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FTP: Fantastic Training Package

FTP: Fantastic Training Package

Our Denia Training Camp is an entirely new concept for experienced cyclists with a minimum FTP of 3.8w/kg

Our Denia Training Camp is an entirely new concept for competitive road cyclists who are eager to kick-start their season and achieve their racing goals. Recommended for experienced cyclists with a minimum FTP of 3.8w/kg, you can expect a week of effective training rides, designed to match your abilities.

Depending on the demand, additional dates could be added in February, March and April.

Two cyclists descend at a winter training camp

Costa Blanca Basecamp

Denia is well known in the world of cycling; an off-season haven for pros, amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Guarded by an 11th Century Castle, the Mediterranean town is besieged each year by cyclists in search of quiet mountain roads and fine winter weather.

With ideal terrain, perfect winter weather and fine local delicacies, Denia and neighbouring Calpe, have proven a hotspot for World Tour teams, looking for a place to train hard and unwind at the end of the day.

The many long, steady climbs at around 5/6% average are ideal for training efforts at and around FTP, whilst the countless cycling friendly cafés offer a tempting selection of mid and post ride pick-me-ups.

Two cyclists climb a hill in Denia on Thomson Bike Tours training camp

What to expect from the trip

The 5-star Denia Marriot La Sella resort, a preferred hotel of so many World Tour pro teams, is our home for the week. The Thomson ride leaders, many of them ex-pros, will be managing the intensity of the training rides throughout the week to cater to riders with the minimum fitness level of 3.8w/kg.

With a daily average of 68 miles and 7,116 ft of climbing, you can expect a pretty intense week, especially with the various tests we have lined up.

After an easy orientation ride on Day 1, the first day proper will see an FTP test on the Coll de Rates. Look out for World Tour competition on this steady climb. Once your FTP test is set, it’s time to start working. Day 3 starts with a coastal ride to spin out the lactic, then its low RPM / Zone 3 ‘Torch’ work (Total Body Resistance Exercise with Cardiovascular Exercise).

Mechanic services bike on Thomson Denia cycling traning camp

A camp wouldn’t be a camp without a café ride, so Day 4 will see some rest and active recovery with added coffee and Spanish pastries. With the batteries fully charged and the legs ready for another test, Day 5 will be endurance focussed with some Zone 3 efforts on the popular Coll de Rates and Port de Tudons climbs.

Day 6 is a shorter ride, but not an easier one. Featuring a secret ambush, the focus for the day is the red zone, targeting your VO2max. Expect short, intense efforts and a demanding and rewarding day.

As the final riding day comes around, it’s time to leave it all on the road. With two main climbs, Vall d’Ebo and Port de Tollos, and several ‘rollers’, the cumulative elevation will top 8,000ft. A leg breaking last day that you’ll thank us for as you head home and smash your local peloton!