welcomed coffee and an amazing selection of homemade cakes; and Rachel’s famous Flapjacks! We were then ready for the exhilarating descents!
Both James and Rachel have a vast amount of cycling knowledge and experience. They were able to provide us with much valuable technical advice and practical demonstrations for various mechanical issues that could arise during a ride.
We can honestly say that our expectations were not just met but exceeded. We were thoroughly looked after and supported during the whole trip, truly going the extra mile! We started the week as nervous novices; by the end of the week feeling like pros!
We very much hope to return next year for another weeks training with Rachel and James, and hopefully conquer the Coll de Rates.
Since our return Rosie completed her first triathlon; she came first in the age category and 14th overall. Her cycling dominating her time. Our time spent with James and Rachel being the foundation for Rosie’s success!!!
Thank you both so much xx”
2018 – David & Rosie, Swindon
“Just come back from Spring Week 2018 – what an experience! James’s carefully planned routes were perfect for our group and he rode with us every day to make sure we got the best out of the week. Rachel set up the morning coffee and cake stop, arranged the lunch stops, and then provided “team car support”, also taking loads of brilliant photos throughout the day.
Rachel and James are an amazing team! Highly recommended”
2018 – Adrian, Milton Keynes
“I’ve never been on a cycling holiday so when I had the chance due to a drop out, I accepted not knowing what to expect. Nevertheless after the first short ride, in a mixed ability group it was clear, both Rachel and James would accommodate for all cyclists from those interested in a casual stroll through the picturesque scenery to those wanting to test themselves. Lovely weather, people, cafe stops, hotel and mountainous climbs, made it a fantastic experience and an environment which sparked some interesting cycling chat both on and off the bike. All the aforementioned traits has led a few of us first timers to enquire again, and no doubt the regulars will book again. It was a pleasure to ride through such beautiful areas with such a vast range of people from everyday cyclist to an ex-pro in James, even if he did avoid being on the front in a ridiculously strong head wind”
2018 – Tom, Loughborough
“A girlfriend and I were looking for a weeks cycling in the mountains..I came across rjcyclingcamps and from the first point of contact it was clear that Rachel and James were friendly and organised. We had the best week..the rides were interesting and challenging with James riding with us and Rachel providing very welcome hot drinks and cake along the routes…the Calpe area is a wonderful location to cycle, with great views, lovely tarmac, good coffee and a good selection of vodka in every bar…Rachel and James’s calm organisation of the hotel accommodation, transport to and from the airport and the daily rides was a breath of fresh air. Each ride had a great lunch stop..something to look forward to when the legs were starting to protest…I intend to return as soon as time allows..”
2018 – Jan, Windsor
“The best testimonial I could give any service or product is that I am already planning my trip for the next climbing camp.
James and Rachel provide a 1st class service for all levels of ability and are able to integrate those abilities within one group.
It is also a pleasure to ride with an ex-professional James who will happily discuss any issues or training questions one might have.”
2018 – David, London
“Really can’t recommend R J Cycling Camps enough. My friend and I had the best week with Rachel and James. They are so knowledgeable of the area and importantly such fun to be with. They really couldn’t have done anything more to make our time in Calpe a dream. Their routes are so flexible so you can challenge yourself or take it easier and enjoy the fantastic scenery. Rach’s cakes are awesome too!”
2018 – Mo, Surrey
“I had the pleasure of spending three days riding in Calpé with RJCC. James and Rachel are a fantastic duo and clearly enjoy making sure other people have fun on their tours. Every second of my trip was great fun and well thought out. James is a great rider and a very modest ride leader – no ego whatsoever. The routes were really scenic and varied and the support from Rachel in the ‘team’ car, not to mention the peanut butter flapjack and carrot cake, were awesome. I would strongly recommend choosing RJCC if you want to get the most out of your trip and enjoy spending time with good people.”
2018 – Matt, London
“We had a fantastic trip in Calpe with James and Rachel over 3 days. The routes were great – all with a variety of climbs, rolling terrain and fun descents. We felt really well looked after for the entire trip – the support car was always nearby, stocked with spare parts, excellent ride food and coffee. Rachel even took some photos whilst we were riding. We can’t recommend a trip with RJ Cycling enough – we’re certainly looking forward to coming back.”
2018 – Tom, London
“Hugely enjoyable trip to the cycling paradise of Calpe. A big thank you to Rachel and James, who were superb hosts. Everything was well organised and all our needs catered for. James was very generous with his tips and advice and tailored the routes to our capabilities; and Rachel was brilliant with the ‘support vehicle’ (her home baking is also highly recommended!).
We’ll be back!”
2017 – David, Stockport
2017 – Tracey & Neil, Cambridge
2017 – Steve B, St Neots Cycling Club
2017 – Gary, St Neots
Came out to ride with RJ Cycling in April 2017 for a early season ride away from the poor UK weather.
Good riding at a decent pace as had ridden with Jamie in the UK previously. The roads in Calpe & surrounding areas are amazing with light traffic, with drivers who are much more appreciative than UK car drivers; only had one horn beep in 5 days!
Terrain is suitable for all riding levels & experiences, some flat roads with nice climbs; nothing too brutal & some that meandered for a few miles with beautiful scenery.
Rachel provided motorised assistance, spare parts, drinks & food for some of the longer days.
We didn’t have any mechanical issues, however 2nd last day a rider had been dropped off his group (not with RJ Cycling) & Jamie stopped to provide assistance (as he used to be a race team mechanic) so added bonus if any issues mid-ride issues, this poor bloke’s crank had broken!
Bikes & accommodation were arranged for our trip (cool hotel) with all you can eat breakfast & evening meals, so this reduced costs on an already cost effective trip, with the final day spent watching the Paris-Roubaix in Velosol in Jalon, which does amazing crepes & Belgian beers.
Highly recommended & will be out again in autumn 2018 for some late year sun!
2017 – Pete, Manchester
The bikes, should you wish to hire them as I have done, are very good quality.
The riding is challenging yet fun, set to your pace.
The hills are rolling, can be steep but there is no pressure to get to the top in any given time – it’s a personal journey!
The hotel is clean tidy and modern.
The roads are quiet and wonderfully smooth.
Rachel and James take care of all the route planning – they even supply the best flapjack service in spain – along with water and nutrition to keep you going on the hot days. And if like me you have (or in my case had) a fear of heading upwards then a few days out in the Calpe region will help prove to yourself that you can ride hills and enjoy yourself. In short if you want a short break riding hills whatever your level of riding then I can’t recommend highly enough RJ Cycling Camps.”
2017 – David, Leicestershire.
“James and Rachel will look after you from the moment you first meet up. Coffee, cake on the go with the best homemade flapjacks you will ever taste. We have used their services 5 times now ranging from initially our own local accommodation with a meet and greet service and the last time staying at the Sella Golf hotel just outside Javea. James’s knowledge of the local roads including the famous climbs is second to none. Should you be unlucky enough to have a mechanical his skills in bike maintenance are also awesome. The routes can be varied to suit all abilities of riders from social cafe rides through to century lung busting climbing efforts with views that make every stamp of the pedals well worth it. Especially when Rachel grabs that coffee and cake. She also finds time to shadow the rides and take some very impressive photos for you to treasure those special moments when you conquer the classic climbs and descents. Nothing is too much trouble for them. I would thoroughly recommend a visit so you can experience just what you have been missing out on.”
2017 – Arron, St Neots Cycling Club
“Thanks Rachel and James for a great trip. I really appreciated how you matched the visit to my needs and capabilities. The guiding on rides was brilliant and I got so much out of the advice given as well as the wonderful routes. Spectacular.
2017 – Paul, Powys
“I have recently returned from a week spent with RJ Cycling Camps in Calpe, Spain. The purpose of my trip was to provide a high volume block of training prior to starting my race season in March. All of the communication I had with Rachel prior to booking and then in the lead up to the trip itself was excellent. Rachel’s previous experience in the tourism industry really showed in her excellent organisation, with all emails promptly responded to and all pre-trip information sent in a timely manner.
I travelled alone and stayed in the SH Ifach Hotel, which for the price I paid, was ideal. It would be possible to pay more and have a few nicer touches, but for what is needed on a trip like this, it fits the bill perfectly. Following a last minute problem with my current bike before leaving the UK, I had packed my bike from last season which hadn’t been used in a while. Fortunately, this was no problem for James who was able to get it all tuned up and running perfectly before our first ride. This is the first example of where both Rachel and James will go the extra mile to ensure that you get everything that you want from your trip.
Prior to the first ride I was provided with a wide selection of High 5 nutrition products to use throughout the week, as well as some of Rachel’s homemade flapjack – wrapped in foil to make it easy to take on rides should I wish to, another nice touch. This was a glimpse of things to come as later in the week I was able to sample a number of Rachel’s other home baked treats, which were all excellent. James was great company on every ride and had planned each day’s route meticulously in order to allow me to complete the training sessions which I had been set by my coach. Even when we decided to change the plan at short notice, his excellent local knowledge allowed him to quickly alter the route and ensure we still completed the ride. Every afternoon we would go through the plan for the following day to ensure that the plan met my expectations. Rachel was on hand on days where we had done particularly long rides to provide post-ride refreshments which were very welcome. As well as his excellent local knowledge, James has a vast amount of cycling experience and was able to provide me with some great first hand advice on both training and racing.
The only thing that Rachel and James aren’t able to control is the weather, but even on the rare occasions when that turns bad they will do everything in their power to ensure that you get a ride, even if it means a drive to somewhere nearby to find better conditions. I can honestly say that my expectations for the week were not just met but thoroughly exceeded. I very much hope to return next year for another weeks training with Rachel and James.”
2017 – David, Hampshire
“Escaping a British winter, I headed out to Calpe and had a fantastic week discovering the Spanish roads on the Mediterranean coast. With expert guidance and support provided by James and Rachel, all I had to think about was riding my bike. With a warm climate, quiet roads & testing climbs this is the perfect cycling getaway. Tailoring routes to my training and requirements, James’ vast knowledge of the area, roads and cycling in general made for a relaxing experience.”
2017 – Dan, Surrey
“I have just returned from a week’s training in the surrounding mountains of Calpe with James & Rachel of RJ Cycling Camps. James is a very affable and experienced ex-pro and rode for Sigma Sport as well as some other European teams. After assessing my needs and current form he tailored the week’s riding for the fitness improvement I was looking for. There were lots of 4-8%, 5km + climbs at Sweet-spot and threshold giving me much better aerobic performance within a few days. James has also journeyed with Team GB as a mechanic so a problem with my gears after travelling was resolved in seconds with no expense of involving a bike shop. James is a great rider to spend time with on the bike with ….. there were loads of cycling chat including his racing experiences, his etiquette is second to none and he is always prompt. Rachel supported the week fantastically always in proximity and meeting us for scheduled café stops or meeting places with nutrition and extra fluids….. Most of the nutrition is home cooked using previous experience when co-managing UK pro elite team Metal-tech …. the flapjacks are the very best by the way. Rachel was also around to take regular photos of everyday which you have access to on FB or Twitter for download which we all know others would charge for somehow. Their 2016 Vuelta trip in September sounds fantastic where you will be able to ride the routes, watch the race and stay in an idyllic mountain village local to it all. In a nutshell James and Rachel have thought of everything in organising their training camps and can’t do enough for you …. They deserve every success in the future and I for one will be back hopefully bringing some team mates with me next time. Paul”
2016 – Paul, Northumberland
“A big thank you to RJ Cycling Camps for a brilliant 10 days in Calpe which exceeded all our expectations. From the moment we booked through to getting home we have been very well looked after with the guys delivering a highly personalised training camp which met all our needs. The routes were spot on, with time was taken each day to understand what we wanted to achieve. Support during and after the rides was better than anything we have experienced with food, drinks, spare wheels and homemade cakes whenever we needed them! We enjoyed our stay at the SH Ifach hotel and made the most of the morning and evening buffets which had a wide selection of quality food. The hotel is in a great location for a post ride evening stroll along the beach or a few drinks in a local bar. Rachel and James’s enthusiasm and passion never dwindled even after almost 600miles of riding and 20,000m of climbing. Without doubt we will be back in Calpe with RJ Cycling Camps next year. Thank you so much for making our time in Calpe fantastic.”
2016 – Tom and Lizzie, Hampshire
“Our time in Spain for our clubs training trip was very much enhanced by the link up with RJ Cycling Camps.
James’ knowledge of the local roads made for some excellent riding and having the support of the back up car for bottle top ups, spare clothing etc took away some of the faff and just left us to enjoy the roads and scenery.
James and Rachel were excellent throughout and nothing was too much trouble for them. We will definitely use them again for future return trips.”
2016 – Neill, North Bucks Road Club
“Back from a great few days in Spain, big thanks to Rachel and James of RJ cycling camps, made us feel very welcome. If any of you out there want to ride in Spain, no matter what your ability or skill level of riding is, then give these guys a call!! Thanks again and I’ll see you soon.”
2016 – Gavin, St Neots Cycling Club