Having had a week at the absolutely excellent CHS, with four other mates, all being of differing cycling abilities and ages, one thing is perfectly clear, this is the best and most professional cycling holiday experience I have ever had. Having ridden the Alps and the awesome Ventoux, we all agree that we would not have to look further than CHS, Nozad, Jubi, Eva and the dogs for any future cycling holidays.
From the time we were collected at the airport to a week later when we were dropped back, we did not need or want for anything or have to lift a finger. The accommodation is modern, spacious and more importantly clean. The food and meals are simply scrumptious all being carefully prepared from local fresh produce and is tailored to the needs for cyclists and the nutrition one needs after a hard day in the saddle and for the day ahead.
Nozad has carefully designed the weeks riding from the first turn of a pedal to the last, with each ride building on the previous, so by the end, one will leave not only feeling stronger but also totally fulfilled. Brilliant roads, climbs and having Noz either ride with you, or accompanying you in his support car filled with water and snacks, you are never left alone. In fact I felt like a pro having all the care and attention lavished on me. The totally free and most welcome massage after a hard ride is also most welcome.
Great down to earth host that will have you in stitches of laughter, there is no doubt I, we, will be returning to this most professional of cycling camps.
Thank You Nozad, Jubi & Eva, love you guys.
Our group of five went to Cycling Holidays Spain, following in the footsteps of my much fitter son who travelled there last winter to train. From the moment we met at Alicante airport I knew that we were in good hands. Talking on the way back to Nozad’s villa our week of cycling began to take shape with Nozad explaining how the following vehicle support would work – and up the Aitana it meant that all our group could take time in the car to recover while still completing the route chosen for the day.
As we had to jettison the gas canisters before leaving the UK it was ideal that we could get replacements from Nozad without needing to go hunting for a bike shop on our first day. But that was not all. The villa had ample bike storage, bike stands if required, swimming pool, sauna, pool table, and plenty of room to relax.
After each ride Eva and Sonia were there to provide massages for tired legs while Jubi prepared some very tasty food that was both appetising and healthy.
The terrain and the choice of rides was ideal to suit many keen cyclists – steady climbs with vantage points to stop and rest, or take photos, or do like the pros and complete some reps up the col de rates. The choice is there. For us the choice is easy – we are going back next year, and as for my son, well he’s back there next month when he just might see some of the pro teams in winter training again.
The first thing Nozad does is to help create a positive mindset and the right attitude towards where you are and where you are going. It doesn’t matter if you are the biggest or smallest, the strongest or weakest, fastest or slowest. Everyone has the same attitude and that is to improve themselves and at the same time help other improve. The fact that he also went above and beyond the call of duty in supporting my battle with cancer speaks volumes of the man and CHS. I am a stronger rider now than I have ever been. Thank you Noze, Jubi & Eva – I will be back. If Carlsberg did cycling holidays indeed
Having turned 40 in April I decided I needed to do something different and push myself Having looked online I decided to book 12 days at cycling holidays Spain From the moment I made contact with Nozad I was impressed Quick response to emails and answers to any questions I had Having arrived early on the Sunday I was greeted by the smiling face and a wooly hat The training camp is outstanding with more food than you know what to do with and the location is perfect The cycling is without doubt the best I’ve ever been lucky enough to ride on 12 days of sunshine with endless riding on traffic free roads When back from cycling the evening massage and sauna is just perfect to freshen up for another day of the perfect life Nozad is a very genuine guy who will go out of his way to make your stay the best it can be I will definitely be heading back
At the heart of any good training camp are three fundamentals – brilliant scenic rides, good accommodation and nice food. Very few camps can actually deliver on all three but Nozad and Cycling Holiday Spain not only meet these requirements but greatly surpass them.
The location in which the camp is situated is simply idyllic and pretty much a cyclist’s paradise. It’s unsurprising that so many pro teams pick this area as their winter base – smooth roads, very few cars, awesome climbs and stunning scenery. What more could you want?
Well actually Nozad provides you with more… Not only are the rides tailored to meet your needs but Nozad also accompanies either via the support car (very pro-esque) or by riding with you. It takes away the hassle of planning your own routes, worrying about directions and also allows you to make the most of the hours spent in the saddle. Thanks to Nozad we managed to do all the climbs we wanted and much more!
The accommodation was also perfect for our group – it felt like a home from home. It’s a great pad to lounge around in post ride and the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. What more could you want?
Well throw in a pool table, playstation, spin bikes, gym and projector screen for movies and you’ll find your time off the bike is never boring.
As for the food – it was brilliant. Nutritious, home-cooked and centred around recovery. A bountiful selection for breakfast provides you with all you could need for a good day on the bike and a three course evening meal rounds off the day nicely. What more could you want?
Well, yet again Nozad surpasses expectation by providing mid ride nutrition, post ride recovery shakes and ensures a freshly cooked lunch is on the table within 20 minutes of returning to camp. Nozad also managed to cater for the fussy eater, the vegetarian and the ‘healthy appetites’ of our group.
And when you think it can’t get any better you find the extra touches that simply make the camp stand out. Post ride massages every evening, saunas and steam rooms and a brilliant host that will do anything to make your stay better.
Cycling Holiday Spain is as close as you will get to a ‘pro-style’ camp and allows you to get the most out of your training. I can’t wait to return!
Marc Chamberlain, national champion and trains with us here at CHS,
I have been out with Cycling holidays Spain a couple of times now and I can remember after about 2 or 3 days into the week thinking that this is too good to be true. Well it was that good and it definitely true.
Nozad has got his camp absolutely dialed. Every last detail to make you comfortable and get maximum benefits.
The day kicks off with a breakfast that you would expect to see on every pro teams breakfast table. All home cooked with quality ingredients and always plenty of it.
You will be glad of that breakfast once you get onto your riding. Climb after climb on perfect roads, minimal traffic, stunning views and great weather. The route was tailored to our requirements every single day and along the route at various points was Nozads smiling face and words of encouragement.
Once back at the villa, another recovery meal waiting for you as soon as you walk through the door. You just have to sit down and let the recovery begin to do it all again the next day.
I have never been able to complete as many training sessions back to back than when out with CHS. It really is the life of a pro cyclist and if you trained here consistently it wouldn’t be too long until you was one!
The CHS training camp is always the first thing I think of when winter training begins in Nov. it has been a cornerstone of my training into the spring and a real boost into those first races of the season. It is near impossible to replicate whilst back home. Without this camp I know I would of been a few steps back when the season kicks off.
This year I had a great week with CHS which gave me a great platform in which to build off. I went on to become Vets National Mountain bike Champion.
If you love cycling this camp is a must do. If you crave success this camp is a necessity.
Its hard to describe just how good it is in words. You gotta do it to believe it!