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Europe's leading sports resort launches first pro-inspired cycling training camp

La Manga Club
Not content with hosting many of the world’s elite professional and amateur golfers, tennis players and footballers, La Manga Club – Europe’s leading sports resort – has launched its first-ever road cycling camp. A few weeks after the Vuelta a España passes through Murcia featuring Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Spain’s La Manga Club will welcome amateur riders for a six-day cycling training camp with one objective in mind: to simulate a professional training camp.

Tracking and assistance vehicles, experienced group guides, an en-route mechanic, tests in the resort’s High Performance Sport Centre and technical talks will all feature at the luxury resort, which is blessed with a great regional road network, featuring long smooth flats, challenging climbs and thrilling descents.

Taking place from September 20-26, packages cost €899 (£650 approx.) per person sharing a twin or double room. The closest airports to the resort are Murcia, a 20-minute drive, or Alicante (one hour).

Featuring a series of challenging rides on a variety of routes, with a total distance covered across the week of 635km (400 miles), the price also features daily breakfast, a welcome drink and snack on the first night and gala dinner on the final evening, refreshments including energy gels and sports drinks during rides, full cycling kit, insurance and access to the La Manga Club spa.

“We are offering a unique opportunity for cyclists of all levels to enjoy their favourite sport, being looked after like true professionals and with the bonus of the incomparable setting here at La Manga Club, as well as the privileged facilities on offer at the resort,” said Chad Harpur, sports director at La Manga Club.

The camp, which will feature a maximum of 15 people, will signal the start of a series of cycling camps at La Manga Club, with future dates set to be announced soon. The resort’s enviable location (set alongside a natural park, two seas and a mining mountain range), the Mediterranean climate and an array of first-class facilities make it one of the top national destinations for cycling and triathlon, among other sports.

Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club is the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and recent accolades include being named best golf hotel in Spain at both the 2014 World Golf Awards and 2015 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards – for the fourth successive year.

As well as golf and tennis, the resort’s other facilities include a new Leadbetter Golf Academy – the only one in mainland Spain – a new High Performance Sports Centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses.

La Manga Club is regularly chosen to host junior sports academies by some of the biggest names in sport including global football giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, while children can also enhance their sporting skills at one of the resort’s own academies – with golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, football and triathlon among the activities available.

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