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Andalucian Cycling Experience

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Andalucian Cycling Experience

Venue Details

Name:Andalucian Cycling Experience
Location:Andalucia
Phone:0034 952 184 042
Sports:Cycling

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Summary

Introduction

Andalucian Cycling Experience: 'The Luxury Travel Guide' Bike Tour Operator of the Year in the 2017 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards

They specialise in organising a range of cycling (Road and MTB) and triathlon training camps and holidays all based in Montecorte which is within the Grazalema Natural Park. 

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, the company is run by husband and wife team, Ashley and Claire Higgins, who tailor make holidays to fit the individuals. Ashley is a Mountain Bike Instructor and bike mechanic.

The training camp is primarily for cyclists but for triathletes looking for an all round camp, there is swimming in the Ronda indoor, heated 25 metre pool or open water swimming at the new Zahara sports centre, where you swim in the lake and then enjoy a well-earned coffee/tapas/cake afterwards!  Please note, wetsuits will almost certainly be necessary during the winter months. 

Riders from all over the world (Russia, Mexico, Qatar, New Zealand, China, Australia, Canada, America, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Morroco etc) use Andalucian Cycling Experience


Travel

By air - Malaga, Seville or Jerez de la Frontera airports. 

Transfers can be arranged with Andalucian Cycling Experience and will take approximately 1hr 30mins to either of the 3 airports.

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Accommodation

All the accommodation are based in Montecorto and consist of either one of seven townhouses, villa with pool or the Farmhouse Hotel. 

The bike store with workshop is also located in Montecorto.

The Townhouses can sleep between 1 and 6 people and is self-catering. All the townhouses are positioned in the centre of Montecorte.

The Villa sleeps 6 with a minimum occupancy of 2 and is located on the edge of Montecorte surronded by lemon and orange trees. This accommodation is also self-catering.

The Farmhouse Hotel which is approximately 5km outside of Montecorte, has 8 double rooms and can offer Bed & Breakfast or half-board including an evening meal. It is recommended that you hire a car of you stay at the Farmhouse hotel.

Montecorte is a typical "white village" in the heart of Andalucia, 18 km away from Ronda. The viilage has 2 grocery stores, 2 bakers, a fruit and veg shop and a fish mongers so you will be able to buy all the provisions you need. There are also several bars and restaurants if you wish to eat out in the evenings.


 

Training Facilities

Cycling

The Grazalema National Park and surrounding mountains give an ideal place for both road and MTB cycling.

Grazalema Natural Park, Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Nieves mountains in southern Spain.

All the rides are tailor made to suit your ability and fitness level, routes can vary between 50 to 180km with 1,000 to 3,500mts of climbing.

MTB - Ashley has spent over 10 years cycling in the area, putting together the best mountain biking routes of fast tracks and technically challenging trails. The terrain is best described as dry and dusty, fast flowing with a fair few rocky sections and plenty of switchbacks thrown in.


Bike Hire

All bikes are Orbea and include pumps, mini tools and tyre levers. You will be able to hire a suitable bike for the package you have choosen; Road, MTB, Hybrids etc ....


Triathlon

Swimming - The training camp is primarily for cyclists but for triathletes looking for an all round camp, there is swimming in the Ronda indoor, heated 25 metre pool or open water swimming at the new sports centre in Zahara, where you can enjoy a lake swim followed by soup, coffee, cake and/or tapas in the restaurant overlooking the lake and mountains. Wetsuits will likely by necessary during the winter months.

Running - There are many running routes; maps and route cards are available.


Cycling Holidays

MTB Holidays

From the home base the Serrania de Ronda, Sierra de Nieves and Grazalema Natural Park are all within easy reach. These areas offer a wide range of routes including cross country trails, testing single track, tough climbs and fast flowing down hills. There are also some more gentle rides.

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Ashley is on hand to improve MTB skills such as braking, balance and body positioning.

These MTB holidays are suitable for all levels, from beginner to the most experienced mountain biker. Each ride is tailor made to your skills, fitness and needs.


Leisure Cycling Holidays

These are aimed at the recreational cyclist. The rides are fully supported with a gentle and easy pace taking in the scenery, local cuisine and wines.



Silver Cycling Holidays

These are aimed at 60 year olds and older. You will visit some of the most beautiful white villages of the Grazalema Natural Park with either the White Villages of Andalucia Self Guided Point-to-Point Tour or the Single Based Cycling Holidays options. 

You'll ride through rolling farmland along quiet country lanes, through forests of Holm Oak, passing by olive groves, orange and lemon orchards and vineyards, stopping each day for lunch and refreshments at one of favourite local tapas bars or restaurants. Guided tours can be arranged around a local wine bodega (includes a wine tasting and lunch) and visits to a working olive mill where they still press and produce exquisite local olive oil.


Self Guided Cycling Tours

The self-guided tours are perfect ways to see Andalucia in southern Spain. Andalucian Cycling Experience will take care of the planning and logistics of your holiday including the booking of accommodation, airport transfers, transport of luggage from hotel to hotel and maps & routes notes.

White Vilage of Andalucia Tours - This white villages tour through Andalucia is suitable for everyone! Whether you are a group of friends, bunch of work colleagues or a couple of mates looking for a week away to enjoy the many simple pleasures in life such as riding a bike, good food, fine wine and fresh air in a beautiful setting whilst cycling in the heart of Andalucia southern Spain.

Sporting Tour - This sporting tour through Andalucia is suitable for the avid cyclist, sportive rider and keen road bike rider. Expect to ride 50-160km per day on this point-to-point tour. On most days you'll have a choice of 3 different rides making this trip perfect for groups of mixed abilities and also allowing you to customise your tour depending on your energy levels each morning.


 

Family Cycling Holidays

 

Available for all the family, no matter the age


Triathlon Package

Triathlon Training Camp

 

This Triathlon Camp, which is available throughout the year, is a fusion of knowledge and experience, set in the triathlon training paradise of Andalusia.  The camp is led by qualified coaches; Karen Parnell, Chili Tri Triathon Coach, BTF and IRONMAN certified coach and Jess Petersson, former professional IRONMAN athlete and Olympian, Freebird and highly experienced bike guides.

ABILITY LEVEL: All levels

7 NIGHT PRICES: Depending on group size and date

NEAREST AIRPORT: Malaga.

Whether you want to get some late season running and biking done in a warmer climate, surrounded with like-minded individuals and coaches or have some late season races coming up and need to get ready for then this is the camp for you.  You will spend time running on the trails and inland loops as well as technique and speed work sessions on the run with Olympian Jess Petersson.

For the biking we have smooth roads which are quiet and safe - its perfect timing for some long steady rides to build some endurance.  We will also add in intervals for those that want to and vary the routes, so you get to see lots of the area, villages and mountains!   We have different paces and groups to ensure all levels are catered for.  

For swimming we use the nearby crystal-clear lake for open water sessions and nearby 25m indoor swimming pool.



Training Camps

Training Camp Dates

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Reviews

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Reviewed by Mark
On 01-Jul-2018 16:1:49

Comments:   I've been with ACE twice, once in December, then again just recently. I've thoroughly enjoyed both times. Going back I was a little worried it would be the same excellent rides, but there was enough variety the second time to ease my concerns. The cycling is amazing, quiet roads, spectacular scenery and Ash takes care to ensure rides are challenging but matched to ability. The bikes are in excellent condition, the hosts (Ash and Claire) very down to earth and friendly, the guides (Drew and Agnieta) likewise (and very patient �). Montecorto is charming as are the villages, and the people very friendly. It's also exceptionally good value. Can't rate the experience highly enough! (Also, the people I've met have been so nice. Maybe I've been lucky, or maybe it's because cyclists are just very nice people.) Finally, don't be worried about nothing to do on the day off. Ronda and Sevilla are both fairly accessible (Servilla less so). Alternatively, you can take a few walks around the village and surrounding areas.
Reviewed by Alanda
On 16-Apr-2018 16:1:35

Comments:  Yet another great few days with ACE. Exactly the mixture I was after; some technical mountain bike challenges (still LOTS left to master), solid cardio, swoosh-y road bike descents and sunshine / fresh air. As ever, Ashley and Claire’s team delivered biking, company, relaxation, tapas and even some Christmas shopping recommendations! Thanks for a wonderful few days, I will undoubtedly be back for a fifth visit.
Reviewed by Stephen
On 16-Apr-2018 16:1:00

Comments:  Just back from a weeks cycling with Ashley and Drew. Left the UK with snow and had a week at Montecorto with blue sky, 15-17 deg C and amazing countryside. Spring Iris and Narcissus were everywhere. This is a beautiful part of Spain with quiet roads and many different routes. The routes are all adjustable to take into account the wishes of the group and with at least 2 guides the group can always be split according to ability. Why stay in the UK when you can be here. Very good value as well.
Reviewed by Christopher
On 16-Apr-2018 16:1:56

Comments:  Spain is a wonderful place to cycle. A law requires drivers to give cyclists 1.5 meters of space when passing. The roads are smooth, and there is little traffic off the main highways. No better way to experience some of the best cycling in Spain than to sign up for a week with Andalucian Cycling Experience. Ashley and Claire are terrific hosts, and Ashley, along with other guides, are professional, supportive and most of all, out for fun just like you. Each day there is a choice of three different rides offered: short, medium and long. The guide rides first, and then waits at all turns until all in the group have passed. So, no worrying about where to turn, just ride and have fun. Take advantage of the group dinners too, usually one on Tuesday night in Montecorto and then on Friday evening in Zahara. While this was my first experience with ACE, for many, it was their 5th,7th or even 11th time with ACE, and I can see why. I rented an Orbea through ACE since I had been traveling in other parts of Spain prior to this cycling week, and it was just easier to hire a bike. But, you can certainly bring your own, and there's space in the bike room to service your bike after a ride, if needed. I highly recommend ACE and look forward to my next week with them real soon!
Reviewed by Jonathan
On 16-Apr-2018 16:1:19

Comments:  This was our first serious cycling trip and heading into to Montecorto we didn't know if we'd survive! Luckily for us Ashely, Claire and Drew (our guide) at ACE were the friendliest yet most professional in handling all our needs. From getting on a video call to help with transport to finding out about our fitness levels, they tailored the entire trip to our needs and we felt well taken care of all the way. We wanted to get out of the big cities, and the scenery in Montecorto left nothing to be desired. From mountaintops to valleys, grazing land to forests, rock faces to lakes, this area has it all. Not to mention amazing descents. Food is very affordable and they stop at cafes on the rides as you visit different cities on the routes. Food is self-catering with grocers and restaurants/bars in town. You should love hills - the only flat piece of real estate is the bed. We'd highly recommend ACE to everyone!
Reviewed by Alistair Rudd
On 03-Apr-2018 21:1:01

Comments:  Great place to train lots of variety Well organised
Reviewed by Astrid
On 20-Dec-2017 22:0:05

Comments:  My partner and I are just back from a week of winter training with ACE and had an absolutely fantastic time. Ashley and Drew did a fabulous job in guiding our small group of four through the beautiful Andalucian countryside with a new route every day, which could be extended or shortened after liking. There was definitely no lack of climbing, but all the hard work was rewarded with plenty of cake and tapas during our stops. The atmosphere was chilled out and everyone, no matter if fast or slow rider, was well looked after. The roads were super quiet with an excellent surface and our hire bikes were in tiptop condition. We stayed in the townhouse accommodation, which was cosy, well equipped and offered stunning views from the roof terrace. This was our first road cycling holiday and I'm sure it won't be our last
Reviewed by Phil
On 20-Dec-2017 22:0:26

Comments:  I loved the week I spent with Andalucian Cycling Experience. The rides on the hilly terrain around Montecorto, were stunning, the guides, in this case Drew, then Ashley, were brilliant. The white villages, the coffee stops, the town house, with a pool, the trip to Ronda for dinner - I couldn't fault anything. The organisation was great, thanks to Claire, who, along with Ashley, answered more emails from me than was necessary (!) and just made the whole experience excellent. It was more than I could have expected and just a great experience.
Reviewed by Victoria
On 20-Dec-2017 22:0:46

Comments:  I had another amazing week cycling in the Andalucian mountains with the ACE. The rides are varied and with stunning scenery. The people I met were great fun and like minded. Although everyone wanted to have some solid bike riding in nice conditions, the atmosphere was pretty chilled. Also, the guides were friendly and helpful. There were plenty of opportunities to practice climbing and descending, and the roads are in excellent condition. I would most definitely recommend these guys for an enjoyable, sociable and productive cycling holiday.
Reviewed by Michelle
On 20-Dec-2017 22:0:08

Comments:  We didn't know an area with such quiet, well surfaced roads, stunning scenery, and route options ever existed...until we came to Montecorto. Anna, Ashley, and Claire were very accommodating with everything from guiding to local knowledge and advice. The townhouse was located above the bike room and provided us with all the necessities as well as a great view. We had a great experience and already have discussed a return trip...after we learn some Spanish. Thanks again, Anna, for the great rides.
Reviewed by Mark
On 20-Dec-2017 22:0:32

Comments:  After struggling to decide where to go on holiday this year, Ashley provided my wife and I with a fantastic tailor made two weeks between 9th and 23rd of September, which resulted in us having an excellent cycling holiday. The accommodation, airport transfers, bikes and the friendliness and professionalism of all at Andalucian Cycling Experience was absolutely first class. (Special thanks go to Ashley and Anna). The team seemed to work like a well-oiled machine and have the expertise and cycling talent to cater for any level of cyclist. We decided to ride unguided and the route suggestions and route cards provided were perfect for our needs. The area has some beautiful scenery and the roads and courtesy of the Spanish motorist combined to ensure we had a very relaxing, stress free holiday. We certainly expect to be using Andalucian Cycling Experience again and would have absolutely no reservations recommending them to our friends colleagues or team mates.
Reviewed by Elaine
On 05-Jun-2017 06:1:51

Comments:  This was my second visit and hopefully not my last. Superb riding , friendly professional service in a beautiful , peaceful and truly authentic Spanish cycling area. And I love that you choose your route daily so you can make as testing , or not , as your wish.
Reviewed by Kira
On 05-Jun-2017 06:1:22

Comments:  Just came back from my second training camp in Montecorto and I'm quite confident it won't be my last. The accommodation has been in the cutest houses with wonderful views both times. Montecorto itself is a picturesque small town, perfect for a holiday if you're not looking for an exciting nightlife scene. The rides are well organized, the roads are in a good condition, there's very little traffic and drivers are considerate of cyclists. I'll be recommending ACE to all my friends, even those who aren't cyclists. The leisure rides are for everyone (ok, one has to know how to ride a bike and be reasonably fit) and cycling is a great way to see the White Villages and enjoy the wonderful scenery.
Reviewed by Nicola
On 05-Jun-2017 06:1:32

Comments:  We thoroughly enjoyed it and it exceeded our expectations from the smooth roads, to the climbs, the scenery and the accommodation. Everything was effortless on our behalf, apart from having to tackle a hill now and again but what goes up must come down so the descents were pretty epic too. Huge thanks to Alex for the airport pick up, ice creams, bag transfer and even the beers. And to Drew too for his assistance getting us to the airport on time. We did think it would be advantageous to have the gradient profile on the route cards to allow people to see whats around the corner/bend and may allow people decide to cut a route short or turn back and/or pace themselves appropriately for any climbs ahead etc. The towns, accommodation and food were also wonderful in all of the locations. The stunning infinity pool in Los Tadeos was a great way to end the day after conquering the beast, while the San Gabriel brought us back in history (& Isabella offered wonderful advice on things to do and see and suggested places to eat in Ronda) and the hospitality in Cortijo Valverde was superb - loved Bert and Wendy and their fabulous food - really was a treat at the end of the day.
Reviewed by Steve
On 05-Jun-2017 06:1:43

Comments:  I wish I could get them 6 stars - fantastic way to see Spain Ashley and his team do fantastic job at setting up a unforgettable experience. Good bikes. Easy to read turn by turn directions. And wonderful hotels in beautiful tiny little villages (we did the White Village tour). Went to places that I am sure I never would have found on my own -- and certainly would not have wanted to drive a car through. And they make it so easy as they handle all the details of reservations, move your bags and even give you detailed sheets of things to do and see. Highly recommend.
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