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Racetime Events does Mallorca
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Posted on: Thursday 21st May 2015

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Claire Shea-Simmonds from Racetime Events Tri Club looks back on how an annual trip for two to Mallorca developed into the inaugural Racetime Events Mallorca Training Camp.

For the last eight years Duncan and I have made an annual trip to Mallorca, initially just the two of us, and in every year since we've taken numerous friends and club mates along with us. Our knowledge of the island, it's numerous stunning and challenging bike routes, beautiful sea swimming in the sheltered bay of Puerto Pollenca and 'off the beaten track' trail and mountain running is extensive! Team that with an intimate knowledge of the Mallorcan cafe culture and gelato stands and you have two very well equipped island guides.

Racetime does Mallorca 2015

In 2015, supported by our experience of organising plenty of informal camps and training holidays for our friends, we decided to partner with Johnny to put on Racetime Events' inaugural Mallorcan Training Camp.

Racetime does Mallorca 2015

In many ways, not much had changed in that our 'campers' comprised our friends and clubmates from Racetime Triathlon Club and the wider triathlon community, including old friends from Duncan's days as a teenage triathlete in Salisbury, Wiltshire and wonderful people we have met through travelling and racing triathlon along the way but this time the campers did not necessarily know each other. We were confident that individuals we knew and liked so much would gel together but it was great to see how quickly the group dynamic became one of mutual support, enthusiasm, encouragement and of course a good dollop of banter.

Racetime does Mallorca 2015

The format of our camps is centred around a shared villa with catering (breakfast and dinner) provided by the awesome Janet Shea-Simonds (Duncan's Mum). The villa is in a rural setting on a quiet lane close to Pollenca old town, with a beautiful garden (with pool) and accommodation split between the farmhouse and casita. Importantly, the villa boasts a fabulous outdoor eating area with BBQ that became the epicentre of the Racetime camp. On arrival rooms were allocated and camp 'goodie bags' issued, with triathlon essentials provided by Zone3, Rawbite and CurraNZ and a fabulous cycle jersey, exclusive to our camp, provided by Camp sponsors Skechers Performance Division. It's safe to say the jerseys made an impact and drew admiring glances as campers sported them proudly on the island.

Racetime does Mallorca 2015

This was largely a bike focused camp with campers clocking an average of 300-400 mountainous miles over the week, with sea swims most mornings and a couple of runs (technique and drills and a speed session), and the infamous camp 'trail run' with a 500m ascent of Talaia D'Alcudia. We like to strike a balance between providing sufficient challenge to push our campers beyond their perceived limits whilst making the camp accessible to all levels of experience and ability. Our campers definitely did rise to the challenges set and then some, making the awarding of the daily 'Camp Champ' an agonising decision.

Racetime does Mallorca 2015

Throughout the week the campers tackled many of the island's best climbing; Lluc, Puig Major, Orient, Sa Calobra and Randa were all conquered (some more than once!), and it was heartening to see our campers developing the same fondness for the island that has kept Duncan and I coming back for the last eight years. We know triathletes can't resist a bit of 'healthy competiton' so the week concluded with a Camp Aquathlon (handicapped to spice up the competition), and a mountain time trial of Lluc... oh and one last descent and ascent of Sa Calobra for those for whom the legs demanded one last beasting.

Racetime does Mallorca 2015

As a team, myself, Duncan, Johnny and Janet are delighted by the fantastic feedback received on our inaugural Racetime Malloca camp and planning has already began for next years' camp. We'll be offering two week long camps in Mallorca in April 2016 and a summer camp in the French Alps. We look forward to welcoming many of our campers back and be happy to welcome new campers in 2016, to express interest in next year's camp then please email [email protected]

Here's what some of our campers, all of whom have already booked for 2016, had to say about Racetime Mallorca:

“I'm still on a high from it all - I think that might last a while :)”

“Thank you all so much for an amazing week. Loved every second of it, even the painful ones!”

“Just want to thank you, I had such an amazing time and gained so much more confidence in myself and what I now think I can achieve.”

“I've been on a few triathlon camps over the years and this one was definitely the best.”

“We have nothing but praise for the camp and Racetime Events.”

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