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!

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 !

Cycling Active – 3 Page Feature – Out Now!

CA_VC_1_FBBack at the start of the summer I was approached by Journalist / DJ and friend  Lu Lu Levay who had heard of my move out to the island and the inception of Velo Club Ibiza, Lu Lu was keen for me to show her another side to Ibiza and being the fitness guru and writer that she we were sure that it would make a great story, Cycling Active magazine also agreed and commisioned a piece on cycling on the white Isle. So in September this year Lulu flew out and spent some time riding with Velo Club Ibiza and the following 3 page article is the result. We love it and and hope you enjoy the ride..er…read!

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