Hire a bike
There is nothing better than riding on your own trusty steed, especially if you are planning on spending five or six fairly tough days in the saddle. This is why, in the time-honoured phrase “for your own comfort and enjoyment” we strongly recommend you bring your own bike.
However, we do understand that sometimes this is either inconvenient or just not possible, and if you do need to hire a bike, all is not lost! We work with a number of partners in Switzerland and France to provide suitable bikes. Depending on your requirements and your budget we can find you anything from an entry-level aluminium bike wih Shimano 105 gears, which will do the job admirably for a training camp, all the way up to a top-end carbon bike with Dura Ace Di2 gears and carbon wheels.
Contact us with your requirements (the earlier the better).
Ride with a top-end set of wheels
As a Mavic test centre, we always have several sets of Mavic’s latest wheels for testing. In 2016, for example, we had 4 sets of the remarkable Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL wheels. These were much appreciated by our riders.
We’ll update this page in March or April once we know exactly which wheels we will be able to offer through the 2017 season. There is no charge to test them during a training camp.
Hire a power meter
A power meter can transform your cycling performance – see “Climb with power” for an explanation of the impact of monitoring your power expenditure during your ride.
We provide PowerTap G3® power meters, which are contained in the rear wheel hub. All you need to do is to change your rear wheel and to pair the sensor with an ANT+ bike computer such as a Garmin.
Please note we don’t have an unlimited number, so it is important to book in advance.
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Pair of wheels with CycleOps aluminium rims,
PowerTap hubs and 32 DT Swiss spokes.
Using your power meter
We will help you install your power meter on arrival. It is as simple as changing the cassette from your wheel to the PowerTap wheel, then installing the wheel on your bike and pairing the meter with your Garmin (or other head unit). The real-time data reads directly on the screen on your handlebars. You can the download the full ride file to your computer post-ride.
What data will you see?
This is a screenshot from a typical power meter analysis software. The recording was made during the Grand Bô sportive on 30 June 2013. The box on the left displays the statistics from the highlighted part of the data, the climb of the Col de Romme.
Marvin rode the 8.9 km section (average slope of 8.9%) at an average power of 227W. He hit a maximum of 301W during the climb. You can also read the average and max speeds, cadence and heart rate as well as the calories burned and other data.
The same section is shown below on Google Earth. Different power levels are colour-coded so it is easy to see where Marvin made his greatest efforts
The bottom line
The power meter made a huge difference to Marvin’s performance. He improved his time by 30 minutes compared to the same sportive in 2011. The difference was due to much better power management, especially during the three earlier climbs over the Col de la Croix Fry, the Col des Fleuries and the Mont Saxonnex. If taken too fast, these climbs sap the legs leaving little left for the tough climb up the Col de Romme and even less for the final big push over the Col de la Colombière.