VC Ibiza – La Vuelta 2014

The Vuelta this year has proven to be the biggest and best Grand Tour of the year allowing us fans to finally see Contador and Froome go head to head without falling off. With this mouth watering prospect in mind we jumped on a plane to Asturias and on landing travelled down to the Picos De Europa..the most stunning range of mountains 20 km inland from the northern coast of Spain, located in the Autonomous Communities of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León.

Hooking up with some old pals from London we based ourselves in Cangas De Onis south west of Oviedo and then rode, ate, slept and watched some fantastic racing right up in our faces!

Ben, Chris and Lawrence between mountains

Ben, Chris and Lawrence between mountains

Lawrence coming to the end of a 15k descent

Lawrence coming to the end of a 15k descent

Chris in the mountains

Chris in the mountains

Fabada y Sidre

Fabada y Sidra

Birthday boy Lawrence and me up Covadonga the HC climb that was the dramatic ending to Stage 15

Birthday boy Lawrence and me up Covadonga the HC climb that was the dramatic ending to Stage 15

All gone a bit Rapha A/W look book here..

All gone a bit Rapha A/W look book here..

Above the Clouds at Lagos de Covadonga

Above the Clouds at Lagos de Covadonga

Top lad Christian Knees at the start of Stage 15

Top lad Christian Knees at the start of Stage 15

Local hero Dani Navarro give the home fans something to cheer

Local hero Dani Navarro gives the home fans something to cheer

Contador, Valverde and Purito. Alberto looking for Froome no doubt

Contador, Valverde and Purito. Alberto looking for Froome no doubt

The start of stage 15 in Oviedo

The start of stage 15 in Oviedo

Mikel Nieve and Sammy Sanchez where just off the lead riders up the climb

Mikel Nieve and Sammy Sanchez where just off the lead riders up the climb

Waiting for the "grupetto"

Waiting for the “grupetto”

 

Mad dogs, Englishmen and Tom from Miami go riding in late August!

A very hot and pretty exhausting August on our part saw VC Ibiza take some very dedicated and sun loving “Corredors” out onto the roads and camino’s of Ibiza.  Big love goes out to the Cobbolds, Daire’s 40th Crew and big Tom from Miami. Whom through the vomit, blood, bruises, sweat and gears all got in some fantastic riding accompanied by some splendid banter… Saludos mi Amigos

3 x Cobbold crew climbing out of Santa Agnes

3 x Cobbold crew climbing out of Santa Agnes

Fathers, sons, nephews and uncles. Good times.

Fathers, sons, nephews and uncles. Good times.

Percentage, shmercentage it just goes up

Percentage, shmercentage it just goes up

Mr H Cobbold getting aggressive!

Mr H Cobbold getting aggressive!

The Cobbold Classic.. Jeremy, Jonno and Humphrey completed their own 100 mile Round this island loop

The Cobbold Classic.. Jeremy, Jonno and Humphrey completed their own 100 mile Round this island loop

Brandon from Kensal Rise a Canadian QPR fan...good lad!

Brandon from Kensal Rise a Canadian QPR fan…good lad!

Daire's 40th crew...they all made it home..just!

Daire’s 40th crew…they all made it home..just!

Olly leads the Cobbold Salinas paceline!

Olly leads the Cobbold Salinas paceline!

Tom from Miami via NYC heads home after a super hot ride...

Tom from Miami via NYC heads home after a super hot ride…

Going downhill is fun for all!

Going downhill is fun for all!

 

1.Go to Ibiza 2.Ride with VC Ibiza 3. Become instantly awesome

Fully entrenched in the heat of the summer holiday season, VC Ibiza are currently experiencing heavy mileage riding with the numerous discerning cyclists who are hitting the islands beautiful roads and experiencing some riding they will never forget!

It’s been a wonderful summer so far and we can’t thank our clients enough. Here are some of the latest Velo Club Ibiza rouleurs!

Mr Iain Beresford from Aberdeen, enjoying the sunshine

Mr Iain Beresford from Aberdeen, enjoying the sunshine

The Welsh powerhouse Mr Jason Pearce climbs towards Port de San Miquel

The Welsh powerhouse Mr Jason Pearce climbs towards Port de San Miquel

Nikki and Chris do their best VC Ibiza 2015 catalogue pose!

Nikki and Chris do their best VC Ibiza 2015 catalogue pose!

DJ legend Tall Paul

DJ legend Tall Paul

Dee from Brighton was training for a 12 hour charity spin! Good luck ladies

Dee from Brighton was training for a 12 hour charity spin! Good luck ladies

Sandy headed back to London for Ride 100 fully race ready!

Sandy headed back to London for Ride 100 fully race ready!

Paul and Ed's last climb of the day!

Paul and Ed’s last climb of the day!

Hendrik was VCI's first customer, he was back again this year with his mate Mark and they lived the dream for 4 days!

Hendrik was VCI’s first customer, he was back again this year with his mate Mark and they lived the dream for 4 days!

Alex from Switzerland among the pines of Ibiza

Alex from Switzerland among the pines of Ibiza

Laurence in his VCI kit on the Col de Madone...and oh yeh Chris Froome

Laurence in his VCI kit on the Col de Madone…and oh yeh Chris Froome

We were flattered when after the ride Amit said "That was the best bike ride I have ever been on". Awww shucks!

We were flattered when after the ride Amit and Claire said “That was the best bike ride I have ever been on”. Awww shucks!

Mark, Faris and Neal top lads from Norn' Ireland and Dulwich via Palestine, Nepal and El Salvador!

Mark, Faris and Neal top lads from Norn’ Ireland and Dulwich via Palestine, Nepal and El Salvador!

and finally here is Roscoe eating yogurt

and finally here is Roscoe eating yogurt

Opening Weekend with the boys from Bath

3 x 40th birthdays + Riding the island -  Ibiza opening weekend = Only the strong survive!

The summer season is well and truly underway and on opening weekend it was great to ride with James x 2, Matt, Fari and Ed although it was a shame the infamous Bryan never made it out on to the tarmac! We rode on Friday to the West and Saturday to the East and in between lets just say the fellas enjoyed themselves in what sounded like some rather fun off the bike activity! Nice one chaps see you again soon!

Cafe stop in San Carles

Cafe stop in San Carles

Ed leads the peleton on day 2

Ed leads the peloton on day 2

 

Fari climbing out of San Vicent

Fari climbing out of San Vicent

Gunning it back to town for the lunch reservation!

Gunning it back to town for the lunch reservation!

 

 

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!

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

Two bed Apartment available now in Talamanca / Marina Botafoch!

Stil a few dates available in March, April and Early May!