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Ride like a pro in Portugal with Veloperformance

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18 Dec 2018
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This feature was produced in association with Veloperformance and first appeared in issue 52 of Cyclist magazine

Christmas is fun but it can leave you feeling mightily demotivated about getting back in the saddle come the new year. Maybe all that party-going has left you a little on the portly side.

Or maybe it’s left you wanting the party to keep going to until, oh, about mid-March. Either way having a clear goal to work towards will help you get your cycling year off to a flyer, and what better target could you have than a holiday in the sun that also serves as a training camp.

There is not a cyclist alive for whom a break with Velo Performance isn’t the stuff of dreams.

Based in the awesome Algarve, in Portugal’s sun-drenched deep south, Velo Performance is a local firm run by local experts who are intimate with the region, speak the language and know where all the best riding is to be had.

And amongst them, none is more expert than Velo Performance’s founder Iuri Jorge.

A former pro racer, Iuri combines his experience of life in the pro peloton, with his technical know-how and love of sports science to make sure that anyone who trains with him has a truly rewarding break whatever their ability on their bike.

While the focus of a Velo Performance trip will always be riding, don’t expect some kind of cycling boot camp – well, not unless that’s what you specifically request!

Rides and training are tailored to individual needs and abilities while off the bike you can expect pampering aplenty.

A basic week-long package includes four-star hotel accommodation with access to a gym, spa and private beach.

Breakfasts and evening meals are included, as are daily sessions with coaches.

Although flights aren’t included (don’t worry, the Algarve is well served by budget airlines) airport transfers are part of the deal along with regular workshops.

And if you want to take your week on wheels to the next level, Iuri and his team can even arrange for high-end bike hire, post-ride massages, as well as in-depth analysis of your fitness and performance by measuring metrics such as your VO2 max, lactate threshold, and basal resting metabolism.

In other words, you can live the life of a pro for a week with all the pampering that entails, but without any of the pressure of having to win anything!

Packages start from £595pp sharing a twin room for the week, (£695 for a single) but don’t delay booking as 2019 ‘s places are going fast!

Visit the Veloperformance website or email holidays@veloperformance.cc to check availability, including the chance to ride in a sportive that’s part of the UCI Tour of the Algarve.