The Boyd Brigade

It was great to ride with a father and son team Noel and James at the beginning of this week. Having recently retired Noel has re-discovered the bike…a lovely Pinarello Rokh to be more precise ! And was looking to get some social training miles in whilst over on Holiday visiting his Son and daughter in Law.

James is a soon to be resident on the Island and is no stranger to its amazing riding and it was a great opportunity for them both to get out together on two wheels and enjoy some training, banter and great food! Thanks for a great couple of days fellas and we will see you soon…

Boys Snr puts the hammer down !

Father and Son just enjoying the bike

Father and Son just enjoying the bike

James keeps his eye out for any attacks

James keeps his eye out for any attacks

 

Climbing out of a slightly scorched part of Es Cubells

Climbing out of a slightly scorched part of Es Cubells

The coffee stops are pretty good on the Island. Salut!

The coffee stops are pretty good on the Island. Salut!

 

Great Ormond Street Hospital Round the Island Cycle Challenge

It was great to be part of what was an awesome event last weekend,  Velo Club Ibiza acted as consultants on the routes then drove the support vehicle on the two days of riding, which saw 200 participants cycle the Island over two days to help raise money for the GOSH in London.

For some participants it proved extremely challenging but all of them managed to complete the course and do their bit for what is an amazing Hospital that gives hope to so many children and families all over the world.

To sign up for the 2015 Event which aims to be bigger and better click here!

Below are some shots I grabbed during the weekend….

Bikes stacked and racked ready for the off

Bikes stacked and racked ready for the off

For the uninitiated the routes were definitely a challenge

For the uninitiated the routes were definitely a challenge

Riders congregate at the start on Day 1

Riders congregate at the start on Day 1

 

Support riders where on the road to provide a few much needed pushes!

Support riders where on the road to provide a few much needed pushes!

The irrepressible Ian Denson son of GB cycling legend Vin Denson was proud to be supporting such a great cause

The irrepressible Ian Denson son of GB cycling legend Vin Denson was proud to be supporting such a great cause

Walking Ibiza Charity Adventure April 22-26 2014

Velo Club Ibiza were proud to be able to help out on Walking Ibiza’s 4 day charity challenge last week.  We provided the bikes, consulted on the route and provided guided assistance to the 7 plucky adventurers on the two mountain bike sections. Who  navigated the whole island in 4 days by trekking, kayaking and riding. Congratulations to all involved and everyone who pledged and donated to help raise funds for the charities involved

APNEEF – an Ibiza and Formentera based group working with children who have special educational needs. Their objectives are to improve the development and evolution of these children and to increase their quality of life and social integration by means of specialised programmes such as psychomotor therapy, equine therapy, multi-sensory stimulation, manual workshops and hydrotherapy.

The Samasound Association is the other organisation set to benefit from this fund-raiser. By offering sound healing to patients fighting cancer and other illnesses, results of this effective treatment are incredible and include strengthening of the immune system and allaying stress, leading to wonderful improvements in critical situations.

Day 1 of the adventure saw us head down to Salinas on a route that took us up the west coast

Day 1 of the adventure saw us head down to Salinas on a route that took us up the west coast

At the top of Salinas we hooked a right onto the trail that climbs then drops you down to Cap Des Falco

At the top of Salinas we hooked a right onto the trail that climbs then drops you down to Cap Des Falco

Climbing out of Es Cubells

Climbing out of Es Cubells

Day 4of the Challenge was part 2 of the biking. Starting at Playa Figueral we headed down the East coast...

Day 4 of the Challenge was part 2 of the biking. Starting at Playa Figueral we headed down the East coast…

 

Rding righta along the coastline passing the natural spring at Pou De Lleo

Riding right  along the coastline passing the natural spring at Pou De Lleo

We then rode straight into Cala Nova stopping for a quick coffee and to take in the views!

We then rode straight into Cala Nova stopping for a quick coffee and to take in the views!

Here the group heads out of Es Canar...with smiles all round!

Here the group heads out of Es Cana…with smiles all round!

As a bit of luxury for 4 days of blood sweat and tears...there was a lunch stop at the beautiful Amante Restaurant at Sol Den Serra

As a bit of luxury for 4 days of blood sweat and tears…there was a lunch stop at the beautiful Amante Restaurant at Sol Den Serra

The final stretch saw some steep sections through Roca Lisa towards S'Estanyol

The final stretch saw some steep sections through Roca Lisa towards S’Estanyol

 

Final Camino action coming into Cap Martinet

Final Camino action coming into Cap Martinet

The final stretch of tarmac for the 7 adventurers, past the Marina to the finish line at Eivissa Town Port!

The final stretch of tarmac for the 7 adventurers, past the Marina to the finish line at Eivissa Town Port!

A lovely 520 kilometre week !

My cyclists tan is getting drastic! And its only April

My cyclists tan is getting drastic! And its only April

Its been a busy period the last week here are VC Ibiza.  The airlines have begun their summer routing and the island is continuing to gear up for the forthcoming 2014 season. There are openings aplenty as bars, restaurants and hotels fine tune their engines ready for the influx of people through the summer and the weather has really begun to heat up! Lets hope its here to stay…

With the budget airlines starting this really is a great time to hop on a plane and get some early summer miles in the legs and that is exactly what VC Ibiza clients Ben, Marcel, Peter and James have done.

Below are some photos and routes from their rides that saw me total up 520k’s last week.. so just a few hours on the saddle, but what fun we had ! Cheers fellas it was great to ride with you all.. and we are looking forward to seeing you out on the white isle again real soon!

First up last week was Ben, a Spanish teacher from Leeds he was over getting some miles in and a break from his students!

First up last week was Ben, a Spanish teacher from Leeds he was over getting some miles in and a break from his students!

Your friendly neighbourhood bike guy!

Your friendly neighbourhood bike guy!

Marcel was clocking up the miles getting ready for the Paris Roubaix ride he was doing before the pro race on Saturday the 12th

Marcel was clocking up the miles getting ready for the Paris Roubaix ride he was doing before the pro race on Saturday the 12th

Giving Marcel some camino action to prepare him for the "Hell of the North"

Giving Marcel some camino action to prepare him for the “Hell of the North”

Peter from Antwerp had just completed the Tour of Flanders sportive ride

Peter from Antwerp had just completed the Tour of Flanders sportive ride

And now he's preparing for the Liege Bastogne Liege event

And now he’s preparing for the Liege Bastogne Liege event

A favourite coffee stop at Sa Calma in Marina Botafoch

A favourite coffee stop at Sa Calma in Marina Botafoch

James is a Triathlete from York who spent 5 years competing in Barcelona. By the end of the week it was good to be able to follow his wheel as we toured the climbs in the North

James is a Triathlete from York who spent 5 years competing in Barcelona. By the end of the week it was good to be able to follow his wheel as we toured the climbs in the North

Jame takes in a corner toward Cala St Vicent

Jame takes in a corner toward Cala St Vicent

Los Tres Amigos

2 of VC Ibiza’s oldest and dearest club members visited the White Isle last week for some training in the spring sunshine and a fair amount of fun. Simon is currently starting his training for his upcoming UK triathlon.

There is a a fair amount of flat riding in the event so we did a few laps of  the road between the salt plains of Salinas to get his body used to doing concentrated efforts on long flat roads. It’s a great road for this as the roundabout at San Jordi acts as one marker while the roundabout at the entrance to Salinas beach acts as the other and between them you try and go as hard and as fast as you can ! Simple.

Heading down the straight towards DC-10

Heading down the straight towards DC-10

 

Taking a tow, heading back toward San Jordi roundabout

Taking a tow, heading back toward San Jordi roundabout

The next morning we were joined by Richard as we headed out on a leg stretch toward the west coast, it was a slow one as there were many things to catch up on over a few too many Vinos the night previous.

Simon climbs up the road from the Blue Marlin

Simon climbs up the road from the Blue Marlin

 

Richard climbs into San Jose

Richard climbs into San Jose

 

Ricahrd drinks beers in San Jose

Richard drinks beers in San Jose

 

Si and Rich, coming into Ibiza Town

Si and Rich, coming into Ibiza Town

After the riding was done we were able to sample at length the après ride delights Ibiza has to offer, unfortunately no photos beyond the point we dismounted the bikes were deemed usable for the blog!

Longer days…longer rides

As the temperatures slowly creep up and the days become that bit longer, Ibiza begins to hum to the sound of drilling and unmistakeable smell of fresh white paint.  The 2014 season will soon be upon us.

Riding in the summer is of course fantastic but riding now, when spring is in the air and the island is waking from its winter slumber is quite fantastic and its possible to see the islands natural beauty comes alive right in front of your eyes.

VC Ibiza clients Gaby and Ben picked a great week to come over, it was a little windy to begin with but they were soon able to pick up on their training miles in preparation for the www.transcontinentalrace.comin August. Follow their adventures on their blog http://nowhereadventures.wordpress.com/

Here is a selection of photos from some big rides last week…

Climbing Sa Talaia on the gravel camino

Climbing Sa Talaia on the gravel camino

Beautiful Tarmac coming into Cala Moli

Beautiful Tarmac coming into Cala Moli

Gaby and Ben head into the campo

Gaby and Ben head into the campo

Gaby, Ben and Stefan burn down into Portinatx

Gaby, Ben and Stefan burn down into Portinatx

Rapha continental rider Stefan Rohner took us along this camino, he also takes a mean photo! Thanks Stefan

Rapha continental rider Stefan Rohner took us along this camino, he also takes a mean photo! Thanks Stefan

Descending towards Cala Sant Vicent

Descending towards Cala Sant Vicent

Final climb of a long day !

Final climb of a long day !

Gaby and Ben – Winter Training x Winter Sun

In preparation for their participation in this years epic http://www.transcontinentalrace.com race,  alpine adventurers extraordinaire Gaby and Ben popped over from their base in Bourg St Maurice in France to experience the delights of the Ibiza parcours and so far so good as their latest blog describes !

http://nowhereadventures.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/winter-cycling-on-the-white-island/

View from the Top of D'alt Vila

View from the Top of D’alt Vila