Mallorca, Spain Cycling Camp
Take your training to amazing places!
April 12-20, 2024
Want to up your cycling game while training in the sun? Join your BaseCamp coaches and fellow BaseCampers for an amazing week in one of the true cycling meccas of the world. You'll receive top-notch on-the-road coaching, along with optional educational programs to improve your cycling skills, training, and nutrition knowledge. This camp features coaching and education for both Performance and Tour-level riders. Not sure what level you are? Learn about our ride levels here.
Shed your winter layers and spend sunny days getting a rider's-eye view of the Tramuntana mountains, fertile valleys, and tranquil turquoise waters as you ride picturesque training roads like Sa Calobra and Puig Major. Smile as you power up one of eleven categorized climbs, cruise down a gently rolling coastal road, cycle to the historic monasteries and churches, and enjoy a visit to a picturesque old-town square for a famous snack of cafe con leche and almond cake.
The Aparthotel Viva Blue & Spa is a paradise for triathletes and cycling sports fanatics, with premium facilities and a fantastic location next to the S’Albufera Natural Park.
When off the bike, you'll enjoy the luxury of the Viva Blue Hotel and Spa, a custom sports resort with full cycling facilities, an onsite bike shop with high-end rentals, a cutting-edge cycling station, an Olympic-sized pool, and spa and massage services. The outdoor café, open spa, and multiple pools are the perfect ways to unwind and recover from the day's ride. Each room is a premium suite with a separate bedroom and full living area, giving you space to spread out and enjoy.
Want to arrive early or stay later to explore the island on your own? We can add extra nights to your stay at our special rate of $150 for single occupancy and $98 per person for double occupancy (breakfasts and dinners at the hotel are included in this price).
At the Viva Blue, we want you to feel at ease every moment of the day. And what is the most fundamental of all human pleasures? Food, of course. Without a doubt, you'll remember the array of food on offer during your stay at the Viva Blue. That's because their restaurants always astonish guests with their quality and variety. They also take special care of athletes, who will find dishes adapted to their personal tastes and requirements.
Breakfasts and dinners are included in your camp registration
There are excellent selections for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets
Take your training and performance knowledge to the next level! Daily rides will feature skills and on-the-bike coaching to help you up your game, and afternoon coach corner sessions build your knowledge and answer your questions in a small group setting.
Our low coach-to-rider ratio allows for interaction with riders
We lead a minimum of four ride groups on the road each day, with specific pace and effort targets to help you find the group that is just right for your fitness and skills
We host daily rider meetings covering key skills like pacelines, descending, climbing, and more
We hold daily group ride debriefings led by our world-class coaches
Our evening education presentations on training and nutrition are led by head coaches Tim Cusick and Dr. Namrita Brooke
The average high temperature in Mallorca in the month of April is 19ºC / 67ºF, warm enough to spend long days on the bike or sunbathing by the pool. You'll want to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings, as the air typically cools to around 10ºC / 50ºF at night.
The Ride Groups
BaseCamp Live Mallorca features two separate but similar ride group experiences: Performance and Tour. We run at least four ride groups each day, each one typically guided by two BaseCamp coaches. To better help you select the best group for you, we send out a rider survey in advance that will help guide you to the correct group. You can change groups daily; it is not required that you ride with the same group throughout the camp.
Our Performance groups feature faster riders who attend camp to focus a little more on training and building advanced skills. These groups typically ride as faster double and single pacelines, and spend less time at stops. Coaching is focused on advanced skills and performance.
Two Performance groups are led each day based on fitness/FTP.
A Performance group typically features one coach for every six riders
A typical FTP of the first Performance group is 3.2 W/kg or above, or 2.5-3.2 W/kg for the second Performance group
Our Tour groups feature moderately-paced rides that focus on building fundamental riding and groups skills. These groups ride at an active pace in both single and double pacelines, but in a more comfortable pattern or tightness. During the rides, there are some additional stops for photos and cake.
The Rides and Itinerary
Friday: Skills and Drills
We're providing a free shuttle to the hotel on Friday, picking up at the airport at 10:00 a.m.
Bike Build/Safety Check: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
We'll be in the storage room to help you build your bike or adjust your rental. Tools are available in the storage area.
Skills & Drills with Short Ride
Departs 2:15 p.m.
Our camp begins with a skills-building session focused on getting you ready for the challenging rides of Mallorca. After a quick bike safety check, head coach Tim Cusick will lead you through a series of skills and drills that include:
Riding together and paceline skills and practice
Braking, cornering, and descending
Welcome Reception: 6:00 p.m. at the El Patio bar
A fun and social pre-dinner reception to kick off our week together!
Dinner: 6:45 p.m. at the Caprice Restaurant
Join the group for dinner in our private indoor/outdoor dining setting.
Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) is the only airport on the island, about a 50-minute drive from the camp resort. If you arrive and depart outside of our free airport transfer times, it's super simple to hire a taxi at the airport or book one ahead of time; we recommend Taxi PMI (when booking, select Playa de Muro as the dropoff location, and type Viva Blue as the dropoff address on the second screen). You can also easily rent a car.
We offer free group pickups at the airport at the following times:
Thursday, April 11, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.
The camp kicks off with a welcome reception at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and we recommend checking in at the hotel in plenty of time to get settled first. Want to arrive early or stay later to explore the island on your own?
The camp ends Saturday, April 20. We offer a free group transport to the airport as follows:
leaving the hotel at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20
We can add extra nights to your stay at our special rate of $150 for single occupancy and $98 per person for double occupancy (breakfasts and dinners at the hotel are included in this price).
Not sure about selecting flights or shuttles? Contact us for travel support services and let us help you make the best travel arrangements possible.
There are two important documents you will need for travel to Spain:
A passport that expires later than six months after the trip ends. If your passport expires before October 1, 2024, we highly recommend renewing it now, as the renewal process is currently subject to serious delays.
An ETIAS travel authorization. This authorization costs 7 Euros and will launch in 2024, so watch your calendars!
Even with the best possible planning, there are always elements beyond our control like flight delays, illnesses, and family emergencies. A good travel insurance policy will reduce the stress of these situations by covering most (if not all) of their extra cost. We strongly recommend coverage specific to COVID-19. Here’s a helpful guide to finding travel insurance.
The Dates and Prices
April 12-20, 2024
Travel planning support
Specified group airport transportation
Eight nights of lodging (additional nights can be purchased at our group rate)
Two-room premium apartment with kitchenette at four-star hotel
All breakfasts and dinners at hotel
Camper safety briefing
Premium bike storage
Coach-guided daily rides
Daily ride food and drink
Afternoon educational programs
Custom jersey if you register and order before January 22
What's Not Included
Airport transportation if you can't join our free group transfers
Additional nights of lodging before or after camp (these can be added to your registration upon request)
Bike rental (can book directly from Viva Blue)
Beverages at hotel dinners (water, soft drinks, and alcohol are charged separately per the hotel's policies)
Lunches on the road
Hotel tourism tax
Gratuities for coaches/guides
$2599 per person ($1,599 for non-riding partners)
$599 upgrade for single-occupancy room (required if not traveling with companions)
$250 deposit due upon registration, with remaining payment due 30 days before camp begins
Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. We suggest a tip for your guides between 5-10% of your trip cost per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team.
All camp deposits are refundable up to 90 days prior to the first day of the camp, minus a $50 processing fee. Click here to read our full cancelation policy.
The Bike Options
BRING YOUR BIKE
Bringing your own bike to camp has obvious advantages in individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tuneup at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding.
Once at camp, our team will help you assemble your bike and make sure it’s ready to ride. Each day we’ll check to make sure everything is safe and ready to roll, and for major mechanical work, you can visit the onsite shop at the Cycling Station. Bring your bike in good shape, and we’ll keep it clean, lubed, and running great each day!
Check out these helpful resources:
RENT A BIKE
The Viva Blue boasts one of the most modern cycling stations on the island the on-site Viva Cycling Station by S’Escapada, which offers a large selection of new, high-end rental bikes, including excellent Cannondale and Scott models. The cost is reasonable, but booking early is important! The process is simple: click here, select your bike, enter your measurements, and confirm your reservation (mention Velocious Cycling Adventures when asked for your booking or room number). For a more detailed tutorial, check out our guide to renting a bike in Mallorca. When you check into your room at the front desk, the staff will hand you your bike key along with your room key.
If Bikes Viva doesn't have the model you want, the Rad Salon BMC Playa de Muro shop is just around the corner and another great option.
Premium Bike Rental
Sarto is a company of master frame builders that since 1959 has been creating customized bicycles shaped around the wishes of those who choose to own a real carbon jewel, made in Italy. Through our special partnership with HC Tours, we have a limited quantity of these custom hand-made bikes available for rent.
What's a typical day at camp like?
How does tipping work in Spain?
Tipping in Spain is generally slightly lower than in the USA, but be prepared to tip about 5-10%. We recommend carrying at least 20 Euros in cash each day, along with your credit/debit card.
Can I do laundry at the Viva Blue?
The hotel has three washers and dryers available for hotel guests for a small fee; just keep in mind these can be busy and often in use since there are so many cyclists with the same need for clean clothing. The laundry cycles are also very long (over an hour), so it's best to do laundry late at night or early in the morning. Each hotel room has a balcony with a clothes line for drying.
The hotel offers a dropoff laundry service by the kilo (17.95 Euros for 5 kilograms), which is not a bad deal. Just leave your clothes at the front desk in the morning, and you'll get them back the next day in the afternoon (except there's no return on Sundays).
What type of power adapter do I need?
You'll need either Type C or Type F power adapters rated for at least 220v and 50hz.
What should I wear on the bike?
Can you provide more information about the routes?
Yes! Click here for the 2023 RideWithGPS route collection, and click here to see the coaches' spreadsheet of the 2023 routes. Routes may change based on weather and other factors, but these are our current planned routes.
How can we stay healthy at camp, and what happens if we get sick?
LEVEL 1 | RECREATIONAL & LEISURE
I ride my bike on a regular basis for fitness, to commute to work, or just for fun. I enjoy an active lifestyle with an occasional physical challenge.
I ride less than 6 hours or 100 miles a week
I enjoy riding with others but not usually in groups or pacelines
I participate in occasional organized events
LEVEL 2 | TOUR
Fitness is central to my life. I ride my bike regularly on a weekly basis and am comfortable with rides of 3-4 hours or more at a relatively strong pace.
I ride between 8-12 hours or 125 miles a week
I'm comfortable riding in groups and pacelines but not too tightly
I participate in events with the goal of self-competition and completion
LEVEL 3 | PERFORMANCE
I ride my bike for training/performance and enjoy a fast pace for an extended period of time. I love to train, improve, and maybe even race my friends.
I ride more than 10 hours or 150 miles a week
I'm comfortable riding in tighter, faster single and double pacelines
I participate in races and events with a focus on high performance/podium
This camp is best suited for Tour and Performance riders due to the the more challenging nature of the rides, but we do have accommodations and ride support for recreational riders, email us for more details.
Mallorca Daily Route Overview
2024 Mallorca route details will be posted in December 2023
Camp Cancellation Policy
All camp and event deposits are 100% refundable up to 90 days prior to the first day of the camp, minus a $50 processing fee. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to make sure you don't lose your deposit money in the event you need to cancel less than 90 days before the camp or event begins. We request that all cancellations be made in writing to BaseCamp by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No refunds are given for cancelations less than 90 days prior to the start of camp. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
By participating in our camp or event and purchasing a registration, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions herein. Except as expressly provided herein, all payments are irrevocable, non-refundable, and non-creditable per this cancelation schedule. Any and all deposits and select payments made to BaseCamp Endurance Coaching, based on our cancellation schedule policy, are not refundable for any reason, including but not limited to failure to attend due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment, and/other emergencies.
Even with the best possible planning, there are always elements beyond our control like flight delays, illnesses, family emergencies. A good travel insurance policy will reduce the stress of these situations by covering most (if not all) of their extra cost. All major airlines now offer COVID inclusive travel insurance at time of flight purchase, we recommend you consider this selection.
We aren't affiliated with any particular insurance provider, but Travel Guard, World Nomads, and SafetyWing are good options, and here’s a helpful guide to finding travel insurance.