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Mallorca Road Cycling Camp

Take your training to amazing places!
April 4-12, 2025

Want to up your cycling game while training in the sun? Join your BaseCamp coaches and fellow BaseCampers for an amazing week in one of the true cycling meccas of the world. You'll receive top-notch on-the-road coaching, along with optional educational programs to improve your cycling skills, training, and nutrition knowledge, featuring coaching and education for both Performance and Enthusiast-level riders. Not sure what level you are? Learn about our ride levels here.

The Experience

The Riding

Shed your winter layers and spend sunny days getting a rider's-eye view of the Tramuntana mountains, fertile valleys, and tranquil turquoise waters as you ride picturesque training roads like Sa Calobra and Puig Major. Smile as you power up one of eleven categorized climbs, cruise down a gently rolling coastal road, cycle to the historic monasteries and churches, and enjoy a visit to a picturesque old-town square for a famous snack of cafe con leche and almond cake.

The Lodging

The Aparthotel Viva Blue & Spa is a paradise for triathletes and cycling sports fanatics, with premium facilities and a fantastic location next to the S’Albufera Natural Park.

When off the bike, you'll enjoy the luxury of the Viva Blue Hotel and Spa, a custom sports resort with full cycling facilities, an onsite bike shop with high-end rentals, a cutting-edge cycling station, an Olympic-sized pool, and spa and massage services. The outdoor café, open spa, and multiple pools are the perfect ways to unwind and recover from the day's ride. Each room is a premium suite with a separate bedroom and full living area, giving you space to spread out and enjoy. 

Want to arrive early or stay later to explore the island on your own? We can add extra nights to your stay at our group rate.

The food

At the Viva Blue, we want you to feel at ease every moment of the day. And what is the most fundamental of all human pleasures? Food, of course. Without a doubt, you'll remember the array of food on offer during your stay at the Viva Blue. That's because  their restaurants always astonish guests with their quality and variety. They also take special care of athletes, who will find dishes adapted to their personal tastes and requirements.

  • Breakfasts and dinners are included in your camp registration

  • There are excellent selections for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets

The Coaching

Take your training and performance knowledge to the next level! Daily rides will feature skills and on-the-bike coaching to help you up your game, and afternoon coach corner sessions build your knowledge and answer your questions in a small group setting.

  • Our low coach-to-rider ratio allows for interaction with riders

  • We lead a minimum of four ride groups on the road each day, with specific pace and effort targets to help you find the group that is just right for your fitness and skills

  • We host daily rider meetings covering key skills like pacelines, descending, climbing, and more 

  • We hold daily group ride debriefings led by our world-class coaches

  • Our evening education presentations on training and nutrition are led by head coaches Tim Cusick and Dr. Namrita Brooke

The weather

The average high temperature in Mallorca in the month of April is 19ºC / 67ºF, warm enough to spend long days on the bike or sunbathing by the pool. You'll want to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings, as the air typically cools to around 10ºC / 50ºF at night.

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The RIDE SUPPORT

Ride support on the road is supplied by HC Bike Tours, professionals in private bespoke bike tours throughout all of Europe. In addition to offering Sarto bike rentals, Aigars and the HC team will provide hydration, snacks, and mechanical support during ride stops. 

The Rides and Itinerary

Browse through our typical camp schedule below! Just keep in mind that it is subject to change.

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Friday: Skills and Drills

Airport shuttle
We're providing a free shuttle to the hotel on Friday, picking up at the airport at 10:00 a.m.

Bike Build/Safety Check: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
We'll be in the storage room to help you build your bike or adjust your rental. Tools are available in the storage area.

Skills & Drills with Short Ride
Departs 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. (same session, two different times)

Our camp begins with a skills-building session focused on getting you ready for the challenging rides of Mallorca. After a quick bike safety check, head coach Tim Cusick will lead you through a series of skills and drills that include:

  • Rider safety

  • Riding together and paceline skills and practice

  • Braking, cornering, and descending

  • Building skills

Welcome Reception: 6:00 p.m. in the Viva Blue outdoor stage area
A fun and social pre-dinner reception to kick off our week together! If the weather is bad, we'll be inside the El Patio sports bar.

Dinner: 6:45 p.m. at the Caprice Restaurant

Join the group for dinner in our private indoor/outdoor dining setting.

The Routes

A sample route schedule is provided below based on previous camps. 

Performance Group Routes: ~461 total miles and 31,639 feet of climbing
Friday

Muro Skills Ride

Climbing:

647 ft

Miles:

23

Saturday

Randa/Cura

Climbing:

3457 ft

Miles:

65

Sunday

Inland Arta

Climbing:

2957 ft

Miles:

60

Monday

Sa Colabra

Climbing:

7168 ft

Miles:

70

Tuesday

Cala

Climbing:

971 ft

Miles:

29

Wednesday

Classic Climbs

Climbing:

8166 ft

Miles:

90

Thursday

San Salvador

Climbing:

4532 ft

Miles:

81

Friday

Formentor

Climbing:

3741 ft

Miles:

44

Tour Group Routes: ~407 total miles and 23,727 feet of climbing
Friday

Muro Skills Ride

Miles:

23

Climbing:

647 ft

Saturday

Randa/Cura

Miles:

65

Climbing:

3457 ft

Sunday

Inland Arta

Miles:

60

Climbing:

2957 ft

Monday

Lluc

Miles:

45

Climbing:

3109 ft

Tuesday

Cala

Miles:

29

Climbing:

971 ft

Wednesday

Classic Climbs 2

Miles:

83

Climbing:

6535 ft

Thursday

Bicycle Highway

Miles:

59

Climbing:

2363 ft

Friday

Formentor

Miles:

44

Climbing:

3741 ft

Ride Groups

The Ride Groups

BaseCamp Live Mallorca features two separate but similar ride group experiences: Performance and Enthusiast. We run at least four ride groups each day, each one typically guided by two BaseCamp coaches (generally one coach for every six riders). To better help you select the best group for you, we send out a rider survey in advance that will help guide you to the correct group. You can change groups daily; it is not required that you ride with the same group throughout the camp.

This camp is best suited for Enthusiast and Performance riders due the to the more challenging nature of the rides. We do have accommodations and ride support for recreational and leisure riders; just email us for more details.

Performance groups

Level 3

Our Performance groups feature faster riders who attend camp to focus a little more on training and building advanced skills. These groups typically ride as faster double and single pacelines and spend less time at stops. Coaching is focused on advanced skills and performance.

  • Two Performance groups are led each day based on fitness and FTP

  • The typical FTP range of these groups is 2.7 w/kg and above

Enthusiast groups

Level 2

Our Enthusiast groups feature moderately-paced rides that focus on building fundamental riding and groups skills. These groups ride at an active pace in both single and double pacelines, but in a more comfortable pattern or tightness. During the rides, there are some additional stops for photos and cake.

  • Two or three Enthusiast groups are led each day, based on fitness and skill

  • A typical FTP range of these groups is 2.7 w/kg and below

Travel

The Travel

Travel

Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) is the only airport on the island, about a 50-minute drive from the camp resort. If you arrive and depart outside of our free airport transfer times, it's super simple to hire a taxi at the airport or book one ahead of time; we recommend Taxi PMI (when booking, select Playa de Muro as the dropoff location, and type Viva Blue as the dropoff address on the second screen). You can also easily rent a car.


We offer free group pickups at the airport at the following times:

 

  • Thursday, April 3, 3:00 p.m.

  • Friday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.

The camp kicks off with a welcome reception at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and we recommend checking in at the hotel in plenty of time to get settled first. Want to arrive early or stay later to explore the island on your own?


The camp ends Saturday, April 12. We offer two free group transports to the airport as follows:

  • Leaving the hotel at 4:00 a.m.

  • Leaving the hotel at 8:00 a.m.

Travel support

We can add extra nights to your stay at our group rate; just let us know what nights you need! The hotel does sell out, so be sure to send in your arrival and departure dates as soon as you have them.

Not sure about selecting flights or shuttles? Contact us for travel support services and let us help you make the best travel arrangements possible.

Travel DOCUMENTS

As you prepare to travel, please make sure that your passport expires later than six months after the trip ends. If your passport expires before October 1, 2025, we highly recommend renewing it now, as the renewal process is currently subject to serious delays.

 

The ETIAS travel authorization may be required for travel in 2025; watch for updates.

Travel Insurance

Even with the best possible planning, there are always elements beyond our control like flight delays, illnesses, and family emergencies. A good travel insurance policy will reduce the stress of these situations by covering most (if not all) of their extra cost. We strongly recommend coverage specific to COVID-19. Here’s a helpful guide to finding travel insurance.

SIGHTSEEING

There's more to do in Mallorca than ride your bike! If you need sightseeing and day trip suggestions, be sure to check out this list of our favorite things to do on the island when we're not pedaling

The Dates and Prices

April 4-12, 2025

What's Included

  • Travel planning support

  • Specified group airport transportation

  • Eight nights of lodging (additional nights can be purchased at our group rate)

  • Two-room premium apartment with kitchenette at four-star hotel

  • All breakfasts and dinners at hotel 

  • Camper safety briefing

  • Premium bike storage

  • Mechanical support

  • Coach-guided daily rides

  • Daily ride food and drink

  • Afternoon educational programs

  • Custom Panache jersey if you register for camp before kit orders open on January 29

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Airport transportation if you can't join our free group transfers

  • Additional nights of lodging before or after camp (these can be added to your registration upon request)

  • Bike rental (can book directly from Viva Blue)

  • Lunches on the road

  • Hotel tourism tax

  • Gratuities for coaches/guides

Pricing

  • Special early-bird pricing through June 30: $2699 per person ($1,699 for non-riding attendees); price goes up $100 on July 1

  • $599 upgrade for single-occupancy room (required if not traveling with companions)

  • $250 deposit due upon registration, with remaining payment due 30 days before camp begins

  • Limited extra nights of lodging available before and after camp at our group rate of $105 per person for double occupancy and $160 per person for single occupancy (breakfast and dinners at the hotel are included)

Guide Gratuities

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. We suggest a tip for your guides between 5-10% of your trip cost per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team.

Cancellation Policy

All camp deposits are refundable up to 90 days prior to the first day of the camp, minus a $50 processing fee. Click here to read our full cancelation policy.

Pre-Camp Package Add-On

After our 2024 camp, we received a lot of feedback about how much better athletes felt when they arrived on the island early and were able to settle into the hotel, build or rent their bikes without any rush, explore the area a little, and get some extra rest before camp officially started. This is what we do ourselves each year, and we highly recommend it, so to make it easier for our camp attendees, we are offering an optional pre-camp add-on package that includes the following:

  • Two nights of lodging before camp with half board (includes breakfast and dinner at the hotel, starting with Wednesday dinner)

  • Two complimentary airport transfer times on Wednesday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; the shuttles times may be adjusted to accommodate as many arrivals as possible but will never be adjusted to exclude anyone who has already signed up for a shuttle

  • An optional, casual, no-drop shakeout ride Thursday afternoon with our coaching team

 

We believe that giving yourself a little extra time on the island will greatly improve your experience. Our goals are to help save you a little money by using our airport shuttles and to create an easy way to enhance your camp experience. 

Our coaches will be on site at the Viva Blue starting Thursday, April 3, and will be available to help with building your bike and other preparation as needed. 

 

If you're renting a bike on the island, feel free to choose your rental start date at any time up till camp begins on Friday.

The cost for this pre-camp add-on package is $275 per person if you're sharing a room with someone else or $375 if you've got a single-occupancy room (if you upgrade to a premium room, the cost for the pre-camp package will increase accordingly; email us for details). The typical cost of one-way transportation from the airport to our hotel for two people is about 100 Euros, so we hope this package will help you save some money while easing the transition to island time. 

You can sign up for the pre-camp package when you register for the camp, or you can let us know any time that you'd like to add it to your registration.

Please note that you still can add extra nights to your lodging before or after camp at our group rate even if you do not wish to book the official pre-camp package. 

BikeRental

The Bike Options

BRING YOUR BIKE

Bringing your own bike to camp has obvious advantages in individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tuneup at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding.

Once at camp, our team will help you assemble your bike and make sure it’s ready to ride. Each day we’ll check to make sure everything is safe and ready to roll, and for major mechanical work, you can visit the onsite shop at the Cycling Station. Bring your bike in good shape, and we’ll keep it clean, lubed, and running great each day! 

 

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RENT A BIKE

The Viva Blue boasts one of the most modern cycling stations on the island the on-site Viva Cycling Station by S’Escapada, which offers a large selection of new, high-end rental bikes, including excellent Cannondale and Scott models. The cost is reasonable, but booking early is important! The process is simple: click here, select your bike, enter your measurements, and confirm your reservation (type "BaseCamp group" when asked for your booking or room number). For a more detailed tutorial, check out our guide to renting a bike in Mallorca. When you check into your room at the front desk, the staff will hand you your bike key along with your room key. 

If the rental process does not accept your requested dates, it may mean the site is not set up for them yet; they will still accept rentals by email, however, so just shoot us an email, and we'll send you everything you need to reserve a bike! 

If Bikes Viva doesn't have the model you want, the Rad Salon BMC Playa de Muro shop is just around the corner and another great option.

Premium Bike Rental 

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Sarto Bikes

Sarto is a company of master frame builders that since 1959 has been creating customized bicycles shaped around the wishes of those who choose to own a real carbon jewel, made in Italy. Through our special partnership with HC Tours, we have a limited quantity of these custom hand-made bikes available for rent. 

FAQs

FAQs

What's a typical day at camp like?

Watch Coach Tim's video describing a day at camp!

How does tipping work in Spain?

Tipping in Spain is generally slightly lower than in the USA, but be prepared to tip about 5-10%. We recommend carrying at least 20 Euros in cash each day, along with your credit/debit card.

Can I do laundry at the Viva Blue?

The hotel has three washers and dryers available for hotel guests for a small fee; just keep in mind these can be busy and often in use since there are so many cyclists with the same need for clean clothing. The laundry cycles are also very long (over an hour), so it's best to do laundry late at night or early in the morning. Each hotel room has a balcony with a clothes line for drying. 


The hotel offers a dropoff laundry service by the kilo (around 18 Euros for 5 kilograms), which is not a bad deal. Just leave your clothes at the front desk in the morning, and you'll get them back the next day in the afternoon (except there's no return on Sundays).

What type of power adapter do I need?

You'll need either Type C or Type F power adapters rated for at least 220v and 50hz.

What should I wear on the bike?

Coach Tim put together a video answering this question; watch it here. He also added a quick video on why to bring a rain jacket.

How can we stay healthy at camp, and what happens if we get sick?

Coach Tim addresses health concerns and explains our COVID-19 procedures in this video.

Rider Levels

Rider Level

Our goal is to make all our trips fun for everyone, which is why we offer camps that accommodate all riding levels and types. Some trips are better suited to specific rider levels. In order to help you select the best camp for you, we've created rider profiles that describe ability level, riding goals, and desired amount of challenge. These are meant to be loose guidelines for helping you find your comfort level, and we are happy to chat with you in more detail before you register for a trip, as sometimes a phone call or email is the easiest way to decide if a trip is right for you; please feel free to contact us or schedule a free online meeting below.

LEVEL 1 - RECREATIONAL AND LEISURE

You are an active, leisurely rider who enjoys taking your time pedaling while enjoying the sights. You're most comfortable riding on quiet roads and bike paths. 

  • Typical number of weekly rides: 2+ 

  • Current average weekly mileage: 75+

  • Average speed on a typical ride: 10–14 mph

  • You enjoy riding with others, but not usually in groups or pacelines

  • You participate in occasional events and group rides 

LEVEL 2 - ENTHUSIAST

You are a casual athlete who loves to ride and competes in the occasional bike event, race, or triathlon. You enjoy long days in the saddle every once in a while and love exploring new destinations by bike. This is our most common rider category.

  • Typical number of weekly rides: 4+

  • Current average weekly mileage: 125+

  • Average speed on a typical ride: 14–18 mph

  • You're comfortable riding in groups and pacelines, but not too tightly

  • Your participate in events with the goal of self competition and completion

LEVEL 3 - PERFORMANCE

You are a training athlete who rides for training and performance and enjoys a fast pace for an extended period of time. You love to train, improve, and participate in bike events and races.

  • Typical number of weekly rides: 5+

  • Current average weekly mileage: 175+

  • Average speed on a typical ride: 18–25 mph

  • You're comfortable riding in tighter, faster single and double pacelines

  • You participate in races and events with a focus on high performance and/or the podium

This camp is best suited for Enthusiast and Performance riders due to the more challenging nature of the rides.

Have questions about this camp?

Book a consultation or reach out by email, and we'll tell you all about camp and answer any questions you have.

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