Bike Tour Expert is committed to every member who comes to camp. You will leave with more self-assurance in group rides, with tips in body positioning on all fields of racing,leaning, and pacing.We will provide guidance on how you can improve your power and pace at lactate threshold, giving you the ability to ride longer and harder. You will receive individual attention that will boost your confidence on your bike. Through interaction with our coaches, you will leave this camp with key training tools to take home, as well as a better idea of areas for improvement.
Daily training sessions with Bike Tour Expert Coaches
Nutrition support featuring sports nutrition and hydration products
Professional mechanical support and support vehicles
Training presentations from BTX Coaches and race analyses.
BTX cycling jersey
6 breakfast 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
Details and Itinerary…
BTX Kalamata Greece
Spring Training Camp 7 Days
From November to April
Getting a jumpstart on your season
Location: Kalamata Greece
BTX is excited to offer a Spring Training Camp based in and around Kalamata Greece a cycling haven. Come join us for a week of riding designed to jump-start your 2014 cycling season.
This camp is open to riders of all levels. Rides carry you through some of the Kalamatas finest roads, described as some of the best riding in Mediterranean.You will pass through rolling terrain, along streams, through vineyards and olive plantations.
Kalamata is a city located in the South West of Greece around 2 hours from capital city Athens. There is a local airport with international flights coming direct from most european city airports. Kalamata has many quiet roads and beautiful scenery await the cyclist who is ready to get back out on the bike for the 2014 season.The area is not only famous for its abundant riding routes, but is well known for great restaurants, archaeological sites, olive tree plantations which produce the finest olive oil famous around the world. Here in Southern Greece we swim all year round as the weather climate here is exceptional!
The weather during March can vary from 15 – 25 degrees with the occasional spring rain shower. Please come prepared to ride in all weather conditions.
Daily training sessions with Bike Tour Expert Coaches
Training Presentations from BTX Coaches
Complete Ride Support with Nutrition and Hydration products
Professional mechanical support and vehicles
BTX Cycling Jersey
Six dinners and five lunches
Customize your Camp:
½ hour massage every day add 50 Euros per day.
Body Fit Geometry from Specialized fitter add 150 Euros
Lactate Threshold Test add 80 Euros
1300 Euro for single occupancy in 5 Star hotel for double 1080 Euros
Teams will recieve a 10% discount, we can also cooperate with the teams local trainer to decide the best route for team or individual athlete (Airfare, Transportation not included.)
You must provide your own transportation to Kalamata, or we can arrange to meet you at Athens airport at cost.
Things to Bring
Items to pack for any of our camps:
Clean bicycle, tuned and ready to ride
Jerseys at least 4 (short and or long sleeve)
Shorts at least 4 pair
Base layer 1 or 2 lightweight
Cycling gloves short finger
Cycling Shoes/pedals (carry these with you if traveling by plane)
Small tote or backpack for anything you wish to keep in support vehicles.
Heart Rate Monitor and/or Power Meter (Power Tap or SRM or other)
Toiletries for clean up between rides.
Most of the above items are available in our store should you need to buy them on arrival.
Items to add just in case.
Medium weight jacket
Long sleeve and/or thermal jersey
Long finger gloves
Leg or knee warmers or light tights
Other items to consider:
12-27 or 12-25 cassette – If you are not accustomed to climbing, are a beginner cyclists or are attending a climbing camp.
Bottles/mix/food – if you will be arriving before a camp begins or remaining afterward, and wish to ride,
please bring what food/drink supplies you will need for your riding. Again this can be purchased from our store if needed.
We will have sport drinks, food, spare tubes/tires, etc in our follow vehicles. Each day we will prepare water bottles for
your bike and will provide you with sports nutrition products gels and energy bars etc for use during the camp.
This arrival and check in day at BTX Kalamata. After dropping of your bike and a brief check-in process,
you’ll join the BTX coaching staff and fellow riders for a gourmet dinner and a preview of the week ahead.
If you’d like to add any lab testing or a bike fit to your camp please advise staff on arrival.
Registration is throughout the day.
We start camp with a bike handling skills session. Even the best pros spend time working on their skills and there is
plenty to learn from the coaches leading and demonstrating the drills.
After lunch at a local restaurant, The afternoon is free time with the option for a sports massage
and we’ll meet again for a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s endurance ride focuses on group riding skills. This is a technically challenging route with
a deceptive amount of climbing, but we know how to customise the day for any ability level.
Experienced riders will complete the 80-120km ride, while several shorter options exist for the athletes
who need to save their legs for the rest of the week. There is lots of riding to come!
Lunch and there is the option for a sports massage. Dinner will be on your own.
The endurance ride today focuses on long miles with lots of hills.
We’ll split into several groups to ride 3.5 to 5.5 hour loops through the mountains of Kalamata.
Lots of climbing and descending await as we spin through the vineyards, olive plantations and valleys.
On several of the sustained climbs we prescribe a threshold level climbing pace to maintain to achieve the desired training effect.
After lunch and reviewing the morning’s ride data you’ll again have the option for massage, followed by dinner on your own.
Today will be an easier day with the goal of resting the legs ahead of the Tayetos Mtn climb.
Enjoy an easy cruise through the valley on some of our favorite local roads. We’ll meet for lunch at a local restaurant.
You’ll talk to your coach about your ride data, have the option for a massage and join us for a group dinner at a local restaurant.
We save the hardest ride for last at Spring Training Camp – Tayetos Mountain!
The technique fundamentals, pacing strategies and nutritional tips you’ve learned the previous days will all help
you conquer this extremely challenging climb. It’s a mountain that has tested many high level cyclists, but our coaches
and support staff will help you conquer it too.The only people who don’t make it up Tayetos are the ones that don’t really want to.
And while this mountain will challenge your legs and resolve, you will also enjoy spectacular scenery and an exhilarating descent.
This ride caps off a great week of big spring Kilometers and our last dinner is a chance to celebrate the camp with new and old cycling friends.