At the heart of any good training camp are three fundamentals - brilliant scenic rides, good accommodation and nice food. Very few camps can actually deliver on all three but Nozad and Cycling Holiday Spain not only meet these requirements but greatly surpass them.
The location in which the camp is situated is simply idyllic and pretty much a cyclist’s paradise. It’s unsurprising that so many pro teams pick this area as their winter base - smooth roads, very few cars, awesome climbs and stunning scenery. What more could you want?
Well actually Nozad provides you with more… Not only are the rides tailored to meet your needs but Nozad also accompanies either via the support car (very pro-esque) or by riding with you. It takes away the hassle of planning your own routes, worrying about directions and also allows you to make the most of the hours spent in the saddle. Thanks to Nozad we managed to do all the climbs we wanted and much more!
The accommodation was also perfect for our group - it felt like a home from home. It’s a great pad to lounge around in post ride and the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. What more could you want?
Well throw in a pool table, playstation, spin bikes, gym and projector screen for movies and you’ll find your time off the bike is never boring.
As for the food – it was brilliant. Nutritious, home-cooked and centred around recovery. A bountiful selection for breakfast provides you with all you could need for a good day on the bike and a three course evening meal rounds off the day nicely. What more could you want?
Well, yet again Nozad surpasses expectation by providing mid ride nutrition, post ride recovery shakes and ensures a freshly cooked lunch is on the table within 20 minutes of returning to camp. Nozad also managed to cater for the fussy eater, the vegetarian and the ‘healthy appetites’ of our group.
And when you think it can’t get any better you find the extra touches that simply make the camp stand out. Post ride massages every evening, saunas and steam rooms and a brilliant host that will do anything to make your stay better.
Cycling Holiday Spain is as close as you will get to a ‘pro-style’ camp and allows you to get the most out of your training. I can’t wait to return!
Junior National TT Champion & Junior National Hill Climb Champion
Marc Chamberlain, great cyclist, national champ and trains with us here at CHS,
I have been out with Cycling holidays Spain a couple of times now and I can remember after about 2 or 3 days into the week thinking that this is too good to be true. Well it was that good and it definitely true.
Nozad has got his camp absolutely dialed. Every last detail to make you comfortable and get maximum benefits.
The day kicks off with a breakfast that you would expect to see on every pro teams breakfast table. All home cooked with quality ingredients and always plenty of it.
You will be glad of that breakfast once you get onto your riding. Climb after climb on perfect roads, minimal traffic, stunning views and great weather. The route was tailored to our requirements every single day and along the route at various points was Nozads smiling face and words of encouragement.
Once back at the villa, another recovery meal waiting for you as soon as you walk through the door. You just have to sit down and let the recovery begin to do it all again the next day.
I have never been able to complete as many training sessions back to back than when out with CHS. It really is the life of a pro cyclist and if you trained here consistently it wouldn’t be too long until you was one!
The CHS training camp is always the first thing I think of when winter training begins in Nov. it has been a cornerstone of my training into the spring and a real boost into those first races of the season. It is near impossible to replicate whilst back home. Without this camp I know I would of been a few steps back when the season kicks off.
This year I had a great week with CHS which gave me a great platform in which to build off. I went on to become Vets National Mountain bike Champion.
If you love cycling this camp is a must do. If you crave success this camp is a necessity.
Its hard to describe just how good it is in words. You gotta do it to believe it!
My name is Matt Fratesi, 17 years old live in Bristol currently studying for my A levels at Sir Bernard lovell school. I compete in XC mtb and last year achieved my best results in the youth catergory with 3 out of the 5 national mtb series reaching the podium, I also entered the odd hill climb notably, Hinton hill climb, coming away with the overall win. My Cyclocross season began with a bang winning the Autumn floodlit league in Swindon and overhauling some stiff competition against strong elite and veteran riders, I was stoked to win a weeks training camp at CHS on the Costa Blanca! Nozad welcomed me so well, I felt at home straight away. He would go out of his way to help with any problems in all I could not have had a better host!
Arriving in Spain was a real privilege as I was going to be riding on the best roads in fab weather and exchanging a wave at a pro team cruising past every now and then. Riding around this area is so rewarding you would climb for 30 minutes and then to have the most spectacular views at the top, before descending at break neck speed, of course I was being careful going down. The location was spot on with all the best riding on the doorstep. I was there for a week and it seemed to fly by and before I knew it I was on the plane home, I hired a bike because it saved money and hassle of taking my own, plus most of the hire bikes were better that mine back home.
A typical ride each day with the group was 5 hours doing on average 140km with around 3000 meters of climbing. With so much climbing it is more about time in saddle than miles. On the first day I had gone mega hard to stay with a pro french rider, I paid for it on the way back bonking just on the foot of the Col Del Rates. As Nozad said to me it can happen to anyone of any fitness who's not used to it, after that I felt stronger each day and by the end I was super fit. On to the accommodation, situated in the mountains and just a short ride to the coast it was positioned perfectly with spectacular views down to the sea. The lounge and sitting room are super comfortable, the dining area has a table at one end and at the other sofas and a projector to watch films and a huge selection of films. The games room is equipped with a pool table, darts, mini gym and a massage table, the doors open out to a pool and sauna a perfect combo after hard days ride...so refreshing.
Last of all the food was really substantial, for breakfast I usually had porridge followed by poached eggs on toast. On the bike there was cereal bars, jam sarnies, bananas, gels and anything else that you could shove in your jersey pocket. Lunch was a plate of pasta and the evening meals were mammoth size, chicken paella, chicken curry, spaghetti bolognese and Chilli con carne were the kind food on offer and for desserts it was a delicious variety of fruit crumbles with custard or ice cream, bread butter pudding with panna chocolat! For certain there's no shortage of food.
Overall I highly recommend CHS for the incredible cycling in the area and the friendly atmosphere at the camp, everyone looks out for each other so the vibes are just great. I really want to go back I had cracking time maybe for two or three weeks.
“Cycling Holiday Spain delivered in all areas, well above my expectations, and was without doubt the perfect choice.”
“Originally from a home town of Peter Sagan and proud fan, I too wanted to experience the real playground of professional cyclists and challenge myself along the way. Felt pleased to have chosen Cycling Holiday Spain for my long weekend training. Could not have picked a better place. Five star service in a relaxed, homely and fun atmosphere.
Noze possess a vast knowledge of the area coupled with a good sense of humour, professional but friendly approach and can do attitude. The training was challenging but Noze split my training into manageable chunks and guided me along the way. When things got hard he would ride by my side and encourage me which was a great comfort to me. Truly personal approach which is not easy to find. He knows exactly how far to push you in order to achieve the desired goal. Worked a treat.
What made the tough rides easy was not only the perfect guide, car free roads, sun above your head but also the beautiful Costa Blanca scenery. Breath-taking views, descents, charming little villages, smell of pine trees and flowers. Tickled all my senses. For the change of already perfect scenery you can ride down to the sandy beach and take a dip in the sea.
Back at the villa you are well looked after before and after your ride. Energy gels, protein shakes, mineral water, fabulous mama’s cooked food, massage, pool, tennis court or getting your sweaty kit washed. You really don’t have to worry about anything. What adds to the camp’s delight is the villa’s surroundings. It resembles a botanic garden. Fish ponds, palm trees, almond, orange, grapefruit trees and grapes which made for a perfect snack after the ride or breakfast. I could not get enough of this place and can’t wait to return.
Cycling Holiday Spain delivered in all areas, well above my expectations and was without a doubt the perfect choice. Thank you.
“We knew out host and we new he’d do his best for us. Noze as always thank you sir for looking after us all so well. We came back home feeling like we’d had a real holiday despite all the miles ridden.”
— Emma Gueterbock
So! Another great week with CHS. After a very relaxed and happy family holiday at Nozad’s place in the hills in 2013 we decided to try a term-time ‘without the kids’ number this spring with a view to getting a few more hours in the saddle. But why head back to Villa Nawras? Simples…
We knew the terrain and surely it is some of the best – some serious hill climbs, some seriously long drags (apparently they don’t really count as hill climbs!), silky tarmac, beautiful views and awesome descents to make the hard graft all worth it.
We knew the set up – great facilities at the villa, daily leg massage, pool and best of all the sauna, which it must be said was the hottest I have ever encountered! A fantastic addition to the villa for 2014 and one that the heat-seekers amongst us thrived on.
We knew we’d be well catered for. Breakfasts were real breakfasts with triple helpings on offer – and lunches too. And in the evenings Molly did another sterling job of keeping us happy with her home cooking – staples like bolognese, paella, chicken curry and a delicious pasta bake were the favorites…all good ‘n’ hearty with puds to write home about. But don’t expect Molly to share her recipes!
We knew our host and we knew he’d do his best for us. Noze as always thank you sir for looking after us all so well. We came home feeling like we’d had a real holiday despite all the miles ridden. We’ll be back! x
“Professional, personal, fun. This camp and set up really does have it all. I would come back in a heartbeat. ”
— Helen Scott
Getting back into training after such an incredible summer competing at my first Paralympic Games was always going to be tough, especially without a competition goal for a year or so. The British weather was also far from ideal for our initial fitness training plans.
My teammate Jon-Allan and I therefore took it upon ourselves to look into a training camp abroad with nice roads, nice weather, and a good location for us to relax after some hard training.
It didn’t take us long to realise that the camp run by Nozad Nawras was the perfect option for us to begin our long journey towards Rio 2016.
We arrived in the midst of a big freeze in Britain, but were greeted by sunshine, mountains, and a smiling face when we landed in Alicante.
Noze collected us from the airport and drove us nearly an hour into the mountains of Callosa to his vast villa where we would be staying for ten days.
This amazing place is equipped with everything that anyone could possibly want for a great training camp. A garage filled with tools, equipment, and a large bike rack stands at the top of the drive, and inside the villa a home from home atmosphere made us feel so welcome; not to mention our camp leader Noze, who’s first words to us when we arrived were “Mi Casa su Casa!”
I won’t lie; it has been the hardest camp I have ever been on. As a track sprinter, I struggled up the relentless hills of South-Eastern Spain, but I had encouragement from Nozad all the way, and on a particularly hard day on the bike that consisted of 2 hours of climbing I had a support car for my entire ride. That is something I have rarely experienced as part of the GB team! Even though I was hurting and felt as if I was getting slower and slower on the brutal climb, Noze and his friend, a very talented bike rider Russ, cheered me on every step of the way. It’s just what I needed when I was feeling far from my best, a long way away from my form 5 months previous.
I am not exaggerating, but Noze really did treat us like a King and Queen. It was a particularly quiet time for Nozad when we arrived, and so we had most of his attentions for the ten days. No request was too much for him. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, relaxing and kit washing facilities were all fantastic; I’d say on a par, if not better than what we experience on trips with the team.
And with a villa that sleeps groups and teams of up to 12, I can only imagine the fun and banter that goes on within those walls at busier times
Professional, personal, fun. This camp and set up really does have it all. I would come back in a heartbeat. (Only a little fitter next time I hope!)
Thank you Noze,
Helen Scott X