Time for a bit of sunshine

Just take a look out of the window and tell me you don’t need to go on a training camp. It hasn’t stopped raining for nearly a week and dry roads are a distant memory.

There’s never been a better time to plan that early-season getaway with this week’s essential guide to all the best destinations in Cycling Weekly magazine (November 19).

If you’ve never been on a training camp, then you really are missing out on the best possible preparation for the coming season. There are trips for all abilities, not just elite racers, so whatever goals you’re setting yourself for 2010, you’ll be certain to give yourself a flying start with two weeks in the sun.

After many trips to Majorca, I can recommend Port de Pollenca in the north of the island as a great base for a cycling trip. It gets pretty busy in the summer but earlier in the season there aren’t too many German tourists clogging up the roads.

There’s a classic 100-mile loop that boasts some 2,000m of climbing. Every rider should sample the delights of Puig Major, the highest point of the island – and I can boast a personal worst of more than nine hours for this mountain epic. It was one hell of a day.

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Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly magazine

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