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Blackrock Ski Lodge

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Blackrock Ski Lodge

Venue Details

Name:Blackrock Ski Lodge
Location:Rhône-Alpes
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Sports:Cycling, Running, Triathlon, Cross Fit

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Summary

Introduction

 

BlackRock Lodge was designed and built by athletes Paul and Lizzy Mercer who have represented GB at age group level (Long Distance) Triathlon World Championships.

The Lodge can be found in the Les Houches area of the stunning Chamonix valley and is the perfect base for running, cycling, swimming or triathlon training in the Alps.

Paul and Lizzy have used their experience of training and competing to develop a network of professional support to deliver superb training opportunities for athletes. For 2016 they are working with coaches Phil Mosley, Silas Cullen and Gary Willis to offer triathlon and cycling camps.

Cycling road support is available as required and physio and message therapies are on hand too courtesy of the team at the acclaimed Clinique du Sport in Chamonix.

BlackRock’s coached camps are fully-catered with a professional chef delivering delicious, nutritious food and with Lizzy and Paul on-hand to provide concierge services to ensure you only have to focus on training.

BlackRock Lodge also offers a Team Take Over package so that teams can train with their coach whilst enjoying all the benefits of the lodge. Simply hire the lodge on a self-catering basis and then add as much or as little additional support as you’d like – catering, bike support, car support, housekeeping and transfers – to best suit your budget.

Angus Smith won a triathlon training camp at BlackRock with coach Fiona Ford. Read his review of the camp here ...

 


Travel

 

Getting to BlackRock Ski Lodge is simple:

Flying – Geneva Airport is only an hour away and car hire or airport transfers are simple to arrange.

Driving – About eight hours from Calais.

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Accommodation

 

BlackRock Lodge is a spacious chalet with great dining area which opens onto a deck for summer outdoor dining, it has a bar with big screen TV and a snug too. It comes complete with Jacuzzi (with stunning views of Mont Blanc) and a sauna – perfect for post training relaxation.

Training camp prices are based on two people sharing. There are three double/twin en-suite rooms, one double/twin with adjoining twin room with bathroom and two family rooms (one a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and an adjoining bunk room and the other a single/bunk room with an en-suite bathroom, and a double bedroom on a mezzanine level).

 


Training Facilities

Cycling

 

Road Cycling

BlackRock Lodge offers unrivalled access to high alpine cycling routes made famous by the Tour de France. Triathlon and cycling camps all come with bike and road support to ensure guests get to explore all that the area has to offer including:  the Col du Montet (1461m), Col des Aravis (1486m) and Col du Forclaz (1526m), the Col de la Colombiere (1613m) and Col du Joux Plane (1691m).

Cycling is supported by Vaudagne Velo which is owned by the ex pro cycling team mechanic and manager, Kev Worster.

 

Mountain Biking

Chamonix Valley id fast becoming one of the most popular area for MTB riders with it's unlimited trails and well organised VTT routes.


 

Click the images to view the Chamonix Valley VTT routes or the Les  Houches VTT routes right on Blackrock's doorstep.

Chamonix VTT routes              Les Houches VTT routes                         
 

Swimming

 

Pool sessions are based at Chamonix’s leisure centre which boasts both indoor and outdoor swimming pools with fantastic views.


Open water swims will take place at Lake Passy – a short drive from The Lodge and complete with stunning mountain backdrop.

 


Running

 

Running on the trails around Chamonix offer a unique experience. An increasingly popular sport in its own right, Chamonix is home to events such as the Marathon du Mont Blanc and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Athletes training at BlackRock have access to hundreds of kilometres of mountain trails from tree lined rolling routes to high-mountain itineraries with stunning views.

Speed and interval training sessions are based at Chamonix’s 300 metre sprung running track which is approximately 10 minutes' drive away from the accommodation. 


Coaches

 

  • Fiona is a Level 3 British Federation Triathlon Coach and is also a qualified Swim Smooth swimming coach. Fiona works with triathletes of all abilities from Sprint and Olympic distance through to Ironman.
  • Gary has competed and coached at the highest level and has developed many innovative techniques to improve your cycling performance.
  • Michelle is a two time Olympian and former World and European champion. Michelle now works as a professional triathlon coach, heading up TeamDillon. Michelle won the 220 Triathlon Awards, Triathlon Coach of the Year in 2010.
  • Phil is a coach for MyProCoach.net and works for Future Publishing Ltd as the Coaching Editor for Triathlon Plus magazine. Phil has a degree in Sports Science and has over 9 years of coaching experience.
  • Silas has been a full time cycling, triathlon and endurance coach since 2000. His athletes include many Elite and Age Group national champions and both professional as well as amateur athletes in events as diverse as sprint triathlon, Marathon de Sables and cycling sportives. 
  • In House Coaching

     

    Chalet owners, and amateur triathletes Lizzy and ‘Beej’ Mercer  - who have both represented Triathlon Great Britain at age group level in the Long Distance World Championships in Perth, Australia and Las Vegas, USA – head-up the team.


    Kevin Worster

     

    Kevin (of Vaudagne Velo) is a former professional cycle team manager who now offers support on the road along with full bike mechanical back up and bike fit services. Kevin will also source bike hire if required.


    Garth Fox

     

    Garth Fox (of Garth Fox Scientific Performance Coaching) is an acknowledged sports scientist and endurance performance coach having worked with triathletes of all levels from novice to World Champions in both cycling and triathlon. He also contributes specialist articles Runner’s World and Triathlon Plus magazines. 


    Training Camps

    We are currently awaiting confirmation of next season's details and dates.

    If you have any questions or would like to receive notification as soon as details are available, please get in touch using the Contact Us tab at the top of the page.

    Women Cycling Camp

     

    Blackrock Ski Lodge are offering 2 4-night weekend women only cycling training camps based at the Blackrock Ski Lodge in the Alps

    Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced cyclists – we’ll be splitting into small ability based groups, these camps will provide the perfect introduction to Alpine cycling. We will be tailoring each camp to meet the needs of the riders who join us so that everyone’s able to ride at the pace that best suits them.


    In-House Cycling Camps

     

    Blackrock Ski Lodge based Gary Willis, will guide you round and pass on some top tips from the world of professional cycling whilst you experience some of the Cols made famous by the Tour de France. There are two types of cycling training camp - Camp 01; an intermediate camp cycling between 3 and 5 hours per day and Camp 02; a more advanced camp aimed at serious riders cycling up to 7 hrs a day


    Your own Tri or Cycling Camp

     

    You, your team and coach can hire Blackrock Ski Lodge and base yourselves in the heart of French Alpine cycling country. You simply hire the Lodge on an exclusive basis and agree the level of catering, bike support, car support, housekeeping and transfers to best suit your budget.


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    Reviews

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    Reviewed by Scott
    On 25-Mar-2017 06:0:54

    Comments:  A fantastic week fully catered in Black Rock Lodge. The food was excellent and the staff are fun, diligent, and go the extra mile for their guests. Would be happy to stay again if in Chamonix!
    Reviewed by Tammy Rubin
    On 30-Dec-2015 10:0:09

    Comments:  I just returned from a week's stay at BlackRock Ski Lodge. Lizzy and Paul were fabulous hosts. The Lodge is quaint with a breathtaking view. Lizzy's a great cook, her meals are delicious and healthy. I was there to partake in a Triathlon camp. The fabulous coach was Roland Kemp. My progress soared in a few days. Roland is patient and tailored a program for me. I went from panic in the lake on day 1 to swimming 2 kilometers on day 3! Lizzy and Paul worked out with me and also encouraged me.
    Reviewed by Marc
    On 30-Dec-2015 10:0:21

    Comments:  Wow, what can I say, other than the most amazing Tour de France week. Paul and Lizzie are fabulous hosts - nothing is too much effort for these guys. Great organisation, great support on the road every day, great food and superb chalet. A real personal touch. Also, got the chance to live out a boyhood dream and watch the TDF on Alp d'Huez! Thanks guys, hope to see you soon.
    Reviewed by Duncan
    On 30-Dec-2015 10:0:54

    Comments:  Just the most fantastic place we've ever stayed! Lizzy and Paul are the nicest, most accommodating hosts you could ever wish for. Emma's cooking is superb, the location is fantastic, views are superb ..... Just Faultless! Thanks so much guys and good luck
    Reviewed by Melinda
    On 30-Dec-2015 10:0:42

    Comments:  Fantastic destination for tri training camp with RolandKempFitness - amazing hospitality from gourmet healthy food to spectacular views & awesome rides on the doorstep! Highly recommend, thanks for having me :))