Alan KempParticipant15 July 2012 at 18:06Post count: 91
Outbound flights for Majorca 2013 now available with Easyjet from Liverpool. Have booked Monday 18th March 1635hrs from Liverpool . Will return probably following Wed/Thursday the next week but with Stuart Hall Cycling you can go for as long or short as you like., return flights not due to be available to book until October.
Not booking accomadation for some time yet.
AlanPaulParticipant16 July 2012 at 09:28Post count: 391
im interested alan. is there anyone i need to speak to before hand?Alan KempParticipant17 July 2012 at 10:41Post count: 91
I have been for the last 2 years and last year 4 other club members went .
Have prevously booked with Stuart Hall Cycling which uses Pollensa Park hotel in Puerto Pollensa where you join in with other riders with a choice of 2 or 3 different rides depending on ability and how much you want to ride or how hard.
It is not structured training,, more steady getting the miles in but with some routes being very hilly so can get very hard especially if a group of fresh riders join the group after you have had a hard ride the day before. What you do is entirely your choice . Ride as much or as little as you like.
Half wheeling and attacking the group is clamped down on although there is plenty of chance to show your strength in the mountains.
Food this year was excellent, buffet style and eat as much as you like breakfast and evening meal.
Lunch is out on the ride and most people have a baguette, coffee , coke, cake etc.
Not much spending money required . Also quite relaxing at night , not a great deal happening.
What i do is book outward flight with Easyjet now as they increase in price , plus bike and luggage.
In October ish return flights will be available to book on line.
A little later in the year send £100 deposit to Stuart Hall Cycling and pay balance around February I think.
If going on 18th March afternoon flight from Liverpool then mention Weaver Valley CC or my name as travelling as a group reduces transfer costs to and from airport. Have not been charged any before !
Holiday insurance which includes hospital and medical repatriation and cover for cycling accidents abroad is essential . Be very careful who you choose.
These training camps will not be for every one . They can involve riding at speed in big groups, twisty lanes , main roads,mountain descents etc although they do have slow runs depending on who is there.
You can book dates / flights / duration to suit yourself although need to be aware you may incurr transfer costs depending on size of group.
What you are paying Stuart Hall for is the cost of the half board accomadation plus about £5 per day for him to lead and use his local knowledge of the best routes, back roads and cafes etc . Usually a UK pro there for some of the time leading a harder group .
You sort your own flights out and let him know if you require transport to and from airport.
Please read all details of what to expect on Stuart Hall Cycling website .I intend going 18 th March to stay approx 10 days though not set a date for return yet untill I see flights in October ish .
Please do not be put off by some of the descriptions, I am only trying to give you a full picture of what you might expect to see! It is great fun ! Last year Ewart, Chris Gregory , Tim Rutherford and Howie Grithiffs went so get there opinions.
AlanAlan KempParticipant17 July 2012 at 10:51Post count: 91
Many of the riders at the Pollensa Park hotel ( and it will probably be packed) will not be booked through Stuart Hall, plenty of other choices of organised training camps, so make your own arrangements if you like or you may be able to get with a different group as Kris Zentec did last year.
AlanphilParticipant17 July 2012 at 16:20Post count: 87
i stayed at this hotel couple of weeks back,what a nice place,pool was good even enjoyed the ride over to the light housePaulParticipant19 July 2012 at 15:21Post count: 391
hi alan, this sounds like pretty much what i want. is the weather a lot better over there at that time as im not too clued up on that kind of thing. and i may look at booking to go out on the 18th until the 28th so going for 10 days. im not quite sure but do you just have to book flights and when you book with this company for the training does that include accomadation in the polensa park or would i need to book that as well?
Thanks,PaulParticipant19 July 2012 at 15:29Post count: 391
after reading up and seeing there prices think i will book as this looks perfect and can have a couple of days by the pool or down at the beach as well. think we need a couple of people to come along. think i have stayed at this hotel before and from what i remember it was really quite nice. so i will try and book some flights and get the training booked as well can you suggest a travel insurance company?Alan KempParticipant23 July 2012 at 11:43Post count: 91
The prices you have seen are probably last years and are about £35 perday for half board and escorted rides etc. Hopefully will only be a fraction dearer for next year.
No need to book with Stuart Hall Cycling just yet . I will let you know when to book a place .
Plenty of time obviuously for booking flights but if you do want the afternoon flight on 18th March 2013 from Liverpool , then the price will gradually increase as more people book . I do know a lot of the Deeside Olympic lads will be booking that flight .
Good weather is not guaranteed . Its a time of year when it could do anything so you need to be prepared with wet weather gear just in case !. Having said that we had one day of rain this year and the rest of the week was brilliant and perfect temperature for cycling. The previous year had a few very overcast days although we did not get wet.
AlanPaulParticipant27 July 2012 at 12:50Post count: 391
alright cheers alan will book the flights once my pass port and everything comes back. will i need any thermal gear? i would think a base layer and long sleeve jersey would be sufficient? along with shorts and leg warmers. hopefully will gte this flight booked and then the rest to follow obviously. cheers for the info alan and hopefully see you soon 🙂
TitchAlan KempParticipant27 July 2012 at 17:42Post count: 91
You do not need your passport before you book the flights.
Once you do have your passport you will need to login to your Easyjet account and for each flight ( out and return )fill in the section regarding advance passenger information ( API ). ie passport number etc.
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