Well the dust has finally settled on the 2013 bici-almeria tours, a total of 31 riders joined me for the spring training camps between late feb and mid april. Many returning for second or third time, but a good number for whom this was their first bici-almeria experience
Just as the autumn kicks in here in the UK, bear in mind it is well still into the 20s everyday in Sorbas in October and November, I thought I’d better update the website and start thinking about 2014s trips. trying to keep it fresh and exciting I am offering a chance to explore a couple of other great regions of Spain – Asturias and Girona – in 2014 – more about that later, but preliminary details can be found on 2014 page on the website.
So 2013 tours were are great success, first arrivals were from Banbury Star in February and judging by their riding this summer it seems like the work they put in on Almeria’s climbs has worked for them …. hope to see Banbury Star members again in 2014
Good friend John H then arrived from Reading for the duration of the 2013 tours and put in some sterling efforts and rode like the legend that he is … it was his first experience of Almeria and I think he was hooked!
A small party from Amersham then arrived in March and brought with them the real spring weather to Almeria the chilly north winds had finally gone and warm days in the mountains were enjoyed by all.
Late march saw the arrival of the largest group – an ecletic mix from Reading, East Englia and the USA. Many of these were back for more in 2013 but there were also a few newbies in this fantastic group, we even had the first ever bici-almeria time trial on our ‘rest day’ up the short but testing Alto de El Chive outside Lubrin. I expect to see most of these guys again in 2014 either in Almeria or on one of the summer’s trips north!
The final group came after Easter and got the best of the weather, mostly from reading but with a few friends from other parts of the UK the group bonded really well and enjoyed riding climbs familiar to some, new to others and a couple that were new to everybody!
So thoughts on 2013 – well it is tough riding almost everyday for 7 weeks, the groups were great and the weather much better than the terrible spring UK I luckily missed. it clearly showed me that Almeria is beyond doubt a brilliant place for spring training camps and I hope to run a similar programme again in years to come. reliable weather, great roads, low traffic, mountains to ride …. miss it already!!!!