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Launch your 2024 season at our Granfondo coaching camp in the Canary Islands, 27 Jan to 3 Feb 2024.

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About Us

Alpine Cols is now 10 years old. During this period we have helped hundreds of men and women to become better, faster, safer cyclists, especially in the mountains: our favourite playground.

Right from the start, our motto has been: “Come as clients, leave as friends”. Alpine Cols exists above all because we love making new friends who share our passion for cycling in the mountains. We love the fact that many of our camp participants have become firm friends and continue to see each other and to cycle together, outside Alpine Cols.

We are recognised as the Granfondo/sportive coaching specialists. We were the official coaching and training partner to the Haute Route for four years 2014-2017, and have been the official partners to the Marmotte and the Tour du Mont Blanc since 2018.

We do not employ guides or unqualified “ride captains”. As well as being lovely people, all of our on-the-bike team members are formally certified cycling coaches. This is your guarantee of well-designed routes, safe riding and of course the opportunity to improve your performance.

But this isn’t just about performance. It’s your holiday too! We want you to enjoy an authentic experience and great food, so we look for quirky, boutique-style hotels, often 4*, and take pains to find the best restaurants serving local delicacies.

If you like the sound of this, we would love to present you with a raspberry-pink jersey and welcome you to the Alpine Cols community!

Cycling

Coaching Camps with Alpine Cols

We make a distinction between cycling tours and coaching camps. The main objective of our coaching camps is to help you become a better, faster, safer cyclist and to perform better in sportives and Granfondos. They usually based in one single location. Cycling tours on the other hand more often go from A to B, may involve changing hotels every night, and the main objective is to enjoy beautiful scenery and iconic climbs.

Different people are looking for different things, so we have tried to be clear about what we offer. To do these things well costs money, so we are certainly not the cheapest option. If that works for you, read on! To see what happens on one of our coaching camps, watch the video Ride faster at your next Granfondo.

COACHING

We pride ourselves first and foremost on the quality of our coaching. We do not employ guides: all our staff are officially certified cycling coaches.

FOCUS

We guarantee that you will improve your current skills, learn new ones and leave the camp a faster, more skilful rider, better prepared for your target event.

RESULTS

We have helped hundreds of people to perform better in events like the Etape du Tour, the Marmotte, the Mallorca 312 or the Haute Route.

GREAT HOTELS

Our clients are past the stage of youth hostels and cheap hotels. We look for the best possible hotels that remain affordable (usually 4*).

GREAT FOOD

You certainly need to eat plenty of carbs during a training camp, but that needn’t mean piles of pasta. Expect top quality meals.

FRIENDSHIP

Last but not least: come as clients, leave as friends! We are doing this to share our passion for cycling, and we love meeting new people.

Cycling Tours with Alpine Cols

We make a distinction between cycling tours and coaching camps. The main objective of our cycling tours is to enjoy beautiful scenery and iconic climbs. They  typically go from A to B and may involve changing hotels every night. Coaching camps on the other hand are usually based in one single hotel, and the main objective is to help you become a better, faster, safer cyclist.

Different people are looking for different things, so we have tried to be clear about what we offer. To do these things well costs money, so we are certainly not the cheapest option. If that works for you, read on!

COACHES, NOT GUIDES

We do not employ guides: all our staff are officially-certified cycling coaches.They will help you learn to cycle faster and more safely in the mountains.

ICONIC CLIMBS

This is your chance to add your name to the legend of the Tour de France climbs, and we will take you to climb as many as you can handle!

ROADS LESS TRAVELLED

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the roads less travelled and the hidden gems, where you can enjoy the mountains without the crowds.

GREAT HOTELS

Our clients are past the stage of youth hostels and camp sites. We look for the best possible hotels that remain affordable (usually 4*).

GREAT FOOD

You certainly need to eat plenty of carbs during a cycling trip, but that needn’t mean piles of pasta. Expect top quality meals.

FRIENDSHIP

Last but not least: come as clients, leave as friends! We are doing this to share our passion for cycling, and we love meeting new people.

Private Tours with Alpine Cols

Choosing a private tour gives you complete control over the entire package. We will work with you to design the itinerary, choose the hotels, decide on the level of support you require and generally take care of all the details.

ITINERARIES

We organise tours in the Alps, the Dolomites and the Pyrenees. You tell us whether you prefer the iconic Grand Tour climbs or the roads less travelled, we will take you there.

ALPINE COLS STAFF

We do not employ guides: all our staff are certified cycling coaches. Their role is to look after your safety in the mountains, and if you wish, to help with your technique.

GREAT HOTELS, GREAT FOOD

We know where to find the hotels and restaurants that offer the best value for money. You tell us the level you prefer and we will suggest the best options for your approval.

SUPPORT

Tell us what you need and we will provide it. Bicycle hire, additional vehicles, massages or full physiotherapy / osteopathy treatment, spa, swimming pool, special visits…

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In a previous article, Detraining and recovery from a serious accident, I wrote about my slow return to training during the first four months after a serious accident on July 2nd 2022. In this article I pick up the story where I left off and write about my ongoing efforts to recover my previous level. The story illustrates the effects of...

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