From arrival to final day we were superbly taken care of by real cycle enthusiasts with abundance of experience and knowledge (cycling, fitness theory, nutrition and bike maintenance alike), in addition to great humour and contagious love for the sport.
Thanks to the La Fuga instructors I conquered the mountain climbs (even though I was overtaken by an old man with a long white beard) and I learned to master and love fast descents. And I am a champion at changing my tyres in record time now as well!!
We had a real fun group of riders and the hotel was ideally located and designed for cyclists. All rides were well prepared, abundance of food and drink ready before and during the ride and the rental bike was excellent (a real surprise high spec bike). I had a great time, really got the cycling bug despite some struggles and often arriving last. Thank you so much, La Fuga team!!”
Using the fitness and new skills picked up in Mallorca, Nicole comfortably completed a number of hilly sportives up to 120km and even tried her hand at time trialling.
Name: Soren Jensen
Location: Copenhagen / New York
Season Aims: Move up a licence category, win a race
“I came to Mallorca to train hard and get some miles in before the start of the racing season. But I also had two specific issues that I asked the La Fuga crew to help me with. I wanted to improve my sprint and my descending skills.
I’ve been riding in mountains before, but never really felt comfortable descending. Before heading down Col du Soller the first time, we went through the basics, then one of the guides put on a helmet cam and we filmed the whole thing. Watching my self on video that evening was a big help and during the course of the week, not only my descending, but my bike handling skills in general improved dramatically.
One afternoon we made time for a one-to-one session to work on my sprint. We did a few exercises and once again the guys filmed me while doing this and after dinner we analysed the footage and discussed how I could improve my technique. That didn’t make me a mean super
sprinter overnight, but it gave me some great tools to work with after the camp.
Before leaving the island we also spoke about how to plan my training for the next 2 weeks leading up the first race of the season.”
After returning home to Denmark Soren finished 3rd, 2nd and then 1st in his first 3 races and got his upgrade.
I really appreciated the day spent working on downhill skills and the day we spent pace-lining. Those two days have really made a drastic improvement to my overall riding abilities. My bike skills have improved tremendously and my confidence level is much higher. The attention to detail from La Fuga is first rate from the moment I booked the trip. I have since signed up for two more La Fuga trips!”
Chris went onto successfully complete the Rapha Randonnée Pyrénéenne in September 2011