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Alan 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.
AlanAlan 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.
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.
AlanAlan 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 KempParticipant16 July 2012 at 19:57Post count: 91
Really sorry to hear about your accident but very pleased you are at least back home again.
Best wishes for a very speedy recovery . Put your feet up and watch the last week of the Tour de France on the telly then only a week later the Olympics start !!
AlanAlan KempParticipant26 June 2012 at 23:29Post count: 91
Thanks for your comments Claire . Your sentence on learning , giving you confidence and knowing the important steps to take ( in an emergency ) are exactly what the short course was intended to do so that is great.
Once again thanks and I will pass your comments to Steph.Alan KempParticipant20 June 2012 at 23:27Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant20 June 2012 at 23:24Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant19 June 2012 at 11:23Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant6 June 2012 at 15:46Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant22 May 2012 at 11:15Post count: 91
Thanks John, I`ll pass your comments on to Steph .
Just a reminder that provided we get sufficient numbers ( ie 12 to 14 ) then another basic 1st Aid session is planned for Monday 25th June, 7pm – 10pm at Hartford British Legion .
It would be a great opportunity to refresh your 1st Aid knowledge or if you have not done any before, a chance to hear the basics in a relaxed, no pressure, atmoshere with cycling colleagues. My thoughts are that 1st Aid is for everyone, because you just never know when you might need to use it… at home, at work or when out cycling etc.
Please contact Nick Butterworth for booking details.
Alan.Alan KempParticipant20 May 2012 at 22:02Post count: 91
Great report Dave and congratulations to everybody on such fast times. All those hours on the turbo are now paying off Dave.
Fabulous ride Nick, always thought you had something by the way I have seen you handle the Warrington chaingang in the past. Great to see you putting some fast markers down.
Also Alistair who I do not think I have met yet , great effort!
But really well done to everyone who achieved personal bests.
AlanAlan KempParticipant13 February 2012 at 15:40Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant6 February 2012 at 20:20Post count: 91