There’s a common preconception that cyclists must be uber-fit to survive the intensive week of riding scheduled on a training camp. There’s also the fear of being thrown into a peloton of super-strong riders and not keeping up. Here we explain the group dynamics on our OTE Training Camp in Mallorca.

Pre Camp Fitness

The purpose of a training camp is training! Simple! Therefore, there’s no need to be at race weight with peak power numbers before you jet off. The benefit of a training camp is increased training load; you’ll be able to ride further, for longer and without the distractions that get in the way of our riding at home. On the camp you’ll also benefit from improving your nutrition strategy, gaining valuable group riding and bike handling skills, increasing your ability to ride for longer, plus having fun with other like-minded riders – all in the sunshine of sunny Mallorca.

That said, the OTE Training Camp can’t cater for all abilities and there is a level of fitness and experience required in order for the body to be able to manage the mileage each day. Our basic requirement is that cyclists can ride in a group that will average 15mph on a flat ride in the UK and complete a few rides of around 60-80 miles in the 6 weeks before they attend the camp. That’s all!


This year we will be catering for three different ability levels. Here you can find out more about the different groups and what to expect on an average day during the OTE Training Camp in Mallorca.


Group A

Group A is ideal for cyclists looking to improve their group riding skill, descending ability and bike handling through practical application of group riding, all while maxing-out the miles at a comfortable pace with like-minded cyclists. No-one gets left behind. Group A will cover 60-80 miles a day at 15-16mph including a stop where they will be able to meet up with the rest of the camp for lunch.

Group A is ideal for cyclists keen to enjoy a cycling holiday with friends or partners of differing ability level who may make up Group B or C.

The camp can’t cater for all abilities. Therefore we ask that riders must be aware they need to be able to ride at 15mph in a group and be prepared to take direction from ride leaders and ride support staff. Group A riders must have a moderate level of fitness, bike handling and descending skills. Although group riding experience is not essential, as riders will learn this throughout the camp, Group A riders must be prepared to thrown themselves into learning this skill and be willing to rider handlebar to handlebar with fellow riders.


Group B

Containing club/sportive cyclists, group B comprises of riders who can comfortably ride in a group at 17mph on a flat ride at home. It’s an ideal group for riders looking to max-out the miles in preparation for their spring/summer challenges, improve their climbing or simply enjoy a week of social group riding while eating up the miles on the smooth roads. Group B riders should be comfortable riding in a group but will gain experience in bike handling and anticipating/reading their fellow riders.

Group B will cover 80-100 miles each day, made up of mixed terrain, at a smooth and controlled pace averaging between 16-18mph. All riders have the opportunity to ride the climbs at their own pace before regrouping. No one is left behind and rider leaders and ride support staff ensure the group works as a team. We’ll stop for lunch to catch up with Group A and C, refill our bottles and enjoy the social aspect of the camp.


Group C

Group C is designed to accommodate racing cyclists and high-level athletes who are preparing for the racing season ahead. They will average 19+mph and some rides will include elements of through-and-off, sprint work and climbing efforts. The group is led and supported by experienced ride leaders and racing cyclists and no one is left behind. If you’re a budding talent looking to improve your craft, a newbie-racer keen to soak up skills or an experienced rider simply vying for time on the bike, group one on the OTE Training Camp in Mallorca is ideal for you.

Riders in Group C must be competent riding in a group and must be prepared to work as a team. They will ride 80-100 miles each day varying from flat rides to mountainous terrain. All rides include a lunch stop where you’ll meet with Group A and Group B to enjoy the social side of the trip or catch up with friends, partners or family in another group.


Mix and Match

There’s no commitment to choose your group and stick with it! Riders can move from group to group depending on how they feel day to day or even swop groups at lunch. This is an ideal strategy for riders who feel they are between abilities groups and looking to challenge themselves some days while taking it easy on others. Riders are free to move groups in order to ride with a friend or partner throughout the trip.

If you’d like to chat more about the OTE Training Camp call Matt Mannakee on 07748 632348. Places are limited so don’t delay in reserving a place. Find out more and book your OTE Training Camp in Mallorca at www.otetrainingcamp.com


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