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Mallorca Road Cycling Camp

Take your training to amazing places!
April 12-20, 2024

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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. Powered by Panache Cyclewear, 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.

The Experience

The Riding

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.

View our ride schedule here.

The Lodging

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 group rate.

The food

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

The Coaching

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 weather

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.

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The RIDE SUPPORT

Ride support on the road will be supplied by HC Bike Tours, professionals in private bespoke bike tours throughout all of Europe. In addition to offering Sarto bike rentals, Aigars and the HC team will provide hydration, snacks, and mechanical support during ride stops. 

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 (generally one coach for every six riders). 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.

This camp is best suited for Tour and Performance riders due the to the more challenging nature of the rides. We do have accommodations and ride support for recreational and leisure riders; just email us for more details.

Performance groups

Level 3

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 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 Performance groups are led by Scott Moninger, Nathan Goates, and other Performance coaches

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Levels 1-2

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.

  • Two or three Tour groups are led each day, based on fitness and skill

  • A typical FTP of Tour groups ranges from 2.5 to 1.5 W/kg

  • Our Tour groups are led by Jim Pomeroy, Tina Hart, and other Tour coaches

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schedule

The Rides and Itinerary

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Friday, April 12: Skills and Drills

Airport shuttle
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:

  • Rider safety

  • Riding together and paceline skills and practice

  • Braking, cornering, and descending

  • Building skills

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.

Performance Group Routes: ~450 total miles
Friday

La Vitoria (Skills)

Miles:

17

Climbing:

1315 ft

Saturday

Randa/Cura

Miles:

65

Climbing:

3457 ft

Sunday

Inland Arta

Miles:

60

Climbing:

2955 ft

Monday

Sa Colabra

Miles:

70

Climbing:

7168 ft

Tuesday

Cala

Miles:

30

Climbing:

971 ft

Wednesday

Classic Climbs

Miles:

89

Climbing:

8166 ft

Thursday

San Salvador

Miles:

81

Climbing:

4532 ft

Friday

Formentor

Miles:

44

Climbing:

3741 ft

routes
Tour Group Routes: ~385 total miles

La Vitoria (Skills)

Miles:

17

Climbing:

1315 ft

Friday

Randa/Cura

Miles:

65

Climbing:

3457 ft

Saturday

Inland Arta

Miles:

60

Climbing:

2955 ft

Sunday

Lluc

Miles:

45

Climbing:

3109 ft

Monday

Cala

Miles:

30

Climbing:

971 ft

Tuesday

Classic Climbs 2

Miles:

83

Climbing:

6535 ft

Wednesday

Bicycle Highway

Miles:

58

Climbing:

2310 ft

Thursday

Formentor

Miles:

44

Climbing:

3741 ft

Friday

The Travel

Travel

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 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20

Travel support

We can add extra nights to your stay at our group rate; just let us know what nights you need! The hotel does sell out, so be sure to send in your arrival and departure dates as soon as you have them.

Not sure about selecting flights or shuttles? Contact us for travel support services and let us help you make the best travel arrangements possible.

Travel DOCUMENTS

As you prepare to travel, please make sure that your passport 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.

 

We believed the ETIAS travel authorization would launch in 2024 and be required for traveling to camp, but it has been delayed until 2025.

Travel Insurance

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.

SIGHTSEEING

There's more to do in Mallorca than ride your bike! If you need sightseeing and day trip suggestions, be sure to check out this list of our favorite things to do on the island when we're not pedaling

The Dates and Prices

April 12-20, 2024

What's Included

  • 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

  • Mechanical support

  • Coach-guided daily rides

  • Daily ride food and drink

  • Afternoon educational programs

  • Custom Panache jersey if you register for camp before kit orders open on January 29

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • 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

Pricing

  • $2599 per person ($1,599 for non-riding attendees)

  • $599 upgrade for single-occupancy room (required if not traveling with companions)

  • $500 deposit due upon registration, with remaining payment due 30 days before camp begins

  • Limited extra nights of lodging available before and after camp at $155 per night for single occupancy and $100 per night per person for double occupancy (breakfast and dinners are included in this price)

Guide Gratuities

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.

Cancellation Policy

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! 

 

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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 (type "BaseCamp group" 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 the rental process does not accept your requested dates, it may mean the site is not set up for them yet; they will still accept rentals by email, however, so just shoot us an email, and we'll send you everything you need to reserve a bike! 

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 

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Sarto Bikes

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. 

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FAQs

What's a typical day at camp like?

Watch Coach Tim's video describing a day at camp!

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?

Coach Tim put together a video answering this question; watch it here. He also added a quick video on why to bring a rain jacket.

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?

Coach Tim addresses health concerns and explains our COVID-19 procedures in this video.

FAQs

Rider Levels

LEVEL 1 - RECREATIONAL AND 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 and 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 and/or the 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; please email us for more details

Rider Level

Have questions about this camp?

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